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Live: Health Secretary Matt Hancock gives UK coronavirus update - April 12 | ITV News

Jun 06, 2021
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. We are having success and, in fact, we are becoming more successful with each passing day. I also wanted to provide a brief

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on this work on personal protection. team that is as important to the NHS as social care staff. I pay tribute to our

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and care staff, but this weekend, like every weekend, we will be providing the best possible care on Thursday on doorsteps and balconies on streets across the country. We have seen the esteem in which the entire nation holds our carers, the people who make the NHS and social care what it is, and we owe it to them to get them the equipment they need.
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On Friday we released a comprehensive PPE plan that works for everyone. wearing appropriate PPE in accordance with agreed guidelines and we are de

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ring millions of items to the frontline daily. Now I know there have been questions about the robes too. In the last two days, one hundred and twenty-one thousand gowns have been de

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red throughout the country. and more will be coming out today and in the next week, so we are working very hard to solve all of these individual logistical challenges. It's worth saying that the average time to deal with PPE queries has dropped from six days in March to an average of two and a half days over the past week and since we published the plan last week, I'm delighted that the large number of companies that have reached out to help with our PPE effort even over the holiday weekend, thank you to all of you and all those who are involved in this huge herculean effort in PPE and I know we will see many more companies come forward and I look forward to Testing, of course, plays a very important role in our response and we have repeatedly discussed testing at these press conferences and I am pleased to say that forty-two thousand eight hundred and twelve members of social care and NHS staff and their families have been tested and, as we increase our capacity to test in large numbers, we must also ensure that we have the ability to do contact tracing just as effectively, so today I wanted to outline the next step: a new NHS app for contact tracing.
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If you are feeling unwell with

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symptoms, you can safely tell this new NHS app and the app will anonymously send an alert to others. app users with whom you have been in significant contact over the past few days, even before you have symptoms, so that they know and connect accordingly, all data will be handled in accordance with the highest ethical and security standards and only it will be used for NHS care and research and we will not retain it any longer than necessary and, as part of our commitment to transparency, we will also publish the source code.
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We are already testing this application and, as we do so, we are working closely with the world. leading technology companies and renowned experts in clinical safety and digital ethics so we can get this right. I want to thank all of these world-leading experts who have been involved, the more people involved, the better informed our response to coronavirus will be. be and the better we can protect the NHS Her Majesty The Queen spoke for us all as she does so often when she said Easter is not canceled and we need it now more than ever, this is an uncertain Easter for so many people in At a time where we normally meet physically, we must stay apart, it goes against every human instinct and every intuition we possess, but we must persevere because if we follow the rules and stop the spread of the virus, each new day will bring us closer together. back to normal life and we can enjoy Easter to be safe in the knowledge that when it

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ered we did our bit and we rose to the challenge and we put our loved ones, we put our NHS staff and we put our local communities first, so Please this Easter stay. home protect the NHS and save lives I'm now going to hand it over to Yvonne to guide us through the graphics and information.
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Thank you Secretary of State, we have four graphs to show today and the first is on transport use and on On this slide you can see that all forms of transport have been reduced considerably, especially M rail and tube, but also vehicles motorized vehicles have also decreased recently. Thank you. You could have the following slide. This slide tells us about the new cases from the UK and we can see them here on April 12, we have had four and a half thousand cases done through our NHS and Public Health England testing offer and it is now being rolled out increasingly plus the push through M testing of key workers and NHS staff and that is bringing us closer. now 830 m8 yesterday and today 838 so there is an increasing improvement of testing capacity and then on the next slide we can see people sliding on people in hospital beds with kovetz with kovat 19 and here we can see that the trend has been to increase the air for London, but now we are starting to see London stabilize, fall, rise and fall again, so a more stable pattern will probably hold for London, but on the other hand , for air in Britain, we see other regions now starting to increase, particularly the North West and the Yorkshire area.
Well, and the northeast, so it's very important that the message about staying home and social distancing is also staggered because we're certainly not over the damage of this virus yet and finally, on the final slide, we have the death comparisons global and here we can see where the UK is, it is somewhere in between, it is following France, it looks close to the Italian trend at the moment, but it is still early, we would emphasize understanding the deaths and we can see where other countries have biggest increases in their deaths at the moment so that's our four slides thank you very much and thank you very much indeed Yvonne and if we go to the BBC we have David Shipman thank you very much actually yes, if I can ask about that day we spent this day such a grim milestone, as you put it, 10,000 deaths, what is your reaction to comments from one of your own advisors?
Jeremy Farah, renowned international infectious disease expert, but the UK may be on course for the worst result in terms of death toll in Europe, well, I think. That type of comment simply reinforces the importance of the central message which is that people should stay at home because it protects the NHS and saves lives. We receive advice from all kinds of experts and we take everything very seriously and evaluate it and Throughout this time, the future of this virus is still unknowable because it depends on the behavior of millions of people and the greater British public. The good

