Living hell of families stuck in flats during pandemic must be acknowledged

From: E Nicholson, Weetwood Court, Leeds.

HAVING just watched the 6pm BBC news, I could not understand why those living in high-rise accommodation or houses without their own outside space were left out of a report on the increased anxiety and isolation felt as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead, it focused on people who had their own gardens and I was amazed that no mention was made of those people having to cope with far worse situations. I imagine that a garden would be a positive bonus to those who do not have such a luxury.

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A report on members of the public who really know what a lockdown means would have been much more useful in getting those people in relative comfort to appreciate their blessings.

Residents applaud NHSheroes and keyw workers from their flats - even though the coronavirus lockdown poses significant challenges for families.

I am not suggesting that reporters breach the social distancing guidelines by going into flats or houses to conduct face-to-face interviews, but many news items use video links at the moment. It would be good to have a proper balance on the national news.

From: Peter Hyde, Driffield.

IT strikes me that although the lockdown is hard on everybody, and particularly hard on those who are active and love being out and about, it looks as though it will be sometime before it safely can be relieved (The Yorkshire Post, April 10).  

We shall just have to make the best of things.  Unfortunately there are those among us who have lost almost everything through the restrictions that they can see no way of carrying on.

Families living in tower blocks are at a particular disadvantage over the Covid-19 lockdown.

Pray God that such people receive all the help possible to enable them to cope.

From: John Seymour, Church Fenton, Tadcaster.

I CAN only hope that huge resources are poured into the NHS after this crisis – building more hospitals, increasing staff levels, training, and subsidised accommodation, all have which been reduced for political purposes to get one or the other parties into power with the lowest proposed taxes.

It is very obvious that the NHS has been starved of cash by successive governments for many years. I hope that lessons have been learnt and that taxes across the board will need to rise to realistic levels.

Should more money be made available to the NHS following the Covid-19 pandemic?

From: Lorna Macdonald, Holmfirth.

WHY pack your shopping trolley with more food than you need? To me that only smacks of selfishness and greed.

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