Morning headlines about coronavirus as different families may meet outside in Wales (Wednesday, May 20)

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Here is an overview of the latest news in response to the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday May 20.

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Confirmed cases worldwide: 4,988,994

Confirmed deaths: 324,958

Confirmed recoveries / exits: 1,959,149.

In Wales the number of people who die after a positive coronavirus test has reached 1,224 after 17 more deaths were announced on Tuesday.

Public Health Wales (PHW) also confirmed 166 more Covid-19 cases to take the grand total since the outbreak started to 12,570.

A seven-year-old child is among the last people to die across the UK after a positive coronavirus test.

The number of people who died with a laboratory-confirmed coronavirus in the UK rose to 35,341, up 545 from the same point on Monday.

Families could meet outside

The Welsh government plans to release the lock so that families from different households can meet outside, the health minister confirmed.

Speaking at Tuesday’s press conference in Cathays Park, Vaughan Gething said there was “evidence in progress” suggesting that meeting people in outdoor spaces would pose a reduced risk of transmission.

The latest scientific advisory from the technical advisory cell (TAC) on May 12 indicates that Covid-19 was “very likely to disintegrate very quickly [a few minutes] in the air and on surfaces exposed to the sun. “

“This adds to the evidence that outdoor environments are very likely to pose a lower risk of transmission,” he adds.




Up to six people are now allowed to meet outside in Northern Ireland, and in England you can already meet another person outside your home.

“We review our lockdown rules every three weeks as required by the law that was introduced,” said Mr. Gething.

“We will have to think about what it means then not only to be outside, but with who you are outside and the level of contact you have.

“These are active considerations. “

BMA verdict on school reopening date

Schools should reopen “as soon as possible,” said the British Medical Association, despite pressure from ministers to reconsider the return of some students to class next month.

BMA Public Health Medicine Committee Chair Dr. Peter English said that there was “growing evidence” that the risk to children of coronavirus was “extremely low”, but did said there was “no unified view yet” on the possibility for children to spread it.

Schools in England are slated to reopen on June 1, but no date has been set in Wales. Education Minister Kirsty Williams to lead daily Welsh government briefing on Wednesday noon, but Prime Minister Mark Drakeford has said he has “ambition” to recover years 6, 10 and 12 at some point given before summer vacation.

The doctors’ union had previously said that the government should not consider reopening schools in England until the number of cases was “much lower”.

In the Daily Telegraph, Dr. English said, “The decision of when schools should be allowed to reopen is extremely difficult.

“We know that the farther children are from the classroom, the more they harm their education, life opportunities and well-being.

“For disadvantaged children, this damage is even greater. The focus on arbitrary school reopening dates is polarizing.

“The BMA wants schools to reopen as soon as it is safe and the evidence allows – it could be before June 1 or after. But a zero risk approach is not possible. This is an acceptable level of risk. ”

Well done Sir Tom!

World War II veteran and NHS fundraising captain Tom Moore is to be knighted, Downing Street said.

The centennial has raised nearly £ 33 million for charity by browsing towers in his Bedfordshire garden.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson described Sir Tom as a “real national treasure” and praised his “fantastic fundraiser” which he said “provided us all with a beacon of light through the fog of the coronavirus”.



Captain Tom Moore

Johnson recommends that Sir Tom be exceptionally honored by the Queen, who approved the honor, said number 10.

A nomination ceremony will take place at a later date.

His chivalry comes only a few weeks after being appointed honorary colonel to underline his centennial and fundraising efforts.

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Tribute to deceased Swansea nurse

Tributes were paid to a nurse at Singleton Hospital in Swansea, who died after contracting a coronavirus.

The Swansea Bay University Board of Health has confirmed that Liz Spooner, a registered nurse at the hospital for 41 years, has died.

Ms. Spooner worked primarily in the hospital’s coronary care unit as well as in Room 9.



Liz Spooner

The board of health said his death left “a huge hole in the family of Singleton Hospital.”

