Here are five things you should know about the coronavirus epidemic this Friday morning. We will have another update for you tonight.
1. The NHS has warned against resuming services
Sixteen health unions have told NHS boss staff that they need adequate protective equipment and access to rapid coronavirus tests when a range of services resumes. The NHS in England wants hospitals to relaunch non-emergency operations and outpatient clinics after the epidemic. The unions also say the ministers should rule out a freeze on the salaries of health workers following reports that the government plans to do so.
2. The school trust will reopen on June 1
The Oasis Academy Trust, one of the largest educational service providers in England, has announced plans to reopen its 35 primary schools early next month – despite reluctance from teachers’ unions. The founder of the trust, Steve Chalke, described their concerns as “unbalanced”, saying that for some children, the greatest risk was “being stuck in a board block.”
3. How exposed is your work to the virus?
Health and social workers are among the UK workers who have suffered the most from Covid-19, due to their increased exposure to the virus that causes the disease. The BBC has analyzed the roles most at risk of being infected.
4. Understanding the Covid-19 alert system
As part of its plans to reopen the company in England, the government introduced its Covid-19 “traffic light” alert system. Similar to how the public is warned of the threat of terrorism, the scale changes from five (red) to one (green). The idea is that the government will change the alert level based on the prevalence of coronavirus in the community.
5. Eating in a restaurant, pandemic style
As more and more European countries begin to relax their closings after the peak of the epidemic, a big challenge is how to get back to a semblance of normal life while respecting the rules of social distancing. A restaurant in Amsterdam believes it has found an innovative way to recover guests while reducing the risk of the virus spreading,
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