Thursday, May 21, 2020, Day 67, Week 10, Month 3 of Self Isolation.

The Numbers

338 new deaths taking the total to 36,042.

ONS data still shows very high numbers of excess deaths but that this is slowly returning to normal.

The News

The government has done a U-turn on charging health and care workers to use the NHS. Previously, they were planning to continue to insist that migrant workers would still have to pay a surcharge to access NHS services. After a challenge on this by the new Labour Party Leader, Kier Starmer, the Prime Minister has overturned this decision. Maybe it’s something to do with the fact that the nurses who cared for him when he was in hospital were both from overseas.

5 million people have now been infected with the virus worldwide. 328,000 people have died, as far as we know.

Schools in Scotland are not going to re-open until the 11th of August.

All the talk is about the Test Track and Trace programme. NHS “bosses” have warned of dire consequences if we don’t get this right.

The NHS has bought the new Roche antibody test and it will be used mostly for health and care workers to see whether they have had the virus. This is the one that my friend has had. I’m still thinking about it.

The New Way of Life

Busy day! Working on the finishing touches to our presentation in the morning. I had a quick walk at lunch-time before we started the workshop at 2.30.

One of the delegates has got his diary mixed up and had to leave at 4pm, an hour early, so it did throw a bit of a spanner in the works, but it did go well. We got some great feedback on how to make it even better.

We finished early, and after a short debrief, I got ready to go and meet my daughter in the park on our newly permitted 1:1 meeting, always keeping 2 metres apart of course!

So, a brief post today as I’m going OUT OUT!

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