Coronavirus in UK live blog: latest as rail worker dies with coronavirus after being spat on

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By Finlay Greig
Tuesday, 12th May 2020, 11:57 am

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A social distancing sticker is seen on an underground station platform ahead of the evening rush hour in London (Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Coronavirus live blog, May 12

Last updated: Tuesday, 12 May, 2020, 10:50

Furlough scheme extended to October

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has extended the furlough scheme to the end of October.

He said "I can announce today that the Job Retention Scheme will be extended for four months until the end of October.

He added that from August to October the scheme will continue, for all sectors and regions of the UK, but with greater flexibility to support the transition back to work.

"Employers currently using the scheme will be able to bring furloughed employees back part-time."

Captain Tom Moore awarded freedom of city

Captain Tom Moore has been given the freedom of the City of London 

Second World War veteran Captain Tom was nominated for the honour after raising almost £33 million for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday on April 30.

Ticket officer dies with coronavirus after being spat at

A train station ticket officer has died with coronavirus after being spat at while on duty.

Belly Mujinga was on duty at Victoria train station in London when she and one of her colleagues were spat and coughed on by a woman who claimed to have coronavirus. 

Ms Mujinga lived with a respiratory condition and was placed on a ventilator last month.  and passed away on April 5.

British Transport Police released a statement saying that an investigation had been launched "into a report of two members of rail staff being spat at while working at London Victoria station on 22nd March.

“One of the victims, a 47-year-old woman, very sadly died in hospital on April 5th. Enquiries are ongoing and anyone who has any information is asked to contact BTP by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 and quoting reference 359 of 11/05/20.”

Matt Hancock defends government message criticism

Ruth May pays tribute to health workers on #InternationalNursesDay

UK death toll at 40,000

New analysis by the PA news agency puts the death toll at just over 40,000, following new figures on care home deaths released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This includes deaths from Covid-19 and where it has been mentioned on the death certificate as a factor.

Hancock: 'Summer is cancelled'

People are unlikely to be able to go on foreign summer holidays this year, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said.

Asked whether "summer was cancelled", he told ITV's This Morning: "I think that's likely to be the case.

"We haven't made a final decision on that yet but it is clear that we will seek to reopen hospitality, some hospitality, from early July if we keep successfully reducing the spread of this virus.

"But social distancing of some kind is going to continue.

"The conclusion from that is it is unlikely that big, lavish international holidays are going to possible for this summer.

"I just think that's a reality of life."

People should only meet with one person from outside their household in public places

When asked if someone could meet a friend in their garden as long as distancing rules were adhered to, Matt Hancock has told BBC Breakfast: "It's not necessarily more safe than meeting in a park, and we said that should only happen in public places.

"A lot of people can only get to their garden by going through their house, and being with people indoors is not as safe as outdoors, and so that is why we have come to this judgment."

Employment law 'hasn't changed' for those who do not feel safe in the workplace

Matt Hancock has refused to directly answer whether people have a legal right not to go to work if they do not feel safe due to coronavirus.

The Health Secretary was asked the question twice on BBC Breakfast.

In response, he said: "Workplaces need to follow the guidelines on making a workplace safe for Covid, so that is very important.

"Critically, everybody who can work from home should continue to work from home."

Asked for a second time whether people are protected by law if they felt unsafe in the workplace, Mr Hancock said: "Well, employment law has not changed, but that isn't the point.

"The point is that businesses and employees should be working together to make the best of a very difficult situation."

Face coverings 'not recommended' in offices or schools

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has told Sky News that face coverings won't help in offices or schools.

"There is some evidence, it's weak, but there is some evidence that the face covering can help if you're in an indoor place where there are other people who you don't see regularly," he said.

"If you're stuck in an office with them for a long time, then the face covering doesn't help, or in school, for instance, that's why we don't recommend them for offices or schools."

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