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UK homeless deaths rise by more than a third in a year, study finds
Deaths among homeless people have risen by more than a third in a year, according to an analysis by a social justice group that found that almost 1,000 unhoused people had died across the UK in 2020.
The Museum of Homelessness (MoH), a community-driven organisation which runs the Dying Homeless Project, called for action to prevent a repeat of such “terrible loss of life”. Among cases where a cause of death was confirmed, 36% were related to drug and alcohol use and 15% were suicide.
Jess Tuttle, the organisation’s co-founder, said the findings demonstrated how the pandemic had hit a system “already cut to the bone from 10 years of austerity”. The MoH is now calling for a national confidential inquiry into homeless deaths.
A total of 976 deaths were recorded across the four nations in 2020: 693 in England and Wales, 176 in Scotland, and 107 in Northern Ireland. There were 710 deaths registered in the 2019 study, the group said:
Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines and Emirates are among the airlines to trial a “digital travel pass” intended to ease international travel during the pandemic.
The Travel Pass app was developed by the International Air Transport Association and launched last year, allowing travellers to store and present Covid-19 test results and their vaccination status for verification on check-in.
Air NZ’s chief digital officer Jennifer Sepull described it as “a digital health certificate that can be easily and securely shared with airlines”, Stuff.NZ reports.
Air NZ’s three-week trial will start in April, with both aircrew and customers.Vaccinations began in New Zealand on Friday, with high-risk managed isolation, quarantine and border workers the…