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Son who lost his dad to coronavirus urges people to stay at home in heartfelt video

Douglas Ivany died of coronavirus at Whiston Hospital Credit: Family handout

A son who lost his dad to coronavirus has posted a poignant video message online urging people to stay at home.

79 year old Douglas Ivany died in Whiston Hospital on Thursday evening. His son Stuart says his dad was an "old school gentleman" and says people need to take the virus seriously.


Police chief says coronavirus tests for colleagues are vital to get force back to full strength

The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police says being able to test his staff for the coronavirus is vital, but it could be many more weeks before they are available.

Ian Hopkins says crime is down, including burglaries which have halved, but online fraud and child sexual exploitation is on the rise.

Out on patrol in Oldham with our correspondent Elaine Willcox, he praised the way the public are following the lockdown rules to help save lives.

Tiger Roll among the favourites as Virtual Grand National hits TV screens today

Today should have been the day Tiger Roll attempted to win the Grand National for a third successive year.

With the annual steeplechase cancelled due to coronavirus, the nation will still get its chance to have a flutter.

Today at 5pm ITV will broadcast the Virtual Grand National.

David Chisnall reports.

Angela Rayner says being MP for Ashton-under-Lyne is "the greatest honour of my life"

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Angela Rayner has been elected Deputy Leader of the Labour Party with 52.6% of the vote.

In a statement she said:

“I want to thank everyone who took part in this election, and all those who have supported me through the campaign. I promise that I will do everything I can to repay your trust.

“Things have dramatically changed in our country in recent months but our values remain the same, and more important than ever.

“Those are the values we will reflect in our actions as an opposition and a movement – standing up for our public services, for our workers and carers, and for a society in which people work together and look after one another.

“Together, we must rebuild and reconnect with communities right across Britain who need our support now, more than ever before.

“I know we face a long and difficult road ahead but we must unite, both in the face of this crisis and to offer the better future that the citizens of our country deserve.

“I also want to offer my congratulations to Keir. This was a long campaign and by the end one conducted in extraordinary circumstances. The hard work begins today, and Keir will have my full support in both getting Labour on the path back to government and in being a voice for those who need us during this national crisis.

“We must make sure the government delivers on its promises, and acts faster to provide the protection frontline workers need.”

“My top priority will always be the people of Ashton, Droylsden and Failsworth who it has been my pleasure and privilege to serve for the past five years. Getting elected as MP for Ashton-under-Lyne is the greatest honour of my life and I will always fight to get the best deal for the area that I love.

– Angela Rayner, Deputy Labour Leader

“The way our communities have pulled together to help and support each other during the coronavirus outbreak has made me so proud and even more certain that this is the best place to raise my sons. “I would like to thank the dedicated staff at Tameside and Oldham Councils for their incredible efforts to keep vital services running at this difficult time under immense pressure.

“I would also like to thank each and every key worker - from those on the NHS frontline at Tameside Hospital and the Royal Oldham Hospital to the supermarket staff keeping us fed and the school staff looking after the children whose parents are needed elsewhere to the foodbank volunteers making sure our most vulnerable residents are cared for – you are all playing a vital part in the nation’s fight against this global pandemic.”

Great-grandad Jack, aged 98, makes full recovery from coronavirus

Jack Bowden with his son Mark Credit: MEN Media

A 98-year-old great-grandad of 10 is back at home after a 'full recovery' from the coronavirus that doctors thought would kill him.

Second World War hero Jack Bowden, from Bolton, got a terrifying coronavirus diagnosis two weeks ago after being admitted to the Royal Bolton Hospital.

The result left the Bowden family shocked, as the beloved dad-of-four 'had not been showing any typical flu symptoms' and was instead taken to hospital with a suspected water infection.

After responding to treatment quickly, doctors believed Mr Bowden was getting better and released him back to his care home in Ivy Bank Road on March 20 to remain in isolation taking his prescribed medication.

But the family's worst fears about Mr Bowden's coronavirus diagnosis were realised when five days later he was unable to breathe.

Mr Bowden was admitted to the Royal Bolton Hospital again - NHS staff told family that he would not survive the night.

Mr Bowden's youngest child, Mark, described the terrifying message he received from the ward: "The chest infection that he had left hospital with deteriorated over the weekend.

"By Wednesday (March 25) he could not breathe. It was scary.

"When I rang the ward, the administrator told me 'the state your father is in, he is not going to survive the night.'"

Mr Bowden is a former pharmacist and helped to create penicillin for the Second World War effort at the Royal Navy Medical School in Clevedon.

Jack Bowden during his time with the Royal Navy Medical School Credit: MEN Media

Mark said: "We were feeling so many emotions. He was absolutely floored with it, it took his breathing away.

"I went to bed that night thinking 'if he dies, if he leaves us tonight, he has gone out in a blaze of glory - what an amazing story he has told.

"But my brother told me he could not sleep because he was thinking about wills and which solicitors to use."

Miraculously, Mr Bowden made it through the night.

Mark said: "By noon, we had spoken to the consultants who said my dad had pulled through.

"He was put on IV antibiotics and the doctor told me he was treating my dad for coronavirus.

"I just told the doctors to try whatever they needed to."

Over a week later, doctors determined that the recovery had been successful - the Covid-19 treatment taking him from the brink of death to being 'fighting fit' again, say his relieved family.


Seven new coronavirus cases on Isle of Man

Seven more people have tested positive for coronavirus on the Isle of Man.

The total number of confirmed cases on the island now stands at 121.

In total 116 patients have been instructed to self-isolate and four are being treated in hospital.

There have been 1,292 tests carried out, 118 people are awaiting results and 142 people are awaiting tests.

There has been one death caused by coronavirus on the island.

Police appeal for information after man dies in collision

Police are appealing for information after a man died following a collision in Trafford. Police were called to Seymour Grove at around 2.55am on Saturday.

Two vehicles were involved in the collision near the junction with Kings Road.

A 56-year-old man died at the scene. A 35-year-old man was detained and taken to hospital.

Sergeant Andrew Page, of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This was a devastating incident which tragically resulted in the death of a man - our thoughts are with his family and friends.

“An investigation is underway and officers are working hard to establish the full circumstances surrounding the collision.

“If anyone has any information or dash cam footage filmed in the area at the time of the collision or shortly before, I would ask them to contact us as soon as possible as it may assist us with our enquiries.”

Anyone with information should contact GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 quoting 314 of 04/04/20.

Information can also be passed to the independent charity – Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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