Coronavirus in UK live blog: latest as UK government exceeds 100k a day testing target

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Friday, 1st May 2020, 7:53 am
Updated Friday, 1st May 2020, 5:55 pm

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Coronavirus live blog, May 1

Last updated: Friday, 01 May, 2020, 16:39

Powis is speaking now. 

He begins by underlining the five tests the UK must pass before moving out of lockdown. 

He says 45% of adults in employment are now working from home. 

The number of cases has increased in recent day but that should be seen in the context of more tests, according to Powis. 

Numbers of people in hospital falling, critical care bed occupation falling, deaths falling (according to 7 day rolling average). 

John Newton is speaking now. 

He says early access to limitless testing wouldn't have made a difference. 

Levels of testing have not kept us in lockdown a day longer than necessary according to Newton. 

He says that though Germany had high testing, they didn't have as big an outbreak. 

“Looking to the future we now have a substantial and flexible level of testing” which can assist with the next stage of the pandemic. 

Testing capability is world leading in its scale and sophistication according to Newton. 

He pays tribute to team who carried out “audacious goal”. 

“So many people have played a part”. 

“Everybody worked together with grit and determination to reach a shared goal”. 

“When things went wrong… we didn't ask who we could blame, we asked how we could fix it”. 

He explains that a big increase in testing allows us to unlock the coronavirus puzzle. 

Test, track and trace model will drive down infection rate. 

This will “get R down and hold R down”.

UK government meets testing goal

Matt Hancock is speaking now. 

He starts with “some positive news” saying that fertility treatment at NHS centres has now resumed. 

Sobering news of 739 more deaths follows.

This is tempered by the news that the UK government has comfortably met its target of 100,000 tests per day. Hancock says 122,347 goals were carried out yesterday.

Matt Hancock is speaking now.

He is joined by Professor John Newton and Professor Steve Powis. 

Health Secretary hosting briefing at 5pm

Health Secretary Matt Hancock is hosting today's daily press briefing. 

It is expected that he will reveal whether the government has been successful in meeting its target of 100k tests a day.

As ever we will be providing you with live updates.

352 new deaths in England

NHS England has announced 352 new deaths of people who tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 20,483.

The 352 patients were aged between 30 and 103 years old, and 18 of them (aged between 43 and 98 years old) had no known underlying health condition.

David Icke removed from Facebook

A page belonging to David Icke has been removed from Facebook amid concerns about the peddling of dangerous conspiracy theories around coronavirus.

The former footballer's page had more than 770,000 followers on the platform, but a secondary account with some 68,000 followers remains active.

Among Icke's most controversial claims is the unproven suggestion that 5G is linked to the Covid-19 outbreak, a theory which has been widely discredited as "utter rubbish" by the scientific community, Government and industry.

Captain Tom Moore enjoying a day of rest

McDonald's is to reopen a number of UK restaurants for delivery on May 13 after shutting down all sites due to the coronavirus lockdown.

The locations of the 15 restaurants will be announced next week.

The fast food chain has spent this week testing its operations behind closed doors in preparation to reopen sites.

Paul Pomroy, the chain's boss for the UK and Ireland, said the tests proved "successful", allowing the company to "slowly" start to serve customers again.

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