Daily Update: 24/03/2020

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Today’s Updates

  • UK Government seeking 250,000 NHS volunteers to help NHS staff with shopping, delivery of medicines and support those shielded  
  • New 4000 Bed hospital to open in London at Excel centre
  • 7.5 million pieces of protective equipment ordered for NHS Staff
  • 3.5 million antibody tests have been purchased 
  • 11,500 retired medics have heeded the call to return to the NHS
  • 18,000 Medical students to join NHS workforce

Previous Measures remain in place:

  • People should not to meet with friends or family members they do not live with
  • Shopping is only permitted for essentials like food and medicine
  • Police have powers to enforce the rules, which include disbursements of gatherings and issuance of fines
  • All shops selling non-essential goods to be closed 
  • Libraries, playgrounds, outdoor gyms and places of worship remain closed
  • All gatherings of more than two people in public excluding those you live with are banned
  • All social events are banned, including weddings and baptisms, but Funerals are excluded 
  • Parks remain open for exercise, however gatherings will be dispersed
  • These restrictions will be constantly reviewed 
  • UK Government announce extension of support to Self-Employed via a grant
  • Self- Employed able to claim 80% of average monthly earnings over past 3 years, capped at £2500 per month, open to those who are already self-employed with trading profits up to £50,000 a year and have a self-assessment tax return for 2019. Available “no later than June”

Stay at Home.  Protect the NHS. Save Lives

For more information:

gov.uk/coronavirus

nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/