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Hospital bosses have told their frontline NHS workers they will have to prepare to work without full-length gowns when treating coronavirus patients. This goes against Public Health England (PHE) and World Health Organization guidance, which states doctors and nurses must wear the gowns to prevent virus droplets from spreading.

Instead, PHE will advise frontline staff will have to wear flimsy plastic aprons when the gowns run out in just a matter of hours, the Guardian reports. 

The new guidance will be sent out to all 217 trusts on Friday or Saturday.

A source with knowledge of the plan told the newspaper: “The new guidance will say ‘this is what you do if you don’t have any gowns’.

“Wear an apron instead – that will be the new policy for the foreseeable future, though the medical organisations will go mad about that.”

Piers Morgan has hit out at the news and wrote on Twitter: “This is outrageous, @MattHancock – you’ve spent all week insisting there’s enough PPE for frontline medics.”


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Coronavirus Map Live: China reports rise in deaths (Image: GETTY)

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Coronavirus Live: UK’s coronavirus map (Image: Express)

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Coronavirus daily new deaths in the UK (Image: EXPRESS)

Saturday April 18

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Marsha Blackburn said China was part of a new ‘axis of evil’ (Image: GETTY)

6.00am update: Texas reopens 

Greg Abbott, Texas Governor, announced on Friday he was making plans to gradually reopen the state. 

Mr Abbott confirmed the school year was over. 

He said the hospitals had enough equipment and PPE to loosen restrictions on surgeries. 

5.50am update: Axis of evil 

Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Senator from the Republican Party has said:  “China has to be held accountable,” for the coronavirus. 

Mrs Blackburn said:   “They are not our friend. When you talk about the new axis of evil—China, North Korea, Iran, Russia—these are people who are not our friend.

“And you have seen that China feels like they can exploit the rest of the world.”

5.45am update: WHO says other countries will follow China’s lead in revising death toll 

Dr Maria von Kerkhove, the WHO’s coronavirus technical lead has said other countries will also start revising their coronavirus death tallies. 

The intervention comes after China increased the death toll for Wuhan by 50 percent. 

At a virtual press conference in Geneva, she explained:  “This is something that is a challenge in an ongoing outbreak: to identify all of your cases and all of your deaths.

“I would anticipate that many countries are going to be in a similar situation where they will have to go back and review records and look to see: did we capture all of them?”

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Seasonal workers on the Isles of Scilly have been starnded (Image: GETTY)

5.35am update: No bailout for airlines say campaigners 

A group of other 250 trade unions and environmental groups have called for governments to deny a bailout to the aviation industry. 

In an open letter, the coalition said:  “Now, airlines, airports and manufacturers are demanding huge and unconditional taxpayer-backed bailouts.

“We cannot let the aviation industry get away with privatising profits in the good times, and expect the public to pay for its losses in the bad times.”

5.30am update: Seasonal workers left stranded 

Seasonal workers have been left stranded on the Isles of Scilly as work has dried up due to coronavirus. 

The islands shut down transport links on March 21. 

Nick Bond, executive director of the Islands Partnership said:  “The impact is completely extraordinary and catastrophic – nothing happens here without the tourism industry.” 

5.25am update: Exit strategy

Decisions on exiting the lockdown are difficult to make due to Boris Johnson recuperating. 

A Cabinet minister told The Telegraph: “The real decisions are being made in No10 – and that’s where it gets so difficult in the absence of the Prime Minister, because who has the authority to make those decisions? The truth is they can’t be made until he comes back.” 

Mr Johnson had spoken to First Secretary Dominic Raab on Thursday but is doing no governmental work. 

Another source said:   “We don’t have a strategy sitting on the shelf, we need to have a lot of internal discussions first. A lot of it will have to come from the scientists. The plan will be affected by what happens in the coming weeks in countries that are lifting lockdown measures.” 


Alok Sharma warned a vaccine could still be some months away (Image: GETTY)

5.20am update: Care home deaths 

7,500 people in care homes may have died of coronavirus. 

