Kepa could be offered escape from Chelsea misery with Sevilla lining up loan transfer – but £150k-a-week wages an issue – The Sun

KEPA ARRIZABALAGA could be offered a get-out from his Chelsea misery with a loan move to Sevilla.

Chelsea’s keeper is again under pressure after letting in four goals at West Ham on Thursday night.

One was disallowed via a controversial VAR decision but the world’s most expensive goalkeeper is once more facing an uncertain future under boss Frank Lampard.

The £71.6million Spaniard may even be willing to accept a move to regain confidence or ultimately help seek a permanent transfer away from Stamford Bridge.

Kepa wants a top European club but is unlikely to interest Spanish big guns Real Madrid and Barcelona at present.

Sevilla are fourth in LaLiga and pushing for a Champions League place next season. But Kepa’s £150,000-a-week wages would be an issue as would the fee for a permanent deal because he is just two years into a mammoth six year contract.

Rivals Valencia would be another alternative but again the finance will be a problem.

Chelsea may have to adapt their normal loan policy in order to resolve the stand-off.

They normally ask loaning clubs to pay their players’ wages in full. But there are ways around it and one is for Chelsea to subsidise the salary but charge a loan fee to Seville instead.

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Brits & tourists could be ‘tested on arrival’ at airports under scheme being considered

BRITS and tourists could be ‘tested on arrival’ at airports under a scheme being considered by ministers.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed that he was in contact with airport handling firm Swissport who are trialing a scheme to test passengers.

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Swissport wants to offer saliva swab tests to arriving travellers  before going home or to a hotel to begin self-isolation.

The test result would be known in no more than 24 hours – if it were positive, the passenger would contact the test-and-trace service and complete the two weeks of self-isolation.

Travellers who test negative, the company hopes, will be free to continue life as normal.

The test will cost around £140.

Mr Shapps said he was working with Heathrow and other airports to introduce measures and that he would announce them at the next review of the quarantine policy in around three weeks.

He said: “It is very important that we can ensure that we can provide reassurance to passengers, but also provide something useful with the screening beyond just asking people to take a temperature check.

“We are actively working with Heathrow and other airports to provide exactly those types of schemes in place.”

Speaking in the Commons Tory MP Felicity Buchan asked the Transport Secretary if he would back a Covid-19 testing scheme proposed by Collinson and Swissport.

Mr Shapps replied: "She will be interested to hear I am indeed in touch with Swissport and following those trials and proposals very carefully.

"As I indicated in a question or two back, we do believe it's important to be able to provide international standards and that may well include specific types of testing – so the answer is yes.”

Tomorrow the Government is expected to formally annouce the air bridges policy will come into force – with up to 75 countries on the list of safe countries.

It will mean that travellers won't need to isolate for two weeks at home after their return from a holiday.

Travel advice is set to be changed too – scrapping the advice which says it should only be essential.

The air bridges are likely to include most countries in Europe and beyond.

But the air bridges plans faced a last minute hitch last night as ministers scrambled to reassure Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland over the measures.

No10 held meetings yesterday with the devolved administrations that are cautious about abandoning the border quarantine policy.

Nicola Sturgeon is said to be “really objecting” to lifting the measures without being properly consulted.

And this morning Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: ""I am very keen to get the devolved administrations, including Scotland on board, so we can get this thing announced."

One industry source said: “The government really wants to make sure Scotland is onside – they do not want another case of mixed messages coming across the border.”



Yesterday the First Minister said if she blocks the measures it will be because she has “very seriously looked at the evidence and decided that isn’t necessary – not for political or constitutional reasons – but necessary from the point of view of tackling the virus.”

But No10 insisted last night the meeting was routine and there was “no drama” over the issue.

A spokesman added the meeting was arranged so devolved administrations were informed of the policy so they could “implement bits of it slightly differently” if they wanted.

A SNP source said: “We weren’t consulted when this measure was brought in, but we must ensure we make the right decision.”

There would be no powers to prevent Scots going to England to take flights abroad if Nicola Sturgeon did block the plans north of the border.


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Simply stretching could protect against heart attack and stroke

Simply stretching could protect against heart attack and stroke by loosening your arteries and improving blood flow, scientists say

  • Just 12 weeks of passive stretching can dilate arteries and improve blood flow 
  • Passive stretching involves an external force such as another person to stretch
  • This suits people who might find stretching exercises or exercise routines hard

New research recommends a good stretch to help protect against us heart diseases, diabetes and stroke by loosening our arteries.

