Coronavirus latest news: PM warns world leaders over protectionism after Trump is accused of face mask 'piracy'

Coronavirus latest news: PM warns world leaders over protectionism after Trump is accused of face mask 'piracy'

Coronavirus latest news: PM warns world leaders over protectionism after Trump is accused of face mask ‘piracy’

Coronavirus Article Bar with counter .. Queen delivers historic speech to promise Britain: ‘We will meet again’ What it’s like to have mild coronavirus symptoms​ Alastair Campbell: The Queen is the most remarkable person on earth Camilla Tominey: The Queen gave us comfort, hope and a united resolve that we need now more than ever Subscribe to The Telegraph, free for one month ​ Telegraph Coronavirus Appeal: Join us in helping those hit hardest B oris Johnson has been admitted to hospital after his coronavirus symptoms persisted for 10 days, No 10 has said.
Mr Johnson, 55, was taken to a NHS London hospital on Sunday evening and will undergo precautionary tests. He is expected to stay in overnight.
He remains in charge of the Government and in contact with Ministers and officials, Downing Street said in a statement. But it is likely Dominic Raab will chair the daily Covid-19 meeting on Monday morning for ministers and officials, which is usually led by the PM.
A Downing Street spokesperson said: “On the advice of his doctor, the Prime Minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests.
“This is a precautionary step, as the Prime Minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus ten days after testing positive for the virus.
“The Prime Minister thanks NHS staff for all of their incredible hard work and urges the public to continue to follow the Government’s advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.”
It comes as the Queen delivered a historic, stirring address to the nation during the coronavirus lockdown – read more here .
1:08AM What happened today H ere are the other big developments from today:
Britain’s exit strategy from lockdown will be has been revealed by one of the Government’s top advisers, who has stressed the need to the Government to test more people
Death and infection rates fell in Italy, Spain, France and Germany over the weekend, raising hopes that the coronavirus pandemic may be peaking , although hundreds are still dying daily Coronavirus deaths in Britain continue to mount despite the NHS dramatically expanding its critical care capacity Primrose Hill was just one of multiple parks and outdoor spaces around the country where people flouted rules on social distancing over the weekend Cancer patients and others with chronic illnesses are being handed a “death sentence” as resources are increasingly diverted to treat coronavirus, sufferers have warned Poor sleep can have a negative impact on our mental health. Sleep expert Dr Guy Meadows explains how to get yours back on track during the coronavirus pandemic Follow the latest news in Monday’s live blog
11:31PM Slight dip in New York deaths A small decline in coronavirus deaths in New York over the last 24 hours may be a glimmer of hope that the spread is slowing, Govenor Andrew Cuomo has said.
Overall fatalities in the state climbed to nearly 4,200, and Gov. Cuomo said it was too soon to determine whether the pandemic had reached its apex.
“We could either be very near the apex, or the apex could be a plateau and we could be on the plateau right now,” he said. “You can’t do this day to day. You have to look at three or four days to see a pattern.”
The state reported 594 new coronavirus deaths on Sunday – a small decrease compared to the 630 new fatalities announced the day before. ICU admissions and intubations were also down, the governor said, while the discharge rate from hospitals was rising.
New York City officials also reported a dip in fatalities. As of 4:45pm (EDT) it said deaths had risen by 218 since the evening before, to a total of 2,472. By comparison, there were 387 new deaths reported in the previous 24 hours and 305 the day before that.
11:25PM Social distancing exercise done right T his adorable three-year-old is showing us how we can all responsibly execute our quota of ‘one outdoor exercise per day’ – saying hello to nonexistent passersby at a Government mandated distance.
My 3-year-old nephew is the friendliest toddler you’d ever wish to meet, and always says hello to all the people he walks past.
On his daily walk today, though, he had to pretend… 🤣
Hope this brightens up your day! pic.twitter.com/C4lSyYU2eb
— Toby Marriott (@tobymarriott) April 3, 2020 11:18PM Coronavirus: can sunbathing spread the virus and should we ban outdoor exercise? O n Sunday morning, Matt Hancock warned ‘sunbathing is against the rules’ and accused those who were lolling in public parks this weekend of ‘putting other’s lives at risk,’ Sarah Knapton, Telegraph’s Science Editor reports.
But can sunbathing put people’s lives at risk? Does the science back up the need for more draconian restrictions on outdoor movement?
Put simply, it does not.
Read her full report here .
11:12PM Expert reaction: What tests will Boris Johnson be undergoing? T he Prime Minister has been admitted to hospital for “precautionary tests”, here are some of the types doctors could be running.
Dr Rupert Beale , Group Leader, Cell Biology of Infection Laboratory, Francis Crick Institute, said:
“Doctors will be monitoring important vital signs such as oxygen saturations. They will also check blood tests to see what the immune response to the virus looks like, and to assess liver and kidney function.
“They will perform an electrocardiogram (ECG) to check the heart. More sophisticated tests may include a CT scan of the chest to get an accurate picture of the lungs. They will consider the best way to deliver oxygen, and will also consider other treatments depending on test results.
“We are in a struggle between humanity and a deadly virus. Whatever your politics, we are all on the same side. I wish the Prime Minister a speedy recovery.”
11:05PM Tomorrow’s Daily Telegraph front page H ere’s a look at the front page of tomorrow’s Daily Telegraph.
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Queen delivers historic speech to promise Britain: ‘We will meet again’ Government could ban outdoor exercise if Britons continue to flout social distancing rules Boris Johnson taken to hospital for coronavirus treatment Scotland’s under fire Chief Medical Officer resigns 10:57PM FAQ: Why has Boris Johnson been taken to hospital? H ere are some of the most frequently asked questions so far, following the Prime Minister’s admission to hospital.
Why has Mr Johnson been taken to hospital? The Prime Minister was transferred to hospital as a “precautionary measure” on the advice of his doctor, according to Number 10. Ten days after his positive test for Covid-19, Mr Johnson is still suffering a high temperature. He is understood to be in an NHS hospital in London, where he will stay for “as long as needed”.
Who is leading the Government? When the Prime Minister first announced that he was ill last week, it was said that the Dominic Raab, Foreign Secretary, would take over if Mr Johnson became too sick to work. A spokesman insisted tonight that Mr Johnson remains “in charge of the Government” despite his hospital admission. But it is understood that Mr Raab is likely to chair the daily Covid-19 meeting on Monday morning for ministers and officials which is usually taken by the PM.
Has Mr Johnson been working since his diagnosis? Boris Johnson has led several meetings via video conferencing since his diagnosis including the Cabinet. He has shared several video updates from his Number 11 flat and stepped outside to join the nationwide clap for NHS staff on Thursday evening.
Has his pregnant fiancee been ill? Carrie Symonds said she had been suffering Covid-19 symptoms, but is “on the mend”. Ms Symonds, 32, who is expecting the couple’s first baby in early summer, said she was not tested for the virus.
Has anybody else in Government been ill? Matt Hancock, Health Secretary, is already back at work after having tested positive for the coronavirus. Scotland Secretary Alister Jack also developed telltale signs of the illness. Chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty self-quarantined after he noticed symptoms, and the Prime Minister’s chief adviser, Dominic Cummings, also self isolating.
10:50PM Britain now has more critical care beds, so why are more people dying? C oronavirus deaths in Britain continue to mount. The sun is shining, the NHS has dramatically expanded its critical care capacity – but hundreds of deaths are still being reported each day.
The Telegraph’s Global Health Security Editor, Paul Nuki , looks into some of the possible reasons why.
10:43PM PM last seen in public Thursday night Prime Minister Boris Johnson clapping outside 11 Downing Street Thursday Credit: Pippa Fowles/Crown Copyright/10 Downing Street T he Prime Minister was last seen in public on Thursday night during the clap for carers.
He appeared outside 11 Downing Street to salute local heroes.
You can see video footage of the PM from that night below.
10:35PM Tony Blair last PM admitted to hospital T he last Prime Minister to be admitted to hospital while in office was Tony Blair in 2003. He was taken from Downing Street to London’s Hammersmith Hospital after complaining of feeling “a little under the weather”, Amy Jones reports.
Mr Blair was an “acute admission” at the hospital where he was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat. During a five-hour stay, the Prime Minister underwent a series of tests but was feeling well enough afterwards to be discharged and returned home to Downing Street.
His successor Gordon Brown visited Moorfields in London, one of the world’s best-known eye hospitals, in 2009 after surgeons found two small tears in his retina. However, as there has been no further deterioration, and no change in his eyesight, they decided against operating.
Boris Johnson’s personal hero, Winston Churchill, suffered two serious illnesses during the Second World War – first in February 1943 and then in August 1944.
On the first occasion, after an eight-and-a-half-hour flight from Algiers, he came down with a cold and sore throat. It took two doctors to persuade him of the seriousness of his illness and he was treated for pneumonia at home.
10:26PM Extraordinary day indeed… W e are now in the third month since the first coronavirus case was recorded in the UK, but the news does not seem to be slowing, as Paul Johnson points out.
