DAILY EMERGENCY COVID-19
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Coronavirus Emergency affecting our country (UK)...
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National Trust urges
caution as good weather at the weekend could tempt people onto
and good weather forecast for the weekend, the National Trust is
urging people to avoid unnecessary travel and follow Government
guidelines on social gatherings.
The Trust's coast and countryside places will be open as usual
with any car park charges suspended and the charity is working
where it can to keep outdoor spaces open and free to access.
However Mother's Day and a weekend likely to be mostly dry and
sunny could see some sites, especially smaller parks and gardens
having to close. Earlier this week the conservation charity
announced that it would close its houses, shops and cafes to
restrict the spread of Coronavirus.
Nature expert and writer Andy Beer from the National Trust
says:- "Although our coast and countryside will be open as
usual, we'd encourage people to stay local and enjoy the 1st
moments of spring where they are rather than making an
unnecessary journey. There are so many small moments of nature
that we can enjoy now that spring has arrived, from the 1st
blossom to flower, birdsong and the first leaves unfurling on
our trees. We've had so much support for our move to keep our
outdoor places open which has been really terrific to see.
However, we have a responsibility to adhere to government advice
and although many can continue to enjoy many of our outdoor
places we recognise this weekend is likely to be a challenge. To
ensure we are encouraging people to stay aware of social
distancing, many of our smaller parks and gardens could be
closed this weekend. The wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and
visitors remains our top priority."
Information on which National Trust outdoor places are open this
weekend can be found at:-
How to access Government
financial support if you or your business has been affected by
Moore's Office responding to our question about funding...
Please click on this
link to see an unedited .pdf
file, from the Treasury, that has more information on it.
The current understanding is that they will be contacting Local
Authorities very soon to provide more information about support
for businesses. We are told that Sefton Council have said
that they will be publishing information on their website as
about School closures
THE NSPCC's response to the
announcement that schools will be closed, but will remain open
for vulnerable children, I hope it is useful for your
coverage... Anna Edmundson, NSPCC Head of Policy and Public
Affairs, said:- "The Government has
clearly acknowledged the need to keep children safe from abuse
and neglect during this national health emergency. Teachers act
as the eyes and ears for the community and have a vital role in
ensuring children receive the right protection. Therefore, it is
encouraging that the most vulnerable young people will continue
to go to school to find safety and support. But the process
needs to be carried out with care and sensitivity to avoid
children feeling as though they are being singled out. It is
also important to recognise that this is not black and white as
there will be children that are vulnerable to abuse but fall
outside this process. At the NSPCC, we will be looking closely
at the detail of the plans and we look forward to discussing how
they will work in practice with the Government."
Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement
THE Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, on 19
March 2020, said that says worst of crisis over the next 3
months if people follow the rules. This is the full statement
issued by him at a press conference at 10 Downing Street,
published 18 March 2020
PM statement on Coronavirus: 18 March 2020
From:- Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing
Street and The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP that was delivered on:- 18 March 2020.
"Good afternoon. And thanks for coming or for indeed tuning in
to these daily updates. I want to introduce, I'm sure you know
Jenny Harries, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England, and you
know Sir Patrick Vallance, Chief Scientific Advisor.
I want to tell you where we got to in our national fightback
against the Coronavirus. Today the Scientific Advisory Group for
Emergencies met to discuss the latest evidence on the spread of
the virus and the effects of the measures we have already taken
to slow its spread. And Patrick is going to update us in a
second about that.
I want to repeat that everyone; everyone; must follow the
advice to protect themselves and their families, but also; more
importantly; to protect the wider public. So stay at home for
7 days if you think you have the symptoms.
Remember the two key symptoms are high temperature, a continuous
Whole household to stay at home for 14 days if one member in
that household thinks he/she has the symptoms. Avoid all
unnecessary gatherings; pubs, clubs, bars, restaurants,
theatres and so on and work from home if you can. Wash your
And we have already announced in the last few days we will
massively scale up our testing capacity in the weeks ahead so we
hit 25,000 tests a day.
