Covid: As Matt Hancock faces grilling, what are key questions for him?

The Health Secretary Matt Hancock is beneath scrutiny over his dealing with of the early levels of the Covid-19 pandemic. Here is what we all know in regards to the occasions of March and April 2020.

Action plan revealed

The authorities publishes its official coronavirus motion plan to include, delay, analysis and mitigate the virus. The public are urged to clean their fingers frequently with cleaning soap and water for at the least 20 seconds or the size of time it takes to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice.  Mr Hancock says: “Protecting the most vulnerable is our absolute priority.”

Mr Hancock leaves Downing St after launching the action plan
Image caption Mr Hancock leaves Downing St after launching the motion plan Image copyright by Getty Images

PM pronounces lockdown

Boris Johnson seems on tv and pronounces strict new curbs on life within the UK.

The prime minister says the UK faces a “moment of national emergency.”
Image caption The prime minister says the UK faces a “moment of national emergency.” Image copyright by PA News

People are solely allowed to depart their houses to train as soon as a day. Shops promoting non-essential items are instructed to close and gatherings in public of greater than two individuals who don’t reside collectively are prohibited.

PPE issues rising

Care houses warn that frontline workers should not have enough provides of masks, aprons, robes and goggles – private protecting gear or PPE. Doctors subject comparable warnings. In later proof to MPs, Mr Hancock says there was “never a national shortage of PPE”, but there were “huge challenges” in maintaining with demand.

Care houses warning

In an e-mail leaked to the Sunday Times, social care leaders warn Mr Hancock that care houses are being “pressured” to allow residents to return from hospital with symptoms of Covid-19 and without being tested for the virus. Managers say they are “terrified” that the shortage of testing is inflicting outbreaks in houses.

Chart from April 2020 shows coronavirus deaths rising in care homes
Image caption Chart from April 2020 reveals coronavirus deaths rising in care houses Image copyright by BBC

Government steerage issued

Guidance says that individuals who have been Covid-19 constructive might be discharged into care houses: “Negative tests are not required prior to transfers/admissions into the care home.” It recommends that they’re remoted in their very own room.

Mr Hancock talks to the PM

Mr Hancock addresses the difficulty of testing with the prime minister. According to testimony given later by the prime minister’s former chief adviser Dominic Cummings, Mr Hancock is requested: “What on earth has happened with all these people in care homes?” According to Mr Cummings: “Hancock told us in the cabinet room that people were going to be tested before they went back to care homes.” In later evidence before MPs, Mr Hancock says: “We set out a policy that people would be tested when tests were available.” He insists he adopted scientific recommendation all through.

Tests required

The steerage is modified. It now says that each one these being discharged into care houses needs to be examined. The National Audit Office says later that it’s not recognized what number of sufferers with Covid-19 had been discharged to care houses, however that about 25,000 folks have been discharged to care between 17 March and 15 April.


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