The estimate comes from figures gathered by Care England. 

Chief Executive Professor Martin Green said:  “Without testing, it is very difficult to give an absolute figure.

“However, if we look at some of the death rates since April 1 and compare them with previous years’ rates, we estimate a figure of about 7,500 people may have died as a result of Covid-19.”

5.10am update: 510 volunteers

As many as 510 British volunteers could be given the first dose of a potential coronavirus vaccine under trial, researchers have said. 

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary Alok Sharma told the Downing Street briefing:  “We cannot put a date on when we will get a vaccine. But, we live in a country with a rich history of pioneering science.

“Producing a vaccine is a colossal undertaking. A complex process which will take many months. There are no guarantees. 

“But the Government is backing our scientists, betting big to maximise the chance of success.”

5.05am update: Alcohol warning 

The World Health Organisation has called for people to decrease alcohol consumption. 

This is because alcohol can increase risky behaviour. 

Carina Ferreira-Borges, the WHO’s project manager for alcohol and illicit drugs in Europe explained:   “During the Covid-19 pandemic, we should really ask ourselves what risks we taking in leaving people under lockdown in their homes with a substance that is harmful both in terms of their health and the effects of their behaviour on others, including violence.”


Tinned tomatoes have to be rationed by suppliers, stock (Image: GETTY)

5.00am update: Thieves stealing parcels 

Theives are stealing parcels left on the doorsteps of those considered so at risk they cannot leave the house. 

Chief Superintendent Thom McLoughlin, of Cleveland Police, who are investigating a number of such cases said: 

“In itself this is appalling but the concern is that ultimately this may force those shielding to venture out to source food supplies putting themselves or family members at additional risk.

“Every day our officers on the streets see evidence of communities coming together in unity against Covid-19, every Thursday we hear the clapping for our amazing NHS and carers, and we see story after story on social media of heroism and sacrifice.

“We will not let the actions of a few heartless criminals tarnish the work of so many and we will make every effort to bring them to justice.”

4.50am update: Tinned tomatoes 

Tinned tomato suppliers are rationing stocks. 

Demand in the UK has surged by more than a third. 

Diego Parotti, head of export at Conserve Italia told the Guardian:  “If you don’t start calming the fever we won’t get to the next crop.”

4.45am update: Councils bailout 

Ministers are preparing a £1billion bailout for English councils. 

The coronavirus lockdown has caused huge cashflow problems which lead a number to face insolvency. 

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China suffred its worst quarterly economic pefromance since Deng Xiaoping’s reforms (Image: GETTY)

4.15am update: China economy

The Chinese economy shrunk 6.8 percent in the first quarter. 

This was the first contraction in the economy since 1992. 

It was the worst quarter since 1979 in the midst of Deng Xiaoping’s reforms at opening up the economy. 

3.45am update: Iran photos

Saeed Namaki, the Health and Medical Education Minister of Iran shared a photo which displayed an image of a nurse with her face covered in bruises from wearing PPE. 

Mr Namaki said:  “To get an idea of how much pressure our colleagues are under, just look at this photo.

“It’s the image of a colleague, one of my sisters, an image that was sent to me from one of our hospitals. She is a dear nurse who works in an ICU.”

However, the picture appears to be of  Amanda Ramalho, who works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with her photo being shared on the ‘Diaries from the Field Instagram’ page. 

3.15am update: Macron rejects claim China handled virus better

In an interview with the Financial Times, Emmanuel Macron has said it would be too simplistic to say China handled the outbreak better. 

Mr Macron said:  “The choices made and what China is today, which I respect, let’s not be so naive as to say it’s been much better at handling this.

“We don’t know. There are clearly things that have happened that we don’t know about.”


France has said there is no evidence of links between a Wuhan lab and coronavirus (Image: GETTY)

2.45am update:  Remdesivir eases symptoms in monkeys 

Remdesivir, an experimental drug improved symptoms in monkeys within 12 hours according to a study. 

