Culture Minister Oliver Dowden today gave a daily press briefing on coronaviruses in which he described another step-by-step system for tracking the “R” level of the virus.
He confirmed in the 24-hour period until 9:00 am Wednesday, 177,216 tests were completed or shipped, with 2,472 positive results.
A total of 2,962,227 tests were performed and 248,293 cases were confirmed positive.
The number of actively hospitalized patients treated for a coronavirus fell below 100,000 for the first time since March.
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He also spoke of changes to lockout and homework rules – saying that those who cannot work effectively from home would be encouraged to return to work.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said £ 150 million from dormant bank accounts and mortgage companies will help charities, social enterprises and vulnerable people during the pandemic.
The funding will build on the £ 750m pot announced by the Chancellor for charities across the UK.
Of the £ 150 million, £ 10 million will go to the Youth Futures Foundation to help organizations that help unemployed and disadvantaged young people across the country find jobs.
The government has said that £ 45 million will be deployed by Big Society Capital to allow better access to investment, including emergency loans for charities, social enterprises and some small businesses facing cash flow problems and disruptions in their trade following the coronavirus epidemic.
Fair4All Finance will use £ 65 million to help affordable credit providers increase access to fair and suitable products and services for those in financial difficulty, offering them an alternative to high-cost loans.
And £ 30 million will go to Access – The Foundation for Social Investment which will support social enterprises helping people in vulnerable situations.
They will make up to £ 10 million available for emergency assistance through social lenders, while developing a broader recovery finance program for the social sector.
Oliver Dowden also presented details of the task force being created to help the arts, sports and digital industries respond to the crisis.
He said at the Downing Street press conference, “Finding creative, crowd-free ways to navigate coronaviruses is the biggest challenge facing our leisure and recreation industries today.” “
The task force will include former footballer Alex Scott, former BBC and ITV President Lord Grade, English National Ballet art director Tamara Rojo and technology entrepreneur Baroness Lane-Fox.
Dowden said, “Normal life as we know it is still far away and the road to get there is narrow.
“But these things will come back, when they can do it safely, and with the same drive and creativity that make a great performance or a great work of art.
“I really think that when they do, and when we get through this crisis together, we will appreciate them all the more. “