Matt Hancock confirmed today that the government would tell seniors to stay home for up to four months because he admitted that the NHS currently does not have enough fans to fight the coronavirus.
The Secretary of Health said that people over the age of 70 should isolate themselves even if they do not have symptoms in order to slow the spread of the disease and protect the most vulnerable in society.
He said “we don’t want to do it too soon because it’s clearly not an easy thing to do, it’s not an easy thing to maintain”, but he said he expected it that home support advice be issued “certainly in the coming weeks absolutely”.
The move will raise major questions about what the government will do to ensure that seniors are not left without food and medicine.
Meanwhile, the government has issued a “ call to arms ” for British manufacturers who do not provide health care, asking them to intervene and build essential fans for the NHS.
Hancock said the health service currently has about 5,000 machines, but will need “much more than that” because they are the “big thing” needed in the treatment of coronavirus.
The health secretary said “it is not possible to produce too much” because he promised that the government would buy all those that are made.
However, he refused to guarantee that anyone who needs a ventilator will have access to it because he said, “ We do not guarantee health care, ” but he promised to do “ everything we can protect life. ”
Government attempts to prepare the NHS for battle will also include transforming operating rooms, which are commonly used for knee and hip replacement operations, into coronavirus rooms because they have built-in oxygen stores. Hancock said that much of the elective surgery will “of course” be canceled in the coming months.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Cabinet denounced people who unnecessarily buy panic, telling all buyers to “ behave responsibly ” because the ministers are “ convinced ” that “ supply existing food in the UK will continue. ”
A number of European countries have responded to the epidemic by closing non-essential restaurants, bars and shops.
Hancock said the UK did not “rule this out” because he vowed: “We will stop at nothing to fight this virus”.
Despite the grim outlook, Hancock said the UK has endured worse, telling Sky News: “ We have gone through a worse situation as a country, of course, but this is a very big challenge.
“The measures we are taking, the measures we plan to take, are very, very important and they will disrupt the ordinary life of almost everyone in this country in order to fight this virus.”
Hancock’s comments came after the number of positive coronavirus tests in the UK rose to 1,140 on Saturday when the death toll reached 21. All of the deceased were over 60 or over had preexisting health problems.
The government estimated last week that up to 10,000 people are already likely to have the virus and Hancock said today that the number would now be “a little higher than that”.
Matt Hancock admitted today that the NHS does not have enough fans to fight the coronavirus epidemic, as he confirmed that the elderly will soon stay home for up to four months.
The number of coronavirus-related deaths in the UK doubled overnight, as ten other patients died. The total number of cases in the UK fell from 820 to 1,140 on Saturday
Mass isolation of the elderly – even if they are not sick – will begin in the next 20 days as Boris Johnson steps up efforts to tackle the UK epidemic
TROOPS IN THE STREETS TO FIGHT VIRUSES
By Glen Owen and Mark Nicol and Harry Cole for Sunday Mail
The ministers made plans to send troops to the streets to deal with the coronavirus crisis after the death toll almost doubled in 24 hours.
In preparation for the worst-case scenario, defense sources told the Mail on Sunday that army units are stepping up training for public order roles – including monitoring hospitals and supermarkets.
The Royal Logistics Corps is about to be used to escort convoys of food and the Royal Army Medical Corps is ready to build field hospitals under tents next to nursing homes.
Troops trained in chemical, biological and nuclear warfare will thoroughly clean empty public buildings in case they need to be transferred to hospitals or mortuaries.
And the military has also drawn up contingency plans to keep petrol stations filled with fuel when the country reaches the “peak virus”.
Defense sources told the newspaper that as part of the emergency plans, 38 military liaison officers would work with local councils to inform officials about how the military could help fight the crisis.
Most essential personnel, such as RAF Typhoon pilots, would be quarantined at work to ensure continued protection of the United Kingdom and the SAS rescue squadron would be detained in the United Kingdom, rather than being deployed abroad.
If the crisis worsens, hundreds, if not thousands, of soldiers could be deployed. Hundreds of members of the armed forces hold heavy truck licenses and are trained in the transportation of dangerous loads such as fuel.
Members of the Royal Military Police would also support local constabularies, while troops could also be used to drive ambulances and fire trucks.
Boris Johnson announced last week that anyone suffering from a new persistent cough or fever should be isolated for seven days as the government moves from the containment phase of its action plan to the delay phase.
But the government’s response is expected to intensify further, with Whitehall now on the brink of war as the spread of the disease worsens.
Mass isolation of the elderly – even if they are not sick – is expected to begin in the next 20 days and is one of many more draconian measures currently being prepared by ministers.
Whole families will soon be asked to isolate themselves even if only one member becomes ill with symptoms related to the coronavirus.
Tomorrow, the NHS England will issue new guidelines to hospitals that will tell trusts that they can abandon routine surgery and outpatient surgery to free up resources.
The government is in the process of concluding agreements with private hospitals so that more beds can be made available to the public if existing provisions of the NHS are exceeded.
Meanwhile, troops could be deployed to monitor hospitals and supermarkets, and in the worst-case scenario, the police could only be asked to handle death cases.
Elsewhere, economists predicted that the UK could experience a 6% drop in GDP in the coming months.
The government will take steps this week to ban mass gatherings so that 999 services can focus on coronaviruses.
Ireland and a number of other countries have already taken the plunge, with Dublin recommending that all indoor gatherings of 100 or more people be canceled.
But Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the Irish government could ask for “ enforcement powers ” to force people to comply with videos of songs in crowded bars in the capital last night. Varadkar urged anyone who had gone out to avoid contact with the elderly.
British ministers are preparing to smash emergency legislation through the House of Commons to give them the powers they need for the next few weeks.
These powers will include the ability to force people to be quarantined if they pose a “public health risk”, but Mr. Hancock said he did not think they should be used “a lot because people are very responsible. ”
The government will release the so-called Coronavirus Bill this week and ministers expect it to receive Royal Assent by the end of the month. All of the new powers it contains should be strictly limited in time, so that they will cease to apply once the epidemic is over.
The increase in activity came after the death of 10 more patients in England after a positive test for Covid-19, while the US government announced its intention to impose a travel ban in the United Kingdom and Ireland from Tuesday on. Meanwhile, the UK Department of Foreign Affairs today advised against “anything but essential travel” to the United States.
The 10 patients who died since Friday were treated in Buckinghamshire, Sandwell & West Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Leicester, Barts, London, North Middlesex and Chester, said NHS England.
A number of patients, who were over the age of 60, had underlying health conditions.
CHARITY ORGANIZATIONS INVITE FAMILIES TO CONSULT OLDER PEOPLE
Charities have advised families to check that elderly parents have everything they need after Matt Hancock said that those over 70 should stay home for four months soon.
The Alzheimer Society has not advised against visiting elderly parents.
But he said anyone concerned should call loved ones to verify that they have handwashing and hand sanitizer, regularly clean remote controls, door handles and faucets and to see if they need someone to shop for them.
Independent Age also did not advise against visits, but urged family members to make sure older parents have all the supplies they need, such as food and medicine.
Age UK has stated that older people who feel good can continue to live normal lives and go out and meet people, provided basic hygiene measures such as regular hand washing are observed.
Several nursing homes in the UK have suspended all visits in an effort to stop the spread of the virus and Independent Age told volunteers that home visits should now be done by phone.
Hancock said today that people can still visit elderly family members and neighbors as long as neither party is sick.
There were 1,140 positive coronavirus tests in the UK at 9 a.m. on Saturday, compared to 798 at the same time on Friday. The death toll in the UK is now 21, including 20 in England and one in Scotland.
There is growing pressure for world leaders to work together to coordinate a global response to the epidemic as they did in the wake of the 2008 economic crisis.
G7 leaders are expected to participate in a video call tomorrow, and there has been a noticeable increase in Mr. Johnson and Downing Street’s diplomatic efforts in recent days.