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is that so far we have managed to start to see a flattening of the curve because people are following social distancing and measures in general and also that the main objective of ensuring that NHS capacity is always above of demand for NHS services, so I think, especially at times like this, when we have reached this terrible marker and Fortunately, we are in a position where we can support everyone who needs it in the NHS and we can see that the curve begins to go down.
I don't know about international comparisons, of course, different countries have different sizes. so you have to make sure you get the statistics right in the sense that you could absolutely say that each of these ten thousand and more deaths is an absolute tragedy of a Baris that we didn't know about some time ago, but when you get down to it The statistics depend How people measure this, there are gaps in deaths and I would emphasize this particularly in the early days because the passions that perhaps we saw in countries before in this can change and we are beginning to see that internationally.
Thank you very much David, unless you want to continue with the briefing given yesterday with your colleague, the Home Secretary. Yes, I asked her if it was possible for her, on behalf of the government, to commit to a date when PPE deliveries would match what is needed. on the front lines because every day we get messages from

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care workers and other people saying they just don't have what it takes, yeah well the answer is it's impossible because the quest is to get the right PPE to the people suitable. We are on the front line at the right time for many millions of people across the NHS and social care and I am pleased to say that that effort is moving in the right direction.
We now have record amounts of PPE printed in the system, but until everyone gets the PPE they need, then we won't rest and we have thousands of people working 24/7 on this, even over this holiday weekend , because the need and demand for PPE is also not stopping, so it is a huge effort and I want to do everything I can to thank the procurement experts that we have in the system. They don't usually get thanks from procurement experts because they're not on the front lines, but oh my gosh, yes. we need them to make sure we can get all that PPE and as I mentioned what is currently the most needed item, we have been making some progress over the weekend and there will be more next week, thanks David I.
I have Martha Farley from ITV, thank you health

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. I ask him if I did. The Royal College of Nursing has issued new guidance to its members telling them that if they have not been provided with appropriate PPE and there is no other way to deal. a patient without reducing risk, then he should refuse to work rather than compromise her own safety. Could you apologize to the nurses and indeed other medical and healthcare workers who find themselves in that impossible position of having to make a decision whether to offer or not? treatment of a patient or to protect your own personal safety, Martha, as I said in the previous response, we are working around the clock to make sure that we get the right PPE and, in fact, what I want to do is pay tribute to the incredible. efforts of a large number of people to get to the position we are in now which, as I said in my opening remarks, is improving, but we will not rest until we get there, which is why I work closely with the Royal College of Nursing on these

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On other things, in fact, I was in contact with them earlier today because it's very important that we get this right. Sky's Nick Martin. Good afternoon. A question first for the Secretary of State and then for Bond Oil. If I am

