Monday, 25 May 2020

Coronavirus Log Part 3 - (from 25 May)

This post is a continuation of the Coronavirus Log.  See Coronavirus Log Part 1 - (December 2019 to 28 April 2020) and Part 2 (29 April 2020 to 24 May 2020).

No 10 Downing Street data for 24 May showed 36,793 deaths from coronavirus confiemd with a positive test. The data slide notes - "Weekly registered deaths from the Office for National Statistics include cases where COVID-19 is mentioned on the death certificate but was not confirmed with a test. On 8th May, ONS reported 41,020 cumulative registered deaths from COVID-19. This was 9,779 more than the DHSC figure for the same date."

(Monday) - 25 May - Worldometers - Coronanvirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 36,793 deaths

25 May - BBC News - UK government draws up plan to rescure key firms  

25 May - The Guardian - Has the UK justice system been changed for ever by the coronavirus

25 May - ITV News - Boris Johnson presses ahead with June 1 opening for schools

25 May - The Telegraph - Lockdown restrictions to be eased allowing more social contact and shops to reopen

25 May - Doughty Street - Kirsty Brimelow QC - Did Dominic Cummings act "Responsibly and Legally"

25 May - The Guardian - Cummings' actons show government cannot be trusted, says adviser

26 May -Worldometers - Coronanvirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 37,048 deaths

26 May - BBC News - Local lockdowns will be used to suppress 'flare-ups', says Hancock
 
26 May - The Independent - Did Dominic Cummings really warn of the threat of Covid-19 ?

26 May - The Telegraph - Tory MPs revolt as voters turn on Dominic Cummings

28 May -Worldometers - Coronanvirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 37,460 deaths

28 May - BBC News - Test and trace system kicks off in England

28 May - BBC News - Durham Police lockdown traevl fines revealed


28 May - The Telegraph - British public asked to do their 'civic duty' to get the country out of lockdown

28 May - Youtube - Video of Downing Street conference where Prime Minister explained that the government's 5 tests were met and that some relaxation of social contacts would be permitted from 1 June. Re-opening of schools for some year groups to proceed.  Some retail businesses to resume from 1 June and "non-esential" retail from 14 June. Sir Patrick Vallance said that R remains close to 1 and that the numbers were coming down but not fast.

29 May -Worldometers - Coronanvirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 37,837 deaths

29 May - BBC News - Scotland begins to ease out of lockdown

29 May - The Guardian - Groups of up to 6 people to be allowed to meet in  England from Monday

29 May - The Guardian - Government rejected radical lockdown of England's care homes

29 May - The Telegraph - Boris Johnson draws line under Dominic Cummings row amid furore over scientsist

29 May - The Guardian - Constituents bombard MPs with tens of thousands of emails over Dominic Cummings

29 May - The Guardian - Britain left off 'safe list' of countries free to holiday in Greece

30 May -Worldometers - Coronanvirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 38,161 deaths

30 May - The Economist - How coronavirus Britain looks from abroad

30 May - Published on 12 March - We've wasted a month - view of Professor John Ashton - and also at Liverpool Echo -  Liverpool professor critical of government on coronavirs has formal complaints made againstb him

30 May - BBC News - Trump terminates US relationship with WHO




30 May - Downing Street briefing (video) - reported 2445 new cases, deaths up by 215 since 29 May, almost 8000 in hospital. The briefing stated that the Uk is "past the peak" and that the 7 day rolling average continues to fall.

