Monday, April 13, latest;
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab reiterated the Government’s message to continue to follow the advice, now more than ever, “to stay at home, save lives and protect our NHS.”
He also spoke about the desire to continue to “redouble all of our efforts to buy and deliver the ventilators so we can treat the most vulnerable in our hospitals.
“To deliver the masks, the gowns and other protective equipment to protect those on the frontline, in the NHS, but also in care homes.
“And to ramp up testing so that the NHS and other key staff can return to the frontline just as soon as possible.”
And on the new NHS App, it will allow you to securely tell the App if you become unwell with the symptoms of Coronavirus and it will then send an alert anonymously to other app users that you’ve been in significant contact with over the past few days – even before you had symptoms. All data will be handled according to the highest ethical and security standards and would only be used for NHS care and research.
With the government coming under increased pressure to announce plans for an exit strategy from the lockdown, Shadow Foreign Secretary, Lisa Nandy, said the Labour party will support any necessary extension of the lockdown, but said more support needs to be put in place to help people through it.
As it was also revealed that only 1.4% of the 300,000 applications for business support had been processed, and business secretary Alok Sharma said he had held conversations with lenders to speed up loan payouts. Sharma said £800m had been paid out as part of 4,200 loans under the coronavirus business support measures and has been very clear in discussions with some of the largest lenders who are part of the scheme that “we need to get money out of the door as soon as possible and they understand that and banks know on this occasion why they have to be part of the solution – and they want to be part of the solution.”