5 April 2020
-Prime Minister taken to hospital
-Queen appeals to nation
-Parks cleared by police
-Scots Chief Medical Officer resigns
-New Labour leader picks Shadow Cabinet
-Politicians point finger at footballers
Extraordinary day #COVID19
— Paul Johnson (@paul__johnson) April 5, 2020 10:18PM ‘Focus is going to be on his lungs’, GP says D r Sarah Jarvis said of Boris Johnson’s hospital admission: “The main focus is going to be on his lungs.
“The majority of people are going to progress to have inflammation of the lungs and that inflammation can result in damage to lung tissue, but also importantly can prevent oxygen being transferred into the blood stream.”
She said the tests themselves are very rapid.
“You can clamp a monitor on to somebody’s finger and that will give you a test very quickly, in fact in general practice we have systems set up where people who have been discharged from hospital are having those tests delivered to them and they just pop the monitor on to their finger and literally within 30 seconds it will give a result.
“The X-ray will take a little longer and the scan will need to be assessed and looked at by a consultant – we are certainly talking a couple of hours I would say.”
10:15PM PM likely to have ‘moderate’ symptoms G P Dr Sarah Jarvis told the BBC it is likely the Prime Minister has “moderate” symptoms of coronavirus.
“The majority of people who develop coronavirus will have mild symptoms – that’s probably 80 per cent or so,” she said. “The older you become the more likely it is that you will become severely unwell with this.
“There is a severe stage, a moderate stage and a critical stage.”
Dr Jarvis, who is not Mr Johnson’s doctor, added:
“Given he is staying in charge of the Government, that suggests to me that he probably has moderate disease but that, as a precaution, he is being taken in to check the oxygen levels in his blood, to do X-rays and probably scans of his chest.
“And to do blood tests to see for instance what his white cell counts look like and what his liver functions look like.”
10:10PM Tiger tests positive for Covid-19 in US A tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York has tested positive for the coronavirus, in what is believed to be the first known infection in an animal in the US.
The 4-year-old Malayan tiger, and six other tigers and lions that have also fallen ill, are believed to have been infected by a zoo employee, the US Department of Agriculture said.
The first animal started showing symptoms March 27, and all are expected to recover, said the zoo, which has been closed to the public since March 16.
“We tested the cat out of an abundance of caution” and aim to “contribute to the world’s continuing understanding of this novel coronavirus,” said Dr Paul Calle, the zoo’s chief veterinarian.
“It’s important to assure pet owners and animal owners that at this time there isn’t any evidence that they can spread the virus,” said Dr Jane Rooney, a veterinarian and a USDA official.
10:07PM Scotland’s CMO resigns after controversy S cotland’s chief medical officer, Dr Catherine Calderwood, has resigned after being criticised for not adhering to social distancing advice by visiting her second home.
Dr Calderwood and her family travelled more than an hour from her main home in Edinburgh to Earlsferry, Fife.
BREAKING: Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer has resigned, saying “my behaviour risks becoming a distraction”. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says it “is not a risk either of us is willing to take”.
— Nick Stylianou (@nmsonline) April 5, 2020 R ead more here .
10:05PM Political reaction: Prime Minister admitted to hospital P oliticians have taken to Twitter to send their well wishes to the Prime Minister after he was admitted to hospital after experiencing persistent Covid-19 symptoms.
Keir Starmer , newly elected leader of the Labour Party said: “Wishing the Prime Minister well and a speedy recovery.” Jeremy Hunt , former Health Secretary, said: “Thoughts with Boris Johnson this evening. Whatever political persuasion the whole country is united in wanting our PM to get fit and well as soon as possible.” Nicola Sturgeon , Scottish First Minister said: “Wishing the PM all the best and a speedy recovery.” Sadiq Khan , Mayor of London, said: “Sending my very best to the Prime Minister and wishing him a swift recovery.” Ed Davey, acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: “Wishing Boris Johnson the best for getting through this, and a full, fast recovery. Carrie, Jo, Leo, Rachel: best of health to you. It’s vital we all follow the guidance; that’s how to protect you, your family, your loved ones.” 9:52PM Boris Johnson expected stay in overnight T he Prime Minister is expected to spend the night in hospital after being admitted for precautionary tests.
He was taken in earlier this evening, the BBC’s political editor is reporting, but he is still leading the government response.
Johnson was taken to hospital earlier this evening, he has been admitted, so expected to stay in overnight and is having what are described as ‘routine tests’ – Foreign Sec Dominic Raab expected to chair Corona virus 9.15 morning meeting tmrw
— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) April 5, 2020 9:47PM PM will stay in hospital for ‘as long as needed’ M r Johnson is understood to be in an NHS hospital in London where he will stay for “as long as needed”.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is likely to chair the daily Covid-19 meeting on Monday morning for ministers and officials, which is usually led by the PM.
Jeremy Hunt, former Health Secretary, tweeted: “Thoughts with Boris Johnson this evening. “Whatever political persuasion the whole country is united in wanting our PM to get fit and well as soon as possible. #BackBoris.”
9:43PM WATCH: PM said he was ‘feeling better’ on Friday B oris Johnson released a video saying he was “feeling better” after contracting the coronavirus on Friday. Today he was admitted to hospital for precautionary tests.
In the video released to his Twitter feed he said: “Although I am feeling better and I’ve done my seven days of isolation, alas I still have one of the symptoms, a minor symptom, I have a temperature…
“I must continue my isolation until that symptom itself goes.”
Watch the full video below.
9:36PM Prime Minister had first Covid-19 symptoms March 27 P rime Minister Johnson, aged 55, first announced he had mild symptoms of Covid-19 on March 27.
He had been scheduled to re-emerge on Friday after a week of recovery and working remotely, but said he would remain at home because he still had a high temperature – one of the symptoms.
His pregnant fiancee, Carrie Symonds, said she has been ill with symptoms for a week but was now recovering.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock returned to work on Friday after a week at home following his positive test for Covid-19. The chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, has also displayed symptoms.
9:20PM BREAKING: Boris Johnson in hospital for tests T he Prime Minister is in hospital to undergo tests after testing positive for Covid-19.
We will bring you more as we get it.
Boris Johnson in hospital for tests on advice of doctors – No 10 says it is ‘precautionary measure’
— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) April 5, 2020 9:10PM US facing coronavirus ‘Pearl Harbor’ moment, top health official warns T he US is facing its “Pearl Harbor” moment in the coronavirus pandemic, one of the country’s top health officials warned on Sunday as the White House appealed to Americans to avoid going even to the pharmacy and supermarket, David Millward , our US correspondent, reports.
Americans are prepare themselves for the pandemic – which has already cost 9,171 lives in the US – to peak over the next fortnight.
Read the full story here .
9:01PM The Queen’s address was rich in echoes of national hardship T he Queen’s broadcast was rich in echoes of the Second World War, not least her reference to her Children’s Hour appearance in 1940 – you can still hear her charming, high-pitched speech on YouTube, author Harry Mount writes.
It was her first broadcast, at the age of 14, alongside her sister, Princess Margaret. As she said on Sunday evening, she “spoke from here at Windsor to children who had been evacuated from their homes and sent away for their own safety”.
Truth be told, evacuation wasn’t an entirely successful move.
Princess Elizabeth takes tea with Miss C E Bentley, chair of the Student Nurses Association during a visit to the Royal College of Nursing in London in 1945 Credit: Hulton Royals Collection R ead his full piece for The Telegraph here .
8:48PM Archbishop of Canterbury sends message of support T he Archbishop of Canterbury has said he is praying for everyone struggling with their mental health during the coronavirus crisis.
He added: “As many parents try to balance work, childcare and home schooling, I pray you are also able to enjoy this time together as a family – and that you remember you don’t have to be perfect.”
Today I’m praying for everyone who is struggling with their mental health during this time of #coronavirus .
I pray that every person finds the love, care and support they need, and we that find new ways to look out for each other.
— Archbishop of Canterbury (@JustinWelby) April 5, 2020 8:41PM ‘When the Queen speaks, Britain listens’ O ne of the clichés people utter about the Queen is that “she never puts a foot wrong”, writes Simon Heffer.
She certainly does not: and that quality is certain to be evidence this Sunday, when she makes an address to the British people about the effect on the nation and the Commonwealth of the coronavirus crisis.
Read his analysis of the history and impact of her TV addresses, here .
8:32PM NHS Nightingale staff thank the Queen for message of support N HS staff inside the newly built Nightingale Hospital watched the Queen deliver her historic speech.
They thanked the Queen for recognising their hard work throughout the coronavirus outbreak.
Thank you to Her Majesty the Queen for recognising the hard work of our frontline key workers in tonight’s #QueensSpeech . Here’s our staff listening inside Nightingale. We will defeat this. #StayHomeSaveLives pic.twitter.com/IgkQlsoBXB
— NHS Nightingale London (@NightingaleLDN) April 5, 2020 8:27PM Politicians react to Queen’s speech M att Hancock, the Health Secretary, has called the Queen’s speech “striking” and a message of “strength to draw on”.
