Daily Update 31/07/2020


The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stand at 46,119, an increase of 120 as of today. 

According to the ONS, daily Coronavirus cases in England have risen from 3,200 last week to 4,200. These findings are based on tests of households in England, excluding care homes and hospitals. The ONS estimates that daily cases are significantly higher than those reported by the Department of Health and Social Care because the ONS’ data includes people without symptoms. 

People that have been asked to shield across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland will no longer be required to isolate from today. From Saturday those shielding will no longer receive food packages or medicine deliveries from the government. 

Daily Update 27/07/2020


The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 45,756, an increase of 7 as of today. 

Surges in the number of infections across Europe have forced countries to implement stricter restrictions on travellers. On Saturday the UK government announced that Britons on holiday in Spain would be required to isolate for two-weeks upon their return. France has also imposed similar restrictions on visitors from Spain. 

Online junk food ads face a total UK ban in an effort by the government to tackle obesity. Restrictions will require large restaurants or chains with more than 250 staff employees to put calorie labels on their food items. There will also be restrictions on ‘by-one-get-one-free’ deals and other discounts on junk food. 

Daily Update 21/07/2020


The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 45,422, an increase of 110 as of today. 

UK public sector workers are to receive a pay increase of up to 3.1%. In a statement Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, said that “these past months have underlined what we always knew – that our public sector workers make a vital contribution to our country and that we can rely on them when we need them.” Between 2013-18 public sector pay was frozen for most public sector workers and pay increases were limited to 1% to help combat the government’s budget deficit. These pay increases represent the largest increase in public sector pay since that period. 

Britain and the European Union will fail to sign a post-Brexit deal with only a few days left before Boris Johnsons’ July deadline. According to the Telegraph the UK’s assumption is that there will be no deal. 

Daily Update 13/07/2020


The total death toll as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 44,830, an increase of 11 as of today. 

Tomorrow the government is set to announce that face-masks will be compulsory in shops across England, however these restrictions will not come into place until 24 July. Fines of up to £100 will be levied against anyone that breaks the new rules. 

The government’s post-EU immigration rules have come under criticism as it has been revealed that the new fast-track immigration system will not include care workers. Many care workers will be excluded from the list of workers eligible for the fast-track because their roles do not require sufficiently advanced qualifications or attract high enough salaries. 

POSTNote: Online extremism


Extremism is possible in any ideology, including (but not limited to) politics and religion. Extremism can affect mental well-being, amplify hostility and threaten democratic debate. The global reach of the internet poses social and technological challenges for safeguarding citizens from extremism online. When the Commission for Countering Extremism surveyed over 2500 members of the public in 2019, 56% agreed that a lot more should be done to counter extremism online. This POSTnote outlines how the online environment can be used for extremist purposes, how exposure to online extremism can influence people and potential strategies to counter extremist content online.

Find the full POSTNote here: https://post.parliament.uk/research-briefings/post-pn-0622/

Daily Update 28/05/2020


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 06/05/2020


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 28/04/2020


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


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 24/04/2020


The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 19,506, an increase of 684.

The Coronavirus website set up to allow key workers and their families to arrange testing has had to close because of high demand. This has led to the government receiving criticism for their failure to anticipate the scale of demand.