Coronavirus update: WHO estimate more than 50 per cent of European Covid-19 deaths in care homes

Published by Ross Hindle on April 23rd 2020, 3:03pm

Health secretary Matt Hancock is set to take the government briefing today, where it is expected he will ask households in England to participate in a "trial", according to the BBC.

The study will track infection and immunity levels for more than 20,000 people, it is believed.

In Scotland, first minister Nicola Sturgeon has said the plan to lift lockdown will likely be "phased" and that some measures will still be in place in 2021 "or beyond."

She said the country would need to "adapt to a new reality" and be aware of the possibility of lockdown being reinstated with "very little notice" if necessary.

In Europe, German chancellor Angela Merkel has said the current outbreak is "still just the beginning" of a larger crisis, even though life is returning to some semblance of normality in Germany -- the country's domestic football league, the Bundesliga, has announced that it is "ready to return on [May 9]".

More grim news has followed from the WHO, however, with an estimate they described as "deeply concerning". New statistics from the UN body revealed that as many as 50 per cent of Covid-19 deaths in Europe have occurred in care homes.

And across the Atlantic, it has been announced that 26.4 million people have registered for unemployment benefits in the US -- some 15 per cent of the workforce.

The next Leaders Council coronavirus update will follow tomorrow.

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April 23rd 2020, 3:03pm

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