The team behind the study of the drug originally created to deal with Ebola said:  “Therapeutic remdesivir treatment initiated early during infection has a clear clinical benefit in SARS-CoV-2-infected rhesus macaques.

“These data support early remdesivir treatment initiation in COVID-19 patients to prevent progression to severe pneumonia”

2.15am update: France says no evidence

France has said there is no evidence of a link between the new coronavirus and the P4 lab in Wuhan. 

An official at the office of Emmanuel Macron said:  “We would like to make it clear that there is to this day no factual evidence corroborating the information recently circulating in the United States press that establishes a link between the origins of Covid-19 and the work of the P4 laboratory of Wuhan, China.” 

In 2004, France signed an agreement to establish the lab with China with then Foreign Minister Michel Barnier signing the decree according to Straits Times. 

1.45am update: Andrew Cuomo hits out at Trump 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has hit out at Trump accusing him of attempting to “pass the buck” to states. 

Mr Cuomo challenged Trump to  “maybe get up and go to work” and accused him of going more to help big business than communities worst affected. 

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Mike Pompeo has called on China to grant the US access to a Wuhan virology lab (Image: GETTY)

1.15am update: US wants to enter Wuhan lab 

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on China to allow the US access to a Wuhan virology lab as the nations clash over the true origins of the virus. 

Mr Pompeo said:  “We are still asking the Chinese Communist Party to allow experts to get into that virology lab so that we can determine precisely where this virus began.” 

12.45am update: Hong Kong broadcaster denies doctored WHO interview 

Hong Kong public broadcaster RTHK has hit out over claims an interview between producer Yvonne Tong and the WHO’s Dr Bruce Aylward was doctored. 

Dr Aylward declined to respond to a question about Taiwan’s handling of the outbreak. 

He appeared to hang up after being asked about Taiwan joining the WHO. 

A statement from a WHO spokesman claimed:  “RTHK re-shot the interviewer and questions afterwards and edited the interview in a way that created substantial distortion and misrepresentation.” 

They added the broadcaster declined to share unaired footage. 

Head of Corporate Communications and Standards Amen Ng told HKFP:  “None of the shots of the interviewer or her questions were re-filmed after the interview. 

 “We would point out that the inability to hear a repeated question, the encouragement to forget it and move to another question, the inability to hear it a second time, and the lost connection, occurs in one single 18 second UNCUT shot. It is this sequence that drew international attention.”

The response also defended the decision to share footage as standard practice. 

12.15am update: US knew in November

Israel’s Channel 12 News cames the US was aware of coronavirus breaking it in November and intelligence agencies told Israel and NATO. 

The Trump administration was informed but “did not deem it of interest” according to the report. 

The report claims the intelligence community knew of the virus in the second week of November. 

Friday April 17

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Baroness Evans said the House of Lords will not live broadcast committee meetings for now (Image: GETTY)

11.45pm update: Facebook warnings 

Facebook will warn people who like, react or comment on posts with harmful information about the coronavirus. 

Iranian media reported last month 300 people in the country died after ingesting methanol. 

Social media had suggested this was an effective remedy. 

11.15pm update: House of Lords will not broadcast live 

Though the House of Commons are live broadcasting video-conferenced select committee meetings, this will not, for now, be the case in the House of Lords. 

Leader of the House, Baroness Evans has said: “At first the virtual proceedings will operate with limited functionality using the Microsoft Teams application. There will be no live broadcast of virtual proceedings in this first stage although there will be a Hansard record.”

The situation is  hoped to change from May 5. 

10.45pm update: Mum finds Facebook ad claiming family had died of coronavirus 

A mother has found a Facebook ad of an old family photo claiming the entire family bar the youngest son has died of coronavirus. 

The add was selling facemasks. 

Sara Anchich said:  “Who would have the audacity to clearly not know a family and type that they had died?

“It’s on the forefront of everybody’s mind in the news and everything and how quickly it is taking lives. It could so, so clearly be true to people.” 

