The Health Secretary Matt Hancock is underneath 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 revealed
The authorities publishes its official coronavirus motion plan to comprise, delay, analysis and mitigate the virus. The public are urged to clean their palms commonly with cleaning soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds or the size of time it takes to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice. Mr Hancock says: “Protecting the most vulnerable is our absolute priority.”
PM pronounces lockdown
Boris Johnson seems on tv and pronounces strict new curbs on life within the UK.
People are solely allowed to go away their properties to train as soon as a day. Shops promoting non-essential items are informed to close and gatherings in public of greater than two individuals who don’t stay collectively are prohibited.
PPE considerations rising
Care properties warn that frontline employees wouldn’t have enough provides of masks, aprons, robes and goggles – private protecting gear or PPE. Doctors problem comparable warnings. Some are being informed to go and purchase PPE themselves from DIY retailers. Mr Hancock pronounces a brand new hotline for employees to name in the event that they are operating low on provides. He says a “military effort” is underway to get thousands and thousands of things of PPE to those that want them
Care properties warning
In an electronic mail leaked to the Sunday Times, social care leaders warn Mr Hancock that care properties are being “pressured” to allow residents to return from hospital with symptoms of Covid-19 and without being tested for the virus. Managers say they are “terrified” that the shortage of testing is inflicting outbreaks in properties.
Plea for PPE
Managers from practically 40 care house suppliers inform the BBC they are dealing with critical PPE shortages. One says his employees are “massively short” of face masks. He warns that safety equipment is “generally not available” in social care. Another criticises a scarcity of central coordination and steerage on staffing shortages when workers are both sick or isolating.
Government steerage issued
Guidance says that individuals who have been Covid-19 optimistic may be discharged into care properties: “Negative tests are not required prior to transfers/admissions into the care home.” 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 happened with all these people in care homes?” According to Mr Cummings: “Hancock told us in the cabinet room that people were going to be tested before they went back to care homes.”
The steerage is modified. It now says that each one these being discharged into care properties needs to be examined. The National Audit Office says later that it’s not identified what number of sufferers with Covid-19 had been discharged to care properties, however that about 25,000 individuals have been discharged to care between 17 March and 15 April.