March, 2020

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Temporary COVID-19 medical facility

A temporary hospital with an initial 300 beds is to be created in the Scottish Events Campus (SEC) in Glasgow to increase patient capacity during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the NHS Scotland-run medical facility could... (Continue reading)

New £500 million Economic Resilience Fund launched for Wales

First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced a new £500 million fund to provide extra support to the Welsh economy, businesses and charities experiencing a sharp drop in trading as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Economic Resilience Fund... (Continue reading)

New coronavirus smart test for Wales

Health Minister Vaughan Gething has today announced plans to introduce a smart test to identify if people have had coronavirus in Wales – helping them get back to work. The new antibody blood test, which will be tested in the... (Continue reading)

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New government partnership with airlines to fly back more tourists stranded abroad

More tourists stranded abroad because of coronavirus will be able to get back to the UK following an arrangement struck between the government and the airlines industry. The global travel situation caused by coronavirus has led to many people becoming... (Continue reading)

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Voucher scheme launches for schools providing free school meals

Children eligible for free school meals will benefit from a national voucher scheme allowing them to continue to access meals whilst they stay at home. Schools can now provide every eligible child with a weekly shopping voucher worth £15 to... (Continue reading)

Extra support for crime victims during pandemic

Justice Secretary announces £100,000 ‘victims fund’ to help those in need. Victims of crime struggling financially amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will be able to access assistance worth up to £3,000, Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has announced. A victims’ fund... (Continue reading)

NHS staff to get free travel as part of £69m hardship fund deal for public transport

The Economy, Transport and North Wales Minister Ken Skates has today announced urgent measures to support public transport through the coronavirus pandemic. NHS staff will receive free travel on buses throughout Wales in return for hardship funding from the Welsh... (Continue reading)

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UK pledges £544 million to find coronavirus vaccine

The UK government has pledged an additional £210 million of support to accelerate work to find a coronavirus vaccine, in an announcement following a virtual summit of G20 leaders. The UK has now pledged £544 million in total which makes... (Continue reading)

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New advice to support mental health during coronavirus outbreak

Public Health England guidance will give helpful tips on how to look after your wellbeing, alongside advice for parents and carers on children’s mental health Leading mental health charities given £5 million to expand support services Plans endorsed by Their... (Continue reading)

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Government cracks down on spread of false coronavirus information online

Specialist units are operating to combat misinformation about coronavirus and five to ten incidents are being identified and tackled each day. Specialist units across government are working at pace to combat false and misleading narratives about coronavirus, ensuring the public... (Continue reading)

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