LONDON (AP) — When the U.K.’s coronavirus death toll surpassed 100,000 this week, it was much more than just a number to Justin Fleming. Lying in a hospital bed, he knew how easily he could have become one of them. Fleming was rushed to London’s King’s College Hospital in mid-January as he struggled for breath. The 47-year-old says he was saved from becoming another death statistic by the “incredible” staff. Fleming is one of more than 37,000 coronavirus patients in Britain’s hospitals, where overworked staff on overcrowded wards are fighting COVID-19 one patient at a time with no end in sight. One nursing manager says the pace is relentless but staff just “take every shift as it comes.”
There’s another unnecessary distraction for Liverpool ahead of tonight’s clash away to Leicester.Striker Mario Balotelli could face action from the Football Association after posting a picture online which contained a number of stereotypes about different ethnic groups.The post, which the Italian has since deleted from his Instagram account, has been labelled racist and anti-Semitic. Balotelli has defended himself, saying his mother is Jewish.Liverpool say they’ll be talking to the player about the issue.In the nights other action Burnley host Newcastle, Manchester United meet Stoke, Swansea clash with QPR, West Brom meet West Ham and Aston Villa travel to Crystal Palace looking for a first league win since September.