31 May - Worldometers - Coronanvirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 38,376 deaths

31 May - Office for National Statistics - Bulletin week ending 15 May

31 May - BBC News - Drop plan to reopen primaries to all pupils, Ministers urged

31 May - BBC News - The mystery of 'silent spreaders' 





31 May - Lockdown easing for coronavirus 'shielders' in England, Prime Minister announces


31 May - The Telelgraph - Revealed: Test and trace was abandoned because system 'could only cope with five coronavirus cases a week'

31 May - The Telegraph - Lockdown rules unenforceable and public will 'do what they want,' warn Police

1 June 2020 (Monday)Worldometers - Coronanvirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 38,489 deaths

1 June - Amended Regulations in force.

2 June -  Worldometers - Coronanvirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 39,045 deaths

2 June - BBC News - How dangerous is lifting lockdown?



2 June - BBC News - NHS test and trace: Does contact tracing stop coronanvirus?

 2 June - The Guardian - Critics round on No 10 over 'ridiculous' rules for 14-day quarantine




2 June -  No 10 Downing Street briefing 2 June 2020

2 June - Updated material from Public Health England - Number of coronavirus cases and risk in the UK

2 June - BBC News - Risk of dying is higher for ethnic minorities - and The Guardian - Calls mount for public inquiry into UK BAME Covid 19 death rate

2 June - PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND - report (pdf) -Disparities in the risk and outcomes of Covid-19 and it appears that this report may have been edited by government - see HSJ - Government censored BAME covid-risk review - An earlier draft of the review which was circulated within government last week contained a section which included responses from the 1,000-plus organisations and individuals who supplied evidence to the review. Many of these suggested that discrimination and poorer life chances were playing a part in the increased risk of covid-19 to those with BAME backgrounds.

2 June - The Guardian - Statistics watchdog: ministers still misleading public on coronavirus tests

2 June - PARLIAMENT - Matt Hancock makes statement on Coivd-19 response

2 June - The Guardian - MPs join 90 minute long queue to vote to end virtual voting. The vote went in favour of ending the so-called "hynrid system" even though the Commons Procedure Committee
 recommended that a form of virtual participation should be allowed to continue while coronavirus restrictions are in place, to allow MPs who are not able to come to Westminster because of the continuing restrictions caused by the pandemic to contribute to debates and represent their constituents. The strict parity rule which restricted debates in the Commons chamber should be dropped.. 

3 June - The Independent - Is the government fiddling the figures on coronavirus?
 
3 June -  Worldometers - Coronanvirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 39,369 deaths. Those are where COVID-19 is stated as cause of death on the certificate.

3 June - Office for National Statistics - Weekly figures for death registrations in England and Wales up to 22 May.

3 June - BBC News - Labour urges PM to stop 'winging it' over easing restrictions - some scientists, public health experts and opposition politicians have warned that Monday's easing of restrictions - which saw the partial re-opening of primary schools, the resumption of some sports, the re-opening of covered markets and new freedoms for those previously shielding to leave the house - are premature.
The changes came despite the fact the Covid-19 alert level has yet to be officially lowered from four to three.

3 June - The Guardian - Covid 19 spilling out of hospitals and care homes, says UK expert 




3 June - The Telegraph - Boris Johnson takes back control of coronavirus crisis with Downing Street 'shake up' - Two centrally-run committees, covering strategy and operational delivery, will shape Government's approach to pandemic

3 June - The Independent - Johnson 'told Italy's president' he wanted 'herd immunity' to defeat coronavirus, TV documentary reveals and see No 10 Downing Street 13 March 2020.

4 June - Worldometers - Coronanvirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 39,728 deaths. Those are where COVID-19 is stated as cause of death on the certificate.

4 June - Downing Street data as presented at 3 June press conference

4 June - Prime Minister's Closing Remarks at World Vaccine Summit

5 June - Worldometers - Coronanvirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 39,904 deaths. Those are where COVID-19 is stated as cause of death on the certificate.

5 June - BBC News - Travelling to Wales - Police turn away 1000 cars in 2 days

5 June - BBC News - No return to 'business as usual' for dentists



5 June - The Guardian - NHS test-and-trace system 'not fully operational until September' - Britain’s test-and-trace system could take another four months before it is working properly, the Guardian has learned, raising concerns about how the country might cope with a second wave of coronavirus infections. Tony Prestedge, a banker drafted in to run the NHS scheme, told staff that the programme would be “imperfect” at launch and won’t be world class until September or October. Boris Johnson had said the “world-beating” scheme would be in place by 1 June.







