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The number of confirmed cases has increased by 3,560 to 236,711. The Government’s latest figures come after reports that the number of people becoming infected with coronavirus each day in London has dropped to 24.
Conservative MP Bim Afolami suggested different regions could lift lockdown restrictions at different times.
He told the Telegraph: “If you look at other countries, they’ve often adopted regional approaches. If it makes sense from a health perspective, we need to consider it.”
Former Cabinet minister Theresa Villiers added: “These figures are good news. They show lockdown measures have been working and I think they make the case for further easing of the lockdown in London.
“It’s vital that we do find ways to let the economy recover – and London is the powerhouse of the economy.”
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The UK has reported a further 384 deaths taking the coronavirus toll to 33,998 (Image: GETTY)
Coronavirus Live: UK cases and deaths as of May 14 (Image: Express)
9.45pm update: Ireland announces further 16 Covid-19 deaths
Ireland’s coronavirus death toll has risen by 16 to 1,518 and there have been 129 new confirmed cases taking the total to 23,956.
9pm update: Health Secretary refuses to promise pay rise for nurses
Matt Hancock has refused to commit to a pay rise for nurses after the coronavirus crisis, saying only he would fight for them to have “fair reward”.
Speaking at the Downing Street press conference, the Health Secretary said he agreed “very strongly” with the statement that nursing is a “highly skilled profession and it deserves decent pay”.
But he stopped short of making any promises, saying: “We put up nurses’ pay last month and in fact last year we had the biggest rise in pay, especially for nurses when they were starting their career, the lowest paid nurses got a pay rise, very significant, of over 15 percent.”
8.20pm update: France coronavirus death toll rises 104
France’s coronavirus death toll has increased from 27,425 to 27,529.
The number of confirmed cases has gone up by 563 to 141,919.
7.35pm update: Union criticises ‘flimsy’ evidence behind Government’s plan to reopen schools
Teachers’ unions are calling for more answers from the Government over whether children and staff will be safe if schools reopen in England following a meeting with chief scientific advisers.
Patrick Roach, general secretary of the teaching union NASUWT, said the scientific evidence presented at the briefing on Friday afternoon was “flimsy at best”.
Education unions say they have been left with many questions about the evidence behind the decision to reopen England’s schools to more pupils from June 1.
7pm update: Italy’s coronavirus death toll up 242
Italy’s Covid-19 death toll has increased by 242 to 31,610.
The number of confirmed cases rose by 789 to 223,885.
6.20pm update: Likelihood of anyone having coronavirus in a primary school is ‘very small and diminishing’
Dr Jenny Harries has said the likelihood of anyone having coronavirus in a primary school is very small and diminishing.
She told the daily Downing Street press conference: “If currently we have, say, two or three in a thousand of our population with infection, in the proposed time frame coming forward in the next couple of weeks that’s likely to halve.
“There’s a lot of anxiety I think around this but people need to think through in an average infant school with 100 children, the likelihood of anybody having this disease is very small and diminishing with time, so I think we just need to keep that in perspective.”
Dr Jenny Harries has said that just 19 percent of critical care beds are occupied with coronavirus patients (Image: PA)
5.45pm update: R value remains below 1 – Hancock
Matt Hancock has said the R number – the rate of transmission of coronavirus – remains below one.
The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) has calculated that R has risen slightly to between 0.7 and 1.
Mr Hancock told the No 10 press briefing: “We are constantly keeping the R under review. We don’t think that it is above one. So that meets that test.
“It is an incredibly important figure for policymakers but it is one data point to look at alongside the level of new cases.”
5.40pm update: 19% of critical care beds occupied with coronavirus patients.
England’s deputy chief medical officer Dr Jenny Harries has said that just 19 percent of critical care beds are occupied with coronavirus patients.
She told the Downing Street briefing: “One of the big concerns right at the start of the epidemic in the country was about critical care bed capacity.
“And in fact only 19% of our critical care beds are occupied now with Covid-19 patients and that pattern is replicated across all critical care usage in the UK.”
5.25pm update: Coronavirus tests for all care home staff and residents in England by early June
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said that all care home residents and staff in England will be tested for coronavirus by early June.
Speaking at the daily Downing Street briefing, Mr Hancock also explained that the NHS would be appointing a clinical lead for every home to support them through the coronavirus fight.
