Coronavirus: Staying home this weekend ‘not a request’, UK advised

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A handout image released by 10 Downing Street, shows Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock attending a remote press conference to update the nation on the COVID-19 pandemic, inside 10 Downing Street in central London on April 3, 2020.Image copyright Getty Images

Staying at home this weekend is an instruction and “not a request”, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has mentioned, as he up to date the nation on the coronavirus.

Speaking on the No 10 briefing, Mr Hancock mentioned that whereas heat climate was forecast in some areas this weekend “the disease is still spreading”.

England’s chief nursing officer Ruth May additionally paid tribute to 2 nurses who’ve died from the illness.

“Please stay at home for them,” she urged individuals.

Areema Nasreen, 36, had spent weeks in intensive care with coronavirus, whereas Aimee O’Rourke, 39, died on the hospital the place she labored.

“They were one of us, they were one of my profession, of the NHS family,” mentioned Ms May. “I worry that there’s going to be more and I want to honour them today and recognise their service.”

It comes as newest figures confirmed an extra 684 individuals with the virus died within the UK, bringing the overall to three,605. There are 38,168 confirmed instances.

In Scotland, the variety of deaths has risen by 46, whereas in Wales an extra 24 individuals died. In NI, the quantity of people that died with coronavirus has risen by 12.

Mr Hancock – who lately ended his seven days of self-isolation after contracting the virus – mentioned: “We can’t loosen up our self-discipline now. If we do, individuals will die.

“I finish with the recommendation everyone knows. This recommendation just isn’t a request – it’s an instruction.

“Stay at home, protect lives and then you will be doing your part.”

The warning follows messages from native councils, tourism bosses and police urging individuals to remain away from magnificence spots, because the Easter holidays start and heat climate is predicted.

Mr Hancock additionally mentioned the UK has arrange three nationwide scientific trials taking a look at how present medicine might be altered to deal with Covid-19.

He added that extra sufferers are wanted to volunteer to participate within the trials – however England’s deputy chief medical officer later clarified that folks can’t apply themselves and it was as much as docs to refer sufferers.

‘Stay at home for nurses’

Ms May additionally appealed to the general public to remain at home, saying: “This weekend goes to be very heat and it will likely be very tempting to exit and revel in these summer season rays.

“But please, I ask to remember Aimee and Areema. Please stay at home for them.”

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Image caption Aimee O’Rourke, who labored at a hospital in Margate, Kent, was described as “highly talented”

Also talked about in Friday’s every day replace:

  • Asked whether or not face masks had been efficient, England’s deputy chief medical officer Prof Jonathan Van-Tam mentioned “there is no evidence that general wearing of face masks by the public who are well affects the spread of the disease in our society”
  • Prof Van-Tam mentioned the federal government’s advisory committee appeared into whether or not the lack of style and odor is a symptom, as some researchers have urged. He mentioned whereas there may be anecdotal information some individuals do lose these senses, the info doesn’t present it’s important sufficient by itself to be added to the checklist of signs
  • Discussions over whether or not sufferers need to signal a “do not resuscitate” order needs to be dealt with “sensitively”, Ms May mentioned – including these choices are frequent however “Covid-19 is no excuse to have those discussions in an insensitive way”
  • More than 7,000 NHS employees have now been examined, and greater than 2,000 essential care beds – along with the Nightingale hospitals – can be found

New instances have been slowing down lately: dipping barely on the weekend and rising extra slowly this week (doubling roughly each 5 days). Even that pattern would have predicted over 5,000 new instances right now, and so this appears to be like like additional proof that the case numbers could possibly be slowing down (so long as each affected person who wants testing is getting examined).

Today’s figures on deaths observe the current tendencies carefully (doubling roughly each 3.5 days).

Remember that doubling each few days implies that we must always count on to see report new highs often.

It takes greater than three weeks from an infection to loss of life to being reported in these figures.

So whereas we are able to hope to see the consequences of pre-lockdown social distancing quickly, it is going to take longer for the impact of the lockdown, introduced on 23 March, to grow to be obvious.

Meanwhile, the Queen, 93, will communicate to the nation on Sunday night concerning the coronavirus outbreak in a uncommon particular tackle.

Buckingham Palace mentioned the message, recorded at Windsor Castle, will probably be broadcast on TV and radio at 20:00 BST.

The Queen’s tackle will probably be broadcast on TV, radio and social media, Buckingham Palace mentioned. She has been staying at Windsor Castle since mid-March as a precaution.

It is just her fourth particular tackle at a time of nationwide disaster throughout her 68-year reign. The different events had been after the Queen Mother’s loss of life in 2002, forward of Diana, Princess of Wales’s funeral in 1997, and in the course of the First Gulf War in 1991.

The Queen additionally made a televised tackle to mark her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

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The monarch, 93, launched an announcement concerning the outbreak final month, when the variety of UK deaths stood at 144.

She mentioned the UK was “entering a period of great concern and uncertainty” and praised the work of scientists, medics and emergency employees, saying everybody has a “vitally important part to play”.

BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell mentioned Sunday’s speech had been determined “in close consultation with Downing Street” as “they have had it in their minds for some days now”.

He urged the speech would possibly embrace thanks for NHS employees and key staff, in addition to an emphasis on the essential position people can play – whereas additionally aiming to reassure and rally individuals.

The inheritor to the throne, Prince Charles, was seen in public for the primary time on Friday after being identified with coronavirus and spending seven days in self-isolation.

He opened the first of the National Health Service’s emergency subject hospitals to deal with coronavirus sufferers in east London’s ExCel centre, through a video-link from his home on the Queen’s Balmoral property.

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Media captionPrince Charles opens the UK’s first emergency subject hospital to cope with coronavirus sufferers.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who introduced he had contracted the virus final Friday, mentioned he’ll stick with it self-isolating after persevering with to show delicate signs of the virus together with a excessive temperature.