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Speech: Health and Social Care Secretary’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 28 April 2020

first_imgI want to update you on 2 other issues of major importance.First, testing.At the start of this month, I set the goal of 100,000 tests a day.Every day, we’re ramping up this testing capacity, on track to meet that goal.We are continuously opening new drive-through centres. There are now 41, with 48 going live this week.For people who can’t get to the tests, we’re expanding home testing to bring the test to them. We are increasing the dispatch of home test kits from 5,000 a day last Friday to 25,000 a day by the end of this week.At the weekend, 17 mobile testing units, manned by the army, were operational. By the end of the week, we plan to have over 70 deployed, with trained crews across the country.All of this has led to an increase in daily testing capacity, which now stands at 73,400.And this has allowed us progressively to expand access to testing.We started with hospital patients, who have always had access to a test right the way through, ramping up to include symptomatic NHS and social care colleagues and their households, and then all essential workers.Today, because we’ve been able to expand capacity, I can expand access further.Building on successful pilots, we will be rolling out testing of asymptomatic residents and staff in care homes in England and of patients and staff in the NHS.This means anyone who is working or living in a care home will be able to get access to a test, whether they have symptoms or not.I’m determined to do everything I can to protect the most vulnerable.And we now have capacity to go further.So, from now, we are making testing available to all over-65s and their households with symptoms, and to all workers who would have to leave home in order to go to work and members of their households who have symptoms, from construction workers to emergency plumbers, research scientists to those in manufacturing.This expansion of access to testing will protect the most vulnerable and help keep people safe. And it’s possible because we have expanded capacity for testing thus far.Next, I want to update you on our COVID-19 therapeutics work.This is research to understand whether existing drugs could be used to treat people more effectively once they’ve developed the disease.Currently no drugs in the world have been clinically proven to treat COVID-19.But our Therapeutics Taskforce has identified a number of promising candidates.Currently 6 different treatments have been entered into national clinical trials and the first is ready to enter the next stage: a new early phase clinical trial platform that we are launching today.This is a national effort made possible by government, academia and industry working together.In addition, we need to make the best possible use of all the medicines we have.We’re updating the guidelines for the use of medicines in care homes, removing a barrier so that, for the period of the pandemic, where it’s clinically appropriate, medicines that have been labelled for use by one patient can be used by another who needs them, instead of being destroyed. Clinicians and colleagues in social care have called for this change, which is already standard procedure in hospitals.Right across government, we are working day and night to defeat this virus: ramping up testing capacity investigating new drugs and treatments backing vaccine development securing and distributing billions of items of PPE getting the NHS whatever resources it needs to make sure that it is always there to treat everybody who needs it The risk of a second peak is real, but as a nation we are holding it at bay, so please stick with it: stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. This morning, the Office for National Statistics and the CQC published more information on the overall impact, including that there have been 4,343 notified deaths in care homes since Easter.The proportion of coronavirus deaths in care homes is a sixth of the total, which is just below what we see in normal times.I want to make sure that we bring as much transparency as possible to important information like this, and so, from tomorrow, we will be publishing not just the number of deaths in hospitals each day but the number of deaths in care homes and the community too, something that was not previously possible.This will supplement the ONS and CQC weekly publications and all add to our understanding of how this virus is spreading day by day. And it will help the judgements that we will make as we work to keep people safe.Behind every single death is a family’s heartbreak, and we must do everything humanly possible to save as many lives as we can.We will not be changing the social distancing rules until our 5 tests have been met: the NHS protected infection rates falling the number of deaths falling substantially the operational challenges around testing and PPE addressed and with no risk of a second spike Coronavirus press conference: 28 April 2020Welcome once again to Downing Street for the daily coronavirus briefing.I’m joined today by Professor John Newton, our testing coordinator, and Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Angela McLean.This morning, at 11 o’clock, we paused to remember the 85 NHS colleagues and 19 social care colleagues who have lost their lives with coronavirus.It was a moment of solemn reflection for so many of us and of unbearable sadness for some.They are the nation’s fallen heroes. And we will remember them.Every day we are working through our plan to protect life and protect the NHS, slowing the spread and building capacity, so that the NHS at all times can offer the very best care to everyone, because we’ve got the beds, the ventilators and the staff available.So far, thanks to the incredible work of NHS colleagues and the shared sacrifice of everyone watching at home, that plan is working.The latest figures show 3,260 spare critical care beds available across the NHS.On the most recent figures: there have been 763,387 tests for coronavirus so far in the UK, including 43,453 yesterday 161,145 people have tested positive: an increase of 3,996 cases since yesterday 15,796 people are currently in hospital with coronavirus 21,678 people have now sadly died in hospital, an increase of 586 since yesterdaylast_img read more