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, you paint a relatively positive picture of where we are at the moment, but a very different picture is being painted within our nursing and care homes. The other day I spent a full day in a nursing home where an entire floor had been dedicated to elderly patients suffering from corona. virus and I witnessed weak and overstretched personal protective equipment, many illnesses and sadly some deaths of some of the residents, and what has come out of what I witnessed in the care sector is that they are crying out for testing , the owners have been telling me that We are not getting regular testing for staff and residents but crucially for those who are transferred from hospitals to the care sector and who are operating in the dark and I will tell you if my tray To begin with, it is of some use today, the care sector is observing this. right now and is desperate for you to tell them that they will be getting regular tests so they can finish this lottery.
Can you give them that guarantee? If I can. Nick, that's coming up and last week we were able to open testing to staff. in nursing homes and throughout all of this there has been availability of clinical trials within nursing homes, as you mentioned, and this is an area of ​​incredibly high importance because, precisely as you have seen, some of the most vulnerable people live in nursing homes. of the elderly and especially in nursing homes and therefore getting this right is very important so I think one of the things that we have managed to do as a country during this crisis is recognize that our care staff are on the front line in just as much as our NHS staff are and making sure that we extend that testing capacity to both staff and residents, including this very difficult issue of patience when leaving hospital and we are addressing that and I think the issues that you raised are incredibly important, thank you.
You, I'm John Stevens, from the boy group, yes, of course, John, if you don't mind, we'll go back to Nick. Go ahead, now or tomorrow, what's the timeline you can schedule for regular, widespread testing to get into nursing homes for how long? Will they have to wait for these tests? Yes, so on for the staff. As I said, we already made that change at the end of last week and I announced it on Friday and therefore we are implementing it right now and for theresidents. It's a change that testing has been available at all times, but we're also always constantly reviewing the protocols for moving people between hospitals and social care, which is a very nuanced and complicated area where the patient's best interests come first. they are placed first if you want to add anything on that, you heard a question, are you satisfied that nursing homes have enough support?
Well, I'm constantly trying to get more support for them, it's the honest truth and of course making sure for example that testing is available. I was very pleased to have been able to roll it out to testing staff and you will have seen the sharp increase in the number of tests available. I think you may have heard a question, but let me. Let's say this is also very much on our radar and we are very aware through our local health protection teams and our connections with our local Directors of Public Health and through the local resilience of nursing homes, we profile them now of a way that perhaps has never been done before and this is very valuable for us going forward as a country as we have a truly integrated approach to care and yes testing is done in nursing homes but we have more to do In nursing homes and nursing homes we understand that there is much more. what to do here to reach all the sectors where there is anxiety, where the most vulnerable are and our Gaiden has guidance that has taken this into account to simplify what people really need on the front line in that sector, anything in the morning, many thanks ok John Stevens in the mail and you have said Crete, have you

