Here are five things you need to know about the coronovirus epidemic this Thursday evening. We will do another update for you on Friday morning.
1. Portugal back on England’s quarantine list
Travelers arriving from mainland Portugal to England will have to self-segregate for two weeks from Saturday, after only three weeks from the country they were removed from the list of people in need of quarantine. However, vacationers returning from the Portuguese islands – Azores and Madeira – will not have to be self-isolated. Sweden has now also been added to the safe lists of England, Scotland and Wales. Here it is reminded which countries are on the UK’s various quarantine lists.
2. Scotland cuts congregations to six
Scotland has followed England to limit the number of people who can meet up to six people simultaneously. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stated that no six could exceed two households, but children under 12 would not count towards the total. Meanwhile, in England, the new rules will not be put “in any condition we now have”, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.
3. Long awaited hospital operation
There has been a significant increase in the number of patients in England who have been waiting for a long time, due to disruptions in hospitals due to Kovid-19 having to operate regularly. More than two million people have been waiting more than 18 weeks due to the procedures – the highest since the record in 2007.
4. Nightclub and DJ ‘left in the corner to rot’
Sister Bliss Faithless from the Dance Act says the pandemic dance music scene requires more protection during the pandemic. The musician and DJ told the BBC that UK nightclubs have been “left to rot in a corner” but added that “we can just keep waving a flag and say we want support”. The clubs have closed since the UK went into lockdown in March.
5. Captain Tom performs first colonel duties
Captain Sir Tom Moore, whose NHS fundraising efforts caused a chaos with the nation during the coronovirus lockdown, performed his first duty as an honorary colonel at Harrogate Army Foundation College. 100-year-old World War Two veterans observe junior soldiers during the graduation parade.
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