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29 March 2020

Daily briefing with Robert Jenrick and Jenny Harries – emergency footing for all parts of the country announced

Summary

In his statement, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick includes the following key points. All parts of the country are now on an emergency footing – 'an unprecedented step in peacetime. We haven’t done anything like this since the Second World War'. Strategic coordination centres are being established across the country – each led by 'gold commanders', bringing together senior members of the emergency services with local authorities and the NHS. Members of the Armed Forces, including military planners, will also be embedded within each coordination centre. These groups are planning the local response to the virus. They have also been helping to coordinate the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Jenrick says, 'We have a clear plan' to ensure those serving the country have the right equipment. PPE is being delivered to NHS trusts and health care settings – including GP surgeries, pharmacies and community providers. 'All care homes, hospices and home care providers have or will shortly receive a delivery.' Jenrick also provides an update on measures to shield the most vulnerable: the NHS has written to almost 1 million people and outlined steps they need to take, and established a new phone number and webpage for people to indicate whether they need further assistance. Community pharmacists will deliver medicines, and the first food and supplies deliveries will be made this weekend (with the first 50,000 food supply packages sent out by the end of this week).

Source(s)

Gov.uk speech