Govt Covid-19 update 8 May – from Downing Street. Extra funds for food charities
Govt Covid-19 update 8 May: UK COVID-19 DEATHS IN ALL SETTINGS UP 626 TO 31,241
The latest information on the virus is given to the nation. There will be data on the deaths and hospital admission and possibly Care Homes.
George Eustice, Environment secretary: 16m pound fund to assist food sources delivering food to 5,000 frontline charities. PM will outline any changes in lockdown on Sunday but at moment stay at home protect the NHS and save lives. How app work for older people a lot don’t have smart phones? recognise they may not have them possible families can help. Clear message that people abide by restrictions. PM will set out a road map, certain activities might become possible there won’t be a dramatic overnight change. We’ll be living with this virus for some time to come and must make sure it doesn’t rise again. Have surveillance programme going on to monitor trends across country.
Prof Stephen Powis, NHS England: how public complying – trips out down. New cases steady number reported but distancing measures working. Hospital care/admissions has fallen an decrease of 18%. Critical care beds this has been decreasing for most of the UK of the last 2 weeks. Deaths: there is a decline of overall deaths. App may not be the only to track down contacts with coronavirus going forward.
Followed with a question and answer from the public and the national media. This done via a video link.
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