Daily Update: 29/04/2020

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Today’s Update

  • Government commitment to Gavi, an international vaccine alliance, of the equivalent of £330m each year for the next five years.
  • Reducing care home infections “has been a challenge”.
  • Care homes ‘complex sector’ to test. Government states they are doing “everything possible” in this area, although acknowledging the “distribution issue”.
  • 1.3 million British nationals repatriated back to the UK. This includes 19,000 people who were on cruise ships when Foreign Office advice changed.
  • There has been a “slightly worrying” increase in road traffic, with the largest uptick since 23 March. Government states everyone needs to be vigilant.
  • 52,429 tests took place yesterday. Government has a target to hit 100,000 by Thursday.
  • 20% divergence in deaths in hospitals and deaths in all settings.
  • Outdoor activities are being kept “under detailed review” .
  • The Government states the matter of certain immigrants from accessing benefits is being kept “under constant review”.
  • Social distancing ‘tricky’ in schools but scientific evidence is being researched.
  • Government states Nightingale hospitals set up across the UK have been making greater use of them and are “under constant discussion” to manage future 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

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