He said: “This is the most intense support and scrutiny that care homes have ever received.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock is leading today’s Downing Street press conference (Image: PA)
5pm update: Health Secretary leads daily Downing Street briefing
Health Secretary Matt Hancock is leading today’s Downing Street press conference alongside England’s deputy chief medical officer Dr Jenny Harries.
4.30pm update: More than 12,500 care home residents have now died with coroanvirus
More than 12,500 people living in care homes have now died with coronavirus, new figures show.
Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveals that just over one in four of all deaths of care home residents in England and Wales between March 2 and May 1 involved coronavirus.
Of 45,899 care home residents who died during this period, 27 percent (12,526) had Covid-19 mentioned on their death certificate.
4pm update: Dozens wrongly charged under new coronavirus laws – CPS
Dozens of people have been wrongly charged by police under new coronavirus laws, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has admitted.
All 44 charges brought under the Coronavirus Act, which allows officers to remove or detain a “suspected infectious person” for screening and assessment, since it was brought in on March 27 were incorrect.
And 12 charges under the Health Protection Regulations 2020, which give powers to break up gatherings and fine people breaching restriction of movement rules, were also wrong.
The figures come after a CPS review of all 231 police charges under coronavirus legislation in England and Wales up to the end of April where the prosecution has either been stopped or ended in a conviction.
Dozens of people have been wrongly charged by police under new coronavirus laws, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has admitted (Image: PA)
2.17pm update: UK deaths rise by 256
The number of people who have died across England, Scotland and Wales after contracting coronavirus has risen by 256 in 24 hours according to the latest figures.
Broken down, this represents nine in Wales, 46 in Scotland and 186 hospital fatalities in England.
No 10 is expected to reveal a much higher number as it includes deaths from all settings.
2.06pm update: Denmark reports no coronavirus deaths
Denmark has reported no coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours for the first time since March 13.
Denmark’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 78 to 10,791 since Thursday, with the number of hospitalisations falling by 10 to 137.
The death toll remained unchanged at 537.
1.41pm update: No 10 provides update on contact tracing app
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman stated over half the population of the Isle of Wight had downloaded the contact tracing app.
The app will soon be available for use in Scotland.
The spokesman said: “We have had a very significant number of people who have downloaded the app.”
“I think we said that we thought the pilot would last for three weeks or so and that remains the case.”
1.38pm update: Wales continues ‘Stay at Home’ message
Although First Minister Mark Drakeford insisted he supported a four-nations approach to the virus, he also indicated it is up to the devolved nations to determine the speed by which they lift measures.
He said: “With limited ‘headroom’ to ease the current restrictions, choices need to be made and we want to make those choices in consultation with our partners and the people of Wales.
“That is why we are publishing this document, not as the final word, but as part of the continuing conversation.
“But for the next two weeks, at least, I urge everyone in Wales to stick to the advice, Stay Home, Protect our NHS and Save Lives.”
Coronavirus Live: Wales continues with ‘Stay at Home’ message (Image: PA)
1.28pm update: Scotland reports 46 more deaths from COVID-19
Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon has revealed 46 people have died after contracting COVID-19 bring the country’s total to 2,053.
A further 143 people have tested positive for the virus in Scotland which takes the number of confirmed cases to 14,260.
1.24pm update: Germany enters into recession
Europe’s largest economy has formally entered into recession.
The economy shrank by 2.2 percent in the free months of 2020.
12.17pm update: Ryanair cuts 250 office jobs
Ryanair has cut more than 250 jobs across its offices in the UK, Ireland, Spain and Poland due to the collapse in flights amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Ryanair’s people director Darrell Hughes: “While we expect to reopen our offices from June 1, we will not require the same number of support team members in a year when we will carry less than 100 million passengers, against an original budget of 155 million.
“Regrettably, we will now have a small number of compulsory redundancies in Dublin, Stansted, Madrid and Wroclaw to right size our support teams.”
12.10pm update: Free movement permitted in Italy from June 3
Italy is set to allow free movement in the country from June 3 according to a draft decree seen by Reuters.
The decree could still be modified before being approved.
Coronavirus-hit German economy plunges into recession (Image: GETTY)
11.30am update: Slovenia declared virus free
The Slovenian government has announced an end to its coronavirus pandemic.
Prime Minister Janez Jansa said: “Slovenia has tamed the epidemic over the past two months.
