Daily Update 21/04/2020

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The total number of deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 17,337, an increase of 852. 

In the daily briefing the Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, stated that although lockdown measures seem to be working, the government would not let up on them until death rates fell “sustainably and consistently” and there was “no risk of a second peak.”

The Health Secretary stood by the government’s commitment to insure that there would be a steady supply of PPE. Over a billion items of PPE have, according to the government, already been delivered and the government is in discussion with 159 potential UK manufacturers for the production of future supplies. 

Matt Hancock also affirmed the government’s commitment to find a vaccine for the virus. To aide this, £42 million has been awarded to Imperial College London and Oxford University for clinical trials. The first of these trials is due to take place this Thursday.

On Monday evening oil prices experienced an unprecedented collapse, falling into negative territory for the first time in history. This has effectively meant that oil producers were paying for buyers to take excess oil out of their hands. 

Daily Update 20/04/2020

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The total number of deaths caused by Coronavirus now stands at 16,509, an increase of 459. 

The big story over the weekend was an article published by the Times. The article alleged that the government failed to respond swiftly to Coronavirus, and that the Prime Minister himself missed several Cobra meetings in the early weeks of the crisis. 

In the daily briefing Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, reiterated the government’s commitment to providing more Personal Protective Equipment for frontline NHS staff. This comes after several news outlets have published stories on the lack of availability of PPE in hospitals. The Chancellor stated that the government was working with business and other countries to arrange for the manufacture and delivery of additional supplies. 

The Chancellor also confirmed that the government had fulfilled its promise to offer business loans to firms affected by Coronavirus and to pay the wages of furloughed workers. According to the government, thousands of workers and businesses should expect to receive their payments by the end of this week. 

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. 

Daily Update 09/04/2020

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As of today, 7,978 Coronavirus related deaths have been recorded, an increase of 881. 

In his morning briefing Dominic Raab, the First Secretary, announced that it was “too early” to decide whether to reduce lockdown measures. 

The Prime Minister “continues to make positive steps forward”, according to Dominic Raab.  Boris. 

With a warm Easter weekend expected, the government has urged the public to abide by the lockdown guidelines. These guidelines are to stay at home for all but essential travel and one trip out for exercise a day.  

Daily Update 08/04/2020

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Daily Coronavirus related deaths increased by 938 today, a new record. This brings the total deaths to 7,097. 

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak gave the morning briefing today. In it he announced £750 million in charity funding to support third sector organisations at the frontline of the pandemic. The chancellor described these measures as required in order to restore our “social fabric”.

In the US, Bernie Sanders officially dropped out of the running to be the Democratic Party’s nominee. The ex-Vice President Joe Biden is now likely to secure to the nomination. 

Daily Update 07/04/2020

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Yesterday night the Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to intensive care after continuing to suffer from Coronavirus related symptoms over the weekend. His condition has been described as “stable” by medical professionals. 

The Secretary of State Dominic Raab again stood in for the Prime Minister for the daily briefing. It has been announced that Raab will deputise for the Prime Minister until Boris Johnson can return to his position. 

The government has continued to stand by their pledge to have 100,000 tests a day by the end of April. As of today, a total of 213,118 test have been taken, an increase from over 208,000 the day before.  

There were 854 Coronavirus related deaths recorded by the NHS today, an increase on the previous day’s total of 441. This brings the total number of NHS recorded deaths up to 6,159. 

An article published in the Financial Times drew attention to the disparity, of up to 80% in some cases, between the NHS’ reported deaths used by the by the government in their daily briefings and the ONS’ own figures. The latter are considerably higher than the former. 

Daily Update 06/04/2020

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The Prime Minister was hospitalised over the weekend due to Coronavirus. Politicians across the political spectrum wished the Prime Minister a speedy recovery. His office has given no indication of when he should expect to be discharged. Despite his illness Boris Johnson continues to run the government from hospital. 

The death toll increased by 441 today, the lowest daily increasing for almost a week, bringing the death toll to 5,373. 

In the daily press briefing the Secretary of State Dominic Raab stood in place of the Prime Minister. In his briefing he stood by the government’s commitment to increase testing and pointed out that over 208,000 tests had currently taken place. The government’s target is 100,000 tests per day by the end of April.

The new leader of the Labour Party Sir Keir Starmer unveiled his shadow cabinet. The selections, which saw the ex-Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband return to the shadow cabinet as Shadow Business Secretary, has been viewed as a move towards the centre-left. 

Things to do…

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Ok, so as fun and rewarding as your job may be you can’t, and you shouldn’t, spend all of your time busy with work. Trying to avoid work can be especially hard when you’re spending so much time at home. But, have no fear, W4MP comes to you with a solution! Below are a list of fun activities to keep you busy, keep you thinking, and keep you sane. 

Online Activities to keep you busy offline during the lockdown

Here are some activities that we think will help you stay busy during the lockdown.

Moving around

  • Fitness: If you’re missing the gym, or want to get into exercise for the first time, then P.E with JOE is probably the best place to start. Joe offers a really wide array of online classes that are suited to people of all abilities.
  • Yoga: If you’re looking for something a bit more structured, then maybe online yoga is for you. Yoga with Adriene varies from soft and gentle to thoroughly exhausting.
  • Ballet: The Dutch National Opera and Ballet, as part of their stay at home series, are streaming online Ballet Classes on their YouTube page. Classes come out once a week and are about thirty minutes long.

Cooking

  • There are two kinds of people during a lockdown. People making sourdough and people struggling to find flour. If you’re in the first camp then Breadahead’s online baking course is for you. Live at 2pm (GMT) everyday on Instagram live, Breadahead teaches you how to make a wide variety of loaves from Focaccia to Ciabatta.

Hobbies

Daily Update 02/04/2020

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The death toll in the UK increased once again to 569, setting another record. There have now been 2,921 deaths as a result of Covid-19. 

Concerns remain around the government’s lack of testing for NHS staff. However, the government has stood by their commitment to increase testing throughout the population, promising to have 100,000 tests a day by the end of April. 

The Health Secretary Matt Hancock took to the podium to give the daily Coronavirus update after self-isolating since the 27th March. 

Further support was also promised to the NHS in the form of a £13.4 billion write-off of NHS debt. In addition to this debt relief additional support was also given to the health sector in the form of a £300 million made available to community pharmacies to support their business. 

In party political news, the Labour leadership elections came to an end today. Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour MP for Holborn and St Pancreas, is largely expected to win.