Daily Update: 02/04/2020

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Today’s Update:

  • UK Increasing NHS capacity by increasing beds and facilities
  • Construction of the 4,000 bed Nightingale London field hospital, equivalent to 10 district hospitals, has been completed in 9 days
  • 45 million pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) delivered to the NHS
    • 5 million aprons 
    • 6 million surgical masks
  • £13.4 billion of past NHS debt wiped out
  • £300 million made available for community pharmacies 
  • Priority will be to test patients, followed by NHS Critical Care workers
  • Over 5000 NHS workers tested 
  • 25k tests per day by end of month previous goal 
  • Government targeting 100k tests per day by the end of April, up from the previous target of 25k
  • SWAB testing is the priority to ensure urgent care is provided where required, 
  • Antibodies tests will be done 28 days after infection

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

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