PM to announce further updates


PM to announce further updates

Boris Johnson is due to announce further updates to lockdown rules regarding working from home and public transport today.

It is thought that the Prime Minister will move away from the official advice for employees to work from home, which has been in place since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Key workers have been exempt from such advice, with those working in the emergency services continuing to attend work.

The government are expected to ease safety measures in order to allow workers to return.

But, any roadmap to return to work is likely to be gradual.

There will also be changes to public transport guidelines, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson expected to abandon guidance which has thus far instructed people to avoid using public transport for all but essential travel.

The NHS is to receive an extra £3 billion in funding to prepare for a possible second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the PM is set to announce.

A Downing Street representative said the funding will allow for increased testing and extra hospital capacity while allowing routine procedures to continue.

A spokesperson added:

“Thanks to the hard work and sacrifices of the British people, the virus is under control and we have eased restrictions in a cautious, phased way.

“But the Prime Minister is clear that now is not the time for complacency, and we must make sure our NHS is battle ready for winter.

“Tomorrow, he will set out a broad package of measures to protect against both a possible second wave, and to ease winter pressures and keep the public safe.”

Deputy chief executive Saffron Cordery called for “urgent clarity” over what the funding will cover. She added:

“Trusts need more than that.

“They have got to recover the lost ground of the last four or five months and put measures in place to manage the additional activity that always happens in winter.

“Sadly what we do know won’t be included is social care.

“Social care across the country is in a critical condition and the Government has still failed to commit to providing the sector with the funding it needs to be fully sustainable.”

The full details of the Prime Minister’s roadmap to recovery are currently unclear, but are due to be explained in todays update.

Contact Gi National
Email us: