Daily Update: 04/04/2020

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Today’s Update:

  • Children who receive free school meals to be eligible for vouchers to ensure they are fed over Easter holidays
  • Pattern of Hospital admissions in London from 1-2 April have fallen but increased elsewhere
  • Midlands area is now a particular area of concern with admission rates up 47%
  • 5G mast spreading Coronavirus is nonsense 
  • Everyone needs to continue to adhere to strict lockdown rules and there is no room for complacency 
  • University college London and Mercedes Benz have produced a new non-invasive respirators with 250 produced and another 250 expected today and tomorrow with this raising to 1,000 daily from next week
  • Government continuing to purchase ventilators from partners with 300 arriving from China
  • Overall strategy to keep ventilators and critical care capacity ahead of demand
  • Field hospitals continuing to be built in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Belfast, Glasgow, Harrogate and Manchester
  • UK sees biggest increase in number of deaths of coronavirus patients
  • Number of deaths will be higher than those reported in hospitals
  • Total deaths across the home nations has gone up by 708 to 4,313
  • Seven healthcare workers and five London bus workers among victims
  • Watford General Hospital warns people away from its emergency department
  • Thirteen care home residents die after suspected COVID-19 outbreak
  • Death rate still high and likely to continue for week or two
  • Government state, the UK is developing tools to tackle the virus including treatments, vaccines and making sure the NHS has the resilience to handle future cases.

Previous Measures remain in place:

  • People should not 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/