Just three months of passive stretching helps improve blood flow by making it easier for arteries to dilate and decreasing their stiffness, Italian scientists report.

Passive stretching involves an external force, such as another person or an accessory, to stretch, whereas active stretching is performed on one’s own. 

The study shows the benefits of passive stretching, which may better suit people who find stretching and exercise routines difficult, due to the extra assistance. 

Researchers observed changes in blood vessels that could have implications for diseases including the top global killer, heart disease, and could help form cheap and drug-free treatment programmes.

Their study could also help reduce the long-term effects of limited mobility during the coronavirus lockdowns.

12 weeks of easy-to-administer stretching helps improve blood flow by making it easier for your arteries to dilate and decreasing their stiffness

‘This new application of stretching is especially relevant in the current pandemic period of increased confinement to our homes, where the possibility of performing beneficial training to improve and prevent heart disease, stroke and other conditions is limited,’ said study author Emiliano Ce at the University of Milan.

Vascular function, the ability of an artery to dilate and constrict, is an important marker of cardiovascular health, and improving and maintaining vascular function is crucial for the prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Recent studies have reported that acute passive stretching, a well-established practice in rehabilitation and sport, may have a positive effect on vascular function, arterial stiffness and arterial structure.

Photographs showing the passive stretching exercises undertaken by study participants. Passive stretching differs from active stretching in that the former involves an external force (another person or gravity) stretching you, whereas active stretching is performed on your own


Footballers help each other with cramp by way of a ‘passive stretch’ – one that involves assistance from an outside force

Passive stretching is a technique in which you are relaxed and make no contribution to the range of motion.

Instead, an outside agent creates force, either manually or mechanically.

Examples include using a towel, band, gravity or another person to help you stretch.

The splits is an example of a passive stretch – in this case the floor is the apparatus that’s used to maintain the extended position.

Footballers engage with passive stretching when they get their teammate to help them with cramp.

Active stretching is performed on our own with no external force.

An example would be bringing the leg up high and then holding it there without assistance anything (other than our leg muscles). 

Stretching loosens the muscles and prepares the body for the possibility of more intense activity, but it also has benefits whether or not this further activity is undertaken.

Researchers looked at passive stretching in particular, which requires the use of an ‘outside agent’ to create force for the stretch to happen.

Passive stretching – which can include help from a friend, an exercise accessory, gravity or even another part of the body – is useful in relieving spasms in muscles that are healing after an injury.

To learn more about passive stretching, researchers at the University of Milan assigned 39 healthy participants of both sexes to two groups.

The control group didn’t undergo any stretching, while the experimental group performed passive leg stretches five times a week for 12 weeks.

Methods to record vascular function and arterial stiffness – which were measured before and after 12 weeks – included through pulse wave analysis and flow-mediated dilation, which uses ultrasound to measure the widening of an artery when blood flow increases.

Arteries in both the lower leg and upper arm had increased blood flow and dilation when stimulated, along with decreased stiffness, they found.

Improvement in blood pressure, arterial stiffness and vascular function was noted in the arteries of the body parts directly and not directly involved in passive stretching of the lower limbs.

Blood pressure was decreased, arterial stiffness was reduced and vascular function was increased after 12 weeks of training.

Decreased stiffness and increased blood flow may have implications for diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes as they are characterised by changes in blood flow control due to an impaired vascular system.

Stretching may also be used during hospitalisation or after surgical interventions, in order to preserve the vascular health when patients have low mobility

The scientists say that if their experiments are replicated in patients with vascular disease, it could indicate whether or not this training method could serve as a new drug-free treatment for improving vascular health and reducing disease risk.

Passive stretching routines may also be used during hospitalisation or after surgical interventions to preserve the vascular health when patients have low mobility and can be also performed at home by carers or family members.

‘Passive stretching has been shown to be an effective means to improve vascular function, with practical implications for its use as a novel non-pharmacological treatment for improving vascular health, reducing the overall cardiovascular risk, especially in individuals with limited mobility,’ the team write in The Journal of Physiology. 

Passive stretching-induced improvements related to central mechanisms seemed to have a short duration, however, and they returned to pre-training rates within six weeks after the training routines ended.  

