Sector News Update – 20th July 2020


Hi everyone,


Last week Prime Minister Boris Johnson recorded a video message to those who had missed out on school leaving events. He said: “this is a final year like no other”. 

The children’s commissioner for England called for an emergency rescue package for nurseries to prevent thousands of closures as a result of Covid-19, and a complete overhaul of the early years system. 

The UK government has secured early access to 90 million doses of promising early Covid-19 vaccine candidates, with more in the pipeline as the country looks to build a portfolio of promising new vaccines to protect the UK from coronavirus. 

In preparation for any potential second wave of the coronavirus, the NHS in England is expected get an extra £3bn of funding in an announcement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The funding is also expected to help ease regular winter pressures on the health service, following warnings a second wave this winter could see significant challenges for UK hospitals and the risk of significant Covid-19 deaths. Testing capacity is also anticipated to be boosted to 500,000 tests a day by the end of October. 

Until next time, take care.