Covid-19 Daily Bulletin
25 August 2020
A series of daily updates for CHO members regarding relevant updates pertaining to Coronavirus from home and abroad.
- Headteachers across England have written to Gavin Williamson, Education Secretary, and accused the Government of failing to collaborate in preparation of schools opening in England. There have also been complaints that it is unclear whether teachers and pupils can wear face coverings in schools in England.
- A study from King’s College London has suggested that around one in eight patients to have received hospital treatment for the virus had actually caught it on site. Due to the incubation period of coronavirus, however, it is impossible to have a sense of what this true figure would be.
- The NHS Confederation has urged the Government to provide additional support for female health and care staff, who could leave their jobs due to “stress and exhaustion”.
- The director of the Oxford Vaccine Group , Andrew Pollard, said on BBC Radio this morning that the covid vaccine being developed between Oxford University and AstraZeneca could be evaluated by regulators by the end of the year. The AZ7D7442 treatment has just started early stage trials in the UK.
- In Scotland, the Government is reportedly in the last stages of consultations with councils and teachers regarding having pupils wear face masks in educational settings. It is also being considered whether masks should be mandatory on school transport. Also , in schools , the GMB is trying to urge the Scottish Government to introduce covid testing regimes in schools , following a survey that two thirds of its members did not feel safe returning to work.
- In Wales, there are concerns that Loan Sharks are profiting off the financial instability caused by the pandemic as way of targeting struggling individuals. The Wales Il l egal Money Lending Unit has said that the end of the furlough scheme, mortgage and card repayment holidays could lead to more people turning to loan sharks.
- In Northern Ireland , it has been decided that Year 12 students taking their GCSE in English Literature will not need to study any novels as part of their course. It is a change that has been proposed by the Council for the Curriculum, Examination and Assessment, following much of the fallout around grade provisions during the recent summer exam diet.
- In America, a top virus expert has warned that there could be dangers associated with rolling out a vaccine too quickly. The President, Donald Trump, then accused the US Food and Drug Administration of trying to stall a vaccine until after the presidential election on November 3 rd .
- In Hong Kong , researchers have said they have documented the first case of reinfection, for a man who had caught covid four months prior to his second infection. He reportedly had a different strain of coronavirus, and remained asymptomatic during his second infection.
- Lockdown has began in Gaza for a full 48 hours, following authorities confirmed there had been four infections at a refugee camp.
- The District Councils Network has said that the Government has been right to extend the eviction ban; however work now had to be done between the Government and councils to develop support for tenants and landlords moving forward.
- Independent Age has said that findings that DNR orders had been placed on older care homes were very concerning. Such orders should always be made where possible with the person and their family.
- The Labour party has warned that an indiscriminate end of the furlough scheme could entrench r egional inequalities due to mass redundancies in struggling sectors, such as retail and manufacturing.