GMP 'working hard for consistency' in policing during coronavirus outbreak
Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said the force is "is working very hard for consistency" in policing as new legislation introduced in wake of the coornavirus pandemic.
He said the GMP policy is to "to engage, explain encourage and lastly to enforce" and the thanked people for following government guidelines on which has resulted in a "huge decrease of people in streets and cars on the roads".
One-and-a-half million people in England have been identified as being extremely medically vulnerable and the government will distribute free food parcels every week to more than 50,000 who have no family or friends to help them.
The identical parcels contain essential non-perishable supplies like pasta, cereal, fruit, tea bags, potatoes and tinned goods, as well as toilet paper.
A food distribution company will deliver the packs to people's doorsteps, although in some cases local authorities, charities or emergency services may help out.
Created by the region's Nighttime Economy Adviser Sacha Lord and other partners, United We Stream GM will be free to watch, though anyone tuning in can "buy a ‘virtual ticket’ for whatever price they choose to enjoy the channel", a spokesman said.
All income will go directly to a relief fund to support the region's nighttime economy, he said, adding:
Performances will take place at artists' homes, gardens, or from selected host venues around the region, making sure all performances adhere to government advice around isolating, distancing and infection control.
Sacha Lord tweeted the first week's line-up, which includes gigs from The Lottery Winners and The Slow Readers Club, comedy from Justin Moorhouse, poetry from Tony 'Longfella' Walsh and a cooking class from renowned chef Gary Usher.
'Toiletry bank' donates essential packs to NHS workers
A "toiletry bank" has provided packs of essentials for NHS workers who have been redeployed across Greater Manchester.
Wilmslow-based charity Bare Necessities wanted to help staff who have been sent to work in different facilities and will not be staying with friends or family.
Volunteers sent 73 bags of soap, hand cream, shower gel and toothpaste.
The charity is now appealing for more donations.
Spokeswoman Wendy Hobson said:
The Manchester University Foundation Trust has said it will take as many packs as we are able to provide. Please hunt down your hotel minis for us, we will repurpose them and put them to good use.
Scientists and clinicians form Covid-19 research group
Scientists, clinicians and analysts from the University of Manchester have formed a research group in attempts to tackle Covid-19.
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group will join scientists to try to understand more about the coronavirus disease and identify anti-viral treatments.
Researchers will also use data science to monitor patient's symptoms, and look to prioritise those whose condition is deteriorating.
Leading the initiative, Prof Ian Bruce said the group hopes to "relieve pressure on the NHS and social care systems".
Prof Bruce added:
The speed at which our scientific community has stepped up to respond to the Covid-19 outbreak is outstanding and a testament to Greater Manchester’s strong clinical-academic leadership and research assets.
Carluccio's collapses putting 2,000 jobs at risk
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Italian restaurant chain Carluccio's, which has five restaurants in Greater Manchester and Cheshire, has gone into administration, "blaming challenging trading conditions" exacerbated by the coronavirus.
Administrator FRP is "urgently looking at options" for the future of the firm.
These include mothballing the business using government support, as well as trying to sell all or parts of it.
Most of the company's 2,000 employees will be paid through the government's job retention scheme while these options are explored.
This allows for staff to be paid up to 80% of their salary.
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Manchester Misses You archive offers virtual visit to the city
Tourism body Visit Manchester has gathered together their "favourite ideas, inspirations and resources so that you can continue to enjoy Greater Manchester and stay fit and healthy during social distancing measures".
The budget airline, which flies from both Liverpool John Lennon and Manchester airports, said it had made the move due to the "unprecedented travel restrictions" imposed by governments globally due to the virus pandemic.
It had already cancelled most flights but had been running rescue flights to repatriate Britons stranded abroad.
The move came as regional airline Loganair, which serves the North West and the Isle of Man, said airlines were unlikely to survive without a government bailout.
PM says 20,000 former NHS staff return to fight virus
Following the closure of bars and music venues, the Greater Manchester local
authority is launching a website
showing live performances every night.
The region’s night-time economy adviser, Sacha Lord, has helped set up the free United We Stream website, where from Monday users can watch free performances and donate to help affected businesses and local charities.
A spokesman added that the opening of gates would mean "passengers do not have to pass paper or season tickets through the barriers or present them to staff", though customers still required a ticket to travel.
Commercial and customer director Mark Powles said:
Our trains and stations remain open for business to help key workers get where they need to be across the north of England.
For those who have to make essential journeys – and for our staff who continue to work across the network – we want to make the railway as safe as possible [and] the measure we have introduced today further limit person-to-person contact.
Our ticket offices remain open to provide help and advice to passengers [but] we will only accept payment via card. Customers who want to pay by cash will be asked to use ticket machines if they are available.
Greater Manchester is between 10 days and two weeks behind London in its trajectory of coronavirus cases, the region's mayor has said.
The total number of people who have died in Greater Manchester after testing positive for COVID-19 now stands at 27 and Andy Burnham said there had been an increase in cases in the region "over the last couple of days", adding that the area's hospital capacity had also "dropped" in the same period.
However, he said he was "very confident in colleagues working to plan the capacity across the system".
We have to keep a very close eye on this day by day, but I’m confident that the NHS system is as prepared as it could be.
We are looking at every possible contingency. It’s not just a question of beds and buildings. This is a question of people.
It’s hard to say at this moment in time that everything is sorted because it’s a fast-moving situation. But what I can say is we are doing everything we possibly can.
He said "no decisions have been made yet" about the use of any non-medical buildings as temporary hospitals, as is being done in London.
He also said he expected "in the next 24 hours... [for] every police officer to be issued with a kit which will include a mask, gloves and wipes".
However, he added that for most officers, "a surgical mask is not required as standard".
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The major supermarkets are searching for 35,000 additional workers, but many other firms supplying essential goods or services are also looking for extra help so they can cope with the increased demand.
Home care company Cera has just created 10,000 new jobs for people to work as part of the home carer community.
Meanwhile, chemist chain Lloyds Pharmacy is seeking 1,500 workers across the country in the next few days. And Virgin Media says it needs 500 new people at Birmingham, Sheffield, Manchester and Teesside.
Up to 1,000 homeless people across Greater Manchester will be put up in hotels to try and stop more people getting coronavirus, the region's mayor has said.
Andy Burnham said a £5m fund will help those most at risk of developing and spreading the disease – rough sleepers and people in shared accommodation.
Currently, 625 rooms have already been allocated in hotels across the region, with the combined authority hoping to secure a further 375 by Friday.
Food, sanitary products and dental supplies will also be provided, with mobile phones allowing those staying to contact support workers and access "extra emotional support".
Mr Burnham said:
We have identified 720 people in shared accommodation and 280 people sleeping rough on the streets who will need our support.
They have been identified as the highest risk group with regard to coronavirus infection, but also contributing to wider spread.
It’s absolutely crucial from a humanitarian point of view that urgent action was taken to put in place proper support for them.
However, the mayor criticised Britannia Hotels for removing people housed under the scheme from one of their hotels yesterday, leaving them with "nowhere to go".
While it’s right for me to praise those organisations stepping forward and doing the right, I think it’s equally important to say that we don’t accept that kind of response once an agreement has been reached to accommodate people.
[It was] a pretty major incident where people were put out with nowhere to go.
That was unfair on them and it was unfair on council staff who had to deal with a very challenging situation.
We’ve considered that to be an extremely disappointing approach from that particular organisation, and it’s only right that it’s brought to the public’s attention because we don’t think it is the way that things should be done.
Britannia Hotels has been contacted for comment.
Greater Manchester special constables 'doing a brilliant job'