UK Government Working With eBay To Get PPE Kit To NHS Workers
PPE will be distributed to the NHS in conjunction with eBay, according to Staff General Sir Nick Carter.
Speaking in today's daily coronavirus briefing, the Chief Of Defence said that it is part of an international effort to properly equip the NHS in the fight against COVID-19.
Mr Carter said that an 'e-portal' is being designed by Major Eb Mukhtar, with a bulk supply chain for distribution of PPE to all of the NHS regions and trusts, as well as for individual customers.
Foreign secretary Dominic Raab has also warned that social distancing rules cannot be relaxed yet, explaining that the country still needs to hit criteria recently set out by the World Health Organisation.
Speaking earlier today in Parliament, Health Secretary Matt Hancock paid tribute to the public for playing their part in fighting the disease.
He said: "I just want to thank everyone from across the country for their steadfast commitment in following the rules.
"It is making a difference. We are at the peak. But before we relax any social distancing rules or make changes to them we have set out the five tests that have to be met."
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The tests set out by the UK Government will eventually lead to the beginning of a return to normality, and the relaxation of lockdown. Set out by Dominic Raab last Thursday, those rules are as follows:
1. "We must protect the NHS' ability to cope. We must be confident we are able to provide sufficient critical care and specialist treatment right across the UK."
2. "We need to see a sustained and consistent fall in the daily death rate from coronavirus so we can be confident we have moved beyond the peak."
3. "Reliable data from SAGE showing the rate of infection is decreasing to manageable levels across the board."
4. "We need to be confident that the range of operational challenges including testing capacity and PPE are in hand with supply able to meet future demand."
5. "We need to be confident that any adjustments to the current measures will not risk a second peak of infections that overwhelm the NHS."
The death toll in the UK now stands at 18,100, after a further 763 were recorded today.
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