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Cops could bring in roadblocks to enforce Leicester lockdown and stop people leaving the city

POLICE chiefs have not ruled out bringing in roadblocks to enforce lockdown in Leicester.

Leicestershire police Chief Constable Simon Cole said the force was “thinking about all options” after being asked about roadblocks being imposed to stop people leaving the city.

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And Mr Cole said he had “huge sympathy” with people living on streets that had been cut down the middle on the lockdown map but added: “You’ve got to draw the line somewhere.”

The city was he first to be placed into local lockdown in the UK after a surge in coronavirus cases over a two-week period.

Mr Cole said the force hopes “common sense will prevail” and will only enforce the restrictions as a last resort.

When asked about roadblocks being brought in, Mr Cole said: “We’re thinking about all of our options but we hope that common sense will prevail.

“Most people have complied here through the previous iterations of the lockdown.


“It’s a pretty simple equation really – we live in an area where there’s a very, very dangerous disease that makes people really ill, and we currently, sadly, lead the nation in that illness.

“What people are being asked to do is stay at home, what people are being asked to do is only travel if it’s absolutely essential.

“People need to decide about personal risk – you might really want a pint this Saturday.

"I’d really like a pint this Saturday. I won’t be having one, and I won’t be having one in a pub because I don’t want to risk my health or the health of my mates, or the health of my family.”



Police have also revealed they will issue fines as a last resort for those who breach the lockdown measures and travel from Leicester to Nottingham to shop or visit pubs this weekend.

Nottinghamshire Police will be working with British Transport Police to ensure people are not jumping on trains to nearby Nottingham to watch Leicester City play on super Saturday or enjoy a few pints as lockdown eases for the rest of the country.

Anyone spotted travelling from Leicester will be stopped and asked to return home, with £100 fines issued as a last resort.

Meanwhile crisp maker Walkers has revealed 28 positive cases of Covid-19 at its factory in Leicester. 

The company – which employs 1,400 people across the site in the Beaumont Leys area of the city – said it had seen a “steady increase” in the number of confirmed cases during June.

The company claims the rise “coincides with the roll-out and uptake of testing”.

Walkers said its track and trace procedure indicated the transmission of the virus was “not in our factory”.

A spokesperson said: “We have shared our data and analysis with the health authorities and they support the view that our situation reflects transmission in the community and we do not have a transmission issue on site.”

The company added employees with a confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19 were self-isolating on full pay.

A number of other food processing plants in Leicester have had confirmed cases of the infection, including Samworth Brothers and Pladis, which makes biscuits for McVities.


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Atlantic City protesters could clash with Pagan’s Motorcycle Club: mayor

Atlantic City officials are trying to thwart a George Floyd protest on July 4th that could bring in counterprotesters from the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club, the city’s mayor said.

The demonstration is set for Saturday in front of the city’s Public Safety Building on Atlantic Avenue — but Mayor Marty Small Sr. said he and other officials have been in constant talks with the organizer, Steve Young, in hopes of nixing it.

“Let me just say this, we’re all for peaceful protests. We wouldn’t deny anyone the right to peaceful protest,” Small said in a Facebook Live video Tuesday night.

“However, we saw what happened when the initial peaceful protest turned for the worse. It wasn’t a good look on our city, it was an embarrassment, it was a detriment to our property to the businesses. People are just starting to recover.”

Small was referring to riots that swept across the city May 31 into June 1 as protests over Floyd’s death turned violent.

Young has vowed to “shut the city down” with the 1 p.m. protest, the Press of Atlantic City reported.

On Tuesday, a person who identified himself as a “Pagan” called into WPG Talk Radio saying 300 members of the outlaw motorcycle club were planning “to counter the Steve Young protest and support the police.”

“We plan on stopping those who plan on blocking things, from letting people into Atlantic City that need to work, that have come down to support the community and businesses that have been shut down, shuttered for the last three months,” the caller said.

Small said he was focused on protecting Atlantic City businesses that just reopened after closing due to coronavirus.

“This weekend and any other weekend, it’s too important to stop the flow of businesses. All of our families and friends are coming back to work,” he said.

As for the potential presence of Pagans, the mayor added, “That is all fine and dandy. However, we are going to take care of our affairs here in the city of Atlantic City.”

