Daily Update: 01/05/2020

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Today’s Update

  • The Health Secretary has announced the restoration of fertility services by the NHS extending restoration services announced earlier in the week.
  • Government has met its ‘Audacious target’ of 100,000 daily tests, with over 122,000 tests on the last day of April.
  • Rate of COVID-19 related deaths showing a downward trend, as stated “The numbers vary from day to day but overall the number of deaths is beginning to trend downwards”.
  • By mid-May, the government will have recruited 18,000 contact tracers in place and will be scaled bigger as required.
  • Government’s test, track and trace strategy will drive the number of infections down and help lift lockdown measures. 
  • The UK now has a substantial testing capability and gives the government the flexibility it needs.
  • Most people are avoiding contact with vulnerable people. 
  • Schools will not be reopened unless safe to do so. The virus affects children less than adults or elderly and is a mild disease to them.

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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