Live Updates: British Airways Plans 12,000 Layoffs As Health Secretary Pays Tribute To Northeasters At Downing Street Briefing

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson will lead the country in honor of the deceased frontline workers who died in the coronavirus crisis at 11 a.m. this morning.

More than 90 NHS and social workers died during the pandemic.

Mr. Johnson returned to Downing Street on Monday after defeating Covid-19. The Prime Minister first said that he had tested positive for Covid-19 on March 27 and was admitted to hospital on April 5 after his condition deteriorated.

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On Tuesday April 28, figures from NHS England confirmed that a total of 970 people who tested positive for coronavirus died among hospital trusts in the North East, an increase of 32 from the previous total. In the region, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases stands at 7,070.

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Last update: Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 7:33 p.m.

  • The UK is expected to maintain a minute’s silence in honor of the main workers killed.
  • In the Northeast region, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases stands at 7,174, with 970 deaths.
  • 161,145 people tested positive in the UK, an increase of 3,996 from the previous count.
  • A total of 21,678 people died with coronaviators in British hospitals, an increase of 586.

7:28 p.m .: 104 new cases of coronavirus in the Northeast

According to the latest figures released by Public Health England on Tuesday, April 28, there are 7,174 confirmed cases in the North East – an increase of 104 from yesterday – as follows:

County Durham: 1256 (+23)

Northumberland: 729 (+20)

Redcar and Cleveland: 297 (+3)

7:15 p.m .: 1,000,000 coronavirus cases in the United States

The latest figures from Johns Hopkins University have confirmed that the number of Covid-19 cases in the United States has now passed the one million mark. Over 3,000,000 cases have been confirmed worldwide.

6:10 p.m .: Coronavirus tracking application will be ready by mid-May

The Secretary of Health said the new contract tracers and the app to slow the spread of the coronavirus should be ready by mid-May.

Hancock was unable to say how many tracers have already been hired out of the 18,000 target.

He said: “We hope that the contact tracers will be in place before or at the same time as the application goes live.

“We expect it to be ready by mid-May. “

He also stated that requirements must be in place for anyone who comes into contact with someone who tests positive under the plans.

“What really matters too is that if you’ve been in substantial contact with someone who has tested positive, making sure we get the rules right about what that person is required and requested is also essential of this infrastructure that we are building. “Said Mr. Hancock.

5:58 p.m .: British Airways plans mass layoffs of up to 12,000 workers

British Airways is expected to lay off up to 12,000 workers, the parent company IAG said.

The airline, which employs 42,000 people, has suffered from the worldwide collapse in passenger numbers caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

IAG said BA will be consulting on a “restructuring and layoff program” as it is expected to take “several years” until demand for air travel returns to 2019 levels.

He added: “The proposals are still open to consultation, but are likely to affect most British Airways employees and could result in the dismissal of 12,000 of them. “

In a letter to staff, BA CEO Alex Cruz wrote: “In the past few weeks, the prospects for the aviation industry have deteriorated further and we must act now.

“We are a solid, well-managed company that has faced and overcome many crises during our 100-year history.

“We also have to overcome this crisis ourselves.

“There is no government bailout for BA and we cannot expect the taxpayer to offset wages indefinitely. “

He continued, “We will see some airlines shut down.”

Approximately 4,500 pilots and 16,000 cabin crew members work for BA.

IAG has not provided a breakdown of the number of people who can be laid off.

5:55 pm: Today’s briefing on Downing Street is finished

More updates will follow …

5:54 p.m .: The NHS is not overwhelmed by the demand for ventilation, according to the Secretary of Health

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the NHS was never overwhelmed during the peak of the virus in terms of the need for a ventilator.

He said: “It is good news that there are replacement ventilated beds available in the NHS.

“There was no time when someone needed a fan and a fan was not available – or a ventilated bed, because it’s more than the ventilation machine, of course, but also the people who should use them.

“It was one of the things people said during this crisis from the start that it would be extremely difficult to keep the NHS from being overwhelmed.

“Some people have told me it would be impossible.

“But so far it has worked and, with the number of people hospitalized in the NHS with a coronavirus in decline, we can see that we have managed to keep the NHS able to treat all who need it.” “

5:50 pm: Professor Newton discusses studies in nursing homes

Professor John Newton, coordinator of the national screening effort, dealing with the spread of the virus in nursing homes, said: “We have done intensive studies on infection in nursing homes.

“What has shown is that the presence of symptoms was not really a good marker in the nursing home, both among residents and staff, for the presence of the virus.