A striking and important message from Her Majesty the Queen on coming together and standing with all nations to tackle #coronavirus . Such strength to draw on – a vital reminder that we will succeed and better days will return.
— Matt Hancock (@MattHancock) April 5, 2020 S ir Keir Starmer, the new Labour Party Leader, has said the Queen speaks to “our determinations to defeat the coronavirus”.
“The pride in who we are is not a part of our past, it defines our present and our future.”
The Queen speaks for the whole country and our determination to defeat the coronavirus. #QueensSpeech
— Keir Starmer (@Keir_Starmer) April 5, 2020 S adiq Khan, London Mayor, applauds NHS frontline workers being at the centre of the Queen’s speech.
“The moments when the UK has come together to applaud our care & essential workers will be remembered as an expression of our national spirit.”
Great to see our hardworking heroes, working flat out on the frontline, front & centre of the #QueensSpeech . pic.twitter.com/t1dOoRAnXh
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) April 5, 2020 8:20PM The Queen’s speech was the comfort we needed ‘now more than ever’ I n 523 words, The Queen gave us comfort, hope and a united resolve that we need now more than ever, writes Camilla Tominey.
Cooped up indoors like battery hens, facing an Easter separated from our loved ones, the nation needed the kind of rallying reassurance that only the Queen can provide.
In these strange times of self-isolation and social distancing, there was only ever going to be one person Britons would willingly invite into their living rooms on a Sunday night.
Read her full analysis here .
8:08PM The Queen’s coronavirus speech in full: ‘We will succeed and better days will come’ “I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time. A time of disruption in the life of our country: a disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all….”
R ead the Queen’s address in full here .
8:05PM A message of hope: ‘We will meet again’ H er Majesty appears to make a reference to one of the most famous songs from the wartime era, We’ll meet again by Vera Lynn, which became a symbol to the people of Britain as soldiers went off to war and were separated from their loved ones.
She ends her address saying the challenge facing the country is “different” to any challenged faced before.
She says: “This time we join with all nations across the globe in a common endeavour, using the great advances of science and our instinctive compassion to heal. We will succeed – and that success will belong to every one of us.
“We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.
“But for now, I send my thanks and warmest good wishes to you all. “
8:04PM Queen draws on similarities of WWII as Britons separated from loved ones T he Queen recalls the first broadcast to the nation she made in 1940 with her sister, Princess Margaret. She addressed evacuee children who had been sent away from their city homes for safety during World War II.
“Today, once again, many will feel a painful sense of separation from their loved ones. But now, as then, we know, deep down, that it is the right thing to do,” she says.
Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II), right, broadcasting with her sister Princess Margaret alongside in 1940 Credit: Popperfoto 8:03PM Clap for Carers ‘expression of national spirit’, says the Queen S peaking of the unity seen across the nation and Commonwealth, The Queen says the Clap for Carers movement will be remembered as “an expression of our national spirit”.
She adds: “Across the Commonwealth and around the world, we have seen heart-warming stories of people coming together to help others, be it through delivering food parcels and medicines, checking on neighbours, or converting businesses to help the relief effort.
“And though self-isolating may at times be hard, many people of all faiths, and of none, are discovering that it presents an opportunity to slow down, pause and reflect, in prayer or meditation.”
8:02PM ‘Britons of this generation were as strong as any’ T he Queen says: “I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge.
“And those who come after us will say that the Britons of this generation were as strong as any. That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humoured resolve and of fellow-feeling still characterise this country.”
8:01PM Queen thanks ‘selfless’ frontline workers T he Queen begins her address acknowledging the “challenging time” faced by the nation during the coronavirus pandemic.
She thanks the NHS workers on the front line for their service and wishes to assure them their efforts are “appreciated” by the whole nation.
She says: “I want to thank everyone on the NHS front line, as well as care workers and those carrying out essential roles, who selflessly continue their day-to-day duties outside the home in support of us all.
“I am sure the nation will join me in assuring you that what you do is appreciated and every hour of your hard work brings us closer to a return to more normal times.”
7:56PM Her Majesty the Queen to address the nation T he Queen’s address to the nation is due to begin at 8pm.
She is expected to thank NHS staff and key workers, and highlight the important role individuals can play in beating the coronavirus.
Follow all the latest updates here and watch her live speech in the video above.
7:49PM Irish death toll reaches 158 A nother 21 patients in Ireland who were diagnosed with Covid-19 have died, according to the health authorities, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to 158.
The most recent deaths were that of nine female and 12 males.
Twelve of the patients were reported to have had underlying health conditions.
7:40PM More than 2,000 die in French nursing homes with Covid-19 F rance’s daily death toll from the novel coronavirus fell in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Sunday.
The health ministry data showed that 357 people died from COVID-19 in hospitals, compared with 441 in the previous 24 hours, taking the total toll in hospitals to 5,889.
The ministry added that 2,189 people had died in nursing homes since March 1, taking France’s total death toll to 8,078.
7:28PM Alastair Campbell: The Queen is the most remarkable person on earth “I was keen to see and hear The Queen as soon as it was announced she would be broadcasting a special message to the nation about the coronavirus crisis.
“I would go further… I think it is possible to make the case that The Queen is one of, if not the, most remarkable people on the planet. Below are just ten among many reasons.”
Read Alastair Campbell’s full piece here . 7:18PM Ireland’s premier to return to health service I reland’s premier is making a return to the health service to help in the battle against coronavirus.
Leo Varadkar is a qualified medical doctor but has been working full-time in politics in recent years.
He has now rejoined the medical register to offer his services and will work one session a week. The Taoiseach was one of thousands across Ireland who answered the call to return to the health sector.
A spokesman said: “Dr Varadkar rejoined the medical register last month. He has offered his services to the HSE for one session a week in areas that are within his scope of practice.
“Many of his family and friends are working in the health service. He wanted to help out even in a small way.”
Ireland’s prime minister Leo Varadka Credit: REUTERS 7:08PM Second Greek migrant camp placed on Covid-19 lockdown O fficials in Greece have placed a second migrant camp near Athens under lockdown after an Afghan resident tested positive for the coronavirus, the migration ministry said.
Officials said the camp in Malakasa, some 24 miles northeast of Athens, had been placed under “full sanitary isolation” for 14 days, with no one allowed to enter or leave.
A migration ministry source said the Malakasa facility currently shelters over 1,700 people.
The ministry said the 53-year-old Afghan man, who has a prior condition, had personally sought help with virus symptoms at the in-camp medical facility. He was subsequently taken to an Athens hospital where he tested positive, and his family was quarantined.
A screening of the camp is in process, the ministry said. The ministry said this would involve staff, close contacts of the ailing man and any with suspect symptoms.
6:57PM Liverpool nurse dies after testing positive for Covid-19 A nurse at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool died on Friday after testing positive for coronavirus.
Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust chief nurse Dianne Brown said:
“It is with great sadness that I can confirm that Liz Glanister, a long-serving staff nurse at Aintree University Hospital, sadly passed away at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital on Friday after being tested positive for Covid-19.
“All our thoughts are with Liz’s family at this time and we offer them our sincere condolences.
“Liz will be sadly missed by all those who knew and worked with her.”
6:55PM Turkey’s death toll stands at 574 T urkey’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 73 on Saturday to total 574, and new confirmed cases rose by 3,135 to bring the country’s total to 27,069, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter.
He added that 20,065 tests for Covid-19 had been performed in Turkey in the last 24 hours.
6:42PM Dubai uses surveillance cameras to track residents on lockdown S urveillance cameras have been activated across Dubai to catch and fine anyone outside their home without good reason, as residents were put on a two-week lockdown in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus, Abbie Cheeseman , reports from Beirut,
People can leave their homes for essential reasons including going to the supermarket or pharmacy, but only one family member is permitted to go out at any one time. People working in vital sectors are exempt from the curfew.
Residents caught outside will have to submit proof to police in order to avoid a fine of more than £200. They are being urged to hold onto evidence such as food shopping receipts.
Dubai had been under an overnight curfew along with the rest of the United Arab Emirates since March 26, but announced an extension of the measures on Saturday evening. Previously residents could apply for permits allowing them to move outdoors for essential purposes during the night-time lockdown, but these have also been revoked.
Before the new measures were announced on Saturday, officials confirmed 241 new cases of the virus, bringing the total to 1,505 – almost triple the week before. Extensive testing will be conducted in densely populated areas of the emirate to identify cases, during which the number is expected to rise.
6:20PM Bank of England will not resort to monetary financing T he Bank of England will not resort to monetary financing – irreversibly printing money to help the government increase spending – to shield Britain’s economy from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, its governor Andrew Bailey said.
“Using monetary financing would damage credibility on controlling inflation by eroding operational independence,” Bailey said in an opinion piece published by the Financial Times on Sunday.
“It would also ultimately result in an unsustainable central bank balance sheet and is incompatible with the pursuit of an inflation target by an independent central bank.”
5:59PM First NHS England midwife dies after testing positive for Covid-19 L ynsay Coventry, 54, is the first confirmed NHS England midwife to die after testing positive for the coronavirus.
