Current daily stats at a glance

 

Current UK cases: 6,650 are confirmed as positive

Numbers tested: 83,945 people have been tested in the UK

335 patients in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have died.

(Source: DHSC)

 

Global situation report: 292,142 confirmed (26,069) 12,784 deaths (1,600)

Western Pacific Region: 94,787 confirmed (750) 3,438 deaths (12)

European Region: 151,293 confirmed (22,752) 7,426 deaths (1,426)

South-East Asia: 1,257 confirmed (278) 45 deaths (7)

Eastern Mediterranean Region: 23,669 confirmed (1,314) 1,596 deaths (130)

Regions of the Americas: 19,85 confirmed (808) 252 deaths (17)

African Region: 739 confirmed (167) 20 deaths (8)

(Source: World Health Organization)

 

 

Latest clinical news updates

 

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. 

COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium - comprised of the NHS, Public Health Agencies, Wellcome Sanger Institute, and numerous academic institutions - will deliver large scale, rapid sequencing of the cause of the disease and share intelligence with hospitals, regional NHS centres and the government.

The Wellcome Sanger Institute, one of the world’s most advanced centres of genomes and data, will collaborate with expert groups across the country to analyse the genetic code of COVID-19 samples circulating in the UK and in doing so, give public health agencies and clinicians a unique, cutting-edge tool to combat the virus.

 

New guidance on palliative care for COVID-19 patients

The Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland has produced guidance to support the care of patients at the end of their lives or who are significantly unwell as the result of both COVID-19 or other possibly life-limiting illnesses.

This guidance, which is been prepared for secondary care initially and is not intended to be comprehensive, has been prepared and collated locally by the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group and the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland. 

This is a ‘live’ document that will be updated, expanded and adapted as further contributions are received and in line with changing national guidance.

 

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