The Department of Health and Social Care confirmed that 148,377 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the UK as of 9 am today, while the death toll rose from 813 to 20,319 as of 5 pm on April 24. The numbers come after plans to facilitate blocking. came up this morning. The deal could see families reunite with relatives and close friends in “groups” for the first time in weeks.
It would give home units the opportunity to share child care and allow people to come together for meals and other activities at home.
A Whitehall source told the Daily Mail: “If we can find a way to allow a little more flexibility without risking the transmission of the higher disease, then we will do that.”
On Friday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said ministers would not be prepared to ease the blockade until they were sure that a second wave of coronavirus was unlikely.
Speaking on BBC Today’s Radio Four Today, Hancock said, “I understand those voices that are saying that we should move out earlier, but that is not something we are going to do.”
Coronvairus block: the British will be able to mix with family and friends in ‘clusters’
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His comments were made when the public was asked to stay home before the fifth weekend since the government implemented the blockade.
This week’s photos showed crowds gathering in parks and the waterfront to take advantage of the high temperatures.
Meteorologists predicted warm conditions for most of the country over the weekend, raising concerns about the “danger” that people could defy restrictions on movement that began on March 23.
Interior Secretary Priti Patel did not rule out the possibility of granting the police additional powers to apply blockade measures.
On Saturday, she is expected to condemn those who ignore the travel ban.
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Sunday April 26
6:55 AM update: NASA develops fan
NASA engineers designed a fan specially designed to fight the coronavirus.
The VITAL system (Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessly Locally) was created in just 37 days.
Leon Alkalai, a technician at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said: “We are rocket scientists and engineers, we know how to land on the moon and Mars.
“But building a medical device is new. We are humbled by this challenge to do something we’ve never done before for a good cause “.
6:50 am update: Argentine baby name
An Argentine couple gave their son the name of the covered medium saying that he hoped this would mean that he would become a “strong little man”.
A worker at Ceres Hospital told the local newspaper El Litoral: “I am sad that this happened, especially in our hospital.
“I think it is a total lack of respect for the people who died from this virus.
“At first, I thought it was a joke, but when I saw that it had been certified by the hospital, I realized it was true.
“Okay. Unfortunately, this is going to be world news and the Ceres Hospital seal will be on it.”
Silvana Torres, the hospital’s director, said the name was her parents’ and she didn’t question it.
David Gauke said there was no evidence that the public supported the final blockade
6:45 am Update: Illegal disinfectants on the rise
The coronavirus pandemic has seen an increase in the prevalence of illegal disinfectant products in Europe.
A spokesman for the Swedish Chemicals Agency said: “[Companies] with little knowledge they are beginning to produce or import products, which they may not have done enough to ensure are safe and efficient.
“There may also be fraudulent products and companies that are taking advantage of the situation.”
6:10 am update: David Guake’s intervention
David Guake wrote in Conservative Home about the potential end of the UK blockade.
Guake wrote: “I am beginning to worry that there may be a time when there will be a more subtle message – but the public will not be willing to listen to it.
“The response compatible with the government’s social detachment instructions has contributed significantly to delaying the spread of Covid-19. In fact, many people have gone beyond what the government has requested. The number of children attending school is much less than the number entitled to schooling because they fall under an exception. “Work at home, if you can” was interpreted by many as “work only if you can work at home ”.
“Public support for the restrictions remained strong, with evidence that tougher messages would be supported. Unlike other countries, there is no evidence of a mass movement calling for the restoration of people’s freedom. Even when a minority of police officers obviously exceeded those limits “the brand, the audience shrugged indifferently or even applauded them. The belief that the love of freedom is our defining national characteristic seems like a romantic illusion “.
Mr. Guake Secretary of Justice for the last six months of Theresa May’s presidency.
5:10 am update: shock in Italy
Bianca Dobroiu, tested positive for coronavirus on February 28 at a hospital in Bologna.
It is still positive, and these results have confused doctors.
Luciano Attard, an infectious disease specialist, told the local press: “After four days, she was fine, but the swabs are still positive.
