Press release: Government outlines further plans to support health and social care system in fight against COVID-19

first_imgAs part of the government’s cross-government approach, all government departments have started to engage with industry leads in their respective areas as government, with DCMS due to host a meeting with sporting bodies tomorrow and Defra expected to undertake further meetings with supermarkets this week.The government’s public health campaign launched last week, featuring posters and social media adverts to reinforce the importance of hand-washing, for 20 seconds or more with water and soap, to prevent the spread of the virus. NHS, Public Health England and Local Authority Public Health teams up and down the country continue to work tirelessly to support everyone in need of advice, testing or treatment.Since January, public health teams and world leading scientists have been working round the clock on the COVID-19 response, and government has been working with partners across the country to provide tailored advice to the public, travellers coming into the country and those most at risk from COVID-19.Public Health England have already concluded over 21,000 tests so far, with all but 206 coming back negative. Latest figures are published daily.We have also announced over the last week that 2 individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 have sadly died. Both were older individuals with underlying health issues.Expert teams continue to actively trace those who have come into contact with a suspected case. Unless an individual has been contacted already or has travelled to an affected area, they should be reassured it is not necessary for them to take any further action. Further measures expected to be included in upcoming COVID-19 Emergency Bill include an expansion of video hearings in courts and new powers to make it easier for volunteers to support the fight against COVID-19 Comes as cross-government approach to tackling virus continues to accelerate, including ensuring detailed guidance is in place to help those self-isolating NHS also announce calls to NHS 111 increase by more than a third compared to same period last year, with 500 extra call staff recruited to handle higher demand Government has today outlined further detail on proposed measures expected to be included in an upcoming COVID-19 Emergency Bill, as plans continue to accelerate ahead of an expected move from ‘contain’ to ‘delay’.Health Secretary Matt Hancock has outlined how volunteers – who already play a central role in helping the health and social care system function – will be given additional employment safeguards so they can leave their main jobs and temporarily volunteer in the event of a widespread pandemic.Around 3 million individuals volunteer in a health, community health and social care setting. In the event of a pandemic, we want to be able to maximise the number of volunteers and the amount of time they can commit to supporting the health and social care system – without fear of them losing their jobs. Under these proposed measures, government will ensure the jobs of skilled, experienced or qualified volunteers are protected for up to four weeks to allow them to shore up resilience across the health and social care systems. As part of this, leading business groups will be consulted thoroughly about how best to implement these changes.Further proposed measures the government are thought to be considering include allowing certain civil proceedings in the magistrates’ courts to be conducted via telephone or video, as well as the expansion of audio and video live links in various criminal proceedings. The provisions will ensure individuals who may be forced to self-isolate are still able to appeal to a court, while ensuring courts can continue to operate even in the height of an epidemic so that justice is delivered.Following last week’s announcement that measures will also consider emergency registration of health professionals who have since retired, the Bill will also look at ensuring that any retired staff who return to work in the NHS will not have their pensions negatively impacted.Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: We will do all we can to contain coronavirus, but as we know, COVID-19 is spreading across the world, so I want to ensure government is doing everything in its power to be ready to delay and mitigate this threat. Public safety is my top priority. Responding to coronavirus is a massive national effort and I’m working with colleagues across government to ensure we have a proportionate emergency bill, with the right measures to deal with the impacts of a widespread COVID-19 outbreak. We plan for the worst and work for the best, and the NHS is working 24/7 to fight this virus. Calls to NHS 111 have increased by more than a third and we have already put in place 500 extra staff to help with this increase. Every person has a role to play in managing the spread of COVID-19 – whether that’s washing your hands more often for 20 seconds or catching your sneezes.center_img The COVID-19 emergency Bill is also expected to have strong safeguards, including sunsetting after two years, and government is clear that it will only use proposed measures if needed – based on clinical and scientific advice.New NHS data released this week showed that telephone calls to NHS 111 were up by more than a third compared with the same time last year, with an extra 120,000 calls to NHS 111 in the first week of March. Between Thursday 27 February and Thursday 5 March, NHS 111 answered 389,779 calls. To help deal with this demand, the NHS have announced around 500 additional initial call responders have already been trained, an increase of 20%, and people can also visit NHS 111 online.Today’s developments follow significant government action over the last week, including: A PM-led press conference with the Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance announcing the publication of the government’s Coronavirus action plan Two ministerial-led COBRs to oversee the government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak as well as numerous ministerial and clinician-led meetings The unveiling of the latest phase of the government’s communications campaign to encourage the public to do their bit to prevent the spread of the virus The launch of the government’s cross-government ‘war room’ of communications experts and scientistslast_img read more

