Don’t light a bonfire! Devon & Somerset Fire Service have asked that people do not have bonfires this weekend. They say: We’ve attended a number of incidents involving bonfires in the last two weeks. Help protect our emergency services and don’t have a bonfire this weekend. More Info
Free Face Masks. Handmade face masks have appeared in front of the Zigzag building with a sign saying “help yourself”. They may not be medical quality but they will at least remind you not to touch your face and help keep any bugs in your breath away from others. Glastonbury can be an amazing place at times!
- The UK’s daily death toll reached a new record of 980 – exceeding that of Italy at its peak on 27 March – and bringing the total number of deaths in hospital of patients who had tested positive for Covid-19 to 8,958.
- The public has been told that we remain “in a dangerous phase” of the outbreak and have not yet reached the peak – so physical distancing this Easter bank holiday weekend remains absolutely crucial and people must stay at home.
- Boris Johnson is now “able to do short walks” as his condition during his coronavirus recovery “continues to improve”. The prime minister is back on a ward at St Thomas’ Hospital after being discharged from the intensive care unit.
- The health secretary Matt Hancock said from next week, every NHS hospital will receive a supply of PPE on a daily basis. Over the next three weeks, he said an online portal will be rolled out allowing primary care and social care to request PPE from a central inventory, so demand can be tracked and deliveries made according to need.
- Downing Street said it was “confident” that the housing secretary Robert Jenrick had complied with physical distancing rules after he came under fire for driving 40 miles to drop off food and medicine to his elderly parents.
- Nicola Sturgeon pledged a bail-out for Scottish universities, a day after St Andrews revealed it had lost £25m and faced its worst financial crisis in recent history.
- And in a difficult day for police forces, Cambridgeshire police caused a stir online after a now-deleted tweet appeared to suggest that officers were checking “non-essential aisles” in a local supermarket, while South Yorkshire police apologised after a man was reprimanded for using his own front lawn. This came a day after comments by a chief constable from another force, which suggested officers could search shopping trolleys if people kept flouting social distancing rules, were deemed “not appropriate” by Priti Patel, the home secretary.