COVID-19: cleaning of non-healthcare settings outside the home

Published 26 February 2020 Last updated 16 October 2020 + show all updates 16 October 2020Added information on virus transmission and mitigations. 15 July 2020Guidance updated with advice on cleaning and waste management that does not relate to a suspected or confirmed case, taking into account current levels of community transmission. 15 May 2020Added clarification on guidance and legislation. 26 March 2020Added poster. 19 March 2020Added poster. 26 February 2020First published. Source link

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Weekly national flu and COVID-19 surveillance reports published

The main points from the weekly national influenza and COVID-19 surveillance report for week 42 (data up to week 41) are: COVID-19 Highest case rates continue to be observed among those aged 10 to 29, with a rate of 245.2 per 100,000 population for the 10 to 19 age group and 252.6 per 100,000 for those aged 20 to 29. Positivity rates were highest in those aged between 10 to 19; this was mainly in those in the upper end of the age group. Incidence and positivity rates remained highest in the North West, North East and Yorkshire and Humber. COVID-19 hospital and critical care admission rates continued…

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Ai-jen Poo: Trump Flouts COVID-19 Safety Rules with "Utter Disregard" for White House Domestic Staff

President Trump’s return to the White House and defiant mask removal despite still being treated for COVID-19 has threatened the health of the mostly older, Black and Brown household staff, says domestic worker advocate Ai-jen Poo, senior adviser to Care in Action. “These are essential workers who have been keeping him and his family safe and caring for them, and he showed a complete and utter disregard for their health and safety,” she says. At least three White House housekeepers and one other member of the residence staff were recently infected, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, thousands of domestic workers face dire consequences from the failure…

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Ai-jen Poo: Trump Flouts COVID-19 Safety Rules with “Utter Disregard” for White House Domestic Staff

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: “How many of your staff are sick? Do you think you might be a superspreader, Mr. President?” Those were the questions a reporter shouted at President Trump as he left Walter Reed hospital last week after being hospitalized for three nights with COVID-19. Trump ignored the questions, then flew to the White House, where he marched up to the balcony. In a reality-style wave, he saluted, took off his mask, appeared out of breath, then went inside — unmasked. Trump’s defiant mask removal threatened the household staff, a majority of whom are older people…

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The Greatest Failure in Presidential History: Kamala Harris Slams Trump/Pence’s Handling of COVID-19

Separated by two plates of plexiglass, Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris met Wednesday in the only vice-presidential debate of the campaign season. Pence, who heads the White House Coronavirus Task Force, repeatedly defended the Trump administration’s handling of the crisis as the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 nears 212,000 and millions of people remain out of work. The debate also took place against the backdrop of a White House outbreak that has infected President Trump and dozens of other senior figures. “The White House has had more cases than the country of Yemen recently, than Vietnam, than New Zealand,” says Dr. Craig Spencer, director of…

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‘Absolute scandal’ – Covid-19 cases soar in dozens of areas of England following error

The weekly rate of new Covid-19 cases has soared in dozens of areas of England, following the addition of nearly 16,000 cases that went unreported by because of a technical error with an Excel spreadsheet.The problem has led to a delay in testing and tracing the contacts of those who tested positive for the virus, in some cases by around a week.Prime minister Boris Johnson was unable to say on 5 October how many contacts of positive coronavirus cases had been missed.Analysis by the PA news agency shows that Manchester now has the highest rate in England, with 2,740 cases recorded in the seven days to 1 October…

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PHE statement on delayed reporting of COVID-19 cases

Interim Chief Executive, PHE, Michael Brodie said: A technical issue was identified overnight on Friday 2 October in the data load process that transfers COVID-19 positive lab results into reporting dashboards. After rapid investigation, we have identified that 15,841 cases between 25 September and 2 October were not included in the reported daily COVID-19 cases. The majority of these cases occurred in most recent days. Every one of these cases received their COVID-19 test result as normal and all those who tested positive who were advised to self-isolate. NHS Test and Trace and PHE have worked to quickly resolve the issue and transferred all outstanding cases immediately into…

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Trump Tests Positive for COVID-19 After Months of Downplaying Virus & Mocking Biden for Wearing Mask

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman. President Donald Trump has announced he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19. Just before 1 a.m. Eastern Time Friday, Trump tweeted, “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” Trump wrote. For months, Trump has downplayed the severity of the pandemic, which has killed over 208,000 Americans. CNN reports Joe Biden is being tested for coronavirus this morning, over fears that Trump may have…

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