In a statement released by Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust on behalf of Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, they confirmed she passed away on April 2.
She had served as a midwife at the hospital for ten years.
In a statement released by her family they said she had “followed her dream and trained as a midwife later in life”.
Lance McCarthy, chief executive, The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, said: “It is with great sadness that I confirm the death of Lynsay Coventry, 54, a long-standing member of our maternity team who will be remembered for her professionalism and commitment to the women she supported.”
Lynsay Coventry’s family said:
“As a family, our hearts are broken at the loss of our loving, wonderful and caring mum, sister, daughter and grandmother.
“We each know how much she loved and cherished us. Her love for us all was unfailing and her strength in the way she cared and supported us will fill our memories.
“What we also know is how proud she was to be an NHS midwife. Lynsay followed her dream and trained as a midwife later in life. It was a role she committed herself to and saw the midwifery team at the Princess Alexandra Hospital as her other family. She was a very well-respected midwife who supported many hundreds of women as they welcomed their babies into the world.”
5:41PM Italy records lowest daily death toll in two weeks I taly has recorded its lowest daily death toll from the novel coronavirus in over two weeks and saw the number of critical care patients decline for the second day.
The 525 official Covid-19 fatalities reported by the civil protection service were the lowest since 427 registered on March 19.
“This is good news but we should not let our guard down,” civil protection service chief Angelo Borrelli told reporters.
Officials also reported the first decline in the number of non-critical coronavirus patients receiving hospital care, from 29,010 on Saturday to 28,949 on Sunday.
The number of critical patients edged down from 3,994 on Saturday to 3,977 on Sunday – the second successive decline. Italy’s official death toll, the highest in the world, now stands at 15,887.
5:28PM Do not visit family outside of your household W hen asked if people are safe to visit family if they have been following the social distancing guidelines correctly, Matt Hancock said “uncertainty” over how the disease is spread means they should not.
He added: “This virus can spread in all sorts of different ways, both from directly respiratory and also through objects and through touching objects that others then touch – the uncertainty over who has it, especially before they have symptoms, means that the only effective way of bending the curve down is to reduce that social contact.
Dr Jenny Harries said there is an important distinction between the terms “family” and “household”.
“Previously you might have had four or five students living in a flat under one roof, sharing cooking, bathrooms, all sorts of things – that in infection control terms of things is a household.
“If your family lives in a different town, they are an entirely different household and mixing those two is not what we want to do generally.
“Stay with the people you live under the same roof with and keep doing that for as long as you can,” she said.
5:18PM PPE guidance updated, says Health Secretary D uring the Government’s daily briefing Matt Hancock said they have “upgraded” the guidance on personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers based on its evolving understanding on the level of risk posed by Covid-19.
“As we have learned about the science of coronavirus over the last few months, so we will keep upgrading and improving guidance as we learn more about it,” he said.
“That’s the main reason we changed (the guidance) based on the latest we know about the virus.”
5:09PM New coronavirus ‘status checker’ launched M att Hancock, Health Secretary, has announced a new coronavirus status checker by the NHS.
“It asks people who currently have coronavirus symptoms to share their experience to help us in our fight against the virus. It will help make use of this information which will in turn help us to understand the disease,” he said.
This additional information will help the NHS to allocate resources including oxygen, ventilators and staff.
You can register your symptoms at: www.NHS.uk/statuschecker
5:03PM 27,000 former NHS workers return to frontline W e are now able to bring you the highlights of Mr Hancock’s speech, which was unfortunately missed due to technical difficulties.
The Health Secretary has said more than 27,000 former health workers have returned to the frontline.
“I want to say a great big thank you to each and everyone of you, welcome back,” he said. “And I hope that many more will sign up in the weeks ahead.”
5:00PM Hospitals still have capacity says Dr Harries D r Harries, England’s deputy chief medical officer, says: “Clearly London, we all know, has been working super-hard on the front line and those cases continue to rise, now with an increase in the last 24 hours in the north west.
“We still, as the secretary of state has said, have capacity in all of our hospitals to manage these cases and we’re hoping in due course if everybody continues to practice social distancing that those cases will start to fall.
“Clearly there is a delay in the number of hospital admissions from when people often contract the disease and then become more ill and need more intensive care, so there will be a lag on some of this data compared with our social distancing measures.”
Dr Harries adds it is important to “continue to look and where possible learn” from data from other countries.
4:50PM Lockdown could be lifted sooner if people are found to be ‘immune’ D r Jenny Harries, England’s deputy chief medical officer, says if it was found that a “large number of people” were immune to the coronavirus “it could mean that different interventions could come off sooner or later”.
But she warns “lifting the lid too soon” could lead to another spike.
“If we find that there are areas where there have been less cases, we need to be very mindful what would happen if the social interaction levels increased in those area and what the impact might be.
“The very last thing we want to do is put in all of this effort with almost everybody trying to do the right thing and then we lift the lid too early and we find we have a second spike, it will waste the effort we have put in and we still need to get over that first hump of the epidemic curve,” she says.
4:37PM Public transport use ‘remains down’ since March D r Jenny Harries, England’s deputy chief medical officer, said that transport use in the UK had been down since February but needed to be sustained.
“The first slide [showing transport use] probably hasn’t changed much but that is really good news,” she told the Number 10 press conference.
“What is shows is that our transport use is down and remains down since early March, beginning back in February as well and we’re managing to sustain that.
“As the secretary of state has said it’s really important that we continue to do that despite the good weather so thank you to the members of the public that have observed that and please ensure that we keep moving in that direction.”
4:33PM Matt Hancock says he’s lost two loved ones to Covid-19 S peaking at the Government’s daily press conference, Matt Hancock, Health Secretary, said he “understands how difficult” coronavirus is for the country, adding: “I’ve lost two people I was fond of”.
4:30PM Government has ‘high degree of confidence’ in its oxygen supplies M r Hancock is asked how stable the oxygen supply is for NHS hospitals, after Watford General Hospital declared a ‘critical incident’ yesterday when it ran out.
The hospital confirmed that the oxygen had run out because so much was being used to treat patients on ventilators suffering from Covid-19.
Watford General – where three people have died of coronavirus – urged all patients to stay away until further notice, except for women expecting to give birth, and advised urgent cases to go to their nearest hospital with an A&E department.
Mr Hancock says the Government has a “high degree of confidence” that they have a strong oxygen supply, but says there has been “equipment failure” at some hospitals.
4:23PM Government press conference experiences technical issues I t appears the Government’s press conference has experienced some technical issues, meaning the opening speech by Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, has been missed.
We will bring those details as soon as we have them.
For now, they have moved onto media questions.
Mr Hancock begins by answering a question about what “tightening up the lockdown measures” would really mean.
“We are not planning on any changes to those rules, imminently, but we do absolutely require people to follow them.
“We have had these questions about the boundaries of the rules and people pushing the boundaries, but as (Dr) Jenny (Harries) just set out there are very clear reasons why we set the rules as they are,” he says.
4:16PM Deaths in New York state rise by nearly 600 A s we await the UK Government’s daily press briefing to begin, we bring you breaking news from New York – the hardest hit state in the US.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has said deaths have risen in New York by 594 over the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 4,159.
3:50PM Government’s daily briefing expected at 4pm T oday’s Number 10 briefing is expected to begin at 4pm. The Health Secretary Matt Hancock is likely to face questions about the lockdown and police actions against those flouting it.
Earlier today Mr Hancock warned outdoor exercise could be banned if people bend the social distancing rules.
He added that sunbathing in public spaces was against the Government guidance, and told those who dared to disobey that they are putting their own and others’ lives at risk.
You can watch live via the video at the top of this page and follow our liveblog for updates.
3:47PM China says it has sold nearly four billion masks abroad C hina has sold nearly four billion masks to foreign countries since March, officials said Sunday, as they tried to stem widespread fears over the quality of medical exports.
Despite Chinese cases dwindling, Beijing has encouraged factories to increase production of medical supplies as the pandemic kills over 60,000 globally and parts of the world face a protective equipment shortage.
China has exported 3.86 billion masks, 37.5 million pieces of protective clothing, 16,000 ventilators and 2.84 million COVID-19 testing kits since March 1, customs official Jin Hai said, with orders to more than 50 countries.
She added the country’s medical supply exports were valued at 10.2 billion yuan ( £1.14bn).
3:38PM Coronavirus South Korea: Faithful attend Sunday service at drive-in church A church is offering a “drive-in” worship Sunday service for the faithful in Seoul.
Dozens of cars gathered at an open yard to listen through their car window to the pastor speaking.
3:30PM Scotland’s chief medical officer faces calls to resign T he Scottish Liberal Democrats and Scottish Labour have called for Dr Calderwood to resign after it emerged she visited her second home more than an hours drive away.
In a joint statement, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie and Wendy Chamberlain, the MSP and MP respectively for the area where Dr Calderwood has her second home, said: “If we are going to get through this pandemic we need medical leaders who everyone can follow. It is with great regret that we say that the chief medical officer will need to go.”
