Coronavirus UK LIVE: All Brits at care homes to be tested by June as deaths hit 33,998 and R rate rises – The Sun
ALL care home residents and staff will be tested for Covid-19 by the start of June, the Health Secretary has announced.
Matt Hancock also revealed a £600 million packtage to help struggling care homes stop the spread of coronavirus.
It come after the UK death toll increased by 384 to 33,998.
Meanwhile, new data has revealed the coronavirus “R” infection rate has risen.
Experts fear Covid-19's reproduction number has gone up from between 0.5 and 0.9 to 0.7 and 1 in some parts of the country.
It comes just days after some of the lockdown measures were eased.
Boris Johnson urged those who cannot do their jobs from home to return to work in Sunday's address to the nation.
But the experts say the small increase in the R value isn't believed to be linked as it's too soon to show up in the data.
Instead, they think as the total number of cases in the community is falling, it leaves the number in care homes and hospitals accounting for a greater proportion of the total.
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HOT HOT HOT
Brits are being told to stick to social distancing rules as millions are set to soak up the 21C heat this weekend.
Today and tomorrow will be the first weekend of lockdown where sunbathing has been permitted across the nation and will coincide with warm sunshine and clear skies.
But the public have been urged to continue practising social distancing despite the tempting weather and slight easing of lockdown restrictions.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has warned people planning to surf, swim or pursue boating activities to stay safe at sea as the majority of beaches will not have lifeguards.
Senior British Airways cabin crew face a 55 per cent pay cut with salaries slashed to £24,000.
BA wants its crew on 24K-a-year after sacking 12,000 staff and ripping up existing contracts.
Staff were written to by airline bosses today setting out new controversial terms and conditions.Under the new pay offer, crew will also receive commission from inflight sales and performance levels, and a five per cent ‘flex’ allowance.
They will have access to benefits including up to 11 per cent of company pension contributions, a private health care cash plan, and dental insurance.
BA is cutting cabin crew supervisory roles from 1,860 to 971 and axing main crew numbers from 12,402 to 8,591.
BACK TO SCHOOL
A top government scientist has said it is safe for schools to reopen in two weeks — as teaching unions block plans.
Calling for “perspective”, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jenny Harries said only two or three people in 1,000 are currently infected and the number is falling.
Speaking from No10, she said: “People need to think through in an average school, with 100 children, the likelihood of anybody having this disease is very small and diminishing with time, so I think we just need to keep that in perspective.”
She said pupils will be treated as “family groups” in classes of 15 to prevent any spread of infections meaning there was no need for PPE.
Each “bubble” will not be able to mix with other kids at the school.
She added: “Teachers are brilliant, and I know as a parent they’re often much more productive than I was at trying to get my children to wash their hands and practise good hygiene.”
GET BACK TO IT
The children's commissioner for England has urged the government and teaching unions to "stop squabbling" and agree on a plan for kids to return to school.
Anne Longfield called for both parties to agree on a safe, phased return to school, accompanied by “rigorous” Covid-19 testing of teachers, children and families.
Ms Longfield has urged the sector to aspire for all children to return to school in some form before the summer, and to use school buildings for summer schools and family support over the holidays.
She said: “We cannot afford to wait for a vaccine, which may never arrive, before children are back in school.
“It's time to stop squabbling and agree a staggered, safe return that is accompanied by rigorous testing of teachers, children and families.
“Her comments came after teachers' unions called for more answers from the Government about the safety of reopening primary schools in England from June 1, after a meeting with chief scientific advisers.
Sadiq Khan has told Londoners to “continue to stay at home” today.
He tweeted this morning: “I want to be clear with Londoners: lockdown has not been lifted. covid19 is still an extremely dangerous threat.”
Continue to stay at home as much as possible this weekend. If you need to use public transport for essential travel, wear a non-medical face covering at all times.”
CORONAVIRUS 6AM SUMMARY:
-WAR HEROINE, 102, BEATS CORONAVIRUS A war-time heroine who worked alongside Winston Churchill defied Covid-19 to survive aged 102 — before tucking into her Weetabix. She fought back in the hospital and less than 48 hours later made a “miracle recovery."
-AMAZON ENDING 'HERO PAY' IN CANADA Amazon is canceling "hero pay" for its Canadian workforce, despite rising infections in its warehouses – and as CEO Jeff Bezos prepares to become the world's first trillionaire.
–HOUSE PASSES $3TRILLION CORONAVIRUS BILL – BUT SENATE SET TO SHRED IT The House passed a $3trillion coronavirus relief bill that includes new round of stimulus checks for Americans. Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrats are backing the bill, which passed mostly along party lines in a 208-199 vote.
