Motorists in a jam as Covid-19 leaves them waiting months for DVLA documents

<span>Photograph: John Stillwell/PA</span>
Photograph: John Stillwell/PA

Frustrated car owners have been waiting months for vital documents and left unclear about whether they can legally drive their vehicles because of a backlog of applications caused by the coronavirus crisis.

In the past few months, licence renewals and changes to vehicle registration (V5C) documents have been backing up at the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency’s Swansea offices, leaving thousands of people waiting months to get them back.

Since Guardian Money wrote about the case of a driver struggling to get hold of a car logbook, readers have swamped our Consumer Champions’ inbox with reports of long delays and how impossible it has become to contact the UK government agency.

Those sending off their driving licence or V5C document for routine changes of address report waiting months. Some, with more complex cases, say they have been waiting since January for applications to be dealt with.

While many

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COVID-19 pandemic leaves pregnant women feeling isolated, ‘invisible’

Pregnancy usually has ups (Strangers hold doors for you!) and downs (Strangers try to touch your stomach!). But what about during a global viral pandemic, when you don’t interact with many strangers at all, and no one wants to touch a door knob, much less another person?

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Chicago-area couple Jacklyn and Josh Moorman, both 28, struggled with infertility for four years before finding out they were finally expecting what Jacklyn called their “miracle” this past February.

“In the very early stages of pregnancy, I felt the joy and excitement I always imagined,” Moorman told TODAY Parents. Then COVID-19 hit the United States in March and she lost her job, putting the couple in financial straits they did not expect.

They have

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San Diego Comic Con’s Virtual Event Leaves Fans With Mixed Feelings

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Outside of 2020 being known as the year of the pandemic, it could also go down as the year events finally embraced the virtual. Virtual film festivals and conventions have existed prior to our current global health crisis, but this new normal marks the first time major events like San Diego Comic-Con have moved the physical experience of being in the room where it happens to the online sphere.

Comic-Con 2020 At Home was a gamble, and it’s one that had to come together quickly. The resulting event this week should receive some credit for existing at all — it would have been far easier to postpone or cancel the entire convention. But what transpired over the past few days can serve as a lesson to other organizations facing similar real-world restrictions. A key takeaway: putting pre-recorded panels online and closing off the

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Covid Leaves Its Mark on Three Health Giants

(Bloomberg Opinion) — Health-care earnings season is firmly here, with reports now in from three pillars of the sector: pharmacy giant Walgreen Boots Alliance Inc., health insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc. and drug-and-device conglomerate Johnson & Johnson. Against the backdrop of a global pandemic, each had a singular quarter. And while experiences varied given the different niches each of the companies occupy, taken together they present a comprehensive picture of the outbreak’s impact on the industry and the risks it still poses.

Walgreens, the first to report on July 9, was the hardest hit in many respects because its pharmacy counters are surrounded by retail offerings that were affected by economy-slowing efforts to contain the virus. The results also point to big trans-Atlantic differences in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. A stringent U.K. lockdown led to enormous sales declines at the company’s stores there. Varied and often shorter U.S. shutdowns kept

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Coronavirus Survivor, 32, Leaves Hospital After 93 Days and Telling Doctor ‘Make Sure I Wake Up’

After nearly 100 days in the hospital battling the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a young California father has been reunited with his family.

Michael Orantes, 32, was released from a hospital in Inglewood, California, on Thursday, 93 days after he arrived sick with COVID-19, KTLA 5 reported.

Orantes tested positive for the contagious respiratory virus after he arrived back home from a trip to Spain in March and was admitted to the Centinela Hospital Medical Center, where he stayed in the Intensive Care Unit for two months, according to the outlet.

Despite the fact that Orantes was otherwise healthy and had no underlying health conditions, his doctor told KTLA 5 that his condition worsened and he needed to be put on a ventilator. During his time in the hospital, he lost 35 percent of his body weight, the outlet reported.

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