6 June - Worldometers - Coronanvirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 40,261 deaths. Those are where COVID-19 is stated as cause of death on the certificate.

6 June - The Guardian - UK experts call for coronavirus inquiry to prevent deadly second wave



6 June - The Independent - WHO updates guidance to say everyone should wear face masks in public 'where transmission risk - In its new guidance, prompted by evidence from studies conducted in recent weeks, the WHO stressed that face masks were only one of a range of tools that can reduce the risk of viral transmission, and should not give a false sense of protection.

The organisation’s chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said: “In light of evolving evidence, WHO advises that governments should encourage the general public to wear masks where there is widespread transmission and physical distancing is difficult, such as on public transport, in shops or in other confined or crowded environments”

6 June - BBC news - WHO advises to wear masks in public areas.

6 June - The Telegraph - Could coronavirus be killed off without a vaccine? History suggests there's a chance

6 June - The Telegraph - PHE warned in February against discharges into care homes - Now it has emerged that as early as February 24, PHE National Infection Service had issued guidance for coronavirus suggesting it was not safe to discharge untested individuals to care homes from hospitals where there was an outbreak of 5-25 cases.

6 June - BBC News - Could more UK lives have been saved?
 
6 June - Public Health England- Weekly COVID-19 surveillance report issued
 and see PHE Blog.




6 June - The Independent - Regional R-rates revealed for the first time in England

(Monday) 8 June - Worldometers - Coronanvirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 40,542 deaths. Those are where COVID-19 is stated as cause of death on the certificate.

 - also reported at The Telegraph





8 June - The Telegraph - Protesters in flagrant breach of the rules risk undoing our progress against this terrible virus 

9 June - Worldometers - Coronanvirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 40,597 deaths. Those are where COVID-19 is stated as cause of death on the certificate.

9 June - The Guardian - Matt Hancock hails coronavirus 'retreat' sas UK deaths tumble

9 June - The Independent - UK deaths UK now has more daily deaths than rest of Europe combined


9 June - No 10 Downing Street briefing reported 1387 new admissions with Covid-19 to hospital and a further 286 deaths had been registered.


10 June - Worldometers - Coronanvirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 40,883 deaths. Those are where COVID-19 is stated as cause of death on the certificate.

10 June - Prime Minister - 5 tests continue to be met - announced "bubbles" and some other relaxation of restrictions - to take effect from Saturday 13 June.

10 June - BBC News - Firms can't cope with no deal and virus - CBI boss

10 June - BBC News - Thousands of UK jobs go in sweeping retail closures

10 June - The Guardian - EU may veto UK trade deal lacking safeguards, leaked report reveals

10 June - The Guardian - Enforcing UK lockdown one week earlier 'could have saved 20,000 lives'
10 June - The Telegraph - Matt Hancock downplays role contact tracing app - “I’m not going to put a date on it,” he said, despite having previously promised it would be available in mid-May.

11 June - Worldometers - Coronanvirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 41,128 deaths. Those are where COVID-19 is stated as cause of death on the certificate.

11 June - late afternoon No 10 Downing Street briefing - 1266 confirmed cases at 11 June

12 June - Worldometers - Coronanvirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 41,279 deaths. Those are where COVID-19 is stated as cause of death on the certificate.

12 June - BBC News - Start public inquiry now to prevent more deaths - The call for an inquiry comes as a report from the National Audit Office - assessing the readiness of the NHS and social care in England for the pandemic - has shown it is not known how many of the 25,000 people discharged from hospitals into care homes at the peak of the outbreak were infected with coronavirus.




12 June - Hansard Society - Coronavirus-related Statutory Instruments

13 June - Worldometers - Coronanvirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 41,481 deaths. Those are where COVID-19 is stated as cause of death on the certificate.

