COVID-19 UPDATE: Monday 23 March
Emergency registration for health and social care professionals
The UK government has implemented emergency measures which allow previously registered health and social care professionals to answer the call for help in the fight against coronavirus. Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, confirmed today, 23 March, that so far 7,563 clinicians have answered the call.
Following a weekend where crowds of people flouted social distancing advice, the UK government is thinking "very, very actively" about stricter policies on social distancing. For example, local councils are taking action: in Leeds, all playgrounds are temporarily closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The National Trust is ramping up its efforts by temporarily closing its houses, shops, cafes, parks, gardens and, by the end of Tuesday 24 March, its car parks.
Change to travel advice
The pace at which borders are closing and airlines are reducing services means that British travellers should return home now. Dominic Raab, UK Foreign Secretary says that if British citizens are on holiday abroad, they should travel home now, while they can.