Daily Update 03/06/2020

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The total death toll as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 39,728, an increase of 359 as of today. 

In the daily briefing the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, urged anyone with symptoms to apply for a test at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus, as soon as they develop symptoms. Johnson also announced that anyone arriving in the UK from abroad will be asked to isolate for 14-days.  

The Government’s report into BAME deaths as a result of Coronavirus has led to controversy after third-party submissions were left out of the Government’s commissioned report. Organisations such as the Muslim Council of Britain have expressed dismay at the lack of inclusion of their suggestions to tackle racism and discrimination in the NHS. 

Daily Update 01/06/2020

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1,570 Coronavirus cases have been confirmed as of yesterday, the lowest since 25 March. The total death toll as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 39,045, an increase of 111 as of today. 

In the daily briefing Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, stated that this trend suggests that the UK government is making significant progress with combating the virus. 

According to a new survey, more than half of parents are planning to keep their children at home, despite primary schools being open to more pupils from Today. Schools across the country are trialing new measures, such as reducing class sizes to 15, to deal with Coronavirus. 

Brexit negotiations between the UK and EU are still undergoing. The deadline for the UK to request an extension for up to two years is the end of June.

Daily Update 28/05/2020

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The total death toll as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 37,837, an increase of 377 as of today. 

In the daily briefing, Boris Johnson announced that from Monday lockdown measures which have been in place since 20 March will now be eased. On Monday nurseries, other early years settings, reception, year one and year six, will be allowed to open. On 15 June secondary schools will be allowed to open for years 10 and 12. Shops will also allowed to open with outdoor retail and car showrooms taking the lead. On the 15 June non-essential retail will allowed to be open if the rate of infection continues to decline. 

Groups of six people from different households will be allowed to meet in private gardens from Monday as long as they continue to observe social distancing rules. The Prime Minister cautioned that although meetings of different households were allowed, people should avoid meeting people from several households in quick succession.

Daily Update 26/05/2020

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The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 37,048 as of today, an increase of 134. For the first time since March there were zero deaths recorded in Northern Ireland. Nationwide this week has seen the lowest number of Coronavirus deaths in six weeks. 

Over the weekend it was alleged by several newspapers that Dominic Cummings, a key advisor to the Prime Minister, had broken the rules of the quarantine and travelled do Durham to visit his family between 27 March and 14 April. In a statement on Monday Cummings denied breaking the conditions of the lockdown, claiming that his decision to travel to Durham to care for his four-year-old child was a response to what he perceived to be “exceptional circumstances.” By travelling to Durham, Cummings claimed that, he was exercising his “personal judgement” within the guidelines of the lockdown in response to exceptional circumstances. 

In response to Cumming’s refusal to apologise for his actions several Conservative MPs have resigned from their positions and called for the Prime Minister’s adviser’s resignation. 

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 07/05/2020

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The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stand at 30,615, an increase of 539 as of today. 86,583 test were carried out yesterday, an increase on yesterday’s figure but bellow the target of 100,000 a day set last month.

The reproduction number, R, which measures the rate at which the virus is transmitted from person to person is now between 0.5 and 0.  

In the daily briefing Dominic Raab confirmed that the Prime Minister will put forward a plan on how lockdown measures will be eased on Sunday. Although the content of these changes have not been made explicit, Boris Johnson has said that they would be “very limited”. 

The Bank of England has warned that the UK is set to enter the worst recession for 300 years with a drop in output of almost 30% in the first half of 2020. 

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.