13 June - Amendments in force to the Public Health Restrictions legislation

13 June - BBC News - Police impose  conditions ahead of anti-racism protests


13 June - The Telegraph - Scientists say 2 metre rule can be relaxed
13 June - New Scientist - First coronavirus R numbers for regions within England

13 June - What is the coronavirus R number in regions of the UK

13 June - SAGE webpage updated

13 June - further disorder in London + protests in other places

14 June - Worldometers - Coronanvirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 41,662  deaths. Those are where COVID-19 is stated as cause of death on the certificate.

14 June - BBC News - Child pschologists highlight mental health risks of lockdown

14 June - BBC News - Boris Johnson launches review into 2m social distancing rule

14 June - BBC News - How will seconday schools reopen safely?

14 June - The Guardian - BMA demands answers over missing BAME pages of Covid-19 report

(Monday) 15 June - Worldometers - Coronanvirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 41,698 deaths. Those are where COVID-19 is stated as cause of death on the certificate.

15 June - Public transport - Face Covering Regulations in force

15 June - The Guardian - WHO cautions against further lifting of lockdown in England  -England’s coronavirus lockdown should not be further lifted until the government’s contact-tracing system has proven to be “robust and effective”, the World Health Organization has said after widespread criticism of the first results of the new tracking operation.



16 June - Worldometers - Coronanvirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 41,736 deaths. Those are where COVID-19 is stated as cause of death on the certificate.

16 June - The Guardian - Covid-19 can damage lungs beyond recognition, expert says





16 June - The Independent - What it's like to take the first Easy Jet flight after 11 weeks of being grounded

17 June - Worldometers - Coronanvirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 41,969 deaths. Those are where COVID-19 is stated as cause of death on the certificate.

17 June - BBC News - Dexamethasone proves first life-saving drug

17 June - BBC News - Food voucher U-turn after footballer's campaign

17 June - The Guardian - More than 100,000 carers forced to use food banks in UK lockdown 

17 June - The Independent - Help the hungry: Food and 10,000 face coverings donated to charities and vulnerable 

17 June - No 10 Downing Street Data

18 June - Worldometers - Coronanvirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 42,153 deaths. Those are where COVID-19 is stated as cause of death on the certificate.

18 June - BBC News - What is the true death toll of the pandemic?




19 June - Worldometers - Coronanvirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 42,288 deaths. Those are where COVID-19 is stated as cause of death on the certificate.

19 June - No 10 Downing Street Data

19 June - BBC News - Coronavirus was already in Italy by December 

19 June - BBC News - UK's Covid-19 alert level reduced from 4 to 3

19 June - BBC News - Quarantine rules for some countries set to be relaxed

20 June - Worldometers - Coronanvirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 42,461 deaths. Those are where COVID-19 is stated as cause of death on the certificate.

21 June - Worldometers - Coronanvirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 42,589 deaths. Those are where COVID-19 is stated as cause of death on the certificate.

21 June - BBC News - What is a second wave and is one coming? 

21 June - The Independent - UK cases pass 300,000 as world sees record surge in new infections

21 June - The Telegraph - Frustrated test and trace volunteers 'on the verge of quitting'

21 June - The Guardian - NHS Covid app developers 'tried to block rival symptons trackers'

21 June - Review into England's 2 metre rule due within days

21 June - The Guardian - Nearly 1500 in one day: UK ministers accused of downplaying Covid-19 peak

Ministers have been accused of playing down the gravity of the coronavirus pandemic after it emerged that more than 1,000 people died every day in the UK for 22 consecutive days – in stark contrast with daily tolls announced by the government ....  It was not until 29 April that the government changed its daily data to include deaths in all settings, including those without a test. The Department of Health and Social Care has said it was technically challenging and time-consuming to collate the data and ensure the cause of death attribution was correct.

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