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Coronavirus : Clampdown On Fake News ? What Our Government Is Saying , What Is Actually Happening - Carers UK Forum

Coronavirus : Clampdown On Fake News ? What Our Government Is Saying , What Is Actually Happening

Guidance on coronavirus and a place to share concerns and support
Perhaps we should start with our very own Government ?

Claiming success whereas , in reality , the opposite ?

Fury as UK is STILL not carrying out 10,000 coronavirus tests a day despite ministers claiming the level had been hit yesterday.

Ministers claimed yesterday 10,000 coronavirus tests were being done per day.

They admitted today that level had not been reached despite 'capacity' in place.

Backlash has been growing about the slow pace towards mass testing in the UK.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/artic ... s-day.html

UK ministers accused of overstating scale of coronavirus testing.

Government around 3,000 tests short of meeting claimed target of 10,000 a day.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ ... us-testing

NHS staff 'hiding' PPE in 'sheer desperation' as first UK doctors die of coronavirus.

NHS workers on the frontline of the coronavirus battle are hiding personal protective equipment (PPE) out of "sheer desperation", doctors have claimed.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1262 ... aprons-nhs

Nurse urges Government to provide more PPE in fight against coronavirus.

A nurse said she is treating coronavirus patients with a "knot in her stomach" amid fears of infection.

Concerns have been raised by healthcare professionals about personal protective equipment (PPE) in the battle against coronavirus.

Doctors and nurses, who are on the frontline in the fight against coronavirus, have reported shortages of protective equipment, but there are also worries about whether GPs and pharmacists are getting the necessary protection they need.

https://www.itv.com/news/2020-03-27/nur ... ronavirus/

Coronavirus : Thousands call on government to amend 'huge oversight' in job retention scheme as workers face being laid off across UK.

Workers not on employers' PAYE system before 28 February are ineligible for government scheme.

But under updated criteria for the scheme published by the government on Friday, workers must have been on their employer's PAYE payroll on or before the 28 February 2020 – three weeks before Boris Johnson announced stringent restrictions on public life.

A Facebook group set up by workers ineligible for the retention programme due to the cut-off date has already attracted hundreds of members within days, with dozens of posts detailing how they have already been laid off by employers. Those in the process of changing jobs have also been affected.

Over 3,000 have also signed a petition urging the government to amend this “huge oversight”, adding it “puts thousands of workers at risk, and stuck in the place of having no income and little to no prospect of getting employment in this current economy”.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/p ... 35661.html

Lack of childcare 'forcing key workers to stay home'.

Key workers say they are being forced to take time off work because they do not have access to childcare.

Schools, nurseries and childminders were told to close their doors last week to all except vulnerable children and the children of key workers, such as NHS staff and delivery drivers.

But many nurseries say staying open for such small numbers of children has not been financially viable.

They also say staff need better protection from the coronavirus.

The National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) estimates around half of nurseries have completely closed for the duration of the coronavirus crisis.

But for key workers who need childcare, the closures have meant having to take time off to look after their children.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-52093697
No matter the situation, our politicians have a knack of covering themselves, don't they?
NHS mental health trust tells staff NOT to resuscitate patients because it does not have coronavirus PPE clothing as nurses across UK tell of heading to the frontline 'with no protection at all'.

Public Health England issued stricter guidance on protective equipment for NHS.

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys Trust warn staff not to do CPR in coronaviris crisis.

The Royal College of Nursing says members are at risk because of lack of PPE.

Came as a brave NHS nurse was seen without vital kit amid worldwide shortages.

Medics at some hospitals have admitted to hiding equipment out of 'desperation'.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... tient.html

Coronavirus : Man told he must sleep on streets to get help.

Last week Minister for Homelessness Luke Hall clarified hotels, hostels and B&Bs could open to offer accommodation to key workers and vulnerable people.

A teenager made homeless during the coronavirus restrictions said councils told him he would have to sleep rough before they could help him.

The 19-year-old worked in a restaurant that shut and was in a hostel in Oxford he was told was closing because of measures announced last week.

South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) said it offered temporary accommodation to rough sleepers.

