Coronavirus: local news

STAY SAFE: A banner encouraging people to stay in their homes during the early weeks of the Covid-19 crisis.

Alex Bell: Covid-19 policy has taken us down hugely damaging route which makes no sense

Having a regular death count is alarming. Being told people are dying is upsetting and it focuses the mind on prevention. Latest figures pointing to “X” dead in the last 24 hours seems important. The only other time we report fatalities like this is during war. It gives Covid-19 the appearance of an enemy requiring national effort to be defeated.