–TRUMP 'SET TO RESTART PARTIAL FUNDING TO WHO'President Trump is set to restore partial funding to the World Health Organization, according to a report. The developments come a month after Trump announced the US would be suspending funding to the global body while the government investigates the W.H.O.'s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
–CDC BOSS REVEALS CORONAVIRUS MODELS SAY MORE THAN 100K WILL DIE The coronavirus death toll in the United States will surpass 100,000 by June 1, the CDC director said on Friday. The grim forecast comes after Trump initially said the number of COVID-19 deaths would not reach six figures.
–JC PENNEY FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY JC Penney has filed for bankruptcy as the coronavirus pandemic dealt a crippling blow to the struggling 118-year-old department store chain. It is the fourth major retailer, following Neiman Marcus, J.Crew and Stage Stores, to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
WAR HEROINE, 102, BEATS CORONAVIRUS
A war-time heroine who worked alongside Winston Churchill defied Covid-19 to survive aged 102 — before tucking into her Weetabix.
Doctors feared Catherine Grace, known by family as Auntie Kitt, had just hours left as she gasped for air in hospital.
But she fought back and less than 48 hours later made a “miracle recovery."
Stunned medics rang her family, who had been warned to expect the worse, to say she was sat up in bed enjoying a coffee and cereal.
INSIDE THE ELECTRONICS FACTORY WHERE STAFF RETURNED TO WORK
THE day begins with workers clocking in by mobile phone, while lunch is a sandwich in the car.
Welcome to the factory floor of electronics repair firm Northern Industrial, where there are hand-sanitisers everywhere and colleagues spend their days at least two metres apart.
As Britain’s economy slowly cranks back into gear, this is the new normal for thousands of people up and down the land.
The Blackburn-based family firm, with 93 employees, has kept going throughout the pandemic, including fixing equipment for hospitals.
JC PENNEY FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY
JC Penney has filed for bankruptcy as the coronavirus pandemic dealt a crippling blow to the struggling 118-year-old department store chain.
The ailing department store chain – which employs 90,000 staff – has been struggling under a $4billion debt mountain and missed two payments in April and May.
It is the fourth major retailer, following Neiman Marcus, J.Crew and Stage Stores, to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
NEW YORK PARK KEEPS SUNBATHERS APART USING SOCIAL DISTANCING CIRCLES
A park is keeping sunbathers separated by drawing social distancing circles on the grass in a bid to crackdown on the crowds.
The markings started cropping up in Domino Park, Williamsburg, on Friday afternoon as temperatures soared to 85 degrees.
The circles appear to be chalked six feet apart from each other to help sunbathers adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Photos show New Yorkers laying down, sitting on deck chairs and even working out from inside their circles.
AMAZON ENDING 'HERO PAY' IN CANADA
Amazon is canceling "hero pay" for its Canadian workforce, despite rising infections in its warehouses – and as CEO Jeff Bezos prepares to become the world's first trillionaire.
The pay was granted in recognition of working in hazardous conditions during the pandemic, and equated to a $2 wage increase and double overtime pay.
The announcement was made in an internal company memo, obtained by PressProgress, and came as a number of workers tested positive in warehouses across the country.
“We are providing a final extension of the temporary $2/hour pay increase and double overtime pay through May 30.”
HOUSE PASSES $3TRILLION CORONAVIRUS BILL – BUT SENATE SET TO SHRED IT
The House passed a $3trillion coronavirus relief bill that includes new round of stimulus checks for Americans – but the Senate is set to turn it down.
The US House of Representatives passed the Democratic bill on Friday to help the coronavirus-stricken US economy.
Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrats are backing the bill, which passed mostly along party lines in a 208-199 vote.
However, President Donald Trump has said it the legislation will be “dead on arrival.”
VACCINE SCIENTISTS USING CANNABIS COMPONENTS IN POTENTIAL COVID-19 CURE
Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada are reportedly suggesting plant-based antigens could expand coronavirus vaccine output capacity.
Zyus Life Sciences is collaborating with the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) to create and test a prospective antigen that could be used in a coronavirus vaccine, Global News reported.
Brent Zettl – the CEO of Zyus Life Sciences, a medical cannabis company based in Sakastoon, Canada – told the news outlet: “We had a protein platform that we’ve been working on for a number of years prior to being in the cannabis space.
MOM REVEALS SON'S SCARY SYMPTOMS LIKE RED EYES AFTER SUFFERING CORONAVIRUS-LINKED CONDITION
The mother of a seven-year-old boy who battled a COVID-related disease has issued a fearful warning to her fellow parents, talking of her son's eyes turning red and chapped lips.
Hannah Peck of Shelby Township, Michigan, gave the examples in a powerful interview with Good Morning America.
Levi Nobles was released from hospital this week after spending seven days battling the COVID-related, multi-inflammatory disease that's impacting children across America.
He went to the hospital after waking up with a high fever and vomiting, his family said.
Once Levi arrived at the hospital, Hannah explained: “The doctor took a look and at that point Levi's eyes were turning red and his lips were getting red and chapped.”