Oxford's city council was providing 103 hotel rooms for rough sleepers.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-o ... e-52036174

Coronavirus : Homeless people 'scared and hungry' on streets despite promise to house them over weekend.

'People on the streets are struggling because the normal sources of food have gone,' says Crisis.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) wrote to local councils in England on Friday saying they must find accommodation for all rough sleepers by the weekend, as part of efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus.

But campaigners told The Independent a “lack of clarity” meant many were still living on the streets on Monday and were at increased risk due to the loss of support systems usually in place such as soup kitchens and food distributions.

In some cases, local authorities are said to be continuing to ask rough sleepers to prove a local connection and provide address histories before they can be considered eligible for accommodation, creating barriers to being placed into accommodation during the pandemic.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/h ... 36726.html


UK's TRUE coronavirus death toll to be revealed today : Total is HIGHER than the official figures because it only includes people who died in hospital'

Office for National Statistics set to release death figures on weekly basis.

Figures out today are expected to show a rise in the number of deaths.

Will list any fatalities that have been linked to the virus by medics.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... gures.html
Coronavirus : Hospitals urged to use lab space to test NHS staff.

Hospitals should use spare laboratory space to test self-isolating NHS staff in England for coronavirus, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.

The government faces growing criticism over a lack of testing for frontline staff who could return to work if found clear of the virus.

On Tuesday, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove admitted the UK had to go "further, faster" to increase testing.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52114719

Coronavirus : Rescue for Brits stuck in India 'too little, too late'.

British tourists trapped in India have called on the government to act quickly to bring people home.

Darren Turner, 34, and Alex Ainley, 36, travelled to northern India to take part in a four-week yoga course at the beginning of March.

They have not been able to leave the yoga school since last Saturday and Mr Turner said: "It has been a very scary time."

The Foreign Office said it was "working around the clock" to support tourists.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-52089487

Blind 'not vulnerable enough' for food deliveries.

A blind couple struggling to get online food deliveries because they are not considered vulnerable enough are calling on the government to ensure they have access to priority shopping.

Glen and Rowan Graham, from Devon, said they are scared because they cannot drive themselves to the supermarket.

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is campaigning to class blind people as vulnerable.

The government said it was "working to identify others who may need support".


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-52115030


'They were complacent': Coronavirus testing shambles spirals as government blames global chemical shortage for dismal numbers - but industry insists there IS enough as top labs say offers of help have been 'snubbed'

Government has been accused of 'complacent' approach as number of coronavirus tests lag behind Germany.

Michael Gove blamed shortage of chemicals but industry suggested there are enough materials for the NHS.

Labs have claimed the government has been snubbing their offers of help with a 'centralised' approach.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has intervened to end the embarrassing situation as testing turns into a fiasco.

Large testing centre at Chessington World of Adventures in south-west London was operational from Friday.

But yesterday no NHS workers were seen heading in for testing, despite Government promising action.

Tests were designed to detect which health workers are fit to return to the frontline amid the Covid-19 crisis.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... rtage.html


Nearly a FIFTH of UK firms could shut within four weeks: Up to a million small to medium companies face ruin because banks are 'refusing to give them government-backed loans'

Bosses complained they had been refused money for not meeting loan criteria.

Others said they couldn't get through or phone or told money would take weeks.

Banks can also require entrepreneurs to risk homes in event of long shutdown.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... weeks.html

Revealed: UK firm is selling coronavirus testing kits to EIGHTY countries because labs here 'can't cope' - while NHS swabbing stations stand deserted in Britain

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has intervened to end the embarrassing situation as testing turns into a fiasco.

Large testing centre at Chessington World of Adventures in south-west London was operational from Friday.

But yesterday no NHS workers were seen heading in for testing, despite Government promising action.

Tests were designed to detect which health workers are fit to return to the frontline amid the Covid-19 crisis.


https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... ERTED.html


Coronavirus was considered a 'moderate risk' to the British public FIVE weeks ago by scientists who raised 'no objections' to not raising threat level

Public Health England committee met on February 21 to discuss virus threat level.

Minutes show scientists and observers raised 'no objections' to a moderate level.

