The total death toll from coronavirus has reached 31,241 in Britain, according to Environment Secretary George Eustice. A total of 626 people have been killed in the last 24 hours in the UK. The figures include deaths in all settings, including hospitals, nursing homes and the wider community, Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.
Earlier in the day, Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) said the six-week-old baby had become one of the last babies to die after testing positive for the new corona virus.
At the Downing Street daily press briefing, Eustice launched a 16 million pound (US $ 19.9 million) fund to help support charities that feed some of the country’s most vulnerable people affected by the pandemic.
“It’s very important they have the resources they need and this funding will help the most vulnerable people in our society get the food they need at this very difficult time,” he said.
The funds are part of a 750 million pound (US $ 858.9 million) pot announced by Chancellor of the Ministry of Finance Rishi Sunak for charities throughout the UK during the coronavirus outbreak.
Regarding the exit strategy from the lockdown, the secretary told reporters that there would be no “dramatic overnight changes” in the country’s lockdown measures, downplaying speculation about lifting more restrictions.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to make a speech in the country on Sunday to announce a road map to ease current locking measures.
“There will be no dramatic overnight changes. We will be very, very careful as we relax the boundaries we have. As shown by the data we make every day, we don’t get out of the forest,” there are still big challenges with this virus. for some time to come, “Eustice said.
“And because it is important to avoid the second peak that can flood our NHS, that we go out and develop these restrictions very, very carefully,” he added.
Also on Friday, Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford announced that Wales would remain locked for three weeks to avoid a “return of the virus” but the restrictions would be slightly reduced from Monday.
Saying that existing rules have “helped us all to save lives” from coronaviruses, Drakeford insisted that if they changed, Wales would make hospital admissions soar.
He further launched three modifications. Starting next Monday, people in Wales will be allowed to go out to exercise more than once a day – but the sport must begin and end at home and may not include travel.
Second, park centers can be open as long as they adhere to social distance guidelines.
Third, local authorities will begin planning how to safely reopen the library and trash tips, he said.
Meanwhile, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Friday that the only change to the locking measures he was considering in the near term was the limit for outdoor training.
For Arlene Foster, Northern Ireland’s first minister, there will only be “nuanced changes” for action in the region.
Friday also marks the 75th anniversary of Victory Day in Europe (VE Day). During the day, celebrations in the UK are basically minimized due to the locking of the coronavirus and the prohibition of meetings of any kind.
In a video paying homage to men and women who fought during World War II, Johnson reminded the British people that the coronavirus pandemic currently facing the country “demands the same spirit of national effort”.
“And that means we cannot hold parades and street celebrations that we have enjoyed in the past,” he said.
(With Input from IANS)
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