Good morning – the day ahead
Good morning, this is Damien Gayle bringing you the latest updates and headlines from coronavirus-related UK news this morning.
So far today we have learned of a new government scheme to pay people on low incomes in areas with high coronavirus infection rates up to £182 if they have to self-isolate.
Under the scheme, being trialled from Tuesday in Blackburn with Darwen, Oldham and Pendle, low-paid people who test positive for Covid-19 will receive £130 for their 10-day isolation period. This rises to £182 – or £13 a day – for people they have been in close contact with, including members of their household, who have to isolate for 14 days.
The move follows weeks of campaigning by regional mayors, councils and trade unions who said millions of people across the country could not afford to isolate without pay for a fortnight.
Later on we will be expecting the latest weekly Covid-19 epidemiology statistics from Public Health England, and the latest weekly statistics from the government’s test and trace programme. The Office for National Statistics will also be publishing data and experimental indicators on the impact of the pandemic on the UK economy and society.
There may be a meeting between Boris Johnson and the families of people who have lost loved ones to Covid-19, although this is to be confirmed. The government’s Joint Biosecurity Centre is also due to hold a meeting.
Source: The Guardian