Our News partner, Radio News Hub, will be providing a 10 minute round-up of the day's developments with the Coronavirus pandemic every evening on Cruise FM at 2200.
This update will include all the new advice from the government following the Prime Minister's daily briefing.
THE U.K. LOCKDOWN - UPDATED
Here is the latest information for the goverment with the new regulations that have been put in place to combat the coronavirus:-
- Stay at home wherever possible.
- Work from home if you can.
- Avoid the use of public transport if you can.
- Take unlimited exercise outside.
- Enjoy parks and public spaces without exercising.
- But always keep 2 metres apart from people, other than those from your household, when in public.
- If unwell, isolate yourself and your family
- Keep in touch with one another - ITV have relaunched their Britain Get Talking campaign
- In Scotland and Wales, people are allowed to exercise more than once a day.
- In Wales, people should start and finish their exercise from home
- In Northern Ireland, you can drive to a safe place for exercise.
- Dogs can be walked as part of a person's daily exercise.
INCREASED COVID-19 TESTING
The UK Government has announced increased testing for COVID-19. Potentially you can now get tested free for COVID-19 if you are in any of the following categories:-
- All of those working on the frontline and social care (with or without symptoms)
- Patients in the NHS and residents in care homes (with or without symptoms
- All other essential workers with symptoms
- Anyone over the age of 65 with symptoms
- Anyone who goes to work because they cannot work from home (for example, construction workers) and has symptoms
- Anyone who has symptoms and lives with someone who meets any of the above criteria
- Wash you hands with soap and water often - do this for at least 20 seconds
- Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- Cover you mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
Who is at risk?
Having a health condition does not make you more likely than any other member of the population to contract the coronavirus, which is a respiratory disease. It would appear that older members of the community and those with weakened immune systems and people who have underlying chronic conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, or asthma are more at risk of severe effects. After a few days' rest, most people recover from the virus quickly, but for some people it can be more severe and sometimes life-threatening. The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other illnesses that are more common, such as cold and flu:-
- a cough
- a high temperature
- shortness of breath
- loss of taste and smell
- chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's Disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebal palsy
- problems with your spleen - for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)
- those who are pregnant.