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d the figures on the number of NHS workers who died after receiving Crona and what are you doing to establish the reasons why yes this is a question really important and I don't have an update on the figure of 19 NHS staff who died that I gave yesterday, but what I can tell you is that we are looking at every circumstance to understand as much as possible and how they contracted the virus, whether in the work outside of work and the clinical environment that they were working in and making sure that we learn as much as we can and therefore, of course, protecting our healthcare workers as much as possible.
Vaughan. Thank you, Secretary of State. This is also of great scientific importance because we understand why infections occur in hospitals among healthcare personnel and what preventable factors they might be and that is something that is under investigation at the moment. I mean, I would say, John, you know the people who come into the NHS, as the Prime Minister so poignantly said in his words in the video that he recorded this morning and which I hope you know. I have seen it and the admiration for those who put themselves in harm's way is incredibly high, you know they are incredible and so of course it is up to us to make sure we get to the bottom of each individual case and learn everything we can to so that we can better protect people in the future and so that we can give a full account to the family and loved ones of every member of the NHS family who died, yes of course, yes, once about the Prime Minister, yes he knows. whether they have given him advice and how long he should dress before returning to work he is resting he is playing checkers.
I'm delighted he's out of hospital and recovered, but there's no advice on how long that will last. be a clinical decision that his doctors must make with him, the government is operating perfectly efficiently within the strategy that Niccolo Bartlett set out from the mirror I am Secretary of State, you have talked about a reduction in the time it takes to obtain PPE for those places that need it within two and a half days. I wanted to ask you if that is an acceptable amount of time during which the NHS staff you have just praised will put themselves in harm's way while treating patients.
Thanks for the The question is you just have to be afraid and the two and a half days is the time it takes to respond to a query so we have a 24/7 hotline for all 58,000 locations that we now need to bring PPE to and that they can call. when they have a need and the two and a half days is not necessarily or particularly a time to wait for PPE without any because a lot of the time people call that hotline they call to say we have a "we'll execute." by the end of the week, for example, in the most urgent cases where the shortage is most serious, we act immediately, so the two and a half days are an average and therefore should not be interpreted as the People are waiting two and a half days. half a day that is not the measure, the reason the measure is important is because it is the way to track how quickly we can go from someone raising an alarm about it on that phone number that is there so that no one in the system in an organization that receives protective equipment from us can obtain the protective equipment and it is a measure of how quickly the system can respond and the challenge of getting the protective equipment to each person is very complicated, so We have to take measures of how we are progressing against that because my ultimate goal is to make sure that everyone has what they need at all times and that is something I will not do.
Yes, we are working hard to achieve this, but we have to be able to measure progress. on the road and right at that point mr. Hancock, we have known the dangers of this virus, but for many months, and it was likely that the UK would have to respond to this challenge if we were too late in putting in place the orders and implementing some of these measures to get that vital equipment to people. because other countries have managed to protect their personnel in a way that we do not seem to have been able to do well.
I think no, I don't completely agree with that and first of all, when I talk to my colleagues around the world we share this challenge and the reason is that it is not, is that we have reservations, we approach this with reservations and the challenge is logistical having previously had an organization serving only over 200 NHS organisations, the demand for pH in the need for it has increased enormously Lee and there are now 58 thousand organizations served by this huge logistics operation, so it's been a logistics challenge as much as a supply challenge and that's what the PPU The plan that I laid out on Friday goes into detail to explain the challenges in that distribution, but also, at the same time, of course, we have to replenish the reservations we went into this with, so we actually went in with quite a few. significant reserves but, of course, given the large quantities we are distributing throughout the system, we are using those reserves and we need to replenish them as well and HuffPost's Raj Singh, but in the afternoon the chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Balance, was happy to let evidence last month that 20,000 deaths or less would be, in your words, the good outcome for the UK given that we have now reached 10,000, can we still achieve that good?
Well, that's the best way I'm going to do it. I'm asking if I want to weigh in on this, but I think the best way to answer the question is to say that the future path of this pandemic in this country is determined by how people act and that's why it's so important that people follow the guidelines. of social distancing and I know that sometimes we know that we repeat this message, but we repeat it for a reason because it is very important that you know the double objective of following social distancing guidelines to reduce the spread. of the virus and at the same time making sure that the NHS capacity is always there to treat people, these are the most important measures we have and as you know the discussion about PPE is important and the discussion about the shortage of gowns and medicines, all of these things are important, but the ability of the NHS to treat every person and the behavior of everyone in this country to do their bit to flatten the curve are the most important things we could be doing and so Therefore, predictions are not. possible precisely because they depend on the behavior of the British people and I am very pleased that at the moment the British people are doing that this weekend.
Thank you, Secretary of State. I absolutely agree with this because just as we are learning about the virus and its behavior, we are learning about the deaths and why the deaths occur the way they are and we can actually do something more than what we are doing and right now at this stage of this epidemic by far. The most important thing we need to do is exactly what we are doing, which is social distancing, breaking the chain of transmission and protecting the most vulnerable, which is an absolutely crucial element of this and we are seeing it day by day, sometimes many times. times a day, including what is happening with deaths, so that is what we need to do for some time.
Thank you very much, charge of Lil Jill Lawless of the AAP. Thank you very much Mr Hancock, you and the Prime Minister today paid tribute to the people who work in the NHS and both highlighted in particular those who come from abroad. Do you think that when this crisis is over the government should ask itself if it has the right? policies both in terms of funding and organizing the NHS but also in terms of immigration, we have seen large numbers of people working in healthcare and social care and doing vital jobs, have been classed as low-skilled workers and have been told that They are Not a priority, well I'm not sure about that and firstly we brought in the NHS Visa precisely so we could attract people from all over the world to work in the NHS and I am incredibly proud of the people who come to this country to work. in the NHS and you're right yesterday I did.
I highlighted the fact that, tragically, a disproportionate number of those who have died in the NHS are people who came to make their lives here and work in the NHS and have given their lives working. in the NHS and I pay tribute to them and want to acknowledge that, but I would say that in terms of immigration policy, the NHS visa is precisely a reflection of our respect and admiration for those who have come from abroad to work. in the NHS and an honor for supporting foreign funding of the NHS. I am also delighted that we have entered this crisis with record numbers of people and record funding in the NHS, but there is no doubt that afterwards, of course, everyone is going to ask all sorts of things. of questions and we will reflect on that, but I think it is fair to say that my admiration for those who work in the NHS and whether they come from abroad or whether they were born here, it does not matter my admiration for them.
It's incomparable and I think at this moment the fact that they are there is so obvious to them that the nation really values ​​their work, from the prime minister down. If you see your message, I think it is the most important message we can give you as you take brave steps as you do every day when you go to work to address the message of gratitude that concludes today's briefing in Downing Street and certainly the We will see everyone again tomorrow.

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