The Pagans — who investigators say are involved in drug trafficking and extortion — have grown from 10 to 17 chapters in New Jersey since 2016. There are roughly 900 Pagans across the country and 300 in the Garden State.

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LAPD could be replaced by community-based responders for ‘non-violent calls’ – The Sun

LOS Angeles' City Council has approved the first step towards replacing the police department with community-based, unarmed emergency responders for non-violent calls for service.

The move was described as a "dawn of a new era of public safety" for the city's residents and is in response to widespread protests to defund police.

"This won't solve all of our problems right away," said council member Herb Wesson, who co-authored the motion.

"But this move marks a sea change in our city's approach to public safety and I'm optimistic cities and counties across the nation will follow our lead.

"This is the dawn of a new era of public safety in Los Angeles," he continued, in a statement posted on Twitter.

"The bottom line is that the way things have been going is not working for our communities. This last month has made that crystal clear. We have a responsibility to listen to our people, and our people have spoken."

Wesson added he looked forward to continuing to work alongside LA's Black Lives Matter chapter.

Wesson introduced the motion on June 16, announcing: "Today I, alongside my colleagues, will introduce a motion to replace LAPD officers with unarmed, non-law enforcement agencies who will be responsible for responding to non-violent calls for service.

"We need to reimagine public safety in the 21st century. One which reduces the need for armed police presence, especially when the situation does not necessarily require it.

"We have gone from asking the police to be part of the solution, to being the only solution for problems they should not be called on to solve in the first place."

The motion, introduced by Wesson and council president Nury Martinez, instructs the LAPD to work with the county's Department of Mental Health, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority and other government agencies to respond to non-violent incidents, such as drug abuse and incidents related to mental health.

It would include diverting nonviolent calls for services, such as neighbor disputes and others from the LAPD to the appropriate non-law-enforcement agencies.

The news came as New York City's mayor Bill de Blasio said he would cut $1 billion in funding from the New York Police Department for 2021.

The cuts were described as not going far enough by some activists, and come in the face of calls to defund the police, as well as a $9 billion revenue shortfall for the city, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The mayor had initially planned to cut NYPD funding by less than 1 percent, while slashing youth services.


But thousands of protesters have been camped outside City Hall for the past week, demanding deeper cuts to police funding.

“It’s time to do the work of reform, to think deeply about where our police have to be in the future,” de Blasio told reporters on Tuesday.

In both NYC and LA, protests have been ongoing in an attempt to pressure officials to defund – or at least overhaul – police departments, following the death of George Floyd, a black man killed in police custody.

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PM warns Melburnians could be fined for refusing coronavirus test

Scott Morrison warns Melburnians could be FINED for refusing to take a test if they live in a coronavirus hot spot

  • Melburnians who refuse coronavirus test could face fines as outbreak continues
  • Almost 1,000 residents in Melbourne hotspots refused  to be tested last week
  • Prime Minister said figures were disappointing and hopes to provide incentives
  • Victoria has recorded 119 new cases of the deadly virus in the last two days 

Scott Morrison hasn’t ruled out enforcing fines for Melburnians who refuse a coronavirus test as the city struggles to control the pandemic after a sharp rise in new cases.

Victoria is experiencing a second wave of infections after recording its highest single-day spike in coronavirus cases in almost three months on Monday with 75 new cases, followed by another 64 on Tuesday.

The Prime Minister has thrown his support behind the Victorian government’s tough suburban lockdowns designed to save Melbourne from coronavirus.

The prime minister warned people refusing to be tested for the disease which has killed 104 Australians could face fines as a hotspot testing blitz continues.

Almost 1000 residents in coronavirus hotspots refused to be tested when authorities knocked on their door last week. 

‘It is disappointing. We are doing it the Australian way,’ Mr Morrison told Channel Nine’s Today Show on Wednesday.

There could be fines for Melburnians who refuse to be be tested for coronavirus after almost 1000 residents living in hotspots refused one last week. Pictured are queues at a drive-in coronavirus testing site at Melbourne Showgrounds on Tuesday

‘We’re looking to do it through incentive, through the use of carrot not stick. 

‘Occasionally the stick will have to be put about, whether it’s fines or sanctions in place to ensure we keep everybody safe.’ 

Mr Morrison said there was nothing surprising about Melbourne’s second outbreak, despite not yet being seen in other states and territories.

‘We always said there would be some. No system is perfect and Australia is still far ahead of the rest of the world,’ he said.

