The federal government is to carry every day televised press conferences to replace the general public on the battle towards coronavirus, Downing Road has mentioned.
From Monday, Boris Johnson or a senior minister will tackle the media to make sure persons are knowledgeable about the right way to defend themselves.
It follows criticism of No 10 for an obvious lack of transparency over its plans to stem the unfold of the virus.
A complete of 35 folks have died within the UK after contracting Covid-19.
The media briefing later will observe one other assembly of the federal government’s emergency Cobra committee, chaired by the prime minister, the place additional choices may very well be made on actions to sort out the unfold of coronavirus.
The announcement of the every day updates comes after Well being Secretary Matt Hancock revealed that every Briton over the age of 70 will be told “within the coming weeks” to stay at home for an extended period to protect themselves.
A Downing Road spokesperson mentioned the federal government is “dedicated” to protecting the general public knowledgeable about what it’s doing to battle the unfold of the virus, and can all the time be led by science to “carry ahead the fitting responses on the proper time”.
Mr Johnson will host the press convention on Monday, alongside Prof Chris Whitty, the UK’s chief medical adviser, and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.
The PM or a senior minister will then maintain every subsequent every day briefing, and reply media questions, whereas supported by a spread of medical and scientific consultants, No 10 mentioned.
The Cobra assembly will talk about the “subsequent steps” on authorities plans to protect the aged and weak folks from the virus, and whether or not mass gatherings ought to be banned.
Most faculties throughout the UK will stay open on Monday, regardless of blanket closures in international locations akin to Spain, France and Eire.
A quantity have determined to shut, nevertheless – and Schooling Secretary Gavin Williamson is because of meet head lecturers to debate their issues later. Some universities have halted courses and moved all their lectures on-line.
The Division for Work and Pensions has additionally introduced that, from Tuesday, face-to-face assessments for illness and incapacity welfare funds will probably be suspended for 3 months in an effort to guard weak claimants.
The suspension will apply to claimants of private independence funds, employment and help allowance, some on Common Credit score and other people on industrial accidents schemes. These with appointments will probably be contacted to debate different preparations.
In the meantime, Mr Hancock mentioned particulars of emergency laws giving the federal government extra powers to cope with the outbreak will probably be shared on Tuesday.
Inns may very well be transformed into makeshift hospitals, whereas the federal government has begun negotiating with personal healthcare suppliers to acquire hundreds of additional beds in personal hospitals.
The PM is because of communicate to engineering companies on Monday about shifting their production lines to making NHS ventilators, amid rising concern a few scarcity of the life-saving tools.
It comes because the chairman of the Treasury Choose Committee mentioned the entire UK Price range, unveiled by Chancellor Rishi Sunak final week, might need to be re-assessed if the outbreak goes on longer than anticipated.
Talking on BBC Radio 4’s Westminster Hour, Conservative MP Mel Stride mentioned the forecast the Price range was primarily based on is “already properly old-fashioned” and the chancellor may face “some very tough choices”.
Elsewhere, central banks all over the world have taken co-ordinated motion to attempt to restrict the financial affect of the pandemic, which is threatening to trigger a worldwide recession.
The US has cut interest rates to almost zero and launched a $700bn stimulus programme in a bid to guard the economic system.
Mr Johnson can also be on account of communicate with leaders of the G7 nations in a cellphone name on Monday, during which he’ll encourage them to again the World Well being Group response and supply funding and experience to hurry up the event of a vaccine.
A Public Well being England (PHE) briefing, reported by the Guardian, warned that the epidemic within the UK may final till spring 2021 and put 7.9 million folks in hospital.
Dr Susan Hopkins, PHE’s nationwide an infection service deputy director, mentioned the company “used affordable worse-case situation figures” to “restate the significance for folks with signs to remain at house”.
The variety of confirmed UK circumstances of the virus has reached 1,372, with 40,279 folks examined, in accordance with the most recent Division of Well being figures.
Individuals self-isolating with gentle signs of the virus are now not being examined.
The government says checks will primarily be given:
- To all sufferers needing hospital therapy for pneumonia, acute respiratory misery syndrome (ARDS) or a flu-like sickness
- The place an outbreak has occurred in a residential or care setting, for instance long-term care services or prisons
In different key updates:
- The federal government is to launch social distancing recommendation for aged folks on Monday – however they won’t but be requested to self-isolate for lengthy intervals
- The 14 sufferers whose deaths have been introduced on Sunday have been aged between 59 and 94 and all had underlying well being circumstances, NHS England mentioned.
- Retired police officer Nick Matthews, 59, of Nailsea, close to Bristol, was named as having died after contracting the virus. His spouse Mary paid tribute to him on Fb as her “soul mate” and “greatest buddy”
- The Previous Vic has turn into the primary well-known West Finish theatre to cancel performances because of Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. It introduced it has pulled the final two weeks of Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, starring Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe