The Health Secretary Matt Hancock is below 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 printed
The authorities publishes its official coronavirus motion plan to comprise, delay, analysis and mitigate the virus. The public are urged to clean their fingers recurrently with cleaning soap and water for not less than 20 seconds or the size of time it takes to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice. Mr Hancock says: “Protecting probably the most susceptible is our absolute precedence.”
PM publicizes lockdown
Boris Johnson seems on tv and publicizes strict new curbs on life within the UK.
People are solely allowed to depart their properties to train as soon as a day. Shops promoting non-essential items are advised to close and gatherings in public of greater than two individuals who don’t reside collectively are prohibited.
PPE issues rising
Care properties warn that frontline workers do not need adequate provides of masks, aprons, robes and goggles – private protecting tools or PPE. Doctors challenge related warnings. Some are being advised to go and purchase PPE themselves from DIY retailers. Mr Hancock publicizes a brand new hotline for workers to name in the event that they are operating low on provides. He says a “navy effort” is underway to get hundreds of thousands of things of PPE to those that want them
Care properties warning
In an e mail leaked to the Sunday Times, social care leaders warn Mr Hancock that care properties are being “pressured” to permit residents to return from hospital with signs of Covid-19 and with out being examined for the virus. Managers say they are “terrified” that the dearth of testing is inflicting outbreaks in properties.
Plea for PPE
Managers from practically 40 care house suppliers inform the BBC they are going through severe PPE shortages. One says his workers are “massively brief” of face masks. He warns that security tools is “typically not out there” in social care. Another criticises an absence of central coordination and steering on staffing shortages when staff are both sick or isolating.
Government steering issued
Guidance says that individuals who had been Covid-19 constructive will be discharged into care properties: “Negative exams are not required previous to transfers/admissions into the care house.” It recommends that they are 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 occurred with all these folks in care properties?” According to Mr Cummings: “Hancock advised us within the cupboard room that folks had been going to be examined earlier than they went again to care properties.”
The steering is modified. It now says that every one these being discharged into care properties ought 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 properties, however that about 25,000 folks had been discharged to care between 17 March and 15 April.