Is China Coronavirus ‘as deadly as Spanish flu”? Also: inside Lisa Nandy's Labour leader race, and the legacy of a comedy legend

UK Health organisations have stepped up precautions over the outbreak of the new pneumonia-like Coronavirus. The World Health Organisation are likely to declare the disease a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Heathrow airport will screen travellers from the Chinese region of the outbreak as they arrive. The Leader podcast speaks to the Evening Standard’s City Hall editor Ross Lydall, who was briefed today that the virus could be ‘as deadly as Spanish flu’.


Lisa Nandy enters Labour race:

Lisa Nandy has set out her stall for the Labour leadership race with plans to change to tax and welfare policies. Sophia Sleigh updates The Leader podcast from the Evening Standard’s Westminster office.


Terry Jones dies

Monty Python legend Terry Jones has died aged 77. Terry was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia in 2016 leaving him unable to give interviews. Chief theatre critic Nick Curtis joins the Leader podcast to discuss the legacy of ‘one of Britain’s greats’.


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David Marsland 0:00  

Thank you for listening to The Leader. Please do subscribe, rate, comment and like wherever you get your podcasts so you don't miss an episode. We've got some really good guests coming up in the days ahead, now from the Evening Standard in London, this is The Leader


Hi, I'm David Marsland, Heathrow Airport's screening some passengers as doctors tried to halt a deadly mutating virus from China. But is it already here?


Unknown Speaker 0:35  

It's been a lot of work done since Sars that shows that in general, in formal airport screening of everyone's temperature has low efficiency. Well, actually, more cases, we'll


David Marsland 0:47  

get through the new pick up disease expert Professor Peter hoby. spoken to the Evening Standard health editor Ross Lydall. Also  


Sophia Sleigh 0:53  

She's just secured her place on the ballot paper. She's just won the endorsement of two unions and one affiliate group


David Marsland 1:01  

Could Lisa Nandy upset the odds and become Labour leader after Jess Phillips pulled out of the race, we ask our political correspondent Sophia Sleigh.. And:


Nick Curtis 1:10  

He was a really extraordinarily sort of rounded and interesting individual and also I have to say a very nice man


David Marsland 1:16  

Critic Nick Curtis on Terry Jones, the Monty Python star who's died age 77.


Taken from the Evening Standard editorial column this is The Leader, for the whole thing pick up the newspaper or had to standard.co.uk/comment. In a moment airports are now the front line in the defense against the Wuhan virus- why an expert doesn't think it'll work


The current virus outbreak started in a food market in China's Wuhan region. There are now more than 440 cases recorded in locations around the world, nine people have died. Now some British experts are warning it could have the same mortality rate as The Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, which killed at least 20 million people, Heathrow Airport started screening some passengers coming from China. Our editorial column says it can be stopped if international leaders work together.


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