Daily Briefing update:


Garden waste collections have been suspended. More information on the Somerset Waste Partnership website

First Bus are now running a Saturday service on the majority of routes. More information on the First Bus website

The Glastonbury Surgery on Feversham Lane has announced that all appointments will be carried out over the phone unless there is a clinical need for you to come into the practice.


National & International

The number of worldwide cases pass 300,000 with more than 13,000 deaths around the world

UK deaths reached 281, including a person aged 18 with an underlying health condition.

Thousands of retired medics have answered the government’s call to return to work to help with the outbreak – including 4,000 nurses and 500 doctors

The health service announced it had struck a deal with private hospitals to get hold of thousands of extra beds, ventilators and medical staff, which will see the private sector reallocate almost of all of its national hospital capacity to the NHS

NHS in England has identified 1.5 million of the most at-risk people who should now stay at home for 12 weeks.

The Church of England and the Church of Scotland have now banned mass worship, with the Roman Catholic church issuing similar advice

Some parks are announcing closures and the PM reminded people to stay at least 2m apart after many photos were shared of people close together outside.

The government is setting up “hubs” around the country to arrange deliveries of groceries and medicines to them, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick also explained at the briefing.

Councils, pharmacists and members of the Armed Forces will help this work and there will be opportunities for members of the public to volunteer.

“Nobody needs to worry about getting the food and essential items that they will need,” Mr Jenrick said.