Daily Update: 11/04/2020

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Today’s Update:

  • A further 917 coronavirus-related hospital deaths are reported in the UK, taking total to 9,875.
  • The government says PM Boris Johnson is making “very good progress” as he recovers.
  • Some 19 NHS workers are among the victims but PPE is not to blame, the Government says
  • The Home Secretary says that 334,974 COVID-19 tests have been carried out across the UK, with 78,991 people testing positive.
  • There are currently 20,101 people being treated in hospital.
  • Government to launch a new public awareness raising campaign highlighting domestic abuse during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Government to provide funding for some £2 million funding to bolster domestic abuse helplines and online support.
  • Last week the National Domestic Abuse Helpline reported a 120% increase in the number of calls it received in one 24-hour period.
  • Overall, there has been a 21% drop in crime in the past four weeks, compared to the same period last year.
  • Fraudsters are exploiting coronavirus as a hook for new acquisitive crimes with losses to victims already exceeding £1.8 million.
  • The majority of people are following the guidelines on lockdown and social distancing. 
  • However, police from 37 forces in England and Wales had issued 1,084 fines for breaches of coronavirus regulations as of Thursday.

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

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