Facebook has according to pulled all ads relating to hand sanitiser, face masks, wipes and COVID-19 tests.

Gursimran Hans has taken over live reporting from Emily Ferguson. 

9.55pm update: 150 attend funeral – breaking lockdown rules

About 150 people flouted coronavirus lockdown rules to attend a funeral in Kent.

Police said they had been alerted about the gathering in Sittinbourne, but allowed it to go ahead because they were given “very little notice”.

9.12pm update: Donald Trump’s coronavirus plan heavily criticised

Yesterday Donald Trump issued guidelines to help states decide when to lift lockdown measures and allow companies to reopen.

But the guidelines have been heavily criticised, with the New York governor accusing the President of “passing the buck” and favouring business over those hardest hit by the virus.

Andrew Cuomo, whose state is at the epicenter of the US outbreak, accounting for nearly half of the country’s deaths, said the Trump had repeatedly refused to help states with ramping up testing because it was “too complicated.”

He said he needs federal funding to significantly ramp up testing capacity and to fill a $10-$15 billion budget shortfall that is hampering the state’s ability to fund such efforts on its own.

8.38pm update: Global coronavirus death toll hits 150,000

The number of deaths worldwide linked to coronavirus reached 150,000 on Friday, according to Reuters.

In many countries, official data includes only deaths reported in hospitals, not those in homes or nursing homes – so the actual figures could be much higher.

8.10pm update: Captain Tom Moore reaches £20million

Army veteran Captain Moore has now raised over £20million for the NHS after he pledged to wall 100 laps of his garden. 

He originally aimed to reach £1,000.

8pm update: US death toll passes 34,000

America’s coronavirus death toll has surpassed 34,000, as some states were expected to announce timetables for lifting lockdown restrictions.

It comes after protests took place today to urge authorities to lift lockdown measures.

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Captain Tom Moore’s fundraising total has reached £20million (Image: Getty)

7.33pm update: Glasgow warehouse used as temporary mortuary

A warehouse in Glasgow is being turned into a temporary morgue to help deal with Scotland’s rising coronavirus death toll.

The building will be able to accommodate almost 1,700 bodies.

6.57pm update: French death toll surges above 18,000

France’s coronavirus death toll has risen to 18,681, an increase of 761 from the previous day.

The figure includes death which occurred in hospitals and nursing homes.

6.25pm update: Camilla opens Manchester Nightingale Hospital

The Duchess of Cornwall has opened the third NHS Nightingale Hospital, via video call.

The hospital, based in Manchester, will act as a key facility for people suffering with coronavirus.

6pm update: Ireland’s latest figures announced

Ireland has announced 709 cases of coronavirus were confirmed on Friday, bringing the total to 13,980.

5.27pm update: UK is ‘on track’ to reach target of 100,000 tests a day

Some 21,0000 coronavirus tests were carried out yesterday, prompting fears the Government will be unable to reach its target of carrying out 100,000 a day by the end of the month.

But Mr Sharma said the capacity is for 38,000 tests a day and the Government is doing everything they can to hit the target.

Professor Yvonne Doyle, medical director for Public Health England, claims they are on track to meet the target.

5.11pm update: Number of coronavirus cases is ‘flattening’ 

Sir Patrick Vallance has said the number of new coronavirus cases is already flattening.

He said he expects the number of new cases to decrease shortly.

He said: “This is not going to be a sudden drop… I expect these numbers to plateau for a short while.”

5.06pm update: Government announces new vaccine taskforce 

The government has set out a vaccines Taskforce to coordinate experts towards a single goal of a coronavirus vaccine, Mr Sharma has said.

This Taskforce is already in place and is led by Sir Patrick Vallance, England’s chief medical officer.

The aim is to ensure a vaccine is reached as soon as possible.

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Alok Sharma led today’s coronavirus press briefing (Image: PA)

5pm update: Alok Sharma leads today’s daily press briefing

The Business Secretary has repeated yesterday’s news, that the lockdown will be in place for at least another three weeks and these will not be lifted unless the five-point criteria has been met.

