Daily Update: 31/03/2020

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Today’s Update:

  • Number of infections is plateauing 
  • Next one to two weeks will be critical 
  • There is no peak date for the epidemic 
  • Government increasing tests for NHS Staff
  • Electronic system being developed to make it easier for care homes to get the PPE
  • British Airways is suspending all flights from London’s Gatwick airport, the UK’s second busiest
  • Younger people must also adhere to the social distancing measures.
  • UK posts biggest daily rise in COVID-19 deaths with 393
  • First of thousands of new ventilators will be available this weekend
  • Government states that social distancing measures will not be relaxed.
  • Home Secretary states that NHS visas due to expire before 1 October are being extended by 1 year free of charge. 
  • Education Secretary states, children eligible for free school meals will benefit from a national voucher scheme worth £15 to spend at supermarkets, allowing them to continue to access meals whilst they stay at home.

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 
  • Self- Employed will be able to claim 80% of average monthly earnings over past 3 years, capped to £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

Stay at Home.  Protect the NHS. Save Lives

For more information:

gov.uk/coronavirus

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