UK holds one minute silence for key workers who have died from COVID-19

UK holds one-minute silence for key workers who have died from COVID-19.

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A minute’s silence has been held across the UK at 11 am, commemorating key workers who have died from COVID-19. 

More than 100 key workers across the NHS, care staff, transport and many other areas have been remembered.

There’s been an outcry for better provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) with several families of key workers asking for apologies.

A recent Panorama report has exposed the lack of gowns, visors, swabs or body bags in the government’s pandemic stockpile when Covid-19 reached the UK.

Government Minister, Victoria Atkins, explained since the outbreak began, ‘a billion pieces of PPE’ have been distributed across the UK.”

The Office of National Statistics has released up to date official statistics for Coronavirus

Nearly 40% of deaths in England and Wales are now linked to Covid-19.

It has been reported that 8,758 people died from Coronavirus in the week ending April 17, according to new figures from the Office of National Statistics.

This marks the highest weekly death rate since 1993.

Latest ONS figures total the Covid-19 death toll in England to 22,351.

NHS figures released daily only include deaths in hospitals where a patient has been tested for Covid-19.

The UK Government pledges £3.1 million in services for children abused in lockdown

The UK government has pledged £3.1 million in services, supporting children who are victims of lockdown domestic abuse. 

The funding will be distributed to charities, councils, and police across England and Wales.

Calls made to the National Domestic Abuse Hotline, which is run by Refuge, rose by forty-nine percent in the first three weeks of lockdown.

The Home Office says they will be increasing funding to support helplines and online services.

Captain Tom Moore receives 125,000 birthday cards from around the globe

Captain Tom Moore is famed for raising more than £29 million for the NHS Charities Together, by walking 100 laps of his garden to raise money.

What started out as a small endeavour to help others has grown into so much more.

Tom’s 100th birthday is fast approaching and a school in Bedfordshire have been flooded with more than 125,000 cards from well-wishers across the world.

This follows as Captain Tom Moore received a Pride of Britain award.

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