Echoing the statement by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday, Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has promised a phased and careful approach to easing lockdown restrictions while continuing to suppress coronavirus.
As part of a cautious easing of lockdown, every care home resident will be allowed one regular, named individual to visit them indoors from 8 March 2021, according to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).
Arguing that it is impossible to totally eliminate the threat of Covid, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out his plan for lifting the current lockdown, balancing continued caution with the need to restore freedoms and boost the economy.
Despite the fact that its data protection rules largely mirrored the EU’s own General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), when the UK came out of the transition period on 1 January 2021, it was no longer recognised by the EU has having “adequacy” in this regard.
According to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), NHS Test and Trace has maintained its strong start to the year, reaching more than 270,000 people in the latest reporting week with over 2.9 million people tested.
In a report on personal protective equipment (PPE) procurement during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said many care workers had to care for people with Covid-19 or suspected Covid-19 without sufficient PPE to protect themselves from infection.