Coronavirus morning makes the headlines as lockdown is expected to continue in the UK according to Wales (Thursday April 9)


Hello and welcome to the headlines for Thursday, April 9.

The latest figures on the coronavirus are as follows.

Confirmed cases worldwide: 1,518,783

Confirmed deaths: 88,505

Confirmed recoveries / exits: 330,590

The latest figures for Wales show that 284 new cases were positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 4,073, although the actual number of cases is likely to be higher.

The total number of deaths from the virus is now 245, and another 33 deaths have been reported to Wales Public Health.

Thursday’s case count is expected to be lower, but that’s because Public Health Wales is shifting the point at which they count new cases from 7 p.m. to 1 p.m. for operational reasons.

Lockdown should continue

The ministers announced the prospect of the British coronavirus shutdown beyond three weeks.

Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, who replaces the Prime Minister if he is in intensive care at the hospital, will chair a Cobra emergency committee on Thursday to discuss the foreclosure measures with leaders of devolved countries.

Premier Mark Drakeford has already said that the foreclosure will not end in Wales next week, insisting that “we will not spoil the gains” by “giving up on efforts as they start to bear fruit “

On Wednesday, with an increase of 938 in the number of hospital deaths of patients tested positive for Covid-19, the highest new total to date, and the Prime Minister still in hospital, it appears that there is the lock is unlikely to be lifted across the UK.

The restrictions face their toughest test so far over the Easter weekend, with temperatures set at 25 ° C (77 ° F) in parts of the country, which could prompt more people to break the rules of staying at home.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has refused to “speculate” on the future of the lockdown, confirming instead that there will be a review of the measures “in and around three weeks” after their start.

The three-week deadline will be reached on Easter Monday, while legislation to facilitate containment must also be reviewed at least once every 21 days – the first to be implemented by April 16 at the latest.

Boris Johnson spends third night in intensive care

Number 10 said Boris Johnson remained in intensive care but was “making steady progress,” with further updates expected on Thursday.

Sunak said the Prime Minister was “sitting in bed” and “making a positive commitment” to the doctors who treated him for Covid-19 at London’s St Thomas’s Hospital on Wednesday.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak

A Downing Street spokeswoman said Wednesday evening, “The Prime Minister continues to make steady progress. He remains in intensive care. “

No.10 previously, Johnson was no longer working on the advice of doctors and receiving only “standard oxygen therapy” and “breathing without further assistance.”

Charities get bailout from treasury

At the Downing Street press conference on Wednesday, Sunak unveiled a £ 750m bailout package to keep ailing charities afloat as part of the latest Treasury emergency measure.

Many charities welcomed the move, but some also warned that it should be the start – not the end – of government efforts to protect the sector.

Some £ 360 million directly from government departments will go to charities providing key services, while smaller charities will benefit from £ 370 million, including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund.

The government has also pledged to match public donations to the National Emergencies Trust, guaranteeing a minimum of £ 20 million.

It will match whatever the public decides to donate to the BBC’s Big Night In charity appeal on April 23.

Sunak said, “Our charities play a crucial role in the national fight against coronaviruses, supporting those who need it most.

“It is only fair that we are doing everything we can to help the industry in this difficult time, which is why we have announced this unprecedented set of £ 750 million in additional funding.

“This will allow our major charities to continue to provide the services that millions of people across the country rely on.”

Tens of thousands of charities should benefit, including hospices, the Saint John ambulance to help support the NHS, services for children and vulnerable victims and Citizen’s Advice, to increase the number staff providing advice.

Announcing funds for frontline charities at a press conference in Downing Street, Sunak said, “For them, closing a store right now would be against their very purpose, for all their reason. to exist.

“These charities have never needed it as much as they do today, and they have never experienced such a sudden drop in funding. “

He added, “In this time when many are suffering, tired and confined, we need the sweetness of the charities in our lives. It gives us hope, makes us stronger and reminds us that we depend on each other. “

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Transplant patients may be affected by the epidemic

There are concerns that the UK organ transplant network will be seriously affected by the coronavirus epidemic.

The NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) told the BBC that the pressure on the intensive care beds and the risks to those taking immunosuppressants in preparation for new organs were of concern.

Only a few of the most urgent cases are ongoing, up from around 80 per week at the same time last year.

Professor John Forsyth, medical director of transplantation and organ donation at the NHSBT, told the BBC: “When I hear other countries that have been at the center of this Covid pandemic, they have come to the point where no transplant is possible in certain regions. at all.

“We can get to this point, and we can get there in the next few days or weeks.

“But we are working very hard to keep organ donation and transplantation open for as long as possible, accepting the safety of our patients is paramount.” “

William and Kate chat with children of key workers

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge praised NHS staff and other key workers for doing “incredible work” as they met some of their children on a virtual tour of the school.

William and Kate made their first royal visit by video call, chatting with students and teachers at a primary school in Burnley to find out how they are doing during the coronavirus epidemic.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (right) during a video call with staff and teachers at Casterton Primary Academy in Burnley

With Easter days away, some of the children wore rabbit ears for the tour, the Duchess received a virtual posey, and Prince William was left perplexed by a question from a curious youngster.

The couple “visited” Casterton Primary Academy, near Burnley General Hospital, which remained open to teach children of key workers and other vulnerable youth.

Kate said to the children and teachers, “For you and all those in this day and age, it should be a relief to all parents who are key workers to know that their children have normalcy and structure and that they have a safe. place for them.

“So really, really well done and for all of you, I know it’s not easy circumstances, but it’s fantastic. “

One teacher replied, “Thank you very much. I think everyone is just happy to be able to help. “

William added: “Good spirit of volunteering in the North, up there, very good of you!”

There was a lighter moment when one of the children asked the future king: “The first William was William the Conqueror. How would you like to be called? ”

The Duke laughed before deflecting the question, saying, “I don’t think I can answer it. “

The couple spent an hour talking to the children – who were showing pictures of their parents – including Harris, 10, whose mother still works as an NHS administrator for health visitors, and Lloyd, nine, whose the mother is employed in a need of school.

Kate began the presentations by saying, “What are your names? Nice to meet you. I’m Catherine and here’s William next to me, ”before I asked them if they had pictures of their“ mummies and dads ”.

Harris replied, “This is a picture of my mother and she works for the NHS as an administrator for health visitors and I am really proud of her. “


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