Coronavirus: 55 people have now died in UK after testing positive for COVID-19Herson Abinon2020-03-17T05:45:16+00:00
Coronavirus: 55 people have now died in UK after testing positive for COVID-19.
The announcement means that 18 people had died in a 24-hour period after being tested positive for COVID-19.
A sign directs patients towards an NHS 111 coronavirus (COVID-19) pod at St Thomas’ Hospital in London
A total of 55 people in the UK have now died after testing positive for the coronavirus, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.
This is a rise of 19 deaths in a 24-hour period.
Mr Hancock said: “Our goal is to protect life. Our actions have meant that the spread of the virus has been slowed in the UK and I want to pay tribute to the officials at Public Health England and the NHS for their exemplary approach to contact tracing and their work so far.
“However, the disease is now accelerating and 53 have sadly now died. Our hearts across this whole house go out to their families.”
Mr Hancock added that emergency legislation will be introduced to MPs on Thursday, with the aim of giving the government new powers to keep public services on tracks during the outbreak.
He also said that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has spoken to manufacturers today on a phone call, asking them to produce much-needed ventilators for the health service.
Downing Street put out a call for the equipment over the weekend, over fears intensive care units in the NHS could soon face unprecedented demand for them.
Speaking in the first of the newly announced daily press conferences on the outbreak, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Britons to avoid pubs, clubs, restaurants and theatres and to only make essential journeys in the “national fightback” against coronavirus.
He added that the number of coronavirus cases in the UK could double every five or six days without “drastic action”.
“Today, we need to go further, ” Mr Johnson said.
In Europe, the European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has proposed a 30-day ban on non-essential foreign travel to the EU. The proposal will be discussed with member states tomorrow.
An official earlier said: “Ireland and Britain are encouraged to align.”
In other coronavirus developments:
- Globally more than 169,000 have tested positive and over 7,000 have died
- Virgin Atlantic asks staff to take eight weeks of unpaid leave as it parks up 85% of planes
- EasyJet to ground majority of its fleet on a rolling basis
- IAG, British Airway’s parent company, will cut flights by at least 75% in April and May
- British granddad died ‘after contracting virus from skier in restaurant’
- Italy records 368 more deaths from the coronavirus outbreak on Sunday, its biggest one day rise
- France is preparing to put the country under partial lockdown to combat the pandemic
- FTSE 100 fell by 8.7% on opening, settling to 7.2% with a loss of about £95bn on Monday
- A British man in Vietnam is seriously ill with COVID-19 and is on a ventilator
- The free TV licence for over-75s will end on 1 August instead of 1 June because of the outbreak
A Public Health England briefing seen by Sky News claims the coronavirus could see up to 7.9 million people requiring hospital treatment in the UK over the next 12 months.
The document also confirms that healthcare workers who have symptoms of COVID-19 would not necessarily be tested.
Chief medical officer Chris Whitty has previously said up to 80% of the population could catch the virus in a worst-case scenario.
On Sunday, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the elderly could be asked to self-isolate for up to four months.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Monday that people over the age of 70 will be asked to self-isolate “as and when the moment is right” – but that they would still be able to go outside and “walk the dog”.
He said: “We will ask people to do that as and when the moment is right.”
Those who refuse to self-isolate or fail to comply with restrictions could face a fine of up to £1,000.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson is due to meet school leaders to discuss the implications of closing schools and postponing exams.
Creative Commons Disclosure
About Mandatory Compliance
Mandatory Compliance is the leading UK provider of CPDUK accredited healthcare and social care training courses, e-learning programs and Ofqual approved qualifications.
Click on the links below to find out more about our accredited e-learning courses and qualifications:
- Business Administration
- Charities and Volunteers
- Child Care Services
- Clinical Commissioning Groups
- Clinical Governance
- Clinical Skills Development
- Corporate Governance
- CQC Compliance
- Education and Training
- Equality and Diversity
- FE Colleges And Universities
- Finance Management
- Health and Safety at Work – Online Training Courses
- Health & Social Care
- Health Law and Ethics
- Human Resource Management
- Information Governance (GDPR)
- IT and Technology Management
- Leadership and Management
- Local Authorities
- Long Term Conditions
- Mental Health Awareness
- Primary Care Services
- Public Health
- Research and Development
- Risk Management
- Safeguarding People at Risk
- Sales and Marketing
- Statutory Mandatory Training
- Work Skills and Development
- Workforce Development.
Contact our Support Team on 02476100090 or via Email for more courses relating to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and other regulatory compliance requirements.