Daily Update: 14/04/2020

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Today’s Update:

  • Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures suggest the true death toll is likely to be higher with 1 in 10 deaths outside of hospital. The figures showed a relative low number of deaths in care homes compared to reporting from operators.  
  • The Office of Budget Reporting (OBR) has said the UK economy could shrink by upto 35%. This shows the scale of what we are facing will have serious implications on our economy but expect economic growth to bounce back.
  • OBR back’s government policies to address the issues created by COVID 19
  • Government has provided NHS over 14.5 billion in the past few weeks
  • Transport usage across the country continues to decrease 
  • Testing showing plateauing of number of new cases being picked up. Increasing evidence the number of hospital admissions is stabilizing and plateauing in most parts of the country.
  • We are now starting to see the benefits of the social distancing measures and it is important these are maintained

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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