Coronavirus morning headlines as UK spikes peak and easing plan unveiled (Friday May 1)

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Here is a summary of the latest news in response to the coronavirus pandemic of Friday, May 1.

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Confirmed cases worldwide: 3,308,548

Confirmed deaths: 234,112

Confirmed recoveries / exits: 1,042,953.

The death toll for patients who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in Wales has reached 908 after 22 more deaths were announced on Thursday.

Public Health Wales also confirmed that 183 more people tested positive for the virus to bring the grand total to 9,812.

The latest figures from the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs show that 26,771 people have died in all settings with a coronavirus, 674 on the number announced on Wednesday and the third highest death toll in the world behind the United States and Italy.

Boris’ “full plan” next week

Boris Johnson has promised to present a “comprehensive plan” next week on how the lockdown could be eased after he said the UK had “passed the peak” of the coronavirus epidemic.

The Prime Minister said Thursday that he would produce a “roadmap, a menu of options” explaining how to kick-start the economy and get children back to school while suppressing the spread of the disease. In Wales, Prime Minister Mark Drakeford said there would be a traffic light system to facilitate locking. Read his plan here.

Drakeford said on Friday that he did not think parts of the UK should break the lock before others.

He added, “I agree with the Prime Minister, I support a four-nation approach.

“We entered together under the same conditions, the same day. I would like us to get out of the same conditions. “

Mr. Johnson made his commitment at his first press conference at Downing Street since he left the hospital for Covid-19, and he praised the NHS saying he had been “very, very lucky” but “thousands of people were less fortunate than me”.



Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Prime Minister Boris Johnson

With the death toll exceeding 26,700 dead and under pressure to detail a plan to facilitate the lockdown, the Prime Minister said, “We have passed the peak and on the downward slope.

“I will be presenting a comprehensive plan next week to explain how we can move our economy, bring our children back to school and daycare, and third, how to get to work and make work life safer.

“In short, how we can continue to eradicate the disease and at the same time revive the economy. “

However, the PM warned that the timing of easing individual restrictions would depend on “where we are in the epidemic” and what the data suggests.

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Blue painted mailboxes for NHS

Cardiff obtained a specially decorated mailbox which was created by the Royal Mail to thank NHS workers for their efforts during the current crisis.

There are a total of five mailboxes in the UK painted blue with the message: Thank you NHS.

They are located near St Thomas Hospital in London – where the Prime Minister was treated for coronavirus – Trafford General Hospital in Manchester, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Wales University Hospital in Cardiff and Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.



Cardiff mailbox near UHW

Royal Mail said the mailbox locations were chosen to represent the four nations of the United Kingdom and to commemorate the Trafford General Hospital, birthplace of the NHS, founded by Welsh MP Aneurin “Nye” Bevan in Manchester in July 1948.

Shane O’Riordain of Royal Mail said: “We show our support and thank you to the many NHS workers across the UK who are working tirelessly to help those affected by the coronavirus crisis.

“The special blue mailboxes are a small token of our thanks for the exceptional service that NHS workers provide in the four UK countries. “

Severe Welsh Police Warning

Police described the continuing breach of the lockout rules as “simply unacceptable” five weeks after their introduction.

South Wales Deputy Chief Constable Andy Valentine said the force had been called in for incidents of people breaking the lock restrictions for “frankly ridiculous” reasons and warned that this could lead to a delay in their lifting.

Officers were called in groups flocking to open spaces for sunbathing, playing football and picnicking; house parties, barbecues and large family reunions; and suspected of “blocking” advertising within five weeks of the restrictions coming into effect.

Other incidents included a woman who drove from Dorset to Cardiff to buy a car before breaking down on Newport Road, and a couple who traveled to South Wales from Leicester to retrieve a carpet.

Wales star works at night to make PPE

Welsh rugby star Rhys Webb revealed that he helped make PPE for the NHS.

The scrum half used his spare time locked out to help a friend in his effort to produce more equipment for health workers in their battle against the coronavirus.



Welsh scrum half Rhys Webb

“One of my comrades is involved in a company manufacturing PPE [personal protective equipment] masks for the NHS, “Webb told the BBC Scrum V podcast.

“They needed someone to work a few night shifts because they had to reach a certain goal. I like to do it, so I sleep one hour a day, I go to work around 8 p.m. and I come back around 8 a.m. “

Request wage increases for key workers

The government is urged to provide wage increases and better conditions to the millions who work during the Covid-19 crisis.

The TUC said that, in addition to thanking key workers such as those in the NHS and the healthcare sector, they should also receive decent wages and working conditions.

Unionists across the country celebrate May 1 with a £ ThankAWorker online action, expressing gratitude to the employees who made a difference to them during the lockout.

A new study released by the TUC to mark May 1 has suggested that nearly two in five key workers – around 3.7 million people – are paid less than £ 10 an hour, compared to three in 10 other workers.

Women are more likely than men to be key workers and to be low-paid, the TUC said.

Many key workers are also trapped in precarious work, with no guaranteed hours and often lacking basic rights like sickness benefits, the report said.

The TUC said its analysis showed that public sector workers who are on the front line in the fight against Covid-19 are still paid less today than they were ten years ago.

Food bank demand soars

The coronavirus crisis has caused a huge increase in the number of people using food banks for essential supplies, according to charity organizations.

The Trussell Trust said its network had had its busiest time ever, with 81% more food parcels being distributed in the last two weeks of March.

People struggling with the amount of income they received from work or benefits were the main reason for the increase, said the trust.

The Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN) also reported a record level of need, with an average increase of 59% from February to March – 17 times more than last year.

A coalition of charities – including the Trussell Trust, IFAN, Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), Children’s Society, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, StepChange and Turn2us – urge government to do more to help protect People against the risk of being “dragged into destitution” amid a dramatic increase in requests for universal credit in recent weeks.

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Trump claims to be “purely made from nothing”

Donald Trump said he saw evidence that the coronavirus epidemic came from an infectious disease laboratory in Wuhan.

The President has speculated that China may have unleashed Covid-19 on the world due to some sort of horrible “mistake,” and has even argued that the release was intentional.

This comes as his intelligence agencies said they are still examining an idea put forward by the president and his collaborators that the pandemic may have been caused by an accident in a Chinese laboratory.

US intelligence agencies refuted a conspiracy theory, saying they had concluded that the coronavirus was “neither human-made nor genetically modified”

Speaking at the White House, Mr. Trump said, “It was a terrible thing that happened.

“Whether they made a mistake or it started as a mistake and made another one, or someone did something on purpose. “

The Chinese government has said that any allegation that the coronavirus had been released from a laboratory was “unfounded and purely made from nothing.”

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