The PM spoke to U.S. President Donald Trump yesterday as they “ discussed the coronavirus pandemic and what is being done to stop the spread of the virus. ”
The two men also agreed “on the importance of international coordination to accelerate progress in the development of a vaccine and prevent economic disruption for our citizens”.
Johnson had a similar phone call with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this morning, after also speaking to Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison since Friday.
Pressure on the NHS is expected to reach unprecedented levels in the coming weeks as the number of coronavirus cases increases.
Hancock said ventilators will be essential to the health service’s ability to treat people with respiratory illnesses.
He told Sophy Ridge on Sky News: “ We start with around 5000 fans, we think we need a lot more than that and we say if you produce a fan, we will buy it. No number is too high.
“ These are relatively complicated kit pieces, I couldn’t make one, but they are not so complicated that the advanced manufacturing that this country is so good at now cannot put its production lines back.
“ We have talked to many companies about this and the Prime Minister is hosting a conference call today to make it very clear to domestic manufacturers that fans are the thing we are going to need and frankly around the world. , the demand is incredibly high, so it’s not possible to produce too much.
“So anyone who can should turn production and their engineering spirit towards the production of fans.”
Boris Johnson spoke with US President Donald Trump last night and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this morning as world leaders increasingly call for better coordination of the global response to the coronavirus.
Government urges large companies like JCB and Rolls Royce to convert their production lines to produce artificial respirators.
Ministers are increasingly in a rush to do more to combat the panic purchases that have plagued UK supermarkets in recent days.
Asked whether Britain’s food supply could be threatened, the Secretary of Health replied, “No, one of the things we are confident of is that the food supply will continue.”
But in a rush to guarantee it would not be the case, he said, “Well, we are confident of it. What I can guarantee is that we will work with the supermarkets to make sure people have enough.
“I understand why people could make reservations, but people have to behave responsibly.”
The British Retail Consortium (BRC), which represents supermarket groups, including market leader Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons, has called on buyers to pay attention.
BRC wrote a letter to consumers that “buying more than you need can sometimes mean that others will be left without” and “there is enough for everyone if we all work together.”
But ghost secretary for health Jonathan Ashworth said today that people were not selfish in storing essentials because he said the Prime Minister had to give them “certainty” about the situation so that ‘they can react accordingly.
The Labor MP said: “People are worried and I think the broader question and point is: we really need a coordinated mass effort.
“Certainty is everything and people need advice and this virus spreads quickly and exploits ambivalence and we don’t want any ambiguity.
“ The Prime Minister should be there every day to talk to the nation and explain why things are changing, I appreciate that this is changing quickly, but what we have seen with the purchase of panic is a reflection of the uncertainty that reigns, which is why I would really invite the Prime Minister to be more avant-garde.
Labor challenger Lisa Nandy said the government’s actions in the past 48 hours had been “a mess” and “people just don’t know what to do for the best”.
Hancock denied that achieving “collective immunity” was part of government policy to fight the coronavirus epidemic.
The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Europe is 40,677 and the number of deaths is 1,553. The World Health Organization has declared that Europe is the new epicenter of the virus
Buyers face partially empty shelves in London supermarket while consumers worry about product shortages due to coronavirus
QUEEN LEAVES THE PALACE IN THE HEART OF VIRUSES
Queen attends Commonwealth Day service this month
The queen has left Buckingham Palace because of fears of coronavirus after the talks on the Corbra crisis, we learned.
Her Majesty, 93, was taken to Windsor Castle with plans in place to quarantine her, as well as Prince Philip, 98, in Sandringham if the epidemic worsens.
The news comes as the coronavirus death rate in Britain almost doubled today, when ten other people died, bringing the total number of deaths to 21.
A royal source told the Sun: “ She is in good health, but it has been deemed preferable to move her. Many of its staff are a little panicked about the coronavirus.
“The Queen met a lot of people there until recently. But she is a few weeks away from her 94th birthday and the advisers believe that it is better to put her out of danger.
