Daily Update: 30/04/2020

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Today’s Update

  • The UK passes the peak of COVID-19 and on a downward slope and through the first phase of the epidemic. 
  • UK leading international efforts to find a vaccine. Oxford University who are developing a vaccine have partnered with AstraZeneca.
  • The UK is taking a leading role in getting people into trials, as trials in the US and China on the drug Remdesivir look ‘promising’.
  • Government to set out a comprehensive plan next week to get the economy going, children back to school and people back to work.
  • One of the key tests for easing measures is to keep the reproduction rate of infection (R number) below 1. In March, R number was at 3 and the social distancing measures have brought this down to 1.
  • The UK has managed to avoid the scenario whereby we could have been looking at 500,000 deaths from COVID-19.
  • NHS is concerned with the significant drop in hospital attendances for medical emergencies such as heart attacks and other such emergencies.

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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