Wagamama is to reopen dozens of restaurants across the country to expand its home delivery service.
The Japanese-inspired restaurant chain, which was forced to close its doors to customers in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, launched a test in five of its delivery kitchens earlier this month.
After the "successful" tests in London and Leeds, the company will reopen another 24 sites on Thursday with another 20 next week. In total, the chain expects to have 49 locations open for delivery in early June, expanding to 67 by the end of the month.
Sites that open on Thursday include those in Newcastle, downtown Sheffield, Liverpool, Manchester Spinningfields and several in London.
Wagamama said he has developed a schedule for reopening new locations that will allow the team to slowly return to work only for delivery, at its discretion. Emma Woods, Wagamama's executive director, said:
For the past two months, our focus has been on creating a safe work environment for our team members, and our two-week test has allowed our teams to return to work safely.
"The next logical step for us is to open additional sites across the UK, this will still form a test and learning approach to business."
The Queen discussed "the state of the world" and the Covid-19 pandemic with the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.
The 94-year-old monarch, who is also Canada's queen, spoke to Trudeau yesterday – the day of her official birthday in the country. Trudeau tweeted:
We talked about the state of the world, Covid-19 and more. I also thanked her for the hopeful messages she sent during these difficult times and I wished her the best on this Victoria day. "
Victoria Day – May 18 – is the queen's official birthday in Canada. As a Commonwealth monarch, the queen has a strong bond with Canada. It was his most frequent international destination, visiting him more than 20 times.
As a child, in the 1970s, Trudeau met the queen several times through his father, Pierre Trudeau, who was one of Canada's oldest prime ministers.
Every death from this virus is a tragedy and our deepest sympathies are passed on to families that, unfortunately, have lost relatives.
Supporting the social assistance sector throughout this pandemic is a priority. We are working 24 hours to provide the welfare sector with the equipment and support they need.
We are ensuring that millions of PPE items are available to healthcare professionals, using our increased testing capacity to test residents and household staff, regardless of symptoms, and introducing our new £ 600 million infection control fund to help preventing the spread in homes.
Treasury quadruples the value of loans available to large companies through the coronavirus scheme
The Treasury quadrupled the amount of loans available to large companies affected by the coronavirus. At the an announcement this morning He said companies could now receive up to £ 200 million from the major coronavirus outage loan scheme, which previously had a maximum payment of £ 50 million. He said that loans under the expanded scheme will be made available to companies from Tuesday, May 26.
So far, only £ 359 million has been made available to companies through the disruption loan scheme for large coronavirus companies. But nearly £ 19 billion was made available through Covid's corporate financing mechanism, more than £ 8 billion through return loans and £ 6 billion through the coronavirus business interruption loan scheme.
And here are two graphs of the ONS report that illustrate excess figures of death. The figures refer to England and Wales.
This chart tracks the numbers of all deaths and the numbers of deaths from coronavirus. Excess deaths are those above the five-year average.
And this graph shows that while deaths that did not involve coronavirus were above average for six weeks in early spring, in the week ending May 8, deaths that did not involve coronavirus were actually below the long-term average. But in general, the mortality rate that week was still well above the long-term average because of coronavirus deaths.
Today ONS figures show that the proportion of coronavirus deaths in nursing homes increased in early May, with 42.4% of coronavirus-related deaths recorded in England and Wales in the week ending May 8. That was up 40% in the previous week.
This graphic from the ONS report helps to illustrate this point.
The Treasury published this morning new figures on the impact of its various business and coronavirus support schemes, showing, among other things, that 8 million jobs have already been granted, at a cost so far of £ 11.1 billion.
High rate of blood clots among Covid-19 patients, according to study
A "significant percentage" of patients admitted to the hospital with Covid-19 had blood clots in their lungs, a study found. As PA Media reports, research by a team at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) found that coronavirus infection is associated with a high incidence of venous thromboembolism, a condition in which a blood clot forms in the veins deep in the leg, groin or arm and can travel to the lungs, leading to pulmonary embolism.
The study, published in the Clinical Medicine Journal, was conducted at university hospitals in Brighton and Sussex, NHS trust, including two acute hospital sites in southern England.
The number given by ONS statistician Nick Stripe for excess deaths in the UK (see 10:11) it is broadly in line with the forecasts for that number that other experts have been producing.
Yesterday, the Financial Times & # 39; Chris Giles, who has done his own modeling for excess deaths, published them on Twitter.
And yesterday Jamie Jenkins, a former ONS employee, produced his latest daily estimate.
Excess deaths in the UK reached almost 55,000 in early May, says ONS
Nick Stripe, head of the health analysis and life events division at Office of National Statistics, told the BBC a few minutes ago that the total number of excess deaths in the UK – the number above what would be expected at this time of year, judged by an average of five years, was below 55,000 in early May.
Scientists and ministers have repeatedly said that the excess death toll will be the most reliable guide to how much the UK has been hit by the coronavirus.
Stripe told the BBC:
Throughout England and Wales, as of 8 May, we are seeing a death toll in excess of just under 50,000. If we look at the UK as a whole, that represents just under 55,000 excess deaths.
Therefore, the difference between excess and risk related to Covid is about 25% of excess deaths is not explained by the fact that Covid is on the death certificate. And this is now a key area of research for us to understand underneath.
Stripe said that in the coming weeks, ONS plans to publish more research, analyzing why the number of excess deaths was so high. But he said a report published by ONS on Friday, on the deaths in April, shed some light on what was happening. He continued:
This showed that deaths from dementia and Alzheimer's disease increased very, very significantly during April, as did deaths from something known as "ill-defined conditions". It is at this point that the certifying doctor places things like frailty or old age on the death certificate. Generally, in the very old ones, where there may not be a specific morbidity, but the patient is sick, you often have these ill-defined conditions. And they also increased significantly in April.
Stripe said there could be two reasons for this increase. The first “normal service paths” can be interrupted; that is, fewer patients were going to the hospital, because the hospitals were focusing on the coronavirus. Second, coronavirus can be a factor in these deaths, without doctors being able to confirm this. He explained:
There may be some cases where Covid is present, but it is not obvious to the certifying doctor that this is the case.
And it could be that this huge jump in the number of dementias and deaths from Alzheimer's may explain part of that reason. It is quite possible that, in the older ones, if the patient is unable to describe his symptoms very well, there may be many other comorbidities, which the doctor may not have felt able, in the absence of a positive test, to do. put Covid on the death certificate.
Excessive deaths in England and Wales in 3,081 in the first week of May, says ONS
O Office of National Statistics just published the latest weekly numbers of deaths in England and Wales. They cover the week until Friday, May 8 (or week 19, as the ONS calls it).
Here are the main points.
- Deaths in England and Wales in the week through May 8 fell for the third consecutive week, at 12,657. But they were still 3,081 above the five-year average for that week.
- About 31.1% of deaths in the week through May 8 involved mention of coronavirus on the death certificate, against 33.6% in the previous week.
- The total number of deaths in nursing homes in the week through May 8 fell from 6,409 to 4,248. But the proportion involving coronavirus went from 37.8% in the previous week to 39.2%.