At the time 75,465 cases of virus confirmed in China alongside 2,236 fatalities.


https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... s-ago.html


UK police warned against ‘overreach’ in use of virus lockdown powers.

Exclusive: policing chiefs seek to set out legal powers forces have in coronavirus lockdown.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/202 ... d-sumption

Welsh surgery apologises over 'do not resuscitate' instruction.

GPs’ practice backs down after bid to focus resources on those more likely to survive Covid-19.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/202 ... o-call-999

Coronavirus : Failure to test NHS staff means up to 85% in isolation are not infected and could be in work, top official says.

Head of NHS Providers warns of 'some of the highest staff absences' ever - but suggests most of it is unnecessary.

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Coronavirus: Failure to test NHS staff means up to 85% in isolation are not infected and could be in work, top official says

Head of NHS Providers warns of 'some of the highest staff absences' ever - but suggests most of it is unnecessary

Up to 85 per cent of NHS staff forced to isolate at home do not have coronavirus and could be at work but for the government’s failure to introduce testing, a senior official has revealed.

The health service is being undermined by “some of the highest staff absences” ever seen, the head of NHS Providers warned – but suggested most of it was unnecessary.

Revealing the results of initial small-scale testing, Chris Hopson said: “Of the members of staff who are self-isolating for 14 days, because they had a family member who potentially had coronavirus symptoms, only 15 per cent of them tested positive.

“If that is replicated, that means 85 per cent of the staff who are currently self-isolating can get back to work.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/p ... 39851.html


More around but these will suffice for now ... my poor finger tips ?
We need the Dunkirk spirit': Francis Crick Institute chief demands government gives up control freak approach to mass coronavirus testing warning 'time is running out'.

Mounting backlash at ministers for slow increase in coronavirus testing numbers.

Francis Crick Institute chief says government needs to summon Dunkirk spirit.

Sir Paul Nurse said 'small ship' labs should be allowed to carry out tests.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... hange.html

Like so many medics I'm stuck at home with just a cough. This is madness: Dr MAX PEMBERTON blasts Government over lack of coronavirus testing for NHS workers.

One in four NHS doctors is currently sitting at home, unable to work because they or someone they're living with is displaying symptoms of coronavirus.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/arti ... rkers.html

Germany 100,000... Britain 8,000: Disgracefully, that's how many tests each country does a day. The reason for the difference? Efficient Teutonic planning and a ruthless determination to work together, writes ROBERT HARDMAN.

The disparity remains astonishing. Here are two nations of comparable size.

Both have a long and proud history of medical excellence, both are home to international pharmaceutical giants and both are facing an identical biological threat. Yet their situations are so very different.

And if there is one aspect of the coronavirus crisis that sets Britain and Germany apart more than any other, it is in the field of testing.

Whereas Britain is struggling to carry out 50,000 tests in a week, Germany sometimes does twice as many in a day.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/arti ... 8-000.html

Just 2,000 key NHS staff have been tested, UK government admits.

Health officials urged to abandon strict rules hampering introduction of mass testing.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ ... scientists

Millions in UK 'could slip through virus wage safety net'.

Some self-employed workers and high earners at risk despite subsidy plan, warn thinktanks.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/20 ... ge-subsidy

NHS staff making masks from snorkels amid PPE shortages.

Doctors Association UK says medics buying kit from hardware stores or asking schools for help.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/202 ... -shortages

UK coronavirus testing: what ministers said and what has happened.

Science editor Ian Sample puts advisers’ and MPs’ claims to the reality test.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/202 ... s-scrutiny

Coronavirus: London hospital almost runs out of oxygen for Covid-19 patients.

Incident at major hospital raises fears over pressure on supplies during pandemic.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/202 ... s-patients

Coronavirus: Two million with some self-employment income will not benefit from government support scheme, IFS warns

‘Some will fall through the gaps completely,’ says respected think-tank

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/p ... 40876.html

Coronavirus: Fewer than one in 50 NHS frontline staff forced to stay at home have been tested.

NHS trusts were ordered to step up testing of frontline medics, but ministers unable to say when mass testing will start.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/p ... 41251.html