Scottish Labour’s health spokeswoman Monica Lennon also called for Dr Calderwood to stand down, Scottish Conservative leader Jackson Carlaw said her position is “untenable”, and the Scottish Greens said she can “no longer credibly front” the public health campaign.
3:16PM Number of people tested per day back above 10,000 T oday’s figures from the Department of Health show the number of new people tested daily in the UK for coronavirus is back above 10,000.
A total of 12,334 new people were reported as being tested in the 24 hours to 9am April 5.
The equivalent figure for yesterday had slipped below 10,000, having previously been above 10,000 for two days in a row.
The total number of people in the UK tested since the outbreak began – 195,524 – is the equivalent of around 293 people in every 100,000, or 0.3 per cent of the population.
Meanwhile, the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK has taken 15 days to go from just over 5,000 (5,018 as of 9am March 21) to nearly 50,000 (47,806 as of 9am April 5).
3:05PM Coronavirus cases in Austria still rising but figures ‘hopeful’ T he number of new coronavirus infections in Austria rose on Sunday to 11,897, but the Alpine country reported more newly recovered than newly diagnosed patients and a declining number of people in intensive care.
On Sunday morning the number of new cases had risen by 270 since Saturday morning, while the number of recoveries rose by 491, according to the health ministry. It said the daily rate of new COVID-19 infections has fallen significantly in recent days.
“These are some hopeful figures, but now…we must remain consistent and not give up…Hence my appeal: No private Easter celebrations and Easter holidays,” said Health Minister Rudolf Anschober.
Some 204 people have died of the global pandemic in Austria.
2:51PM Chief medical officer ‘made a mistake’, says Sturgeon S cottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has addressed the revelation her chief medical officer flouted lockdown rules to visit her second home.
Nicola Sturgeon said: “The chief medical officer made a mistake in travelling away from her home. Whatever her reasons for doing so it was wrong and she knows that.
She added: “All of us, including me, will make mistakes in these unprecedented times we are living in. When we do we must be candid about it and learn from it.”
She said the CMO is learning from her error, and added: “Over the past few weeks, as we have been dealing with this crisis, her advice and expertise has been invaluable to me.”
She added that “not withstanding her mistake on this, she is doing extremely well”.
2:49PM Scottish chief medical officer has ‘no excuse’ for flouting lockdown S cottish chief medical officer Catherine Calderwood has said she is “truly sorry” for not adhering to coronavirus guidelines by visiting her second home, adding she had “no excuses” for “not following the advice she has been giving to others”.
2:48PM Dubai activates radars and surveillance cameras to enforce lockdown R adars and surveillance cameras have been activated across Dubai to catch and fine any car on the road as residents were put on a 24-hour curfew over the weekend in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus, reports Abbie Cheeseman in Beirut.
The increased lockdown measures mean that while people can leave their homes for essential reasons such as going to the supermarket or pharmacy, just one family member is permitted to go out at any one time.
People working in vital sectors are exempt from the curfew and like those legitimately out for essential purposes, will have to submit proof to the police in order to avoid a fine. Residents are being urged to hold onto evidence such as food shopping receipts.
Dubai had been under an overnight curfew along with the rest of the United Arab Emirates since March 26, but announced its own extension of the measures on Saturday evening.
Under the previous measures residents could apply for permits that would allow them to move outdoors for essential work or purposes during the night-time lockdown, but these have also been revoked. The around-the-clock curfew will stay in place for at least two weeks, according to the Government of Dubai Media Office.
Before the new measures were announced on Saturday, officials confirmed 241 new cases of the virus, bringing the total to 1,505 – almost triple the week before.
2:42PM Follow how many cases, deaths and tests: UK and worldwide K eep track of figures for your local area, the disease’s spread, the latest symptoms, and the UK’s rate of growth via our coronavirus tracker.
Coronavirus Live Tracker promo embed 2:30PM BREAKING: UK death toll rises by 621 A total of 4,934 patients have died in hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Saturday, the Department of Health said, up by 621 from 4,313 the day before.
This is not the highest jump since crisis began.
The Department of Health also said that, as of 9am on Sunday, a total of 195,524 people have been tested of which 47,806 tested positive.
2:30PM Singapore reports record new cases and quarantines 20,000 migrant workers S ingapore reported 120 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, by far its highest daily rise, and quarantined nearly 20,000 migrant workers in their dormitories.
Of Sunday’s new cases, 116 were locally transmitted and many were linked to two dormitories that house migrant workers, who will now have to stay in their rooms for 14 days.
The number of new cases is a 60 per cent increase over the 75 reported on Saturday, which was the previous biggest daily rise. Singapore has reported a total of 1,309 infections and six deaths from the novel coronavirus.
Tens of thousands of blue-collar foreign workers live within close quarters in various dormitories in the tiny Southeast Asian nation, an island city-state. They form a significant part of the labour force, working in sectors from construction to cleaning.
The spike in cases comes two days before the country will begin closing schools and most workplaces for a month as part of tighter restrictions to combat the COVID-19 disease.
Singapore was one of the worst-hit countries when the virus first spread from China in January, but a strict surveillance and quarantine regime helped stem the tide. Recent spikes in locally transmitted cases have, however, raised fresh concerns.
The government is also converting a large exhibition venue to east of the island into a medical facility to accommodate patients who have mostly recovered from COVID-19 but may still be infectious. It will be the second such facility after a hotel was converted last month to isolate up to 500 such people.
2:22PM Wales death toll rises by 12 P ublic Health Wales said 12 more deaths of people who had tested positive for Covid-19 have been reported, taking the number of deaths in Wales to 166.
2:21PM New Labour leader promises to engage ‘constructively’ with Government during crisis S ir Keir Starmer promises to ‘constructively’ engage with Government during the coronavirus crisis as he signalled a break from the overtly hostile approach of Jeremy Corbyn’s regime.
2:16PM 63 more die in Northern Ireland T he number of people who have died in Northern Ireland after contracting coronavirus has risen by seven to 63, health officials said.
Testing has resulted in 91 new positive cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 1,089.
2:15PM BREAKING: Deaths in England rise by 555 T he total number of confirmed deaths of people who tested positive for coronavirus in hospitals in England has risen to 4,494, NHS England said, up by 555 on the previous day’s update.
The patients were aged between 33 years and 103 years old, with 29 of the 555, aged between 35 and 95 years old, having no known underlying health condition.
2:11PM Afternoon summary G ood afternoon. If you are just joining us, here is a summary of today’s events:
Matt Hancock has warned that the Government may restrict people’s freedom to exercise outdoors if it is clear that people are flouting the rules.
The Health Secretary added that sunbathing in public spaces is against lockdown rules.
Meanwhile, the NHS may not hit ventilator target before the virus peak.
The UK’s death toll could end up as high as 20,000, an expert has revealed.
Scotland’s chief medical officer has been criticised for visiting her family’s second home.
Pope Francis has delivered Palm Sunday mass by livestream instead of the usual Saint Peter’s Square crowds.
US President Donald Trump warned Americans to brace for a “very horrendous” number of coronavirus deaths in the coming days.
Spain saw its third consecutive daily decline in the number of people dying.
Australian police have launched a criminal investigation after thousands of passengers were allowed to disembark a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship.
Ecuador’s vice president apologised after scores of bodies were left on the streets.
2:01PM Ethiopia reports its first death of a COVID-19 patient E thiopia has reported its first death of a COVID-19 patient, a 60-year old woman who was in treatment at a hospital in the capital since March 31, the Health Minister Lia Tadesse said on Sunday.
The Horn of Africa nation has a total of 43 confirmed cases of the disease, which is caused by the new coronavirus, and has reported four recoveries.
1:48PM Coronavirus deaths in Netherlands rise by 115 to 1,766 T he number of deaths caused by the new coronavirus in the Netherlands has increased by 115 to 1,766, health authorities said on Sunday.
Confirmed infections increased by 1,224 to 17,851, the Dutch Institute for Public Health said.
1:37PM Police visit home of Scottish medical officer to issue warning P olice have visited Scotland’s chief medical officer Dr Catherine Calderwood and issued her with a warning after she visited her second home.
Scotland’s Chief Constable Iain Livingstone said in a statement: “Earlier today, local officers visited Dr Catherine Calderwood and spoke to her about her actions, reiterated crucial advice and issued a warning about her future conduct, all of which she accepted.
“The legal instructions on not leaving your home without a reasonable excuse apply to everyone.”
1:26PM Watch: 61-year-old released after two weeks in hospital with COVID-19 T his is the heart-warming moment a 61-year-old man was released from a Leicester Hospital after spending two weeks being treated for coronavirus.
Hylton Murray-Philipson also spent 7 days in ICU on a ventilator before eventually being sent home.
1:16PM Aristocrat Lord Bath of Longleat dies after Covid-19 diagnosis F lamboyant aristocrat Lord Bath of Longleat has died at the age of 87 after being admitted to hospital with Covid-19.
Longleat, the estate and safari park that is the ancestral seat of the Marquess of Bath, said on its Facebook page: “It is with the deepest sadness we have to announce Lord Bath has died at the age of 87.
