Daily Update: 26/04/2020

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Today’s Update

  • Food availability back to normal levels after initial panic buying.
  • 500,000 food parcels have been delivered to shielded groups with over 300,000 priority deliveries made to this group by supermarkets. 
  • Supermarkets have increased delivery slots to 2.6 million from 2.1 million and plan to grow to a further 2.9 million.
  • Charities now have access to Good Samaritans app enabling them to make direct call outs for people to deliver food to those not covered for example those with specific disabilities. 
  • University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust confirms that the Birmingham Nightingale hospital is currently not in use due to existing capacity in trust hospitals. 
  • Mobile testing units targeting frontline workers will travel around the UK to increase access to coronavirus testing in areas with high demand.

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/