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Coronavirus Update 15/05/2020

Coronavirus Update 15/05/2020

The Guardian reports that UK death toll is at 40,496

The Guardian reports that, according to the Office of National Statistics, UK COVID-19 death toll has now surpassed 40,000, where a quarter of this has been recorded as care home residents. The official figures, as of 9th May, show that 35,044 deaths were registered in England. Upon adding the most up to date figures from all four nations, the total death toll stands at 40,496. This grim update officially puts the UK as the worst-affected country in Europe, with Italy at second place with 30,739 deaths, Spain at 26,744 and France at 26,604.

Financial Times reports 50,979 COVID-19 related deaths

According to the Financial Times, however, UK death toll could be well over 50,000. Figures reported by numerous other news outlets, like Reuters UK and City A.M., were also in the excess of 38,000 deaths.

Difference in UK death tolls

Such figures reported by certain news outlets, which have been calculated as per the figures announced by the Office of National Statistics, are significantly higher than the official figures posted by the Department of Health and Social Care, which still stands at 32,065. The reason for the difference in death toll figures boils down to the omittance of those who have died without being tested and have died in the community and care homes. Furthermore, it appears that the figures have omitted those victims who have died indirectly due to not being able or have refused to attend a hospital for treatment.

Boris Johnson announces new lockdown measures

On Sunday night, Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled a “conditional plan” to ease the national lockdown. The plan allowed those who could not work from home to return to work (e.g. construction and manufacturing personnel), but to avoid public transportation. It also advised the public to take unlimited outdoor exercise and to enjoy parks/public spaces without exercising.

Announcement sparked confusion and chaos

The announcement made by Prime Minister Boris Johnson led to confusion as no specific guidelines were made and has led to the public believing that they had less than 12 hours of notice to get ready to go back to work. The lack of clarity in who should return to work, when should they return to work and how employers can keep employees safe led to chaos the following day with crowds breaching social distancing rules on the London Underground. In response, the government published a 51-page document titled “Our Plan to Rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy”, outlining guidance to both employees and employers, broken down by sectors.

Furlough scheme extended but with a catch for employers

The chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced today that the furlough scheme will be extended until the end of October. Pay out to employees would not be affected throughout the scheme. The chancellor, however, mentioned that employers would need to “share with the government the cost of paying salaries”, indicating that government support will gradually phase out. The chancellor failed to mention any updates regarding the support for the self-employed. It is, therefore, expected that the self-employed scheme will remain to run for 3 months from March and would be extended if deemed necessary by the government.

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