“Alexander Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath, passed away on Saturday, 4th April. He was admitted to the Royal United Hospital in Bath on 28th March where it was confirmed he had the coronavirus.
“The family would like to express their great appreciation for the dedicated team of nurses, doctors and other staff who cared so professionally and compassionately for Alexander in these extremely difficult times for everyone.
“They would politely request a period of privacy to deal with their loss.”
1:09PM Epping Forrest closes car parks O ne of London’s largest outdoor spaces has been forced to close its car park as people continue to flout lockdown rules.
People in the Epping Forest area reported cars overflowing from car parks into the street, with visitors having picnics and games of football.
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— Christopher Hope📝 (@christopherhope) April 5, 2020 12:57PM China floods Facebook with undeclared coronavirus propaganda ads blaming Trump C hinese state media is flooding Facebook and Instagram with undisclosed political adverts whitewashing its role in the coronavirus pandemic and pinning blame on Donald Trump.
Three official news outlets – Xinhua, China Central Television and the Global Times – have targeted users across the world with promoted stories in English, Chinese and Arabic.
The ads, seen millions of times, extolled China’s efforts against Covid-19, downplayed its domestic outbreak , depicted Mr Trump as misguided and racist, and suggested that the virus might have originated in the US.
Read more from our US Technology Reporter Laurence Dodds here.
12:47PM Morocco to free over 5,000 prisoners to slow virus spread M orocco’s King Mohammed VI on Sunday pardoned more than 5,600 prisoners and ordered their release in stages to avoid contagion in the country’s overcrowded jails.
The justice ministry said the 5,654 detainees that would be freed were selected based in their age, health, good conduct and length of detention.
They would be released in stages due to “exceptional circumstances linked to the emergency health situation and necessary precautions” against the virus, it said in a statement.
The decision came as the COVID-19 illness has officially killed 66 people and infected 960 in Morocco.
The king also ordered authorities to take “all the necessary measures to reinforce the protection of detainees in prisons” which are widely known to be overcrowded. The North African country, home to 35 million people, has an estimated 232 detainees per 100,000 inhabitants.
12:39PM Pope livestreams Palm Sunday mass P ope Francis called for courage in the face of the coronavirus pandemic as he delivered Palm Sunday mass by livestream instead of before Saint Peter’s Square crowds.
The Vatican is abandoning centuries of tradition and refraining from public celebrations of the official start of the Catholic world’s Holy Week.
Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass, Vatican City Credit: Shutterstock P ope Francis called the pandemic a tragedy on Sunday that must be faced with courage and hope.
“Today, in the tragedy of a pandemic, in the face of the many false securities that have now crumbled, in the face of so many hopes betrayed, in the sense of abandonment that weighs upon our hearts, Jesus says to each one of us: ‘Courage, open your heart to my love’,” the pope said.
12:28PM South Sudan reports first coronavirus case S outh Sudan reported its first coronavirus case on Sunday, one of the last African nations to confirm the presence of COVID-19 within its borders.
“South Sudan confirms one case of coronavirus,” Riek Machar, the country’s first vice president, told a press conference in the capital Juba.
Machar identified the patient as a 29-year-old woman who arrived in South Sudan from the Netherlands via Ethiopia on February 28. Her nationality was not given.
In a statement, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said the woman is a member of its staff. She tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday after presenting herself at a UN clinic on Thursday.
“The Ministry of Health is leading a full investigation with the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention including identifying and following up all the possible contacts and next steps,” Machar said.
12:12PM Fiji rugby players arrested for breaching virus isolation T wo Fiji rugby players have been arrested for ignoring the Pacific nation’s coronavirus self-isolation rules, with local authorities saying their “irresponsible behaviour” would be reported to rugby’s world governing body.
The two men have not been publically identified but the Fiji Rugby Union confirmed they were professionals and media reported them variously to be sevens players and internationals.
The news brought an emotional response from Simon Raiwalui, who works for Fiji Rugby with the title of high-performance general manager.
“For those of you that have chosen not to respect the mandatory 14 day self isolation, shame on you and each of you will have your day of reckoning,” the former Fiji international lock posted on Facebook late on Saturday.
Fiji are the Olympic sevens champions and were third in the current world series before it was put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic.
12:00PM Hancock admits NHS may not hit ventilator target before virus peak T he Health Secretary has said the Government is on track to meet its goal of ventilator capacity for 18,000 patients, however he admitted that may not be in place before the expected peak of the virus.
Matt Hancock said the virus is expected to peak within a week to 10 days but said the ventilator capacity will likely be below 18,000 by then.
Speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Matt Hancock said: “We need to make sure we have more ventilators than there are people who need ventilation.
“At the moment we have between 9,000 and 10,000 ventilators within the NHS right now and we have the 2,000 spare that are critical care beds with ventilator capacity should people need to come into them and we’re ramping that up.
“The answer is that our goal, instead of the 30,000, is that we need 18,000 ventilators over the coming two weeks.”
Asked how many there will be in a week’s time, he said: “There should be another 1,500.”
11:49AM Watch: Matt Hancock warns public sunbathing is not allowed in lockdown P ublic sunbathing is not allowed in lockdown, the Health Secretary has said after people were pictured flouting coronavirus rules.
Matt Hancock adds that the “vast majority” are following the rules, warning further measures could be taken if necessary.
11:38AM France reports fall in coronavirus deaths F rance has reported a substantial fall in coronavirus deaths, raising hopes that its epidemic may be peaking and nearly three weeks of lockdown may be starting to work, reports David Chazan in Paris.
The health ministry announced 441 new deaths in hospitals on Saturday compared to 588 the previous day. The total number of hospital deaths is now 5,532.
However, a new count of deaths in old people’s homes is almost double previous estimates: 2,028 since the start of the outbreak. This brings France’s total death toll to 7.560. Nursing home deaths were unreported until last week, but now make up nearly a third of the total.
The infection rate also appears to be slowing, the health ministry says, with 4,267 new cases admitted to hospitals — a 7 per cent increase compared to 9 per cent on Friday.
A total of 15,438 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospital.
11:28AM Churches mark Palm Sunday with virtual services T he Church of England has begun one of the most important weeks in the Christian calendar with a virtual Palm Sunday service led by the Bishop of Manchester.
Churches across the country are continuing to broadcast services digitally in the lead-up to Easter, with more than 1,000 livestreams taking place on a regular basis.
The Palm Sunday service was the third to be broadcast on national Church of England channels since the suspension of public worship in church buildings due to the coronavius outbreak.
A national service broadcast by the Archbishop of Canterbury last week, which also featured on BBC Radio 4 and local radio stations, attracted around five million listeners and viewers.
11:19AM Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer apologises for visiting second home S cotland’s Chief Medical Officer has apologised after visiting her family’s second home despite her public advice to stop all but essential travel.
Catherine Calderwood said:
“I wish to apologise unreservedly for the issue reported in the media today.
“While there are reasons for what I did, they do not justify it and they were not legitimate reasons to be out of my home. While I and my family followed the guidance on social distancing at all times, I understand that I did not follow the advice I am giving to others, and I am truly sorry for that.
“I know how important this advice is and I do not want my mistake to distract from that. I have a job to do as Chief Medical Officer to provide advice to Ministers on the path of this virus and to support the medical profession as they work night and day to save lives, and having spoken with the First Minister this morning I will continue to focus entirely on that job.”
Read more from our Scottish Political Editor Simon Johnson here.
11:09AM Spain sees third daily drop in coronavirus deaths S pain saw its third consecutive daily decline in the number of people dying from the coronavirus pandemic as the country recorded another 674 deaths on Sunday, official figures showed.
The health ministry said the number, the lowest in 10 days, brought total deaths to 12,418 since the pandemic hit Spain.
The number of infections rose 4.8 per cent to 130,759.
11:01AM No immediate plans to introduce antibody testing M r Hancock said there are no immediate plans to roll-out antibody testing – to test if people have had the virus and recovered – because they are “not good enough”.
He said: “We’re getting the test results through every day, I was looking at some last night. But we still don’t have any that are good enough.”
Random testing, to provide a survey of how many people have had the virus and where, to better map the outbreak, is ongoing, Mr Hancock said.
He added: “We are currently processing the results of the first survey and as soon as we do we will obviously be making that clear in public”.
Mr Hancock said the Army is currently helping the NHS with the distribution of protective personal equipment (PPE) to hospitals and other places it is needed.
He added: “We have shipped over 400 million items of PPE and we’re shipping it at a rate of tens of millions a day. We’ve got the Army helping as well and working incredibly hard on this.”
10:49AM Man charged with wiping spit on supermarket goods A 20-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly wiping his saliva on products in a Dorset supermarket.
The man entered the Lidl store on St Andrews Road in Bridport wearing a face mask and gloves at about 2pm on Friday, Dorset Police said.
He was seen to lower the mask and lick his fingers before “purposefully” rubbing them onto an item in the store.
The force said following inquiries, the individual was arrested and charged with an offence of contaminating or interfering with goods with intent under Section 38 of the Public Order Act 1986.
