Coronavirus 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

Professor Jonathan Van Tam is speaking now. 

Transport use is staying at low levels according to the deputy CMO.

On the new number of cases he says that we are at a high level and the numbers are varying day by day. He reinforces this is not over. 

He says that the number of people occupying hospital beds is slowing and that the public's hard work is paying off.

He says its premature to say we're at a peak. 

Sunderland and Exeter to be site of new hospitals

Ruth May reveals that Sunderland and Exeter will soon be the site of new hospitals

Ruth May is speaking now. 

She offers her thanks to all NHS and care staff for what htey're doing "round the clock". 

She also thanks key workers, saying "you are helping me stay at work."

The Health Secretary finishes by saying there is something we can all do to help the national effort: "stay at home". 

He says the more we all follow the rules the faster we get "back to normal life."

He says over the next week every hospital will receive a delivery of PPE every day.

He says over the next three weeks the government are launching an online portal where hopsitals can request PPE.

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.

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