“There were a significant number of asymptomatic people who had the virus, so we massively increased the number of tests available.

“We have now tested 25,000 residents in nursing homes and are now rolling out tests to symptomatic and asymptomatic residents, as well as tests in drive-thru service centers and other means.”

5:46 p.m .: Hancock pays tribute to residents of the Northeast for respecting lock-out measures

Hancock said at the daily briefing, “I must pay tribute to the people of the Northeast for staying at home and for ensuring that cases in the Northeast are kept relatively low.

“Knowing Newcastle as well as I do, I know people from the Northeast who are very gregarious but they did their duty by staying at home. “

5:43 p.m .: Secretary of Health asked to apologize to families of coronavirus victims in nursing homes

Matt Hancock said he was “unreasonable as a question” after being asked to apologize to the bereaved relatives of coronavirus victims in nursing homes for the failure of their protection.

“From the outset, we knew that there was a very significant challenge with nursing homes, especially because of the fragility of the residents,” said the Secretary of Health.

It had been “more difficult to get the data out” from the nursing homes but it was happening now, he said.

Because of the risks posed by the virus to seniors, “ensuring that nursing homes have the support they need was absolutely in mind from the start.”

“It is something that we have focused on from the start and something that has been a huge challenge throughout life and we are constantly learning from what is going on and trying to improve the way we support people in the care sector, “he said.

5:28 p.m .: Nursing homes are top priority, Hancock says

Mr. Hancock, asked if nursing homes were now the government’s priority in the fight against coronavirus, said: “Of course, nursing homes were a top priority from the start.

“We have tightened the rules for what goes on in nursing homes and tightened infection control, also making the test available throughout the healthcare center, I think that is extremely important because we have increased the availability of tests.

“We are keeping a close eye on this and I am very pleased that we can now publish this daily data which will allow us to focus on what is happening in nursing homes.

“I asked it to start and I think we talked about it about a week ago, and now we have this data collected so that we can focus on it day after day.

“My principle in this matter is to be as transparent as possible, because then you find the problems as quickly as possible and you can intervene and remedy them. “

5:35 p.m .: The Secretary of Health answers a second public question about the reopening of the school

A member of the public, Sadie, who said that her 10-year-old son had cystic fibrosis and autism, asked if there was any option other than the shield for him and others to return to school no vaccine available.

Mr. Hancock said, “The answer to this question is yes. We have made sure in school policy that we work very hard to ensure that those who do, for example people with autism and cystic fibrosis, get this extra support.

“It is of course very, very difficult when it comes up against the medical needs that must come first. And for those in the armored category, I fear that the safest thing for them is to protect themselves. ”

5:34 p.m .: Hancock discusses reopening of school in response to public question

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it was “too early to say” when schools could reopen.

“There are still too many deaths every day and the five tests that we have defined have not been respected.

“I know, especially as a father of three young children, that people yearn when schools can come home and, of course, this is something we think about and talk about. “

Responding to a question from Amanda de Hull, he said, “I am sorry that I cannot give you a more definitive answer, but I cannot because we do not yet have the number of deaths and the number of infections low enough to be sure to reopen schools, and we don’t yet know how quickly the number of new cases will decrease. ”

5:27 p.m .: Test capacity of over 70,000, says Hancock

Hancock said the government is on track to meet the target of 100,000 tests a day and has now the capacity to perform more than 70,000 tests a day.

He said home test kits would be increased to 25,000 a day by the end of the week, while mobile test units manned by the military will total more than 70 units by the end of the week. weekend.

“All of this has led to an increase in daily testing capacity, which now stands at 73,400. This has allowed us to gradually expand access to testing. “

5:25 p.m .: Global comparison of deaths

A total of 21,678 people unfortunately lost their lives in British hospitals. Here’s how the numbers compare to other countries.

5:22 p.m .: Drug entering clinical trial to treat Covid-19

The Secretary of Health said an existing drug was entering an early clinical trial phase on Tuesday to treat coronavirus.

Hancock said a British therapies task force working to see if current drugs can be effectively deployed against the disease has identified a number of “promising candidates”.

He said: “Currently, six different treatments have been entered into national clinical trials and the first is ready to enter the next stage, a new platform for early phase clinical trials that we are launching today. “

In order to “make the best possible use” of all drugs available during the pandemic, Hancock said that ministers are updating the guidelines so that drugs labeled for one patient in one nursing home can be used by another patient in need of treatment.

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