“Today Slovenia has the best epidemiologic picture in Europe.”
11.08am update: Protests break out in Spain over coronavirus
Protests have broken out in the Spanish capital in anger at the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Last night, violence broke out in the Salamanca district of Madrid following four days of street protests.
10.32am update: Northern Ireland reports 77 deaths involving COVID-19
A total of 77 deaths involving COVID-19 occurred in the last week according to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (Nisra).
Of these, 37 occurred in hospitals, 36 in care homes, one in a hospice and three at residential addresses.
10am update: FTSE 100 rises
As of 10am, the FTSE 100 has reported a rise of 74.5 points to 5,816.14 – a 1.3 percent increase.
Transport for London confirms £1.6billion funding package (Image: GETTY)
9.03am update: Panic as China seals off Wuhan again
Chinese authorities are reimposing lockdown restrictions in Wuhan, where the coronavirus outbreak which triggered the ongoing global pandemic originated, after six new cases were reported, a journalist has said.
The claims, which have sparked fears of a second wave, come at the end of a week in which restrictions on movement were imposed in the city of Jilin, in the north-east of the country, where six new cases were likewise confirmed on Tuesday.
Zhang Zhan, described by the Radio Free Asia website as a “Wuhan-based citizen journalist”, said the cases had all been confirmed in the city’s Sanmin residential compound, home to 5,000 people.
He added: “I went there to find out more about the situation, but it has been placed under quarantine.”
8.39am update: Russia reports 10,598 cases
Russia has reported 10,598 cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours it has been confirmed.
This is an increase from the previous day’s 9,974 cases with reported cases now confirmed in 84 regions across the country.
8.30am update: Transport for London (TfL) confirms £1.6billion funding package
TfL has now confirmed it has reached an agreement with the Department for Transport on a £1.6billion funding package.
London’s transport commissioner Mike Brown said: “I welcome this support from Government which will help us continue to get London moving and working again, safely and sustainably.
“London’s transport network is absolutely fundamental to the economic, social and environmental health of the capital.
“Throughout the pandemic, transport workers have played a heroic role in the response to the virus – ensuring NHS and care staff have been able to get to work and save lives.
“We have worked closely with the Government and Mayor as part of the national effort to fight the virus, rapidly reducing passenger numbers to levels not seen for 100 years.
“This has meant that our fare and other revenue has fallen by 90%.”
Brandon Lewis has admitted just 1,500 of the target of 18,000 contract tracers have been appointed (Image: SKY)
8.05am update: Government falls short of tracer target
Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis has admitted just 1,500 of the target of 18,000 contract tracers have been appointed.
He told Sky News: “I don’t think we’ve got to 18,000 just yet, I think there’s about 15,000 applications, we’re looking to as you say get up to 18,000.
“As of this morning I’m not sure of exactly how many of the 15,000 have been hired, earlier in the week it was about 1,500, it would have gone up since then.”
8am update: Brazil hits daily record
Brazil has recorded a record high of 13,944 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.
The largest country now has 202,918 cases and 13,933 deaths.
7.49am update: Public Health England approves second antibody test
US company, Abbot Laboratories has been given approval to produce a COVID-19 antibody test.
This comes after Swiss company, Roche was also given approval bu Public Health England.
Lawrence Young, professor of molecular oncology at the University of Warwick said: “A better understanding of the immune response to the Sars-Cov-2 virus which causes COVID-19 will help us to develop effective vaccines.
“This new antibody test will be an important weapon in fighting the virus.”
7.31am update: WHO warns of second wave
Many officials have expressed fear over a second wave of the virus.
With more common diseases expected to return following the summer, director for the WHO’s Europe region, Dr Hans Kluge concluded lockdown measures should not be lifted lightly.
Africa and Eastern Europe are now seeing an increase in cases with some health experts likening the virus to the Spanish flu pandemic.
The pandemic arose in 1918 it returned in a more potent strain.
He told The Daily Telegraph: “We know from history that in pandemics the countries that have not been hit early on can be hit in a second wave.
“What are we going to see in Africa and Eastern Europe? They’re behind the curve – some countries are saying: ‘We’re not like Italy’ and then, two weeks later, boom!
“They can unfortunately get hit by a second wave, so we have to be very very careful.”
Additional reporting by Bill McLoughlin.