“As far as we know, no one else in Italy has remained positive for that long. Generally, the positive results do not last more than four weeks.”
Dobroiu was quarantined throughout the period.
The 23-year-old wrote on Facebook: “After 57 days, here is the new result.
“Well, it’s not new because it never changed. … Nothing is changing and it scares me a little today.”
Spain will ease restrictions to allow children to exercise outside
4:10 am update: reopening in Spanish
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said the children will be able to exercise outdoors for the first time in six weeks.
This occurs when the death toll in Spain deviates from the peak.
Sanchez explained in a televised briefing: “We will not suddenly recover activity in all sectors.
“De-escalation must be gradual and asymmetrical.
“We are not all advancing at the same pace, but we will follow the same rules.
The plan will be launched in May.
3:10 am update: Chinese detainees
Three Chinese volunteers who published censored coronavirus articles on GitHub were arrested in an online article.
The trio – Cai Wei, his girlfriend, a woman with the surname Tang and Chen Me were integrated into a group that provided articles to the public.
A source told the South China Morning Post: “About five days later, the Cai and Tang families received official notifications from the Chaoyang district department of the Beijing police.
“During the first few days, they didn’t admit that they took them.”
GitHub allows for code crowdsourcing and is used to break the Great Firewall of China.
10:10 am update: report censored by the EU according to diplomatic report
The EU reduced a report on Chinese disinformation, according to diplomatic sources.
The Hong Kong newspaper, South China Morning Post, reports that the original report accused Beijing of “a global disinformation campaign” to deflect the blame for the coronavirus outbreak using “clear and secret tactics”.
The newspaper says this was mitigated after Beijing threatened repercussions.
EU diplomats feared a “tension” in relations that would make “more difficult to obtain medical supplies” in high demand.
Stock: Construction sets are expected to reopen starting next week
Update 1.10am: South China Sea
A video clip from the Chinese embassy in Manila angered the Philippines.
Angry Philippines complained about the video footage suggested for the two countries to share a sea, which contradicts how Manila views the South China Sea.
The embassy responded that the song was “dedicated to those who contributed to our fight against the epidemic in both countries, especially China Medical Expert Tea [that visited] the Philippines “.
A part of the song says: “You and I are in the same sea, your love keeps me company. I will not let go of your hand. We have a bright future ahead of us. “
10:10 am update: Kid orders 990 pieces of peperami
Father Gareth Davis revealed, although some Britons had difficulty ordering groceries – his four-year-old son managed to find a spot for a large delivery.
Davis explained on Twitter: “My 4 year old daughter almost caused food shortages this morning.
“He took his mother’s phone while she slept and ordered 990 mini Peperamis, plus 1,200 Tesco bakewell pies and Fab ice cream.
“Total order £ 451.27.
“He even booked a delivery time.”
Tesco has a limit of 80 items.
A Tesco spokesman told Mirror Money: “This rather unusual order did not have all the essentials, but with such good weather, we thought it might be possible to obtain 594 Fabs!”
Saturday April 25
11:10 pm update: Home builders ready to reopen
Taylor & Wimpey will return to work on most English and Welsh sites on May 4.
The Vistry Group will restart work on 90% of partner sites next week.
Taylor Wimpey’s chief executive, Pete Redfern, said on Thursday that the company would use “new detailed operating protocols for websites developed in compliance with strict social detachment requirements”.
Gursimran Hans took over the live report from Rebecca Pickering.
8:40 pm: France launches blockade exit plan
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will present the government’s plan to end the country’s coronavirus blockade to parliament on Tuesday, followed by a debate and vote, his office said in a statement.
The blockade ordered by President Emmanuel Macron to slow the spread of the virus has been in place since March 17 and is due to be lifted on May 11.
Macron intends to facilitate some of the blockade measures after schools reopen first, although the government has not yet finalized how it can work in practice.
France has also offered retailers some relief, saying it wants them to reopen on May 11, although some restrictions may remain in certain areas to delay a new wave of coronavirus.
