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Retired medics asked to return to fight virus

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Matt Hancock pledged to rush protective personal equipment to frontline NHS staff following concern over shortages

Letters are being sent to more than 65,000 retired doctors and nurses asking them to return to the NHS to help tackle the coronavirus outbreak.Senior officials say the ex-employees are needed to boost frontline services.Meanwhile, the government has pledged to ensure that all hospitals have enough protective gear and ventilators.It has also published a list of key workers in England whose children will still be able to go to school after they shut down across the UK later. And the chancellor is set to announce a wage subsidy package to protect jobs. Many firms are warning of collapse, wiping out thousands of jobs, as life in the UK is largely put on hold.One proposal under discussion is for the UK to follow the lead of countries such as Denmark, where the government has promised to cover 75% of salaries at private companies for three months, if they promise not to let staff go.In the UK, 144 people with the virus have died, and 3,269 people have tested positive for Covid-19.

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