Her Majesty’s future visits to Cheshire and Camden were postponed yesterday due to the coronavirus pandemic.
He was also advised to cancel his annual garden parties in May and June to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
It comes after she said earlier this month that she has vowed not to let the epidemic stop her from carrying out her duties and to set an example by “ keeping calm and continuing ” until that there are “ contrary binding councils ”.
He responded to criticism from parts of the scientific community, and when asked if he was playing “roulette” with public safety, Mr. Hancock replied, “No, of course.
“What we will do is listen to all the credible scientists and we will look at all the evidence,” he added.
“Collective immunity is neither our objective nor our policy, it is a scientific concept. Our policy is to protect lives and fight this virus. ”
In the Sunday Telegraph, Hancock described the coronavirus today as “the greatest public health emergency in a generation.”
He said that “dramatic action at home and abroad” will be necessary to defeat it.
He also said the UK is likely to act “soon” to strengthen its response to the epidemic.
This will mean tighter measures designed to “protect” the elderly and medically vulnerable with families who are expected to be isolated together even if only one family member has symptoms.
The elderly will soon face four months of personal isolation as ministers try to prevent the most vulnerable groups in society from being exposed to the disease.
Hancock said the country will need to work together to address the threat of loneliness that could result from the crackdown, particularly among the elderly.
He wrote: “Everyone will have to help make sure they get the support they need to stay home, and to protect them from the consequences of isolation: loneliness and lack of support.”
The Secretary of Health spoke of the spirit of the Blitz by urging people to pay attention to each other.
“Our generation has never been tested like this,” he said.
“Our grandparents were, during the Second World War, when our cities were bombed during the Blitz.
“Despite the blows every night, the rationing, the loss of lives, they have joined together in a gigantic national effort.
Nadine Dorries, photographed in the House of Commons on March 4, said that a positive coronavirus test had sent ice water running down my spine.
The first death in the UK from coronavirus was announced on March 5, and the announcement of 10 deaths on Saturday is by far the largest number of deaths announced in a single day in the UK since the start of the epidemic.
Union bosses ask for help over airline lines
Union leaders have plans to save aviation jobs as the industry faces an “unprecedented crisis” due to the coronavirus epidemic.
Unite said that without government assistance, thousands of jobs would be at risk due to increasingly stringent travel restrictions around the world, which left planes on the ground.
Along with other aviation unions across Europe, Unite has developed a four-point plan designed to ensure the industry survives the pandemic.
The union wants the government to cover workers’ wages and plans to take a financial stake in the airlines to secure their future.
He also wants loans to be offered to airlines and airports to reduce pressure and ensure staff retention.
It comes after former Chancellor Alistair Darling said last week that ministers should not “shut the door” on the idea of massive bailouts for sectors like aviation.
He said that the UK’s basic economic infrastructure will need to be protected so that Britain can rebound when the virus decreases.
“Today, our generation is facing its own test, fighting a very real and new disease. We must fight disease to protect life. ”
Meanwhile, Health Minister Nadine Dorries said confirmation that she had contracted the coronavirus was like “ice water running down my spine.”
Ms. Dorries tested positive for the disease last week and remains self-isolated.
Writing in the Sunday Times, she said about her diagnosis: “ I stopped listening for a second as the thought crossed my mind: my mom will understand and it’s my fault. I brought Covid-19 home to Westminster and unintentionally passed it on.
“It was as if the clocks had stopped. I knew everything was going to change and I wanted to keep the time where it was.
She said her symptoms included a persistent cough, sore muscles and intermittent night sweats.
Ms. Dorries, best known by many for being on I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here, advised people to think everything was contaminated.
She said: “ Each lift button, the cart handle, the standby button on a pedestrian crossing – and each cup in a cafe. Wash your hands for 20 seconds. Carry a hand sanitizer and use it over and over again. Resist the urge to hug or shake someone’s arms.
Ms. Dorries is the only member to test positive for the coronavirus, but many parliamentarians are now self-isolated after meeting people with the disease or developing symptoms.