6 pm update: NHS chief medical officer refuses to comment on Dominic Cummings fight
The NHS England medical director declined to comment on whether or not Boris Johnson’s chief adviser, Dominic Cummings, made contributions to a meeting of scientists advising the government about the coronavirus outbreak.
Downing Street dismissed claims that its scientific council could be politicized after the disclosure that Cummings participated in meetings of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage).
Professor Stephen Powis, one of the few publicly known members of the panel, emphasized that it was a “scientific discussion” when asked what contributions Mr. Cummings made to the meetings.
He said in an interview with Downing Street on Saturday that his experience with Sage “has been absolutely about scientists and experts”.
Professor Powis said, “At Sage, it is a scientific discussion. What I have witnessed and experienced is a scientific discussion between scientific consultants.”
Update at 3:40 pm: Richard Sanders, former BBC Radio 4 host, dies of coronavirus at age 62
BBC 4 radio host Charlotte Smith confirmed the news on the show today.
Charlotte told listeners, “We ended this morning with some sad news that former BBC Farming Today host Richard Sanders died at the age of 62 after hiring COVID-19 at the hospital.”
3:20 pm update: UK death toll rises to over 20,000 with latest Health Department figures released
The number of people who died of coronavirus by 813 to 20,319 as of 5 pm on April 24, tweeted the Department of Health and Social Assistance.
Today, at 9:00 am, 148,377 people tested positive for COVID-19.
3 pm update: People who have recovered from the coronavirus may not be protected against the possibility of recovering it
The World Health Organization warns that people who have recovered from COVID-19 may not be protected from reinfection.
2:27 pm update: Wales death toll rises by 23
The country’s health officials said 23 additional deaths at the COVID-19 hospital have occurred since yesterday.
This brings the total number of deaths to 774.
14:25 update: Scotland’s death toll exceeds 1,231
The Scottish government has recorded 47 deaths from COVID-19 hospitals in Scotland since yesterday.
This brings the total number of deaths in the country to 1,231.
14h22: coronavirus cases in Wales increase by 299
Public Health Wales said another 299 people tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 8,900.
Dr. Chris Williams of Public Health Wales said: “Based on the new case numbers, there is emerging evidence suggesting a leveling off in the number of new Covid-19 cases in Wales, which could be an indication of the effectiveness of the block.
“However, it is still too early to be sure, and it is too early to end the current rules of social distance.
“Wales Public Health continues to fully support the extension of the blockade measures, which is essential to avoid reversing the gains we have made in delaying the spread of this virus, protecting the NHS and saving lives.”
Tata Steel is seeking £ 500 million bailout due to coronavirus crisis
14h19 update: hospital deaths exceed 18,000
The NHS England announced 711 new deaths of people who tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths in hospitals in England to 18,084.
Of the 711 new deaths announced today: 105 occurred on April 24, 236 occurred on April 23 and 66 occurred on April 22.
13:41 update: Poland will reopen outdoor playgrounds, easing sports restrictions
Poland plans to reopen the outdoor sports areas on May 4 and will allow major league football matches to be played at the end of next month, as part of easing restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Poland began to relax some of the brakes in early April, saying they were expensive for the economy.
It reopened forests and parks and eased the rules on the number of customers in stores.
On Saturday, 38 million European Union members had recorded 11,067 cases and 499 deaths.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock participates in a clinical trial of coronavirus
13h35 update: Wizz Air will restart some UK flights
Low-cost airline Wizz Air said it would restart some flights from London’s Luton airport on May 1, becoming one of the first European airlines to begin restoring services that were suspended during the coronavirus pandemic.
Wizz said in a statement on Saturday that the cabin crew would wear masks and gloves during flights and distribute hygienic wipes to each passenger.
His aircraft would be disinfected overnight, he added.
Flights to various destinations in Romania, in addition to Budapest in Hungary, Lisbon in Portugal and Tenerife in Spain will be among those that are expected to restart, Wizz said.
13h13 update: Dutch cases of COVID-19 rise above 37,000, with 120 new deaths – health authorities
12.46pm update: Hancock tweeted a snap of himself in a clinical trial
Health Secretary Matt Hancock shared a photo of himself taking part in the clinical trial to determine whether blood plasma from recovered coronavirus patients can help treat others who fight the disease.
