Daily Update: 04/05/2020

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Today’s Update

  • Over 200,000 key workers and their families have been tested.
  • Over 60% of schools were open during Easter for children of key workers.
  • Over 35 million redeemed in school meal vouchers.
  • 600,000 people are helping with daily errands through the NHS volunteers programme.
  • The London NHS Nightingale hospital has been placed on standby as no new coronavirus admissions are expected.
  • HMRC reports 6.3 million Jobs have been furloughed with 800,000 employers using the scheme with the total claims amounting to £8 billion. 
  • New Bounce Back Loans scheme launched today allowing small businesses to apply for 100% government backed loans of up to £50,000.
  • The Government announces a new pilot to implement its test, track and trace procedures on the Isle of Wight. The aim of test, track and trace is to hunt down virus to and isolate it to stop reproduction. This will also allow a more targeted approach to lockdown.
  • From tomorrow, the contact tracing app will be piloted on the Isle of Wight starting with Health Professionals then rolling out to all citizens.
  • The 80,000 islanders will be asked to install the app from Thursday. 
  • The app will allow those with symptoms to inform the NHS who will send an alert to other app users who have been in contact with the person. A test function will also be built into the app.
  • The trial does not mean an end to social distancing rules in the Isle of Wight or anywhere else.

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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