A huge public information campaign is being rolled out so people
get all the information they need to protect themselves and
We are asking retired healthcare professionals to come back and
help us cope, help the NHS to cope, with this unprecedented
And we will continue as we have from the beginning to do the
right thing at the right time and to follow the best scientific
And we come today to the key issue of Schools where we have been
consistently advised that there is an important trade off. And
so far the judgment of our advisers has been that closing
Schools is actually of limited value in slowing the spread of
And that is partly because counter intuitively Schools are
actually very safe environments. And in this disease and
epidemic children and young people are much less vulnerable.
And hitherto the advice has been that we should keep Schools
open if possible in order to reduce the pressure on the NHS and
on all other public services. But I think you'll agree I have
always been very clear that this is a balanced judgment and one
that we have kept under constant review.
So looking at the curve of the disease and looking at where we
are now; we think now that we must apply downward pressure,
further downward pressure on that upward curve by closing the
So I can announce today and Gavin Williamson making statement
now in House of Commons that after Schools shut their gates from
Friday afternoon, they will remain closed for most pupils; for
the vast majority of pupils- until further notice. I will
explain what I mean by the vast majority of pupils.
The objective is to slow the spread of the virus and we judge it
is the right moment to do that.
But of course, as I've always said, we also need to keep the NHS
going and to treat the number of rising cases. So we need health
workers who are also parents to continue to go to work.
And we need other critical workers with children to keep doing
their jobs too; from police officers who are keeping us safe to
the supermarket delivery drivers, social care workers who look
after the elderly and who are so vital. We will be setting out
more details shortly about who we mean in these groups.
So we therefore need Schools to make provision for the children
of these key workers who would otherwise be forced to stay home.
And they will also need to look after the most vulnerable
This will mean there will of course be are far fewer children in
Schools and that will help us to slow the spread of the disease.
And these measures are crucial to make sure the critical parts
of the economy keep functioning and public services keep
So we are simultaneously asking nurseries and private Schools to
do the same, and we are providing financial support where it is
needed. We are making provisions to supply meals and vouchers
for children eligible for free School meals. And where some
Schools are already doing this, I want to make it clear we will
reimburse the cost. And of course this does mean that exams will
not take place as planned in May and June. Though we will make
sure that pupils get the qualifications they need and deserve
for their academic career.
Now I know that these steps will not be easy for parents or
teachers. And for many parents, this will be frustrating, and it
will make it harder for them to go out to work.
And of course that is one of the reasons we haven't wanted to go
ahead and that's why we are working now on further measures to
ensure that we support not just businesses but also individuals
and their families to keep our economy going as Rishi Sunak the
Chancellor outlined yesterday.
I also need to remind parents that, as we have already advised,
children should not be left with older grandparents, or older
relatives, who may be particularly vulnerable or fall into some
of the vulnerable groups and I know that will be difficult too.
And I want to thank families for their sacrifice at this
difficult time. I want to thank whole country for the efforts
people are making to comply with these measures.
I particularly want to thank the teachers, head teachers and all
the support staff who keep Schools going who will make these
exceptional arrangements work, for the benefit of us all.
By looking after the children of key workers they will be a
critical part of our fight back against Coronavirus. As I have
said, we will take the right steps at the right time, guided by
We believe the steps we have already taken,
together with those I am announcing today, are already slowing
the spread of the disease.
But we will not hesitate to go further, and faster, in the days
and weeks ahead.
And we will do whatever it takes to so that we beat it together."
Published 18 March 2020
(Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered, issued
by No. 10's Press Office)
A message from Merseyside Fire and Rescue
City Council will suspend
its green waste collection service as of Monday, 23 March 2020,
due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak. The Council says that
it will be prioritising resources to support household waste,
recycling and clinical waste collections for the foreseeable
The Council's green waste collection service began again in late
February after being suspended over the winter months.
It is a free service offered to all households in the City by
Liverpool Streetscene Services Ltd (Ltd).