4.48pm update: Reports of domestic abuse surge by nearly 50%

Reports of domestic abuse to UK police forces by Crimestoppers have surged by nearly 50 percent during the coronavirus lockdown.

The number of domestic abuse reports in the week beginning April 5 rose to 120, an increase of 49.3 percent from the average of 80.4 per week across a five-week period in January and February, ahead of the UK lockdown.

The charity is urging people to come forward if they think a friend, family member, colleague of neighbour is vulnerable to abuse.

4.32pm update: Rishi Sunak extends coronavirus wage subsidy

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced the coronavirus job retention scheme, which gives furloughed workers 80 percent of their wages, up to a maximum £2,500 per month, will be extended.

When it was first announced the measure was put in place until the end of May, but it has been extended for another month.

4pm update: Protests break out in US over lockdown measures

Protests have broken out across the US today, as people urge officials to call a halt to the lockdown measures.

In Kentucky protesters chanted “we want to work” and “facts over fear”, which crowds gathered in Ohio.

Other demonstrations have taken place in other states, as people object to the ongoing lockdown restrictions which has caused rising unemployment levels. has started a petition to earn Mr Moore a knighthood, visit here to sign up. 

3.36pm update: Cases among prison staff rises by 43%

The number of prison staff who have tested positive for coronavirus has risen significantly.

As of 5pm on Thursday, 138 prison staff had tested positive for COVID-19across 49 prisons, a 43 percent increase in 24 hours.

The number of infected prisoners stood at 255 across 62 prisons, an increase of 10 percent in the same period.

2.47pm update: Prince William donated to Captain Tom Moore

Prince William has revealed he has donated to Mr Moore’s campaign to help the NHS. 

So far Mr Moore has raised £17million by taking laps around his garden before his 100th birthday. 

William said: “He’s an absolute legend.

“It’s incredible, I did see him on the news the other night and I thought, ‘good on him.’ It’s amazing.

“What I love also is he’s a 99-year-old war vet, he’s been around a long time, knows everything and it’s wonderful everyone has been inspired by his story and his determination.”

Coronavirus: Nicola Sturgeon reports a rise in deaths

Coronavirus: Nicola Sturgeon reports a rise in deaths (Image: PA)

2.13pm update: Latest UK stats revealed 

Released by the Department of Health and Social Care, there have now been 438,991 tests concluded as of 9am on April 17. 

A further 108,692 have tested positive. 

As of 5pm April 16, of those hospitalised, 14,576 have died from COVID-19 – an increase of 847. 

1.51pm update: World must learn from virus spread

The No 10 spokesman also admitted there must be an analysis as to how the virus spread from China to the rest of the world. 

The spokesman added: “They obviously discussed the need to learn the lessons of how the virus came to be spread.”

“The virus obviously began in China, we will want, as the foreign secretary said, to look very carefully with our international partners at the hard questions of why the outbreak happened, why it couldn’t be stopped earlier and what can be done to prevent it in the future.”

1.34pm update: No 10 hits back at Labour

Downing Street has rejected a suggestion by Sir Keir Starmer that the Government should publish its exit strategy.

A spokesman said: “It’s just wrong.

“I think what the First Secretary of State set out last night is that we need to take a responsible approach and we need to ensure that we continue to keep the public mind focused on staying at home, protecting the NHS and saving lives.”

1.10pm update: Scotland deaths rise 

A total of 837 patients have died in Scotland after testing positive for coronavirus. 

That represents an increase of 58 in the last 24 hours, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed. 

She added that 7,409 people have now tested positive, an increase of 307 from 7,102. 

12.42pm update: Spain’s mortality figures rise by 585

Spain has identified 5,252 new cases of the virus in the last 24 hours. 

The number of cases now stands at 188,068 according to official figures. 

The death toll has also risen from 19,130 to 19,478 although this contradicts the government’s report of 585 new deaths. 

The Spanish government has since acknowledged a discrepancy in the numbers and has said a revised count will take place. 