Merchants Bancshares, Inc. Declines Offer to Participate in Capital Purchase Program under the Troubled Asset Relief Program

first_imgMerchants Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq: MBVT) and its wholly-owned subsidiary bank, Merchants Bank (collectively, “Merchants”), have determined not to participate in the Capital Purchase Program (the “CPP”) of the U.S. Treasury’s Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Under the CPP, the U.S. Treasury will make $250 billion of capital available to U.S. financial institutions through the purchase of preferred stock in such institutions.  Although Merchants applied for, and subsequently received preliminary approval of its application, Merchants has decided not to participate in the program given the strength of its capital position.The continuing mission of Merchants Bank is to provide Vermonters with a statewide community bank that blends a strong technology platform with a genuine appreciation for local markets. Merchants Bank fulfills this commitment through a branch-based system that includes 36 community bank offices and 44 ATMs throughout Vermont, Personal Bankers dedicated to top-quality customer service and streamlined solutions, including: Personal Checking and Savings with Free Checking for Life®, Cash Rewards Checking, a low-cost Money Market Account, Free Online Banking and Bill Pay, Overdraft Coverage, Direct Deposit, Free Debit Card, and Free Automated Phone Banking; Business Banking with Rewards Checking for Business, Business Online Banking and Bill Pay, Business Lines of Credit and Merchant Card Processing; Small Business Loans; Health Savings Accounts; Credit Cards; Flexible Certificates of Deposit; Vehicle Loans; Home Equity Credit; and Home Mortgages. Visit mbvt.com for more information. Merchants’ stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market system under the symbol MBVT. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.Some of the statements contained in this press release constitute forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements relate to expectations, beliefs, projections, future plans and strategies, anticipated events or trends and similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. The forward-looking statements reflect Merchants’ current views about future events and are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and changes in circumstances that may cause Merchants’ actual results to differ significantly from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. Forward-looking statements should not be relied on since they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are, in some cases, beyond Merchants’ control and which could materially affect actual results. The factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include changes in general economic conditions in Vermont, changes in interest rates, changes in competitive product and pricing pressures among financial institutions within Merchants’ markets, and changes in the financial condition of Merchants’ borrowers. The forward-looking statements contained herein represent Merchants’ judgment as of the date of this report, and Merchants cautions readers not to place undue reliance on such statements. For further information, please refer to Merchants’ reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.last_img read more

Create content that speaks directly to millennials

first_imgYou already know the typical credit union member demographics: middle-aged or older homeowners who are nearing, or already enjoying, retirement. With this in mind, any credit union with an eye toward long-term growth is trying to attract new, young members. Millennials who are now marrying, starting families, launching businesses, and buying homes, are ideal customers. Yet many credit unions struggle to attract and engage to this youthful member base.To develop a successful credit union youth marketing strategy, you first need to understand what is uniquely relevant, important, and motivating to a Gen Y audience. What can your credit union offer the 35 and younger demographic that differentiates you from other financial institutions? You then need to reach young people through the channels they use and sources they trust.We look at 4 Steps to an Effective Credit Union Youth Marketing Strategy.Step 1: Listen to Young PeopleListen closely to your target youth market through social channels, online conversations, surveys, focus groups, and any other means at your disposal. Get to know their needs and aspirations, the problems they need help solving, and the conveniences and services they desire. What particular financial issues are they focused on? What type of financial advice are they seeking? What services are most valuable to them at this critical time in their lives?This deep research and listening will enable you to create content that speaks directly to millennials’ financial pain points, and ultimately shape your services to meet their needs. Get to know your ideal member base so you can craft a truly effective value proposition to power all of your credit union youth marketing efforts.It will also give you the powerful insight you need to move on to Step 2… continue reading » 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Google Pay Get a New Multi-Coloured Icon to ‘Evolve’ and Reflect GPay’s Recent Changes

first_img“For many in India, GPay is effectively a replacement for the physical wallet and everything in it – cash, bills, cards, tickets, etc,” wrote Sengupta. He noted that the digital payment service had recently enabled NFC payments with credit cards and introduced the ACE credit card with Axis bank. The new Google Pay icon is meant to reflect these changes, he said, and the evolvement of digital payments in partnership with the Indian ecosystem.While the new design doesn’t effectively convey that the icon belongs to an app for digital payments, it fits well with Google’s minimalistic look and is in line with the tech giant’s recent changes to icons.Mi TV Stick vs Fire TV Stick Lite vs Mi Box 4K vs Fire TV Stick 4K: Which is the best budget streaming device for TVs in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.- Advertisement – Google has started rolling out a new, multi-coloured icon for the Google Pay India app. A Google executive noted on Twitter that the new icon is meant to reflect the recent changes the app had undergone. He added that icons, like products, need to evolve. Google had recently introduced new icons for many of its apps and services, including Gmail and Google Workspace products — a move that hasn’t been too popular among users. The new Google Pay icon hasn’t rolled out for all users yet, but will likely be available to a wider audience within the next few weeks.Google Pay executive Caesar Sengupta addressed the new icon for the app on Twitter. He said that GPay today was a lot more full featured than when it was launched as Tez (in 2017). Users can now pay each other, the vegetable seller, pay bills, trade stocks, and even ‘virtually travel around India.’- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more