LiveCoronavirus in UK live blog: latest as experts warn of 'several more weeks' of lockdown

Coronavirus in UK live blog: latest as UK record record death toll of 980 and Matt Hancock holds daily press briefing

Friday, 10th April 2020, 5:30 pm

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Coronavirus live blog; 10 April

Last updated: Friday, 10 April, 2020, 17:11

The Health Secretary says there is capacity for “all key social care staff and NHS staff” to be tested.

Matt Hancock says there is high demand for PPE and that the type needed has changed dramatically because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

He says that most NHS hospitals haven't needed a weekly delivery of PPE meaning that the government have been required to revamp logistics. 

He asks that medical staff only use PPE when necessary and only to use no more or less than is necessary.

980 more deaths in the UK

The Health Secretary reveals that 19,000 tests were carried out yesterday 

He also reveals that 980 more deaths in the UK have been recorded in the past 24 hours. That's the most deaths in a single day since the coronavirus outbreak begun.

Hancock says Easter weekend will be a test of the nation's resolve. 

He underlines that the NHS needs the UK public to stay at home. 

The Health Secretary says the PM's condition is improving and he wants to thank the clinical team at St Thomas' Hospital where he is being looked after.

Matt Hancock is speaking now. He is joined by chief nursing officer Ruth May and deputy chief medical officer Jonathan van Tam.

Boris Johnson to be recovering for 'significant' period of time

Boris Johnson is likely to feel as if he has been "hit by several buses" and will need time to recover from Covid-19, an expert has suggested.

Becoming ill enough to warrant a stay in intensive care leaves a patient "weak and exhausted" for a "significant" period of time, according to a consultant virologist.

Dr Chris Smith, from the University of Cambridge, who is also presenter of the Naked Scientists podcast, told the PA news agency that, when the Prime Minister is fit enough to be discharged from hospital, it is likely he will do so with instructions to take it easy for several weeks.

Police Scotland have handed out 500 fines

Police Scotland has handed out more than 500 fines to people who have flouted lockdown rules, the Chief Constable has said.

However, Iain Livingstone said he did not expect his officers to patrol supermarket aisles to ensure that only essential goods were being purchased, as some forces in England have reportedly done.

Health Secretary to speak at 5pm

Matt Hancock is due to hold the daily press briefing in 10 minutes.

Boris Johnson able to do short walks

Boris Johnson has been able to do "short walks" between periods of rest as part of his care to aid his recovery, Downing Street has said.

The Prime Minister is back on a ward at St Thomas' Hospital after being discharged from the intensive care unit where he was being treated for Covid-19.

"The Prime Minister has been able to do short walks, between periods of rest, as part of the care he is receiving to aid his recovery," a No 10 spokesman said.

"He has spoken to his doctors and thanks the whole clinical team for the incredible care he has received.

"His thoughts are with those affected by this terrible disease."

Prince Andrew make rare public appearance

The Duke of York has made a rare public appearance since stepping down from royal duties in the wake of the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.

Andrew was pictured with his ex-wife the Duchess of York packing cupcakes into gift bags for the Thames Hospice, which provides care for people with life-limiting illnesses.

The images, posted by Sarah Ferguson's assistant Antonia Marshall on Instagram on Thursday, also show the duke smiling as he helps deliver the items to the hospice in Windsor.

No end to lockdown 'for several weeks'

The coronavirus lockdown will have to remain in place for "several more weeks" scientists have warned as ministers appealed to public to stay at home for Easter.

Experts advising the Government on the crisis said the social-distancing measures introduced last month appeared to be working better than expected.

However they insisted there could be no relaxation of the restrictions until it was clear the peak of the epidemic was past.

866 more deaths in England

NHS England has announced 866 new deaths of people who tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 8,114.

Of the 866 new deaths announced today, 117 occurred on April 9 while 720 took place between April 1 and April 8. The remaining 29 deaths occurred in March, including one on March 5.

Health Secretary to stand in for PM at press briefing

Matt Hancock is taking today's daily press briefing. 

Expect him to be grilled on the government's testing figures. Earlier this month Hancock suggested that the UK would be testing 100k patients a day by the end of April 

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Scotland deaths rise to 495

A total of 495 patients have died in Scotland after testing positive for coronavirus, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said as she urged people to stick to lockdown measures over the Easter weekend.

The figure is an increase of 48 from 447 on Thursday. Some 5,275 people have now tested positive for the virus in Scotland, up by 318 from 4,957 the day before.

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