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Pubs across UK might not open fully until Christmas

Pubs and restaurants will be ‘among the last’ to see lockdown restrictions lifted – and may not be running as normal until Christmas. Cabinet secretary Michael Gove this weekend said the hospitality industry will be subject to social distancing measures for a longer period than others in a bid to prevent a second wave of the virus hitting Britons later this year. Frank Maguire, from Truman’s brewery in London, told The Sun he thinks it is ‘unlikely’ that pubs will be able to open again as normal before Christmas. He later clarified to Metro.co.uk: ‘I expect pubs won’t reopen before July – and only once scientists advise the Government it is safe to do so. I don’t envisage normal levels of trade returning until the end of the year. We (pubs and breweries) were the first to be hit by the lockdown and we’ll be the last to reopen, which is completely understandable.’

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At least 15,000 people are still flying in to the UK each day with no screening for coronavirus. 

 

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Did the government lie to the british people over PPE?

None of the 84 tonnes of equipment that the government had said would arrive on Sunday is yet in the UK.
Britain only made a formal request to Turkey over a consignment of personal protective equipment on Sunday – the day after a cabinet minister announced the “very significant additional shipment” was already heading to the UK, Turkish sources have told Sky News.
Robert Jenrick, the housing secretary, said at the daily Downing Street press briefing on Saturday that 84 tonnes of the gear, including 400,000 urgently needed clinical gowns, would arrive in the UK from Turkey the following day.
It failed to materialise, but no explanation for the delay was given.
In fact two sources have told Sky News that no formal request was made to the Turkish authorities – who were not supplying the shipment, but whose help was sought to get it to the UK – until Sunday.

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Flights still bringing 15,000 people a day to UK with no screening

At least 15,000 people are still flying in to the UK each day with no screening for coronavirus, according to the health secretary. Matt Hancock said the equivalent of 105,000 travellers land per week, including from hotspot nations such as China, Italy and the United States. The government has not imposed any health checks or quarantine periods for people coming in to the country. In contrast, the US banned all travellers from Europe, and New Zealand enforced a mandatory 14-day quarantine for anyone entering.

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One in four London care homes hit by coronavirus outbreak

One in four London care homes have been hit by coronavirus since the start of the outbreak, new figures suggest, as anger grows over the lack of reporting. Public Health England (PHE) said today that around 350 care homes in the capital have declared an outbreak of Covid-19.That means around 25% of care homes have reported outbreaks. However, the true figure is thought to be even higher than that, with one London council leader telling Sky News they believe at least 387 care homes have had cases of the virus. The figures come amid accusations care home cases of coronavirus are being forgotten. Currently, the government’s daily deaths update only includes patients who die after testing positive for Covid-19 in hospital.

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Germany sends China £130billion bill for ‘corona virus damages’

GERMANY has rattled China after joining the UK, France and the US in a rare attack, after Berlin called out Beijing’s responsibility for the global pandemic and even issued a £130bn invoice. Germany has sparked outrage in China after a major newspaper put together a £130bn invoice that Beijing “owes” Berlin following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Germany has followed France, the UK and the US in directing its coronavirus anger at China, where the virus originated. Recent attacks come amid findings that Beijing appeared to cover up the true scale of the crisis, as the source of the outbreak remains a mystery.

On Saturday, Donald Trump warned that China should face consequences if it was “knowingly responsible” for unleashing the coronavirus pandemic.

Currently ‘no evidence’ that COVID-19 survivors have immunity, WHO warns

There is no evidence that people who have recovered from coronavirus have immunity to the disease, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.

The UK government has bought 3.5 million serology tests – which measure levels of antibodies in blood plasma.

But senior WHO epidemiologists have warned that there is no proof that such antibody tests can show if someone who has been infected with COVID-19  cannot be infected again.

Many of the tests being developed are pinprick blood tests similar to instant HIV tests and measure for raised levels of the antibodies that the body uses to fight the  virus.

Speaking at a news conference in Geneva, Dr Maria van Kerkhove said: “There are a lot of countries that are suggesting using rapid diagnostic serological tests to be able to capture what they think will be a measure of immunity.

“Right now, we have no evidence that the use of a serological test can show that an individual has immunity or is protected from reinfection.”

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China’s economy shrinks for first time in decades

China’s economy shrank for the first time in decades in the first quarter, as the coronavirus outbreak brought production and spending to a standstill.

Official data shows the world’s second largest economy suffered a sharp downturn of 6.8% between January and March, when factories, shops and travel were shut down in a bid to contain the COVID-19 infection.

Although slightly larger than the decline forecast by analysts it was broadly in line with expectations and markets were up in Asia, which seemed more focused on Donald Trump’s plan to reopen the US economy in the face of the coronavirus crisis.

