30th - Coronavirus update

Helping British travellers get home

The Foreign Secretary has announced £75 million will be spent on charter flights to ensure stranded Brits can return home. 

The Foreign Secretary also confirmed that the Foreign Office has now tripled the capacity of its call centres so they can answer more queries from those stuck abroad. The Foreign Office normally receives 1000 calls a day - last Tuesday it received nearly 15,000. 

Protecting the public and supporting the NHS

The Prime Minister has written a letter to every UK household outlining the guidance everyone must follow and urging everyone to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. 

The letter also thanks our NHS and social care staff who are working round the clock, as well as more than 750,000 people who have volunteered to protect others. I was pleased to hear the Prime Minister confirm that 20,000 doctors and nurses have volunteered to return to the NHS, which is incredible!

Update from the Communities Secretary

The Government also outlined measures which will enable the emergency services, local authorities, military and the NHS to work together more effectively so we can protect the most vulnerable from coronavirus. 

It is important to let local leaders do what is best for the most vulnerable in their local area, which is why the Government is establishing strategic co-ordination centres across the whole country to ensure coordinated measures can be brought into action quickly and effectively. 

In each centre we will bring together senior members of the emergency services, local authorities, military planners and the NHS to lead communities through this difficult time. Using their expertise, their judgement and their leadership these groups will ensue a comprehensive and coordinated response across every single part of our country.