UK coronavirus: every day dying toll rises by 160 to 34,796 — because it occurred


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The variety of confirmed instances of Covid-19 within the jail property continues to rise, based on the most recent figures from the Ministry of Justice.

As of 5pm on Sunday, 411 prisoners had examined constructive for Covid-19 throughout 74 prisons, a 1.5% enhance in three days, when final figures had been accessible, whereas there have been 540 contaminated jail workers throughout 71 prisons, an increase of two% in the identical interval.

The variety of prisoner escort and custody companies (Pecs) workers who’ve examined constructive for Covid-19, rose from 19 to 23 within the interval, a rise of 21%.

There are round 80,300 prisoners in England and Wales throughout 117 prisons, whereas round 33,000 workers work within the public sector prisons.

A complete of 21 prisoners are recognized to have contracted Covid-19 and died, in addition to 9 jail workers, together with one Pecs employee.

An inspection of three males’s native prisons printed on Monday revealed that prisoners with coronavirus signs at Wandsworth jail had been locked in cells for as much as two weeks with out being launched as soon as, together with for showers.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) carried out snap inspections at three jails – Wandsworth in south London, Altcourse in Liverpool, and Elmley on the Isle of Sheppey – to evaluate the response to the pandemic and located that the brand new restrictive regime designed to sort out the impression of the virus meant asymptomatic inmates had been being launched from cells for not more than 30 minutes a day.

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Dominic Raab’s press convention – Abstract

Listed below are the details from Dominic Raab’s press convention.

  • Raab, the overseas secretary and first secretary of state, wouldn’t commit the federal government to having its new contact tracing app prepared for 1 June. That’s the date when, theoretically, the federal government may ask some major faculty pupils in England to return to highschool. At one stage the federal government stated it needed its new contact tracing system up and operating this month. However, requested if the app can be prepared by 1 June, he simply stated:

When it comes to the app, it’s nonetheless our intention to roll it out throughout the nation for everybody to make use of within the weeks forward, I can’t be any extra exact at this stage. However, as I’ve stated earlier than, we’re making fairly good progress with it.

Prof Jonathan Van-Tam, the deputy chief medical officer for England, careworn that the app would solely be one a part of the contact tracing scheme. He stated:

The app is one a part of the take a look at and hint system, the remainder is far more of the tried and examined methodology utilized by Public Well being England for this and lots of different ailments.

Because the BBC’s Chris Mason experiences, Raab additionally careworn that 1 June was solely a provisional deadline. The federal government solely stated pupils may return then if sure situations had been met.

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  • Van-Tam rejected claims that as much as 200,000 coronavirus instances might have been missed as a result of till at present lack of scent was not handled as a symptom. (See 5.26pm.) He stated most contaminated folks with lack of scent had different signs too. So, he stated, this new definition would solely make a “very small” distinction to the general case numbers.
  • Van-Tam stated he accepted coronavirus take a look at outcomes wanted to be processed extra shortly. Commenting on testing, he stated:

We’re sending a transparent message as scientists that it must be quick and we have to work as onerous as we will to enhance the timeliness of the testing system as we go alongside.

  • Van-Tam stated the federal government was presently contemplating whether or not to permit totally different households to satisfy up as a part of a so-called “bubble”.
Prof Jonathan Van-Tam (left) and Dominic Raab at the No 10 press conference.

Prof Jonathan Van-Tam (left) and Dominic Raab on the No 10 press convention. {Photograph}: Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Avenue/Crown Copyright/PA

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