Daily Update: 06/04/2020

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Today’s Update:

  • Smokers urged to quit to avoid serious complications from contracting Coronavirus 
  • Government following step by step plan to slow the spread of the virus and reduce hospital admissions
  • Government expanding NHS beds, key staff and equipment 
  • UK Prime Minister has been admitted to hospital as Covid 19 symptoms persist since last night but continues to lead government 
  • FCO continuing to work with other governments and airlines to bring home nationals 
  • £75 million has been allocated to repatriations 
  • National Rail usage below 20% and other transport uses have significantly reduced
  • Hospital admission figures starting to slow down however it takes several weeks after infection for someone to seek hospital admission
  • There will be an effect on some of the healthcare procedures that have been delayed to manage this epidemic 
  • To soon to tell the effects of social distancing on hospital admissions
  • Expect the death rate to increase over time due to time it takes to recover or report deaths 
  • Government will not decide to change the lockdown until we have passed the peak

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/