‘Let’s remember seven states and territories have pretty much no community transmission at all. 

‘Where outbreaks do occur you need to move on them as the Victorian Government is. 

‘They have our full support with that. We are putting significant resources in to assist them. 

Mr Morrison said mistakes in hotel quarantine were lessons for other states, noting no system would be perfect. 

He cautioned against other states reinstating shutdowns if local infection rates remain low.

‘We need to keep the economy open. If we don’t do that it will cost jobs.’

Lockdown will be reinforced across 10 Melbourne postcodes from Thursday until July 29.

People living in those areas will only be allowed to leave home for work, study, essential shopping, exercise or to receive or give care.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has also launched a judicial inquiry into hotel quarantine with a slew of cases linked to staff infection control breaches. 

Under Victoria’s aggressive coronavirus suppression measures, international flights will be diverted away from Melbourne for two weeks.

Queensland is banning Victorians from entering the state but welcoming other visitors from July 10.

South Australia has shelved plans to reopen its Victorian border but is weighing up a travel deal with NSW and the ACT.

Mr Morrison downplayed criticism from Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, who implored him to stop picking on her state over border closures.

There is an election in Queensland. I’m not surprised the rhetoric is amping up. 

‘We are keeping the country together. 

‘I made similar comments on changes in borders in South Australia.’

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National mask mandate ‘could save US economy $1TRILLION’ by preventing huge GDP losses caused by more lockdowns – The Sun

A NATIONAL mask mandate could save the US economy $1 trillion and prevent huge GDP losses triggered by another coronavirus lockdown, new research revealed.  

Face coverings have become highly politicized over the course of the COVID-19 crisis as officials plead with President Donald Trump to set an example and wear one.

New research from Goldman Sachs shows that ensuring all Americans wore a mask would actually slow the coronavirus spread – as well as preventing a 5 percent Gross Domestic Product (GDP) loss brought on by another lockdown.

This would save the nation $1 trillion that would otherwise be shaved off the GDP if people were forced to stay home again.

The GDP is a snapshot of the value of everything made within the US, like a scorecard of the country's economic wellbeing.

“If a face mask mandate meaningfully lowers coronavirus infections, it could be valuable not only from a public health perspective but also from an economic perspective because it could substitute for renewed lockdowns that would otherwise hit GDP,” the researchers wrote.

Analysts for Goldman's revealed that wearing face coverings has a significant impact on the outcome on the country's progress.

They found that a federal mask mandate would “meaningfully” increase mask usage across the country as people covered up in public places.

This would have a notable impact in Republican stronghold states like Florida and Texas, where residents don't have to wear a mask but cases are rising.

What's more, a national mandate would increase the portion of people who wearing masks by 15 percent.

It would also cut the daily growth of new cases – which are surging in certain states – by between 0.6 percent and 1 percent.

But masks have become a partisan issue.

Presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden said on Thursday that if elected in November, he'd do "everything possible" to ensure people wore face masks during the pandemic.

Earlier this month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also urged Americans to cover up their nose and mouth, saying “real men wear masks."

On Monday, Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appealed to Trump to put on a mask on by superimposing one on the President's face during his daily press briefing.

"The President can do two things. First, sign an executive order directing everyone to wear a mask," Cuomo said in a statement.

"[He] doesn't have to pass a piece of legislation, doesn't have to call the Congress, just sign an executive order saying wear a mask.

"Then let the President lead by example and let the President put a mask on it because we know it works."

Fox News’ Steve Doocy has also pleaded with Trump to don a face covering, saying it would "just set a good example."

“I think that if the president wore one, it would just set a good example. He’d be a good role model. I don’t see any downside to the president wearing a mask in public,” Doocy said on Tuesday.

"MAGA’ should now stand for ‘Masks Are Great Again.’ Let me give you some marketing advice right there,” he told Ronna McDaniel, the chair of the Republican National Committee.

Trump has yet to be seen publicly wearing one, bar briefly putting on his POTUS-embroidered mask during his private tour of the Ford factory in Michigan last month.

"I didn't want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it," Trump said before showing off his own fabric face covering, which he'd reportedly removed for most of his visit.

"It was very nice. It looked very nice. They said [it was] not necessary."

