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By Rachel Schraer
BBC London News
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Waltham Forest aims to shut down all roadworks tomorrow due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Residents had previously criticised the council for continuing to allow construction workers to work on road improvement schemes, including the “Mini-Holland”.
Work will continue in order to secure the sites and make them safe for residents before stopping until further notice.
Workers will still be allowed to do “essential reactive maintenance” such as telecoms, electric, gas or water works, according to a council statement.
The University of Westminster’s School of Life Sciences has transferred some of its equipment to the Government’s new COVID-19 testing unit in Milton Keynes.
Head of the School of Life Sciences, Professor Brendon Noble, said: "Testing individuals is absolutely crucial to our ability to slow the spread.
"When we don’t know if we have the virus, we don’t know how to change our behaviour, and this is so important.
"Healthcare and key workers are currently being sent home if they show any symptoms at all but could possibly continue working if they tested negative.”
Dr Mohammed Gulrez Zariwala, Assistant Head of the School of Life Sciences, added: "The School plans to expand its contribution to the fight through donations of critical protective equipment to hospitals and a volunteering scheme for some of our expert colleagues.
We are pleased to have been contacted by the Prime Minister‘s Office with this request."
Governments around the world are advising people to socially distance themselves in order to reduce pressures on health services and stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID19).
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An Indian restaurant in Hounslow, west London, has been praised for donating pre-packed food to humanitarian charity Khalsa Aid International.
Langar Aid which supports the homeless, vulnerable and those struggling with poverty in the UK, said on Twitter that it distributed the food to hostels.
The Old Bailey has allowed court reporters to cover criminal cases from home in what is believed to be a legal first.
On Thursday, journalists rang into a conference call at London’s historic Central Criminal Court for preliminary hearings before Judge Angela Rafferty QC.
This followed an application to the court by journalists from the PA news agency, the BBC and the London Evening Standard in the interests of open justice.
The judge was in the court while barristers and journalists were on the phone, and wherever possible defendants who were in custody appeared via video link from prison.
Since the coronavirus crisis began, defendants and lawyers had already been attending court remotely and new trials were put on hold.
It began with a conversation between a foreign correspondent who loves ballads, and his neighbour, a legend of the British folk music scene.
First recorded in 1969, the song at one point sold 90,000 copies a day and has been covered by more than 200 artists. It also won Ralph an Ivor Novello award for best song and continues to feature in folk music's "best of" playlists
Nancy Carter-Bradley, 44, said the health secretary should ring-fence cancer treatment.
She said her treatment at a Charing Cross Hospital had paused as it was at full capacity and oncologists were helping with the response to coronavirus.
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust said it was "exploring use of private healthcare facilities".
Health bosses are urging staff to move quickly to work at the new 4,000-bed field hospital being set to manage a surge in seriously ill coronavirus patients, it has been reported.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced earlier this week that the ExCeL site in London will become a temporary hospital equipped with two wards of 2,000 beds to cope with any patient surge in the capital.
The Health Service Journal (HSJ) reported on Wednesday that leaders were "urgently" identifying staff who could be redeployed quickly at the new Nightingale Hospital.
An email from a London trust chief executive to staff, seen by the HSJ, said a response was needed within hours and accommodation could be provided if necessary.
It added: "Along with other NHS trusts, we have been asked to identify a range of our people to help staff the new Nightingale Hospital at the ExCeL centre in east London.
"This is a key element of the NHS national response to coronavirus and will provide the first major wave of 'surge' capacity.
"The urgency in identifying staff is to allow time for training to take place before opening to patients.
"We have asked divisional clinical leads to identify and approach staff who may be able to be redeployed quickly to the ExCeL and, in the interests of time, we are also asking staff directly to come forward to be considered for redeployment.
"Accommodation will be provided if required."
The email said the new hospital should take some pressure off London hospitals by absorbing demand, giving the trusts more time to increase their own capacity.
The required staff range from consultants, GPs, critical care nurses and pharmacists to non-clinical staff, such as porters and administrators, it added.
Tube journeys have been reduced by 93%, London Underground has said.
Passengers journeys fell a further 13% on Wednesday morning compared to Tuesday and bus travel is down 8%, according to the latest figures.
But Andy Lord, Managing Director of the London Underground, said: “We want to continue to run a core Tube service so that NHS staff and other key workers can make essential journeys.
“Around a third of our own staff are themselves ill or have to self-isolate, so we are simply not able to run a full service. “We have further reduced journeys by construction workers by temporarily stopping all work on TfL and Crossrail construction sites.
"The majority of people are playing their part and avoiding travel but more people need to stop travelling immediately to save lives.”
BBC London’s transport correspondent Tom Edwards said he has been speaking to Transport for London staff who are “dropping like flies” as angry key workers complain about overcrowded Tube trains.