Sky News has reported that a shipment of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) due to arrive today from Turkey will no longer arrive. Yesterday, the government was strongly criticized for a shortage of raincoats that would be vital for healthcare workers treating the deadly disease. At the time, Robert Jenrick, the housing secretary, pointed to the cargo that was supposed to ease the pressure on the NHS.
Deliveries were to coincide with the appointment of Lord Deighton, the former Director General of the Olympic Games, who now oversees the supply and production of PPE.
Announcing the delivery of PPE on Saturday from Turkey, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said, “Demand is extremely high and quantities are in high demand internationally, but we will continue to work as hard as possible .
“Health care professionals who are on the front lines again need to know that we fully understand their anxiety and we are doing everything we can to try to get them the equipment they need as quickly as possible. “
It is believed that some NHS trusts may run out of PPE this weekend.
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Update 10:40 am: Boris Johnson issues orders from Checkers
Boris Johnson began to instruct the government in tackling the UK coronavirus crisis while he recovered from Checkers.
According to reports in the Sunday Telegraph, Johnson has given orders to the First Secretary of State, Dominic Raab, who has been deputizing for the Prime Minister since he became seriously ill. Johnson is currently recuperating at Checkers, the Prime Minister’s country house, until he is able to return to work. However, he is said to have organized a three-hour meeting with the foreign minister on Friday to issue orders to the government.
It is understood that the Prime Minister has ordered his key staff to focus on preventing a second peak in the COVID-19 epidemic in Britain.
10:15 am update: comments from infectious disease experts on lockdowns
Infectious disease expert Sir Jeremy Farrar hopes the lockdowns can be lifted within three to four weeks if the number of infections and inpatients drop dramatically.
He told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge program: “I hope they arrive in three to four weeks because it is clear that the lockout cannot last longer.
“The damage it does to our health and well-being, to our mental health, to foreclosure is detrimental to business and, ultimately, to our entire lives. Blockages therefore cannot last forever, we must lift them as soon as we can but we cannot lift them too early and we cannot simply make arbitrary dates. “
10:00 am update: Sir Keir Starmer criticizes government response rate to COVID-19 in the UK
In his Sunday letter, the leader of the Labor party said, “The government has been too slow to enter the lockout. It was too slow to increase the number of people tested. It has been too slow to get NHS staff the essential equipment they need to keep themselves safe. We must make sure that these mistakes do not repeat themselves.
“Other countries have started to draw up a roadmap to lift restrictions in certain sectors of the economy and for certain services, in particular social services, when the time comes.
“Of course, this must be done in a careful and thoughtful manner with public health, scientific evidence and the safety of workers and families at its heart. But the British government should do the same. “
Update 9:35 am: Irelocation unlikely to allow large gatherings until 2021
Ireland is unlikely to allow large rallies this year to fight the spread of COVID-19, said Health Minister Simon Harris.
Harris also added that Ireland would continue to “pamper” people over the age of 70 in their homes for some time.
He told the Sunday Independent, “What will not come back quickly are scenarios in which we cannot safely walk away from society. “I don’t see how people can be in crowded pubs again as long as this virus is still with us and we don’t have a vaccine or an effective treatment. “
9:20 am update: Member of the House of Lords condemns proposed coronavirus investigation
Gavin Barwell, member of the House of Lords and former chief of staff to Theresa May, condemned the idea of focusing on an investigation into the treatment of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Barwell tweeted, “I’m desperate from my schedule this morning. We are in a few weeks in a crisis that has months – if not years – to run and people are already trying to carry out the investigation that will follow. Is it too much to ask that we focus on what to do now rather than on whom to blame? “
9:10 am update: CEO of the NHS Confederation comments on PPE
Niall Dickson, Director General of the NHS Confederation, commented on the shortage of personal protective equipment in the UK health sector.
Speaking to BBC Breakfast, he said, “We must pray not to end up in a situation where people go to clinical areas without the protection they need. And that’s why these extra supplies are so important. “
“We live day by day, we find that hospitals can have enough now, but they think” we will run out of 11 hours tomorrow morning “, which is the kind of comment I have had. ”
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9:00 am update: Michael Gove refutes Boris Johnson COBRA’s claim
Michael Gove, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, refuted claims in a Sunday Times report suggesting that Prime Minister Boris Johnson ignored five COBRA emergency meetings regarding the COVID-19 epidemic in the UK.
Speaking to Sky News, Gove described the suggestion that Mr. Johnson missed the meetings as “grotesque”.
8:55 am update: Tribute paid to Marie Curie’s nurse after his death from COVID-19
Tributes were paid to Barbara Sage, a nurse from Marie Curie, who died after contracting COVID-19.
The 68-year-old woman is the first member of the Marie Curie healthcare team to die from the virus, and has been called a “beautiful person.”
Matthew Reid, CEO of Marie Curie, told BBC Breakfast: “Barbara was a beautiful person. She was kind, generous, generous and fun. Mother, of course, grandmother, aunt, partner, and our hearts go out to her family and those who loved her most.
“He’s a very, very, very special person who becomes a Marie Curie nurse or doctor. These people live every day and night with families who are experiencing the loss of a loved one. Sitting with dying people, taking care of them, loving them, holding their hand, holding their hand physically, taking care of them, but also holding their hand emotionally, and after people have breathed their last be there to hold family and take care of them as well. Barbara had an absolute passion for this work. “
Update at 8:50 am: Captain Tom Moore raises more than £ 25 million
Captain Tom Moore, a 99-year-old British war hero, has now raised more than £ 25 million in his incredible NHS campaign.
Captain Tom planned to walk 100 rounds of his garden before his 100th birthday at the end of the month to raise funds for healthcare workers who are fighting on the front lines against COVID-19.
He finished his job on Thursday, but donations continue to flow.
The war hero will be recognized by the government as a guest of honor at the opening of an NHS Nightingale hospital, with many, including Express.co.uk, calling on Captain Tom to receive chivalry.
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Update 8:30 am: Vaccine May Not Protect People From COVID-19, Expert Says
There can be no assurance that a COVID-19 vaccine will be successfully developed, leaving humanity grappling with the coronavirus “for the foreseeable future,” warned a health expert.
David Nabarro, professor of global health at Imperial College London and World Health Organization virus envoy, told The Observer that people should not rely on a developing vaccine to fight the virus.
He said, “You don’t necessarily develop a vaccine that is safe and effective against all viruses. Some viruses are very, very difficult in developing vaccines – so for the foreseeable future, we are going to have to find ways to go about our lives with this virus as a constant threat.
“It means isolating those who show signs of the disease and their contacts. The elderly should be protected. In addition, the capacity of hospitals to deal with cases should be ensured. It will be the new standard for all of us. “
8:10 am update: Prime Minister under fire from COVID-19 response
The Prime Minister has been criticized for the government’s response to the fight against coronaviruses in the United Kingdom.
A Sunday Times investigative article claimed that Johnson had missed five COBRA emergency meetings on the virus and that his government had ignored warnings and scientific advice regarding personal protective equipment (PPE) and others major problems.
The article alleges that early warnings missed in February could have claimed the lives of thousands of people.
Update at 7:50 a.m .: China announces record drop in COVID-19 cases, but a second potential wave
China reported 16 new confirmed cases of coronavirus, the lowest number since March 17, up from 27 a day earlier, the data said.
However, authorities are currently monitoring northeast Heilongjiang Province after an upsurge in infections.
Returns from Russia to the province have created an outbreak of local cases that could create a second wave of the fatal disease.