12.22pm update: Matt Hancock unable to provide PPE assurance

Following fears, some NHS trusts may soon run out of PPE equipment, Mr Hancock was unable to address all the concerns surrounding PPE. 

He said: “NHS supply chain gone from what is essentially a wholesale distribution to a retail distribution in a very very short period of time.

“It’s been incredibly difficult, I don’t deny that. 

“The one think I can absolutely be sure of hand on heart is that everyone in the system is doing all they  possibly can to get PPE out to everyone who needs it.”

11.53am update: Leeds United legend dies from coronavirus 

Former Leeds and England player, Norman Hunter has died from coronavirus it has been confirmed. 

Leeds United said: “Norman was taken to hospital last week after being diagnosed with COVID-19 and despite continuing to battle and the best efforts of NHS staff, he sadly lost his fight earlier this morning.”

11.32am update: UK carried out 18,000 tests

The Health Secretary also confirmed the UK had carried out 18,000 tests on Thursday. 

The Government has set out a goal to reach 100,000 daily tests. 

He added: “I can today expand the eligibility for testing to police, fire staff, prison staff, critical local authority staff, the judiciary and Department for Work and Patients staff.”

Coronavirus LIVE: Matt Hancock faces select committee

Coronavirus LIVE: Matt Hancock faces select committee (Image: Sky News)

11.09am: New drug could be effective against COVID-19

Speaking to the Health and Social Care Select Committee, Mr Hancock stated the Government is buying up a new drug which could possibly have an effect on COVID-19. 

He said: “Potential treatments as they are coming down the track.

“Everyone is buying up hydroxychloroquine in case the clinical trials demonstrate that it is a very effective treatment because that is what the early signs say.”

Despite the optimism, a recent study suggested the drug may not work on patients with COVID-19. 

Dr. Paul Offit, an infectious disease specialist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia said: “This provides evidence that hydroxychloroquine does not apparently treat patients with COVID-19.

Even worse, there were side effects caused by the drug – heart toxicities that required it be discontinued.”

10.59am update: Matt Hancock faces Health and Social Care Committee 

The Health Secretary outlined the Government’s six-point battle plan. 

Mr Hancock described the first stage of social distancing measures as “mission-critical” alongside the second part of the plan of building up NHS capacity. 

He added: “As of this morning, we have the highest figure again of spare UK-wide critical care beds, of 2,769. 

And of course the NHS Nightingale project, which has seen unbelievable roll-out, is a critical part of making sure we have always got NHS capacity.”

World coronavirus statistics as of April 16

World coronavirus statistics as of April 16 (Image: Express)

10.49am update: UK could have 40,000 deaths 

Anthony Costello, professor of International Child Health and Director of the UCL Institue for Global Health, told the Health and Social Care Committee there could be 40,000 deaths by the end of the pandemic’s first wave. 

He added: “The recent estimates, even from the chief scientific officer, is that after this wave – we could see 40,000 deaths by the time it’s over – we could only have maybe 10%, 15% of the population infected or covered. 

“So the idea of herd immunity would mean another five, six waves maybe in order to get to 60%.”

10.42am update: Clap for Carers video spark outrage 

A video has emerged of the public paying tribute to the NHS on Westminster Bridge. 

Although well-meaning, members of the public gathered in large groups in clear violation of social distancing measures. 

The video was initially posted by junior doctor, Damir Rafi who told Storyful it had done more harm than good. 

10.13pm update: Ian Blackford supports Nicola Sturgeon

Speaking on BBC Breakfast this morning, the SNP’s Westminster leader admitted Scotland could take unilateral action. 

He said: “All the Governments across the UK have worked very closely in the last few weeks – that is right and proper.

“But the administration in Edinburgh does have devolved powers and we have our own emergency legislation. We took action to close schools.

“We have those powers and we will use those in the interest for the people of Scotland. We want to work with the UK collectively.”

10.06am update: China death toll much higher

Wuhan resident, Liu Pei’en, whose father died from the virus said he believed the death total to be much higher than reported. 

