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Millions more PPE kits delivered to NHS services
Millions more items of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline staff have been delivered to NHS services across the country in the last few days as part of the fight against coronavirus, according to NHS England.
Hospitals, ambulance trusts, GP practices, pharmacists, care homes and hospices have all been receiving additional supplies over the past week, sourced by the Department of Health and Social Care and its suppliers, with the kit drops set to continue to match demand.
Over the last three days alone more than 200 organisations, including all NHS hospitals, received fresh supplies of facemasks and other PPE along with ambulance trusts and other NHS organisations.
Genome sequencing to be used to analyse COVID-19
The government and the UK’s Chief Scientific Adviser have invested £20 million to map how COVID-19 spreads and behaves by using whole genome sequencing.
RCP seeks government reassurance staff have equipment they need
The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has written to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care raising significant concerns over shortages of PPE (personal protective equipment) putting at risk the health for staff caring for COVID-19 patients, and over a lack of priority testing for NHS workers leading to healthy staff having to stay home while their colleagues struggle.
The letter to Matt Hancock from RCP president Professor Andrew Goddard and RCP Registrar Professor Donal O’Donoghue states that they are getting reports from across the country that staff either don’t have appropriate PPE or that it is being rationed.
It added: "We welcome the work that has gone on this week to try and resolve the logistical issues and we know that you are hoping solutions will be found ASAP. We are concerned that NHS and social care staff are currently risking their health to support those in their care, and this must not continue. We need public reassurances that the Government will do everything in its power to ensure that staff have the equipment they need."
Other news round up
- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development warns it will take years for economy to recover
- Death toll in Spain passes 2,000
- South Korea reports lowest number of new cases in weeks
- South Africa cases rise by 128 to 402
- Hospitalisations in Belgium fall for first time
- Germany’s disease control centre announces a flattening of the curve of new cases of the virus