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Majorca and Ibiza could close again to tourists this summer if there's a big coronavirus outbreak, warns health minister

HEALTH chiefs in the Balearic Islands say the region could have to be closed again to foreign tourists if the Covid-19 situation worsens.

Around 20 outbreaks of coronavirus have been reported in more than 10 parts of Spain a week after it re-opened its borders to international tourism.

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They include an outbreak at a Red Cross centre in Malaga on the Costa del Sol where the number of positives has reached 90.

Majorca, the largest Balearic island, was at the centre of a pilot scheme involving German holidaymakers which got off the ground a week before Spain re-opened to tourists properly last Sunday. 

Regional government health minister Patricia Gomez, whose remit also covers Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, said yesterdaya new shutdown could not be ruled out.

She told respected Majorcan newspaper Diario de Mallorca: “We will definitely have small outbreaks of Covid-19.

“If we have an important outbreak among tourists this summer, we may have to consider closing the island again.”

Saying she was more concerned about a new outbreak this summer rather than in autumn, she added: “I’m more worried about summer in terms of us becoming more relaxed about security.

“We’ll have to see how the virus behaves and whether it is weakened by the heat. 

"I am concerned there will be more cases during the holiday season.”

She also hinted tourists who fall ill with coronavirus could be made to pay for their accommodation if they test positive after arriving.

They will have to be put up in apartments in places like Calvia which have been set aside for those needing quarantine but not hospital.

She told the paper: “We will bill health costs like we always do. Both for Europeans with a European Health Insurance Card and non-EU citizens.”

Asked who would be expected to pay quarantine accommodation, she added: “That is something we still have to look at.”

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NHS could be behind schedule for FOUR YEARS

NHS could be behind schedule for FOUR YEARS, doctors warn because of treatment backlog caused by coronavirus crisis

  • Some hospitals will only be able to provide 40 per cent of the care they delivered before the crisis 
  • Hospital bosses said they are doing everything they can to restore services
  • Waiting lists for operations could rise from 4.2 million to 10 million by the end of this year 

The NHS will not be able to return to normal for as long as four years due to the treatment backlog caused by the coronavirus crisis, hospital bosses warned.   

Some hospitals will only be able to provide 40 per cent of the care they delivered before the crisis began due to their drive to remain infection-free. 

The waiting list for operations could rise from 4.2 million people to 10 million by the end of this year, experts believe. 

Hospitals are closing beds and surgeons are carrying out fewer procedures because they need to wear protective clothing, The Observer reported.  

Some hospitals will only be able to provide 40 per cent of the care they delivered before the crisis began due to their drive to remain infection-free

Group chief executive of Warwick hospital, George Eliot hospital in Nuneaton and County hospital in Hereford Glen Burley said: ‘It could be four years before waiting times get back to pre-Covid levels. We could see that. It’s certainly years, not months.’    

Many normal services were reduced so that hospitals could focus on tackling coronavirus. 

They are now under pressure from ministers and health charities to resume care for patients with conditions such as cancer and obesity. 

Chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents health service trusts, Niall Dickson told The Observer: ‘With social distancing and the need for personal protective equipment it is simply not possible in many services to deliver as much care as would have been possible in the past. 

‘Some services will not manage much more than 40% productivity.’ 

Tumours have spread when surgery was postponed and also have gone undetected. 

2.1 million patients are awaiting crucial screening for breast, cervical and bowel cancer, Cancer Research UK said at the end of May. 

Another 290,000 have missed out on urgent referrals to confirm or rule out tumours.

And at least 21,600 patients have had surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy postponed in the past nine weeks.

Hospital bosses said they are doing everything they can to restore services before the extra pressure of next winter. 

Hospital bosses said they are doing everything they can to restore services before the extra pressure of next winter

A potential second wave of coronavirus could force care to be suspended again, so hospital bosses plan to increase the number of beds and treat as many patients as they can.  

Some hospital trusts have split their hospitals, using one to treat emergency cases and coronavirus patients, with another for planned procedures.   

On Friday surgeons called for same-day coronavirus testing so hospitals could start clearing the backlog of NHS operations. 

One in three surgeons said they can’t restart routine ops, such as hip and knee replacements – despite pressure to resume normal services. 

More than half of people waiting for tests in England had been waiting for six weeks or more by April.

In February just 2.8 per cent of people booked in for tests had to wait for six weeks, but this had soared to 55 per cent by April because of the pandemic. 

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