LSSL usually devotes 12 wagons and up to 28 members of staff to
the fortnightly green waste programme.
However, the Authority is anticipating the potential need for
refuse workers to self isolate due to Coronavirus and will be
re-deploying green waste collection staff to support purple and
blue bin and clinical waste collections.
The Council is urging residents not to put green waste into the
purple or blue bins.
Members of the public can still take their green waste to one of
the City's 2 Household Waste Recycling Centres at Otterspool or
Cheadle Avenue in Old Swan. Liverpool residents can also make
use of recycling facilities in Sefton, Knowsley and Kirkby or
any of the 14 sites across Merseyside.
Alternatively, residents are advised to compost or stockpile
their green waste until collections resume.
Liverpool City Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration and
Highways, Cllr Sharon Connor said:- "The Council has
decided to suspend the green waste collection service so we can
give priority to our other collection services. It is extremely
important that we make sure that our household and clinical
waste collection services continue to prevent further potential
further risks to public health due to the accumulation of such
things as food waste. We would urge people who have green waste
to home compost in the 1st instance. If, for any reason you
cannot do this then you could take it to a household waste
recycling centre. The green waste collection service will resume
as soon as possible but in the meantime, we would ask residents
to bear with us and dispose of their green waste responsibly."
If you're a Liverpool resident you can buy subsidised bins at:-
For more information about waste collection and recycling across
Merseyside, visit the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority
Dogs Trust Merseyside releases Coronavirus
THE Dogs Trust on Merseyside has
announced temporary changes to its activities following
Government advice to limit non-essential contact. The Trust will
move to appointment only system, from 5pm, on Friday, 20 March
2020. They are also Charity is no longer taking charity shop
goods at re-homing centres or shops, to limit unnecessary
contact and will advise when receiving new stock again. Members
of the public wishing to book an appointment can call the
contact centre on:- 02078370006, until further notice. The
charity will also run appointments for people who wish to give
up their dog for any reason. People who have a current
reservation or are due to collect their new family member will
not be affected and can contact their local centre, by phone of
they have any questions. The charity is also postponing all
non-essential community events and has suspended Dog School
training classes, including those based at the re-homing centre,
for the time being. Those wishing to donate any pre-loved items
to the charity are asked not to bring donations to the Huyton
based centre or nearest charity shop, in Shrewsbury, in person,
until further notice.
A message from Merseyside Fire and Rescue
Mayor Joe Anderson
has issued a rallying cry to the City to help tackle the
Coronavirus challenge. He has has issued an unprecedented
rallying cry to the City's residents and businesses in a bid to
mobilise a "community army" to tackle the
Mayor Joe Anderson has instructed the City Council to set up 2
hotlines; 1 to recruit a volunteer army, the other to identify
and help the City's most vulnerable. He is also calling on the
City's businesses community and voluntary organisations to
register their support to assist communities overcome the
pandemic over the coming weeks and months.
The 2 telephone hotlines are now live and can be called on:-
0151 233 3068. Key tasks identified will be for people to help
deliver medication to those in self isolation, or check in with
Neighbours. This phone line can also be used to volunteer for
Liverpool Foodbanks who require lots of volunteers across the
The support hotline is:- 0151 233 3066. This has been
established for anyone to call who feels they need support with
a range of basic tasks because they don't have a support
network; friends and family; in place.
Both hotlines will be manned from 8am to 6pm, 7 days a week.
People can also sign up online via Liverpool City Council's
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said:- "Liverpool is
famous for its community spirit, and we will need to call on it
now - more than ever before. Life for everyone is changing in a
way few could ever have imagined. Only by working together will
we steer our way through this. The council has been implementing
our own well-rehearsed contingency plans to cope with a
pandemic, and is already using its network of contacts to
mobilise so we can protect the most vulnerable. But it is not
enough. We simply don't have the volume of staff to fully
respond to this crisis. If you are healthy and fit, and are not
living with someone with Covid-19; Liverpool needs you. There is
a vast number of roles for people to perform over the coming
weeks and months; and we need to begin the process of assessing
the needs and deploying those who can help. It goes without
saying; these are unprecedented times. It is impossible to
overstate the seriousness of the situation, but I know this City
will emerge on the other side all the stronger for it. Our unity
and spirit are famous the world over; and we are going to need
every ounce of it to get through the coming months. And we all
have a crucial part to play, which first and foremost is to do
everything possible to protect ourselves, to protect others, and
protect our NHS. We need to take care not to spread the disease
and take care of each other."