CDC BOSS REVEALS CORONAVIRUS MODELS SAY MORE THAN 100K WILL DIE
The coronavirus death toll in the United States will surpass 100,000 by June 1, the CDC director said on Friday.
The grim forecast comes after President Donald Trump initially said the number of COVID-19 deaths would not reach six figures.
CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said that 12 forecasting models used in the US that are tracked by the CDC are predicting an increase in deaths over the coming weeks.
As of Friday, more than 1.4 million people across the US have been infected with the novel coronavirus, which has resulted in more than 87,000 deaths, Johns Hopkins University reported.
CHINA'S INFECTION RATE WAS 'EIGHT TIMES HIGHER' THAN OFFICIALLY CLAIMED
China suffered 640,000 coronavirus infections – eight times higher than official stats revealed.
The leaked information suggests the bug struck in apartment compounds, hotels, supermarkets, railway stations, restaurants, schools, and even a KFC.
Here's the full story.
LOWEST-PAID WORKERS ARE HIT HARDEST
Some really worrying news tonight – almost a third of the country's lowest-paid workers have been furloughed or lost their jobs altogether, a new study suggests.
The Resolution Foundation said a survey of 6,000 adults showed that Britain's lowest-paid employees are paying the heaviest economic price in the current crisis.
Among the lowest-paid fifth of earners before the crisis, 5 per cent have lost their job, and a further 25 per cent have been furloughed, said the report.
In contrast, less than one in 10 of the top fifth of earners have lost work or been furloughed.
HONK IF YOU'RE… APPLAUDING
This photo was taken in the Czech Republic – it shows people enjoying live music by band Mirai from their cars.
In total, there was room for 500 cars – and the event sold out.
Those who attended weren't allowed to leave their vehicles.
However, they used car horns, turn signals and lights to applaud the band.
Image: Lukas Kabon/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
'ONE IN EVERY THREE NURSES IS WORKING WITHOUT ADEQUATE PPE'
More than one in three nurses and healthcare assistants are caring for Covid-19 patients without adequate PPE, a poll suggests.
The UK-wide survey of more than 5,000 nursing staff for the Royal College of Nursing found 34 per cent were working without adequate PPE, including gowns that have been promised by the Government.
Almost a quarter – 23 per cent – of respondents who need gowns said there were not enough for them to use, with a further 34 per cent concerned about the supply for their next shift.
TOP TIPS FOR POST-LOCKDOWN PICNIC
Masterchef host Gregg Wallace has given Sun Online some lovely-looking recipes for the lockdown.
If you'd like to try out his spinach and feta filo tarts or mini sausage rolls, you can find all the instructions here.
QUESTIONS ON THE UK'S 'R' RATE, ANSWERED
There's been a lot out there today on the 'R' rate, which reflects how infectious a virus is.
It's one of the key measures being assessed by experts and officials when deciding whether to ease lockdown measures.
– What is the R0?
It is defined as the average number of people an infected person can expect to pass the virus on to before any widespread immunity or attempts at immunisation are made.
– What is the R0 for coronavirus?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimated at the start of March that the R0 was between 2 and 2.5, but estimates from different studies vary.
By comparison, measles has an estimated value of more than R14 while smallpox is almost R6.
– What is the rate of infection now?
As of May 15, the R value in the UK is estimated to be between 0.7 and 1.0.
This is a slight increase from the week before when the R value was thought to be between 0.5 and 0.9.
– What are the limitations of R?
There is a delay of two to three weeks in compiling relevant infection data because there is a lag between people becoming infected, entering hospital, and dying.
Therefore, there is no real-time figure for R.
COULD THIS BE THE FUTURE FOR OUR PUBS?
It's been all bad news for pubs and restaurants since March.
But one boozer reckons it's found a safe way to reopen.
A reporter from The Sun went to the Betsey Wynn in Swanbourne, Bucks to find out what the future of pubs could look like.
Here's the full story.
Image: Kevin Dunnett
SINGER GIVES £5,000 TO NURSE WHO BATTLED ILLNESS
Sir Rod Stewart has given a brave nurse £5,000 after she won her own coronavirus battle — with a note saying it was to help in “rough times”.
Student Natasha Jenkins, 35, spent 22 days on a ventilator before she was finally reunited with her family.
This is an absolutely lovely story – you'll find it here.
Image: Wales News Service
MORE THAN 1.4M CASES OF VIRUS IN THE U.S.
News from America – the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 1,412,121 cases of the coronavirus today.
That's an increase of 27,191 cases from its previous count.
The number of deaths had risen by 2,043 to 85,990.
HUNDREDS DIE IN ONE OF THE WORLD'S POOREST COUNTRIES
More than 500 people have died over the past eight days in southern Yemen's main city, Aden, after struggling to breathe.
The reports from officials in the country have raised fears that the coronavirus could be spreading in one of the world's poorest countries.
One gravedigger told The Associated Press he's never seen so many bodies, despite five years of war.
The official figures say there have been 106 cases and 15 deaths.
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