He is due to appear before Weymouth Magistrates’ Court on Monday.Dorset Police said the suspect did not have a confirmed case of Covid-19 and was not displaying any symptoms.
10:37AM Government condemns ‘dangerous nonsense’ coronavirus 5G conspiracy theory C onspiracy theories linking 5G to coronavirus have been slammed by the government as Michael Gove and Professor Powis addressed the nation on Saturday afternoon.
Their strong condemnation comes following reports that 5G masts have been set alight in the UK following the spread of fake news online.
10:27AM Trump warns ‘toughest week’ ahead as global virus deaths top 60,000 U S President Donald Trump warned Americans to brace for a “very horrendous” number of coronavirus deaths in the coming days, as global deaths soared past 60,000.
Trump said the United States was entering “a time that’s going to be very horrendous” with “some really bad numbers.”
“This will probably be the toughest week,” he said at the White House. “There will be a lot of death.”
At the same time, the president stressed the US – where infections have surpassed 300,000 – cannot remain shut down forever.
“Mitigation does work but again, we’re not going to destroy our country,” he said. “I’ve said it from the beginning – the cure cannot be worse than the problem.”
10:19AM Government may restrict outdoor exercise allowance H ealth Secretary Matt Hancock has warned that the Government may restrict people’s freedom to exercise outdoors if it is clear that people are flouting the rules.
Speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, he said: “We’ve said it’s OK to go for exercise because both the physical and mental health benefits of getting some exercise are really important.
“I don’t want to have to take away exercise as a reason to leave home… if too many people are not following the rules.
“At the moment the vast majority of people are (following the guidance) but people should not break the rules because that will mean that the virus spreads more and then we might have to take further action.”
10:10AM Greece quarantines second migrant camp after COVID-19 case confirmed G reece has quarantined a second migrant facility on its mainland after a 53-year-old man tested positive for the coronavirus, the migration ministry said on Sunday.
The Afghan man lives with his family at the Malakasa camp along with hundreds of asylum seekers. He has been transferred to a hospital in Athens.
Tests on his contacts will continue as the public health agency tries to trace the route of the virus.
On Thursday, authorities quarantined the Ritsona camp in central Greece after 20 tested positive for the coronavirus. It was the first such facility in Greece to be hit since the outbreak of the disease.
9:59AM UK death toll could hit up to 20,000 E pidemiologist Professor Neil Ferguson, whose modelling of the pandemic helped prompt the Government to impose the restrictions on movement, has said the UK’s death toll could go as high as 20,000.
Prof Ferguson said: “It is very difficult to make predictions at the moment.
“What we have is an exponentially growing curve of infections which we interrupted at a certain time. We can’t say in terms of the infections precisely where we are on that curve, we don’t have the ability right now to measure how many people have been infected.
“That will come with antibody tests, so we are making statistical estimates and we think it (the death toll) could be anywhere between 7,000 or so up to a little over 20,000.”
9:49AM Jordan to use drones and cameras to monitor curfew J ordan said it is to use drones and surveillance cameras to monitor compliance with a nationwide curfew imposed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
“The armed forces and security services will ensure the curfew is being respected by using modern technology such as drones and surveillance cameras,” the minister of state for information, Amjad al-Adayleh, told a press briefing late Saturday.
Adayleh, who also serves as government spokesman, warned that authorities would take “the necessary measures against anyone violating decisions” taken to contain the outbreak.
Jordan has declared five dead and 323 cases of the COVID-19 illness. The country says it has arrested at least 1,600 people for violating the curfew, which imposes heavy penalties and has been in force since last month.
9:37AM Prime Minister is on the road to recovery M r Hancock said Boris Johnson is “OK” and that the Prime Minister has “very much got his hand on the tiller – but he’s still got a temperature”.
The Health Secretary said he did not know whether the PM had been visited by doctors, but said he was “in good spirits”.
On protectionism – following allegations that face masks from a US-based firm bound for Berlin had been intercepted – Mr Hancock said the UK must be a “beacon” for the openness of supply chains across the world.
“It doesn’t benefit anyone for all countries around the world to start putting up barriers.”
9:26AM 100,000 tests per day will be ‘hard’ tasks, says Mr Hancock M r Hancock admitted it would be “hard” and would require “an awful lot of people to put their shoulders to the wheel” to roll out 100,000 coronavirus tests a day by the end of the month.
“We set a goal of 10,000 test a day by the end of March and we hit that goal. At the end of February we had under 2,000 tests a day, so we are on a very rapid ramp-up but we clearly need to see that go further.”
Mr Hancock said 8% of NHS staff overall are currently off work, while 5.7% of doctors are off.
“Those figures are stable but we want to get them down, obviously, and one of the ways that we do that is by getting the amount of testing for NHS staff up.”
9:17AM PPE provision remains flawed D r Rinesh Parmar, of the Doctors’ Association, told the Sophy Ridge On Sunday show that there are still major issues with personal protective equipment (PPE).
NHS staff are having to reuse eye masks, he said, adding that some nurses doing high-risk procedures are “having to hold their breath”.
He added that a survey conducted by his organisation has found that almost half of doctors say they have no eye protection at all.
9:12AM Sunbathing in public ‘against lockdown rules’ H ealth Secretary Matt Hancock has said sunbathing in public spaces is against the coronavirus social distancing rules, as he warned those flouting the advice that they were putting people’s lives at risk.
He told Sky News’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday: “The vast majority of people are following the public health advice, which is absolutely critical, and staying at home.
“But there are a small minority of people who are still not doing that – it’s quite unbelievable frankly to see that there are some people who are not following the advice.”
Asked whether sunbathing in public spaces was against the law, he said: “Sunbathing is against the rules that have been set out for important public health reasons.”
He warned those who are flouting the guidance: “You are putting others’ lives at risk and you are putting yourself in harm’s way.”
9:08AM Scotland’s chief medical officer pictured visiting second home S cotland’s chief medical officer (CMO) has been photographed visiting her family’s second home in Fife during the coronavirus pandemic, despite herself issuing advice to stay at home.
Photos of Dr Catherine Calderwood and her family near a coastal retreat in Earlsferry were published in The Scottish Sun late on Saturday.
Just days earlier, the 51-year-old tweeted a photo of her family from their main residence in Edinburgh as they clapped for the frontline NHS staff working to stop the spread of Covid-19.
The paper says the home in the capital is just two-and-a-half miles from the Scottish Government building where Dr Calderwood delivers daily briefings on the virus with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
Earlsferry is a drive of more than an hour from Edinburgh.
The images emerged amid continuing advice from the CMO and other leading medical professionals and politicians to stay at home in order to save lives and protect the NHS.
Last month, the Scottish Government issued a travel warning criticising the “irresponsible behaviour” of people with second homes and campervans travelling to the Highlands in a bid to isolate.
8:56AM Matt Hancock: We are not ready to consider next steps to tackle virus A ccording to Matt Hancock, the next stages for tackling the outbreak, including lifting the lockdown, will not be considered until the curve in coronavirus cases has been flattened.
The Heath Secretary told Sky News’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday “we are not there yet”.
Mr Hancock added that he is “very concerned” that global supply chains are kept open, for both protective equipment and medicines.
8:48AM Australia police to probe cruise ship virus deaths A ustralian police on Sunday launched a criminal investigation after thousands of passengers were allowed to disembark a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship in Sydney and 10 later died of the illness.
The government last month allowed 2,700 passengers to walk off the Carnival Australia-owned Ruby Princess and travel to their homes around the country – despite a ban on cruise ships docking in Australia being announced just days earlier.
New South Wales state police commissioner Mick Fuller said Sunday that the ship’s operators would be investigated over alleged “absolute discrepancies” between information provided to authorities and the requirements of the law.
“The key question that remains unanswered, and a criminal or coronial investigation will need to be conducted, is were Carnival crew transparent in contextualising the true patient and crew health conditions relevant to COVID-19?” he said.
“The international licence to enter a port is on the assurance from the captain to the authorities that the vessel is free from contagious disease.”
Some passengers on the ship were displaying flu-like symptoms when it berthed in Sydney Harbour. Hundreds later tested positive for COVID-19 and 10 people have so far died of the virus, including three in New South Wales overnight.
8:32AM Khan ‘devastated’ over deaths of five London bus workers L ondon Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was “absolutely devastated” as five London bus workers died after testing positive for Covid-19.
Mr Khan tweeted that “lives depended” on people following Government rules to stay at home unless travel was essential.
Mr Khan said: “I have been clear that our incredible public transport staff – on the buses, tubes, trams and trains – are critical workers, making a heroic effort to allow our NHS staff to save more lives.
“But we need to play our part too and that means fewer Londoners using the public transport network.
“Please follow the rules. Stay at home and do not use public transport unless it is absolutely unavoidable.”
7:49AM Ecuador’s vice president apologises after bodies left in street Health workers are seen behind body bags outside of Teodoro Maldonado Carbo Hospital in Guayaquil, Ecuador Credit: Reuters Ecuador’s vice president Otto Sonnenholzner has apologised after scores of bodies were left on the streets of Guayaquil.
