Coronavirus Update 03/04/2020

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The world reached 1 million infections by the coronavirus yesterday, however experts warn the real number could be 100 times this figure. In the UK total infection reached 33,000 while the number of reported deaths within 24hrs reached 569 bringing the total death toll in the UK to 2961. 

Spain recorded its highest death toll of 950 yesterday bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 10,003. 

Italy recorded 760 deaths while new infections seem to be declining as only 2477 new cases were reported, a rise of 3% compared to the rises of 15% the country witnessed a couple of weeks ago. 

In the US  245,175 cases have now been reported with 6,059 deaths in total. Deaths are believed to soar in the coming days. The US is believed to have been slow to act to contain the virus. Another problem faced by the US is that the private health systems seem to be competing against the public health system for PPE(Personal Protection Equipment)  with the highest bidder coming out the victor. 

The economic impact is decimating the stock market and peoples lives. In the UK 1 million claims for unemployment benefits have been made while in the US this has surpassed 6.6 million. It is believed the Coronavirus pandemic could contract the UK economy by 15% in 2020. 

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Are Locksmiths Still Operating 

Emergency Locksmith Service: The majority of locksmiths across the UK are continuing to offer their emergency services when needed by the Great British public as this is currently allowed under the current government restrictions. However some locksmiths are changing the way they operate and as a result may ask more questions before attending, locksmiths may also adhere to strict social distancing advice issued by the British government. 

Locksmith Shops: Almost all locksmiths have closed their shops in order to help combat Covid 19 and reduce its spread. 

All locksmiths are currently taking special measures such as asking questions if the customer is self isolating, wearing protective equipment such as gloves and masks and adhering to social distancing advice. 

The majority of locksmiths who specialise in lockouts will likely still be operating for the time being. Most locksmiths will take special measures and precautions such as increased cleaning. 

We ask all customers to inform the locksmith if you are self isolating on your initial call. This is for the safety of the locksmith and their families. 

Locksmith Services Still Available 

  • 24 Hour locksmith service
  • Lockouts and Door opening
  • Replacing Locks 
  • Mobile Key Cutting and copying
  • Door lock repairs
  • Auto Locksmith service for car keys and opening car locks

As it currently stands locksmiths are remaining to operate, however it is looking increasingly likely the British Government will bring in increased restrictions on the public and businesses in order to reduce the spread of the virus, this may change how locksmiths operate and if they can operate at all. 

Government Advice 

 Measures You Can Take 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • Stay 2 metres (3 steps) away from other people, if you need to go outside

Who is at high risk?

You may be at high risk from coronavirus if you:

  • Have had an organ transplant
  • Are having certain types of cancer treatment
  • Have blood or bone marrow cancer, such as leukaemia
  • Have a severe lung condition, such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma
  • Have a condition that makes you much more likely to get infections
  • Are taking medicine that weakens your immune system
  • Are pregnant and have a serious heart condition

What To Do If You Have Symptoms 

Continue to stay at home if you have either:

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • A loss of smell or taste may be a sign that you have coronavirus, according to UK researchers. A team at King’s College London looked at responses from more than 400,000 people reporting suspected Covid-19 symptoms to an app. However a loss of smell and taste are also signs of other respiratory infections, such as the common cold. Experts say fever and cough remain the most important symptoms of the virus to look out for and act upon.

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

ITCC Locksmiths do remain open for callouts, our technicians are taking extra precautions such as wearing gloves and masks for the protection of everyone. 

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