Hancock recovered after a positive test for Covid-19 in late March and tweeted: “This huge clinical trial will help the NHS to treat patients with coronavirus using plasma.
“If you are asked, please participate. It is painless.”
12.26pm update: Tata Steel seeks £ 500m rescue as industry faces coronavirus crash
The UK’s largest steel producer is seeking a massive government bailout, while facing a drop in global orders caused by the coronavirus pandemic, reports Sky News.
Wizz Air said that some Luton air routes will be reinstated on May 1
Today Priti Patel will issue an urgent warning against the blocking rules against
12:11 pm update: Do you think the block should be lifted? Vote here in the Express.co.uk poll
11h27 update: ‘There is no evidence that recovered COVID-19 patients cannot be reinfected – WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) said that “there is currently no evidence” that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected against a second coronavirus infection.
In a scientific report, the United Nations agency warned governments against issuing “immunity passports” or “risk-free certificates” to infected people, as their accuracy could not be guaranteed.
The practice can actually increase the risks of continued spread, as people who have recovered can ignore advice on how to take standard precautions against the virus, the document said.
“Some governments have suggested that the detection of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, could serve as the basis for an ‘immunity passport’ or ‘risk-free certificate’ that would allow individuals to travel or return to work assuming they are protected from reinfection, “said the WHO.
“There is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected against a second infection.”
10:13 am update: SAGE members ‘uncomfortable’ with Cummings at meetings, says Ashworth
Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth told Sky News that he thinks SAGE members are “uncomfortable” sitting next to the prime minister’s chief political adviser at meetings.
He said, “We need to understand whether Mr. Cummings was contributing to or influencing the debate.”
He said there were “key questions” from the medical and scientific communities about the timing of government decisions.
He asked the government to be “completely transparent” with the public and to publish the minutes of the meetings.
Ashworth said that “presumably, some SAGE members were uncomfortable”; otherwise, the report on Cumming’s presence would not have been released.
10:18 am update: # 10 denies allegations Cummings influenced SAGE’s decisions when he attended meetings
9.46 am update: COVID-19 home testing for key employees passed 15 minutes after the site reopened
Home test kits were unavailable less than 15 minutes after reservations were reopened on Saturday morning.
And all slots for driving tests in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have been completed.
The site had to close new candidates a few hours after launching on Friday after 46,000 people tried to access it. About 16,000 reservations were made.
Coronavirus blockade: the UK can lift restrictions on public movement to allow families to come together
9:15 am: update of the government’s online testing portal
The government’s online portal for scheduling coronavirus tests was reopened this morning.
In addition to England, there is now an option to book tests in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
The tests will be launched in batches throughout the day, Downing Street said.
On Friday, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps denied claims that the site had gone down.
Update at 8:35 am: Germany’s cases increase from 2,055 to 152,438
Confirmed cases of coronaviruses in Germany increased from 2,055 to 152,438, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Saturday – a second day of deceleration after three days of acceleration in new infections.
On Friday, confirmed coronavirus cases increased by 2,337.
The reported death toll increased from 179 to 5,500, the count showed on Saturday.
Update at 8.42am: Reaction to Dominic Cummings attending SAGE meetings
Labor called for greater transparency about Sage – who is helping to shape the government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak – after Boris Johnson’s aide, Dominic Cummings, attended meetings.
The Government’s Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (Sage) is a forum for “deep scientific discussion among experts,” said the NHS England medical director.
Professor Stephen Powis told BBC Radio 4 Today: “My experience with Sage is that it is a forum for scientific discussion.
“They are experts from different backgrounds who discuss the evidence, discuss the evidence base for the various topics, come to conclusions around that evidence base. It is then, of course, Sage’s role in advising the government.
“I’m sure that what happens at Sage is a scientific discussion involving scientists and experts who are members of Sage.
“Territory very familiar to me – the type of scientific discussion that I am very, very accustomed to in my career as a doctor and scientist. A complete scientific discussion among experts.”