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Around 5,000 HMRC staff will run the scheme, with the money due to reach bank accounts within six working days, a statement from the Treasury said. It was announced last week that the scheme would be extended for another month, until the end of June.  Unison, the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives, who between them represent more than a million NHS and public service workers, including porters, refuse collectors and care staff, are urging the nation to join the tribute at 11am on April 28.The minute’s silence, on International Workers’ Memorial Day, will allow everyone to pay their respects and showsupport for the families of those who have died, said the unions.Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said: “This is the ultimate tribute to remember workers who’ve lost their lives andputthemselves in harm’s way to keep us safe and vital services running.“Every year the sacrifice of workers around the world is recognised, but this year has a special significancebecauseofthe pandemic.” Culture secretary Oliver Dowden said the government “is looking into the idea”. Asked whether it could be an official government-led event, he said: “Yes, I think it could be but we will make an announcement on that at an appropriate time.” Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has backed the idea, saying the party “wholeheartedly” supported the call. Royal College of Nursing general secretary Donna Kinnair said: “We’ve become used to hearing a great roar on a Thursday night for key workers, but this respectful silence will be a poignant reminder of the risks they run to keep us safe.“I hope the public gets behind this with the same affection they show when applauding our people.” New research suggests that far more people have had the coronavirus without any symptoms – fuelling hopes that the virus is less lethal than currently feared.  Despite a high number of fatalities, health officials have said thee virus most commonly causes a mild to moderate flu-like illness.  But evidence is now growing that a substantial number of people may have no symptoms at all. Scientists in Iceland screened 6% of its population to see how many had previously undetected infections and found that about 0.7% tested positive, as did 13% of a group at higher risk because of recent travel or exposure to someone sick. On board the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, where one crew member died from the virus, “the rough numbers are that 40% are asymptomatic”, said vice admiral Phillip Sawyer, deputy commander of naval operations. The country’s coronavirus death toll – by far the highest of any country on earth – has now surpassed 40,000.  The protesters have been mostly right-wing followers, anti-vaccination advocates and gun rights activists who in some photos can be seen standing close together without masks or gloves, in defiance of the social distancing guidelines meant to slow the spread of the virus and flatten the curve. In a series of tweets on Friday, Trump called to “LIBERATE” Minnesota, Michigan and Virginia ― three swing states with Democratic governors ― in an echo of the protesters’ demands. Asked on Sunday if he was concerned that his tweets helped incite violence against the governors ― some of whom are receiving death threats from protesters ― Trump immediately denied it. NHS England said one of the patients was Simon Chung, a father-of-one in his 50s, who has now been transferred to Northwick Park hospital in Harrow, north London, to continue his treatment. Eamonn Sullivan, nursing director at NHS Nightingale London said: “This is wonderful news and testament to all the clinicians and support staff who have been working around the clock to care for our patients.