Daily Update 20/05/2020

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The total death toll as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 35,704, an increase of 363 as of today. 

In Prime Minister’s Questions Boris Johnson stated that by June the government will have a test, track and trace system in place. 

The government’s plans to reopen schools in June if the rate of infection allows for it has been met with criticism from teachers unions and local authorities. 

Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, has warned that the UK’s economy could suffer permanent “scarring”. “We are”, the Chancellor stated, “likely to face a severe recession, the likes of which we haven’t seen.”

Daily Update 19/05/2020

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The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 35,341, an increase of 545 as of today. 

In the daily Coronavirus briefing George Eustice, the Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, announced that the government was encouraging British nationals to apply for farm harvesting jobs around the country. This call comes in response to a shortage in farm labour from countries such as Romania that usually make up Britain’s seasonal work force. The government have launched a website, www.pickforbritain.org.uk, where information on farm harvesting vacancies can be found. 

The number of people claiming unemployment benefits in the UK jumped to its highest rate on record after the start of the Coronavirus lockdown, according to new figures from the ONS.   

Daily Update 18/05/2020

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The total death toll as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 33,796, an increase of 160 as of today. 

The chief medical officers have stated that anosmia, loss of taste and smell, should be added to the other two warning symptoms for Coronavirus, a continuous cough and a high temperature. Anyone experiencing any of the three symptoms should self-isolate for 14 days. 

Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU are still ongoing. The main point of disagreement is that the EU is demanding that any future trade deal come with an enforceable level playing of regulations. The EU negotiators mandate that the UK continue to continue to apply the Bloc’s state-aid restrictions, keeping pace with environmental and labour regulations set by the EU. 

Daily Update 04/05/2020

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The total death toll as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 28,734, an increase of 288. 

In his daily briefing Matt Hancock announced the start of the government’s track and trace app will be trialled this week in the Isle of White. He has asked anyone living on the Island to download the app. 

In the UK the department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy have issued guidelines on a possible return to work. Guidelines include curtailment of hot-desking, closing of staff canteens and the staggering of shifts to minimise contact that could potential transmit the virus. The report, put together after consultation with executives, trade bodies and unions, has been met with criticism. The TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady has criticised the report for leaving it up to employers to decide what constitutes a safe distance between workers, cleaning practices and PPE provision. 

Within the Labour Party, Jennie Formby, a key supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, has resigned from her position as Party Secretary. The move has been widely seen as signally a major sea change within the Party. 

lockdown measures have been eased in Spain and Italy, allowing millions to return to work and participate in public life. 

Daily Update 30/04/2020

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The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 26,711, an increase of 674 as of today. 

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, gave the daily briefing for the first time since being admitted to hospital for Coronavirus earlier this month. Johnson announced that we have now passed the peak of the spread of the virus and that the rate of infection is below one across the country, meaning that one person with the virus on average infects less than one person.

Daily Update 29/04/2020

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The total Coronavirus death toll, including deaths in care homes, hospitals and the wider community, now stands at 26,097. The increase of 3,811 from yesterday’s figure is a result of the government’s decision to add deaths outside of hospitals to the total. The figure of 3,811 includes deaths spread over the period between 2 March to 28 April. The total deaths increased today by 769.

The government has stood by their commitment, made early this month, to have 100,000 tests a day. In the daily briefing Raab stated that the government was still working on increasing capacity for tests. 

Daily Update 27/04/2020

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The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stand at 21,092, an increase of 360. 

In the daily briefing Matt Hancock announced that families of NHS staff who have died from Coronavirus will receive payments worth £60,000. 

Hancock also announced that, from tomorrow, cancer treatments in the NHS that have been on hold will resume. The health secretary also reassured the public that the NHS was still available for anyone that needs it. In the daily briefing he asked the public not to avoid making use of the NHS if they feel that they need medical care. 

In Parliament today, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that the government’s job retention scheme would be extended until the end of June. Sunak also announced a new 100% government backed loan for small businesses. 

Daily Update 23/04/2020

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The total death toll as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 18,738, an increase of 616. 

In his daily briefing Matt Hancock, the Health secretary, stood by the government’s commitment to keep the lockdown restrictions in place. He also stated that it was the government’s aim to continue to increase testing up to the 100,000 per day figure given early this month. As of today, capacity for test, as opposed to actual tests administered, has increased to 50,000 a day. 

Employers of essential workers will be able to get a Coronavirus test for their workers and essential workers will be also be able to get a test through the new Coronavirus website set up by the government. These tests will not only be available to key workers from tomorrow but to their families as well.  

UK Universities have reported losses of more than £2bn and have asked the government for a bailout. The government has yet to respond with a proposal. 

Daily Update 16/04/2020

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There have now been 13,729 deaths as a result of Coronavirus, an increase of 861. 

In his daily briefing the Secretary of State Matt Hancock claimed that although we have seen a reduction in the number of infections the government will not ease up on lockdown restrictions. Doing so would only risk causing further damage to public health and the economy. The current lockdown members will stay in place for three more weeks. 

The government has been met with calls to investigate the disproportionate effect that Coronavirus has had on Black Asian and Minority Ethnic people. 

Daily Update 15/04/2020

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As of today, the total death toll as a result of Coronavirus stands at 12,868, an increase of 761. 

Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State, gave the daily briefing today which largely focused on the care sector. This has come after many news outlets have drawn attention to deaths in care homes. The Secretary of State announced that all care home residents who have been admitted to hospitals will now be tested before returning to their care homes. 

The Labour Party continues to deal with the aftermath of the revelations from their leaked ECHR report. The report, which alleges that factionalism prevented the party from responding adequately to antisemitism, has led to condemnation of sections of the Party from Labour MPs, members, and union officials.