Daily Update: 28/04/2020

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Today’s Update

  • There are 41 drive through test centres with 48 going live this week.
  • Home test kits are increasing from 5,000 a day to 25,000.
  • There are 17 mobile test units which will increase to 70 by the end of week.
  • Testing expanded to symptomatic patients and staff in care homes and NHS. Giving access to those with or without symptoms. 
  • All over 65’s and workers who have to leave home will have access to testing if they have symptoms.
  • Government on track to reach 100,000 a day testing target by end of the month.
  • New early phase clinical trial platform being launched moving to a new stage of testing existing medication. 
  • Government to include deaths in care homes and community in daily figures from tomorrow.
  • Government states that COVID-19 related deaths in care homes account for a sixth of the total death toll.
  • Office of National Statistics (ONS) data reveals registered deaths in England and Wales in the week ending 17 April 2020 highest level since comparable records began in 1993.
  • Scottish Government advises the public to cover their face while in enclosed public places such as shops and public transport.
  • The UK holds a minute silence to remember the key workers who have died.

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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