China, where the outbreak originated, declared victory over the virus in early March and started reopening factories and offices even as other countries tightened controls.

But analysts say Beijing faces an uphill battle to revive growth as the global pandemic devastates demand from major trading partners and dampens domestic consumption.

Lu Zhengwei, Shanghai-based chief economist at Industrial Bank, said the latest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data reflected “the toll from the economic standstill when the whole society was on lockdown”.

He added: “Over the next phase, the lack of overall demand is of concern.

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 GDP data reflected “the toll from the economic standstill when the whole society was on lockdown”.

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UK spent £16,000,000 on coronavirus tests that didn’t work

Government officials are scrambling for a refund after paying £16 million for coronavirus testing kits that did not work. Downing Street paid the huge sum to two Chinese companies despite the technology behind the kits being unproven, the New York Times reports. AllTest Biotech and Wondfo Biotech, both said their products met the health, safety and environmental standards set by the European Union. Public health officials reviewed the specifications on paper while the foreign office dispatched diplomats in China to ensure the companies existed and to examine their products.

The gamble backfired as the tests, said to detect anitbodies for coronavirus, did not work, according to a senior civil servant.

A spokesperson from the Department of Health and Social Care said the stocks were bought on the ‘basis of minimum initial volumes’ and said that where tests didn’t work, orders would be canceled and costs recovered ‘wherever possible’. Finding antibody tests that work is seen as a critical stage in the battle against coronavirus.

Unlike antigen tests, which determine if a person has tested positive or negative for Covid-19, antibody tests are supposed to be able to detect whether a person has already had coronavirus before, and has since recovered. The tests work by detecting a person’s blood for antibodies, meaning they could be done at home.

After British officials complained about the faulty tests, both Chinese companies blamed British officials and politicians for misunderstanding or exaggerating the utility of the tests. Wondfo told Global Times, a Chinese newspaper, that its product was intended only as a supplement for patients who had already tested positive for the virus.

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Wondfo told Global Times, a Chinese newspaper, that its product was intended only as a supplement for patients who had already tested positive for the virus.

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Three-week lockdown extension set to be approved

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will lead emergency Cobra committee and cabinet meetings about the continuation of social distancing measures.
Labour has said it will support an extension, but also called for details on how and when the lockdown would end.
Meanwhile, social care directors have said distribution of protective kit for carers has been “shambolic”.
There have been 27 verified deaths with coronavirus among NHS staff, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed.
On extending the lockdown, Mr Hancock told BBC Breakfast he believed the government had been clear “we think it too early to make a change”.
He said: “We can see that we’re reaching a peak, that is good news, but we can see that the numbers are not yet coming down, therefore we can’t make a change.”
Mr Hancock added that he did not want to put the “good effort” of the public to waste by ending the lockdown too early.
“If we just released all the measures now then this virus would run rampant,” he said.
The health secretary is due to meet with the first ministers of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales later ahead of making a formal decision on the lockdown.

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Fundraiser for baby of pregnant nurse who died from coronavirus heads towards £100,000

More than £70,000 has been raised for the family and newborn baby of a pregnant NHS nurse who died from Covid-19. Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong, 28, who worked as a nurse on a general ward at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital for five years, died on Sunday. Her baby daughter was delivered successfully by caesarean section and is doing well, according to the hospital, although it is not clear whether she has also tested positive for the disease.

Ms Agyapong’s husband is currently self-isolating and has also been tested for the virus. The Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said that Ms Agyapong tested positive on April 5 and was admitted to the hospital she worked at on April 7. David Carter, chief executive of the trust, said: ‘It is with great sadness that I can confirm the death of one of our nurses, Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong, who passed away on Sunday.

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COVID-19 testing for care homes

Ministers have promised to ramp up coronavirus testing for care home residents and staff, as fears grow that the virus is “running wild” in adult social care.

Opposition parties have warned of a “growing crisis” in care homes, with elderly residents particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

And there are growing demands for care home deaths to be included in the daily updates for deaths in hospitals to stop “potentially thousands” of fatalities going “under the radar”.

In response to these concerns, the government has pledged that all social care staff who need a test for COVID-19 will be able to access one, as testing capacity continues to increase.

Ministers have pledged to reach 100,000 tests a day by the end of the month, a target Downing Street insists the UK is on course to meet.

The latest figures show that 14,982 tests were carried out in the 24 hours up to 9am on Tuesday. So far, just 505 social care workers have been tested for the coronavirus.

The Care Quality Commission will coordinate the tests and aims to have contacted all 30,000 care providers by the end of the week.

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