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Health Secretary Matt Hancock

Govt Covid-19 update 4 May – app testing

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Govt Covid-19 update 4 May – from Downing Street – app download for Isle of Wight

NHS England number of Covid-19 hospital deaths in England has risen by 204 to 21,384 the lowest increase since March 30

Health Secretary Matt Hancock gives the latest Covid-19 briefing.

Matt Hancock: talk about test track and trace. Plan is to slow the spread and protect the NHS. It will start on the Isle of Wight tomorrow (Tuesday May 5). BAME – black and /or minority backgrounds – more affected in particular the care workers. Support for the families involved. Programme for the families who have lost embers because of Covid-19. Test track and trace system up and running by the middle of this month. 80% of people on Isle of Wight have said they will download the app. Not everybody has a smartphone. Lockdown on Isle Of Wight be lifted? No changes to distancing measures.

Prof Jonathan Van-Tam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer: tests going up well within testing capabilities. New cases need to come down further.  Hospital admissions in all areas now steady consistent declines of number of people in hospital this is good news. Critical care beds This has been decreasing.  Deaths in all settings a slow but consistent decline. Slow but consistent decline – going in right direction. Taking BAME deaths incredibly serious but a complicated picture it’s complex and takes time to work out why.  Anti bodies?Those tested who have had Covid-19 have shown they have anti bodies which is good news.

Prof John Newton, coordinator of the national testing effort

Followed by Q & A from the public and the national media.

Lockdown eases

Today’s briefing comes as the government’s blueprint to get Britain back to work emerged. Draft documents from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), have been seen by The Telegraph. They say extra cleaning should be introduced in office spaces.  Also the use of protective equipment should be considered where maintaining a distance of two metres between workers is not possible.

For workers who have customer-facing roles, plastic screens should be put in place to help protect them, while continued home working and staggered shifts should also be encouraged, the plans say. The proposals are among a list of guidelines in seven documents drawn up after consultation with executives, trade bodies and unions.

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