Renee Fleming Reveals Living on Love, Co-Starring Justin Long, is B’way-Aimed

first_img In Living on Love, Fleming plays celebrated diva Rachel DeAngelis. When her husband, the fiery and egomaniacal Maestro Vito DeAngelis, becomes enamored with the lovely young lady hired to ghostwrite his long-delayed autobiography, Rachel retaliates by hiring her very own—and very handsome—ghostwriter to chronicle her life as an opera star. As the young writers try to keep themselves out of the story while churning out chapters, the high-energy—and high-maintenance—power duet threatens to fall out of tune for good. The comedy is adapted from Garson Kanin’s Peccadillo. View Comments Opera superstar Renée Fleming, who starred in the world premiere of Living on Love opposite Justin Long (Jeepers Creepers, Seminar) at the Williamstown Theatre Festival this summer, has revealed the show is eyeing the Great White Way. “Right now we’re waiting on a Broadway theater to become available,” Fleming told A production spokesperson had nothing further to add to her comments.center_img Written by Joe DiPietro and directed by Kathleen Marshall, the WTF production of Living on Love cast also included Blake Hammond (First Date), Anna Chlumsky (Veep), Douglas Sills (Little Shop of Horrors) and Scott Robertson (The Boys From Syracuse). No word yet on which cast members, apart from Fleming, who would be transferring with the show.last_img read more

Argentine Satellite Will Be Launched by NASA from U.S. Base on 9 June

first_imgBy Dialogo June 02, 2011 Argentina’s SAC-D Aquarius satellite, equipped to measure the salinity of the oceans, will be launched by the U.S. space agency NASA from a California base on 9 June, the project’s executive director announced in Buenos Aires. “On 9 June, Argentina’s SAC-D Aquarius satellite will be launched by NASA, our chief partner in the project, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, in California,” Conrado Baroto, executive director of the government agency responsible for the project, the National Space Activities Commission (CONAE), said at a press conference. Around two hundred people worked on the most active stage of the project, which began in 2009 and in which around 320 million dollars has been invested, of which NASA has contributed 260 million and Argentina the remaining 60 million, Baroto affirmed. Sandra Torrusio, the principal investigator for the initiative, indicated that the satellite, which will be in orbit for five years, at a distance of 657 kilometers from the earth, will have as its chief mission estimating the salinity of seawater using the latest generation of technological instruments. “This will make an unprecedented contribution to the scientific community for the development of long-range climate models,” Torrusio said. The development of the SAC-D Aquarius, defined as a space observatory for the ocean, the weather, and the environment, included contributions from the space agencies of Italy, France, Canada, and Brazil, although CONAE’s chief partner in the project is NASA, which will contribute the satellite launch vehicle. “The satellite is provided with eight instruments, among which NASA is contributing the Aquarius instrument to measure the salinity of seawater, in addition to the launch vehicle,” Argentine project leader Daniel Caruso said for his part, speaking by videoconference from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The orbital station will be capable of measuring atmospheric temperature, pressure, and humidity profiles, as well as having an infrared camera equipped with new technology to monitor fires and volcanoes, among other functions, the Argentine agency explained.last_img read more