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4.57am EDT 04:57 Indonesia has confirmed 10 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total in the country to 191. Elsewhere, Malaysia has reported 150 new coronavirus cases, with 3,483 in total and four new deaths. Updated at 5.01am EDT 4.51am EDT 04:51 In France, amid lockdown, charity workers are preparing more than a thousand meals


Sharing a beautiful article written by my colleague and friend Haroon Siddique, one of our senior reporters. He wrote about his dad, who died last week after being hospitalised with coronavirus symptoms.


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In England, cancer treatment has become a postcode lottery, with many patients not receiving vital care as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, according to leading doctors.

It comes as the NHS said non-urgent operations would have to be put on hold so hospitals could focus on battling the Covid-19 pandemic, and NHS England guidance states that cancer services should continue to deliver care. However, it also calls for “local solutions to continue the proper managements”.

Prof Karol Sikora, the chief medical officer at Rutherford Health, which runs oncology centres, said the advice provided by NHS England around cancer was sensible but was being “implemented inconsistently” around the country.

“That is always the trouble – it becomes inconsistent, so people getting chemotherapy have now had it stopped even though they are category one and two patients, the highest priority. Also, some hospitals have put blanket bans on cancer treatment for two to three weeks … Not everyone needs to rush ahead with cancer treatment but others need to continue despite this to get the best long-term cure,” he said.

Angus George Dalgleish, a professor of oncology at St George’s, University of London, said: “It’s difficult. Coronavirus is having a devastating impact on how we deliver ordinary care – everything is out on hold or delayed.”

Asked whether this could mean more indirect deaths because of patients not getting care, Dalgleish said: “We won’t know until it is all over. But we are already seeing the effects of patients who are not going to get treatment.

“I heard today St George’s is going to have nine wards full of coronavirus patients. They cannot do that without seriously impacting care of everyone else.”

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