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Coronavirus: Safety fears over lack of translated virus advice

From the BBC 

A lack of translated coronavirus guidance is jeopardising the safety of non-English speakers in the UK, a joint letter to the health secretary claims.

The government said it has translated public health information into 25 languages, reaching a “wide audience”.

But campaigners say it is a “limited range of languages” and the translations can take weeks to be updated when advice or rules change.

One charity said the government has so far shown “no engagement” on the issue.

More than four million people in England and Wales do not consider English to be their main language, including more than 860,000 people who speak little or no English, according to the most recent official figures.(opens in a new tab)

In the UK, 88 languages other than English are spoken as a main language.

A government spokesperson said it “wouldn’t be feasible” to provide translations of all of these languages but that it had translated some of its “key messages” around coronavirus into the most common languages spoken in the UK.

You can read the full article here (opens in a new tab)

However, for our area, see below:

The Migrant Information Hub contains comprehensive Covid-19 information for migrants and services in Yorkshire and Humber

This includes links to NHS Coronavirus information translated by Doctors of the World and national and local guidance

To see all the information and guidance the have to offer go to the Hub (opens in a new tab)

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