A uthorities collected at least 150 corpses from streets and homes earlier this week, but did not confirm how many of the dead were victims of the outbreak.
“We have seen images that should never have happened and as your public servant, I apologise,” said Mr Sonnenholzer, who is heading the country’s virus response.
Ecuador had recorded nearly 3,500 confirmed Covid-19 cases as of Sunday, including 172 deaths.
7:33AM Morocco releases thousands of prisoners M orocco’s King Mohammed VI has pardoned 5,654 prisoners and ordered measures to protect inmates from the coronavirus outbreak, the justice ministry said on Sunday.
The inmates were selected on the basis of their age, frail health, time spent in prison and good conduct, the ministry said in a statement.
The north African country has confirmed as of Sunday morning 919 coronavirus cases, including 59 deaths
7:18AM UK flour shortage after boom in home baking A nationwide boom in home baking sparked by the lockdown has fuelled a flour shortage, according to a new report yesterday.
For the latest research shows that High Street supermarkets across the UK are now facing a shortage of flour as locked-down Britons turn to home baking en masse.
Trade magazine The Grocer reported that breadmaking has seen a massive surge in popularity since the pandemic lockdown confined millions of shoppers to their homes almost a fortnight ago.
The UK flour industry has quickly responded to the hike in demand with millers now working round the clock to double the production of retail flour.
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7:11AM Greece quarantines second camp The refugee camp of Ritsona, north of Athens Credit: ANDREAS TSAKNARIDIS/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock G reece has quarantined a second migrant facility this week after a 53-year-old man tested positive for coronavirus, the migration ministry said on Sunday.
The Afghan man, who was found to be infected, lives with his family at the Malakasa camp along with hundreds of other migrants and asylum seekers. He has been transferred to a hospital in Athens.
On Thursday, authorities quarantined the Ritsona camp in central Greece after 20 asylum seekers tested positive.
6:44AM Around the world at a glance Italy and Spain expressed hope that the crisis was peaking in their countries A chaotic scramble for desperately needed medical equipment and protective gear engulfed the US US President Donald Trump warned that the country could be headed into its toughest weeks The spread has largely subsided in China but officials have moved cautiously to reopen public spaces For Christians, worries have triggered widespread cancellations of Holy Week, from Palm Sunday to Easter on April 12. Britain said it would temporarily release about 4,000 low-risk inmates and give them electronic tags A Catholic priest sprinkles holy water on fronds during Palm Sunday in Quezon City, Philippines Credit: ROLEX DELA PENA/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
4:43AM Slowing spread in Australasia A ustralian health officials said on Sunday they were cautiously optimistic about the slowing spread of coronavirus in the country but warned social distancing restrictions are to stay in place for months.
Confirmed cases rose by 181 during the 24-hour period to early Sunday, bringing the national total to 5,635, health ministry data showed. The death toll rose to 34.
This suggests the daily rate of infections was below 5%, about a fifth of what Australia saw in mid-March.
In New Zealand – which was fast to introduce strict restrictions that have ordered more people to stay home – 48 new cases were recorded on Sunday, bringing the total to 872. One person has died so far of the flu-like respiratory disease, according to the health ministry data.
3:35AM United Airlines slashes New York flights Coronavirus Live Tracker promo embed United Airlines said late Saturday it will drastically reduce flights to two New York City airports amid the coronavirus outbreak.
U nited said starting Sunday it will go from 157 daily flights total at Newark and New York LaGuardia to just 17.
Newark, the airline’s hub in the New York area, will drop from 139 daily flights to 62 destinations to 15 flights a day to nine destinations, while LaGuardia will go from 18 to 2 flights a day.
3:25AM Trump predicts ‘toughest’ weeks ahead Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House Credit: AP US President Donald Trump warned on Saturday that the country could be headed into its “toughest” weeks yet as the coronavirus death toll mounts, but at the same time he expressed growing impatience with social distancing guidelines and said he’s eager to get the country reopened and its stalled economy back on track.
“There will be a lot of death, unfortunately,” Mr Trump said in a somber start to his daily briefing on the pandemic. “There will be death.”
M r Trump added a twist on his familiar push for a drug that hasn’t been clearly shown to work to stop the virus – he said he may start taking it as a preventative measure after consulting with his doctor, even though there’s no evidence to show it works for that, either.
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3:19AM Poor eating habits making Mexicans ‘vulnerable’ M exican Deputy Hugo Lopez-Gatell said on Saturday that decades of poor eating habits in the country have created an epidemic of obesity, diabetes and other related health complications that make its people more vulnerable to the novel coronavirus.
The Mexican health ministry has so far registered a total of 1,890 cases of the novel coronavirus and 79 deaths.
“These people, unfortunately, had chronic diseases or were older,” Mr Lopez-Gatell said during a press conference, adding that the country had one of the world’s highest rates of diabetes and obesity.
“This is the product of many years, at least four decades, of poor nutrition, a diet that has been created by products of low nutritional quality and very high calories, in particular in processed foods,” Mr Lopez-Gatell said.
2:48AM More flights to bring Britons home Evergreen coronavirus gallery F lights to bring back stranded Britons from the Indian cities of Delhi, Goa and Mumbai will begin next week, the Government has said.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is continuing with a £75 million operation to bring people back to the UK in the face of travel restrictions.
The FCO said 10 airlines had joined its scheme and that it would also charter flights to airlift Britons from Bolivia, Ecuador and Philippines.
The operation was launched last Monday by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, and his office said more than 1,450 British travellers had returned home on charter flights since then, including from Peru, Tunisia and Algeria.
2:36AM Refugees in Lebanon bracing for Covid-19 Coronavirus live spread map – animated .. H undreds of thousands of Palestinian and Syrian refugees living in overcrowded and rundown camps in Lebanon are bracing for the novel coronavirus as aid groups mobilise to help.
Lebanon is home to tens of thousands of Palestinians in camps that over the decades have become bustling neighbourhoods, and at least 1.5 million Syrians who have fled the war next door.
So far just one Palestinian, who lives outside a camp, and three Syrians have tested positive for Covid-19 compared to 520 infections and 17 deaths across Lebanon, according to officials.
But Palestinian and Syrian refugees who live in cramped quarters, including tent camps where basic services like water are poor, are particularly vulnerable to the illness.
2:15AM Coral Princess cruise ship docks in Florida Passengers are seen on their balconies of the cruise ship Coral Princess Credit: Getty A nother cruise ship with coronavirus victims on board, including two fatalities, docked in Florida on Saturday.
Princess Cruises spokeswoman Negin Kamali said in an email that the Coral Princess ship was docking in Miami. The ship with 1,020 passengers and 878 crew members had been in limbo for days awaiting permission to dock.
As of Thursday, Ms Kamali said seven passengers and five crew members had tested positive for the coronavirus.
A day earlier, the cruise ships Zaandam and Rotterdam were permitted to dock at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, with 14 critically ill people taken immediately to hospitals. The remaining passengers were slowly being allowed to board flights for home.
1:03AM Summary of news from around the world The coronavirus outbreak around the world, in pictures Ecuador ‘s government begun storing bodies of victims in giant refrigerated containers as hundreds of deaths have already filled morgues and hospitals Spain ‘s death toll from the rose to 11,744 on Saturday from 10,935 the previous day The total number of deaths in France reached a new high on Saturday as the government included more previously unreported deaths in nursing homes Mainland China reported 30 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, up from 19 a day earlier A conspiracy theory that links 5G mobile telecommunications masts to the spread of the virus is dangerous fake news and completely false, Britain said after masts in several parts of the country were torched Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country was not planning to retaliate over US President Donald Trump’s move to block 3M Co’s exports of N95 respirator masks for use by doctors and nurses Brazil ‘s lower house of Congress approved a constitutional amendment for a “war budget” to separate coronavirus-related spending from the government’s main budget and shield the economy Italy reported its lowest daily rise in deaths for nearly two weeks on Saturday and said the number of patients in intensive care had fallen for the first time 12:25AM Marianne Faithfull being treated for Covid-19 Singer songwriter Marianne Faithful is being treated for coronavirus Credit: AP M arianne Faithfull is being treated for coronavirus in hospital.
Her agent Francois Ravard said the 73-year-old is in a stable condition and is “responding to treatment”.
The singer-songwriter, who has contracted pneumonia, is being treated in a London hospital.
Mr Ravard said: “She is stable and responding to treatment, we all wish her well and a full and speedy recovery.”
12:02AM What happened yesterday H ere are Saturday’s biggest developments:
The Queen will tell the country tonight that ‘Britons of this generation are as strong as any’ There is a major shortfall in the UK’s capacity to test large sections of the population The Treasury is preparing contingency plans to take emergency stakes in companies threatened with collapse by the coronavirus 708 people died in Britain in the past 24 hours A five-year-old child is believed to be the youngest UK victim Cases have passed 1.1 million globally, and at least 60,000 people have been killed President Trump has told Americans to prepare for “a lot of death” Spain reported another 809 deaths but there are signs that its infection rate is decreasing The IMF says the pandemic is likely to cause a recession worse than in 2008

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