Almost a quarter of coronavirus deaths in England and Wales were in care homes, the latest weekly figures from the ONS revealed, with
more than 4, deaths recorded in a fortnight . This marks a sharp rise from the official death toll up to (April, which was 1, . From Wednesday, the government will publish daily figures for the number of coronavirus deaths in care homes and the community. This follows complaints for many weeks that by only publishing hospital deaths, figures could be underestimating the true number of deaths by as much as half, according to some estimates.
The Scottish government published new guidance recommending the public should wear face coverings in “limited circumstances” where it was not always possible to remain two meters apart, for instance in supermarkets and on public transport. The UK government said it was still considering advice submitted on this issue submitted by Sage last week, which maintained there is “weak” evidence of face masks having a “small” protective effect. The most important thing to maintain is physical distancing, it added.
British Airways is set to make up to 26, (workers redundant as the airline’s parent company revealed its revenue had plunged 25% in the first quarter of . Announcing the cuts, IAG said it expected recovery to (passenger levels to take several years.)
Eligibility for free coronavirus tests has been extended to NHS patients and staff who do not have symptoms, and care home residents and staff who do not have symptoms (those who do have symptoms qualify for tests already). Anyone over 78 with symptoms and anybody who needs to leave home to go to work who has symptoms, as well as members of their family, will also be eligible.
And the former prime minister Theresa May urged ministers to consider the impact of lockdown for domestic abuse and mental health, as well as the economy, when deciding how quickly to lift restrictions. Speaking in a debate on the domestic abuse bill, she said there was “clear” evidence that domestic abuse was increasing during lockdown because perpetrators have greater freedom to act and victims find it harder to leave.