It has also established dedicated social media feeds at:-
and Rescue Service ask people to print this leaflet off and pass
MERSEYSIDE Fire and
Rescue Service have today said that:- "We know that more
and more members of our community will now either be self
isolating or spending more time at home in order to prevent the
spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). We know how stressful this can
be, and that's why we want to make sure you stay as safe as
possible. We have put together the below leaflet filled with
some useful safety tips to make sure you and your loved ones
stay safe from fire during these difficult times. It's really
important that we all work together and check on our elderly and
vulnerable neighbours and relatives and offer them support. If
they are self isolating due to their age or underlying health
conditions, check if you can help by picking up items from the
shop and leaving it on their doorstep. If you are picking up
shopping for those who are unable to do so, please print this
leaflet off and put it into the shopping before you deliver it."
To see this leaflet, please click on
Registered Nurses - We Want You
and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust today issued a
rallying call for Registered Nurses who wish to work again
to sign up to their Bank. The invitation was issued by the
Director of Nursing and Quality Maria Nelligan to everyone
who has previously worked for the Trust as a Registered
Nurse or in a clinical ole, but has retired or given up work
recently. The Nursing Bank, which supports people to sign up
for flexible temporary hours across a number of wards,
community settings and Trust sites, is easy to access
Nelligan, Executive Director of Nursing and Quality at the
Trust, explained:- "We are keen to encourage valuable
retired or former members of staff to come back and work in
a clinical role. We are also interested in hearing from any
registered nurses looking for work. This can be easily
facilitated through our staff bank system and we would like
to see as many people as possible sign up. We recognise the
expertise and knowledge this group of people could bring to
the Trust and will actively support their work life balance.
Our message is clear: if you want to work we will have
something for you, just get in touch." Anyone interested in
taking up this opportunity should send an
and register on the bank. Alternatively the Trust can be
contacted by phone on:- 01772 773 598. We will provide
refresher training and we will pay National Medical Council
registration for the first year, as well as the cost of any
DBS checks required."
Confirmed Cases in and around the Liverpool
WITHIN England, there are a total of 2,182 confirmed
cases as of:- 09:00am (GMT) on 18 March 2020. Within the Local
Authorities in and around the Liverpool City Region, as of:-
09:00am (GMT) on 18 March 2020:-
Sefton, there are a total of 4 confirmed cases.
Liverpool, there are a total of 12 confirmed cases.
Knowsley, there are a total of 1 confirmed cases.
St. Helens, there are a total of 2 confirmed cases.
Wirral, there are a total of 8 confirmed cases.
Warrington, there are a total of 4 confirmed cases.
Halton, there are a total of 4 confirmed cases.
Lancashire, there are a total of 15 confirmed cases.
Cheshire West and Chester, there are a total of 5 confirmed
Cheshire East, there are a total of 8 confirmed cases.
Wigan, there are a total of 4 confirmed cases.
Manchester, there are a total of 18 confirmed cases.
Salford, there are a total of 4 confirmed cases.
Bolton, there are a total of 7 confirmed cases.
Blackburn with Darwen, there are a total of 1 confirmed cases.
Tameside, there are a total of 12 confirmed cases.
Stockport, there are a total of 10 confirmed cases.
Trafford, there are a total of 14 confirmed cases.
The 1st confirmed coronavirus-related death in Warrington was a
male, aged 59 and had tested positive for the virus. The man,
who had an underlying health condition, was sadly pronounced
dead at Warrington Hospital on Thursday, 19 March 2020.
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