Daily Update 11/05/2020

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Today the government published a 50-page document, “Our Plan to Rebuild”, which set out a three-phased plan for easing the nationwide lockdown. 

The first phase of the strategy will be begin this week and allow citizens of England to leave their homes as many times as they’d like for exercise and leisure. Scotland, Wales and Northern Island have not altered their lockdown restrictions. The report advises that people use face coverings in places where social distancing cannot be observed, such as on public transport.

The report goes on to state that the only long-term solution to Coronavirus is a vaccine or a drug-based treatment, which may be more than a year away. 

Phase two of the government’s plan, which will not take place before June 1, will involve the reopening of primary schools and non-essential shops. There is a possibility that households may be allowed to mix with one another at this stage. 

Phase three, which will take place no sooner than June 4, will involve the opening of restaurants, pubs, hotels, and hairdressers. Business which cannot meet social distancing guidelines will not be re-opened, according to the report. 

Research by the ONS has shown that men in blue-collar jobs were more than twice as likely than the rest of the working age population to contract Coronavirus. These findings come after government’s decisions to allow workers from the construction industry and other similar trades to return to work. 

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 06/05/2020

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The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stands at X, an increase of X

In his first Prime Minister’s Questions since being admitted to hospital Boris Johnson said that the government will introduce measures to ease the lockdown by Monday. 

The UK has failed to reach their target of 100,000 tests a day for four days in a row –  69,463 tests were administered in the last 24 hours. 

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said that he is preparing to winddown the furlough scheme from July. The government has not yet put forward any concrete proposals as to how this would be done. 

Neil Ferguson, the British epidemiologist who has been in charge of shaping the Government’s response to the pandemic, has resigned after it was revealed by the Telegraph that he had broken met with a lover on two occasions during the lockdown. Matt Hancock has said that he would back the police if they felt a need to take further action. 

Daily Update 05/05/2020

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The total Coronavirus death toll has now passed that of Italy’s, standing at 29,427, an increase of 693 as of today. 

In the daily briefing Dominic Raab, the Secretary of State, rejected attempts to draw comparisons between the UK and Italy. 

Doctors in Birmingham have launched an urgent report into BAME deaths as a result of Coronavirus. This report comes after several media reports have drawn attention to the disproportionate number of Black Asian and Minority people that have died as a result of Coronavirus.

The number of key workers and members of their family who have tested positive for Coronavirus has overtaken the number of sick people in hospitals. 

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 01/05/2020

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The total death toll as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 27,510, an increase of 739. 

Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, announced that the government had met their target, set in the beginning of April, of reaching 100,000 tests per day by the end of April. According to the Health Secretary 122,347 were administered on 30th April. 

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 28/04/2020

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There have now been 21,678  total deaths as a result of Coronavirus, an increase of 586.  

Eighty-five NHS staff have died as a result of Coronavirus and today people across the country took a moment of silence at 11am to commemorate them. 

The government has announced that the NHS’ new contact tracing app will be ready to use within two to three weeks. The new app alerts users to recent contacts who are infected with coronavirus. 

In his daily briefing Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, announced that from tomorrow the government will publish not just the deaths in hospital but the deaths in care homes and communities. 

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.