He told ITV: “The real number should be 10 times higher than the reported number.”

10.03am update: Scotland could deviate from rest of the UK 

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon has admitted Scotland may deviate from the rest of the UK on lockdown measures if advised. 

Speaking BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, she said: “If I was being advised, and if the judgment I was applying to that advice told me that I had to do something different to the rest of the UK because it was right and necessary to continue to control the virus in Scotland, of course I would do that.

“I think people would find it astounding if I said anything different to that.”

9.32am update: Exit strategy to be presented in two weeks

Transport Secretary, grant Shapp has revealed experts will present an exit strategy from the coronavirus lockdown in two weeks. 

He revealed Cabinet will be presented with the data before making a decision. 

He said: “When we get more detail, when the scientists have looked at it and we come out of the lockdown in the future, they’ll be in a better position, we’ll all be in a better position to say whether that is an adequate sense of distance or not.”

9.28am update: Prince William admits concern over father

The Duke of Cambridge revealed he was worried over his father’s health after the Prince Wales contracted COVID-19. 

Although Charles has now recovered, the Duke of Cambridge told the BBC of his concern due to his father’s age. 

He said: “I have to admit at first I was quite concerned, he fits the profile of somebody, at the age he’s at, which is, you know, fairly risky, and so I was a little bit worried.

“But my father has had many chest infections, colds and things like that over the years and so I thought to myself (if) anybody’s going to be able to beat this it’s going to be him.”

8.27am update: Sadiq Khan lobbies for non-medical face masks

The Mayor of London is lobbying the Government to bring in measures to force Britons to wear non-medical facemasks. 

Mr Khan told BBC  Breakfast: “What I don’t want to do is people to be mistaken to think it’s ok to interact with each other if they are wearing a scarf.

“What I’m lobbying for is to wear non-medical face coverings when you can’t keep your distance.”

WHO guidance states masks are only effective when used in conjunction with thorough handwashing, if you are coughing or sneezing, or if you are taking care of a person with COVID-19. 

8.15am update: Emmanuel Macron claims praise for China is “naive”

The French President insisted a comparison between the West and China should not be made. 

Mr Macron told the Financial Times: “Given these differences, the choices made and what China is today, which I respect, let’s not be so naive as to say it’s been much better at handling this. 

“We don’t know. There are clearly things that have happened that we don’t know about.”

8.06am update: Out of PPE in 24 hours 

The head of a large NHS trusts has declared a severe shortage of Personal Protective Equipment.

Although the name of the man or the trust, he revealed his concern for his staff over the next few days. 

Coronavirus Live: UK daily death rate as of April 16

Coronavirus Live: UK daily death rate as of April 16 (Image: Express)

8.02am update: UK repatriation flights to Pakistan

The UK Government has arranged chartered flights to bring back citizens in Pakistan. 

The British High Commissioner in Pakistan said flights would begin next week.

The Government has pledged £75million to charter flights to repatriate citizens from abroad where commercial flights are unavailable. 

7.56am update: China’s GDP shrinks 

China’s GDP has shrunk by almost seven percent according to official figures. 

This is the first fall in economic output since records began in China almost 30 years ago. 

7.46am update: Veteran Captain Tom Moore hits £17million

Veteran army captain, Tom Moore has raised £17million for NHS Charities Together by completing laps of his garden before his 100th birthday. 

Mr Moore had initially intended to raise £,1000 but almost 800,000 people have now made donations. 

With that in mind, has launched a petition for Mr Moore to receive a knighthood for his efforts

7.26am update: China deaths rise 

China’s mortality rate has been steady over the last few weeks. 

With the deaths levelling out, the country has begun to ease lockdown measures, however, today Wuhan officials have reported a sharp rise in deaths in the city. 

Officials have stated the rise has been down to a delay in reporting and additional reporting of deaths from outside hospital. 

Wuhan’s death total now stands at 3,869 with a total of 50,333 cases. 

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