Jan Worthing, the director of the hospital, said, “Liz has always given him everything, providing an excellent level of care. She was well known in Singleton as a fantastic and caring colleague with a dry sense of humor.

“Liz will be sorely missed by all and will leave a huge hole in the Singleton Hospital family. Our thoughts are with Liz’s daughter, Zoé, and her family. ”

Prime Minister on what the future holds for Wales

The man at the helm of the coronavirus locking strategy in Wales spoke to WalesOnline about what the future holds.

We asked Prime Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford what our lives might be like in January of next year, when people will be able to meet loved ones and how the past three months have been for him.

He gave us a snapshot of his thinking about lockdown and what the future holds, and you can read the full interview here.

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Washing your hands works

Handwashing six to 10 times a day is linked to a lower risk of seasonal coronavirus, supporting public health recommendations for action on the Covid-19 epidemic, research suggests.

Regular hand washing can reduce the personal risk of getting an infection, says study that has not been peer reviewed.

Moderate frequency hand washing was associated with a 36% reduction in the risk of coronavirus infection compared to those who washed their hands from zero to five times a day.

For the higher intensity handwashing, there was no significant dose-response effect, according to the researchers.




Sarah Beale, of the University College London (UCL) Institute of Health Informatics, and first author of the study, said: “Since Covid-19 appears to demonstrate similar transmission mechanisms to seasonal coronaviruses, these results support clear public health messages around protecting the effects of handwashing during the pandemic.

“It is important to emphasize that the frequency of hand washing is only one aspect of hand hygiene.

“We also know that the longer duration of handwashing and the context of handwashing, such as returning home or before eating – have been associated with a lower overall risk of influenza or flu-like illness. .

“Good hand hygiene should be practiced at all times, whether or not you have symptoms.

“This will help protect you and prevent the unintended spread of the virus to other people around you. “

Study recommends continuous lockout cycle

A rolling 50-day cycle of strict lockdowns followed by 30 days of relaxed restrictions may be an “effective” approach to managing Covid-19 until there is a vaccine, research suggests.

This model would keep the demand for intensive care within its capacity and “could allow populations and their national economies to” breathe “at regular intervals,” according to a study published in the European Journal of Epidemiology.

There is currently no effective treatment for the coronavirus and a widely available vaccine should be in at least a year.

An ongoing three-month strategy of suppression measures, such as strict physical distance and locking, would reduce new cases of coronavirus to almost zero in most countries, the study said.

Looser mitigation strategies such as hygiene and protecting vulnerable groups would take about six and a half months to reach the same point, the research found.

But the study suggested that such prolonged blockages would not be viable in most countries because of the potential knock-on effects on the economy and livelihoods.

Rail passengers are still awaiting the reimbursement of subscriptions

One in three train dogs who have claimed a subscription due to the coronavirus pandemic is still awaiting payment, said a watchdog.

A transportation survey indicated that 36% of claimants were not told if they would receive payment, while some travelers waited at least six weeks to collect their money.

Less than half (49%) of the passengers were satisfied with the way their complaint was handled, according to the survey.

Transport Focus chief executive Anthony Smith said, “While the majority of passengers have received a refund six weeks after applying, others are still in their pockets and in the dark.

About 700 people were interviewed from May 6 to 13.

The coronavirus lockout has led to an increase in subscription refund requests as many people have started working from home.

Smith said, “While the majority of passengers have received a refund six weeks after requesting it, the rest are still out of their pockets and in the dark.

“Operators should reassure passengers how long they can expect their refund to take and when they can reasonably expect to see the money returned to their bank account. “

Gareth Thomas reveals mental difficulties during lockdown

Wales rugby legend Gareth Thomas exposed the psychological turmoil he suffered during the coronavirus lockout and how he “cried a lot”.



Former Wales captain Gareth Thomas

The former Wales captain, who also led the Lions on their 2005 New Zealand tour, sincerely described his most intimate feelings when he appeared on Jeremy Vine.

Alfie, capped 100 times by Wales, revealed he was HIV positive last year and admits the words “virus” and “disease” were triggers for him while the coronavirus crisis dominated the media .

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