The Victorian government is aiming to not only host the Boxing Day Test and Australian Open, but for crowds to attend both sporting events. Victoria has been devoid of live sport during a winter of Covid-19 discontent, but as case numbers continue to drop there is growing hope for the two jewels in the city’s summer sporting calendar. … [Read more...] about Victorian government aims for crowds at Australian Open and Boxing Day Test
Let him have it
It’s time, Mr Dowden, you faced up to a simple truth: artists know much more about the arts than politicians. So far the most practical plan for the theatre has come from Sam Mendes, who has made numerous recommendations: increasing the theatre’s tax-relief scheme from 20% to 50%, inviting the government to become theatrical “angels” by investing in productions, challenging the streaming services to put money into an industry from which they directly benefit. Have you spoken to Sir Sam about his ideas? Have you co-opted him onto the cultural renewal taskforce you have set up? Or are you simply fiddle-faddling while Rome burns? … [Read more...] about Dear Oliver Dowden, have you even begun to grasp the scale of our arts crisis?
1,000 discharged to care homes without virus test Almost 30,000 more care home deaths than last year Welsh care homes 'badly let down' during pandemic The Senedd health committee also stated Wales' care home testing policy at the start of the pandemic was "flawed" when testing was only offered to individuals with symptoms. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Care homes ‘disappointed’ on test assurances
Coronavirus: Anger over lack of PPE for nurse Gareth Roberts Coronavirus: 75 care homes in Wales with cases of coronavirus Coronavirus: Minister calls review after Cardiff test centre closure What happened to the targets?There was a target of testing 5,000 people a day by mid-April, rising to between 8-10.000 by May. But that was clearly not deliverable and brought criticism of the Welsh Government. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Why is Wales not testing over 65s as in England?
"But it is worth reminding members that 38% of adult care homes have lodged no notification of suspected Covid-19 incidents to the Care Inspectorate since the start of the epidemic, and 58% of adult care homes have not registered a case of suspected Covid-19 in the last 14 days." … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: ‘Lessons to be learned’ over deaths in care homes