Boris Johnson is set to signal a lockdown will remain until June today, around & # 39; he collects cabinet to create a & # 39; exit strategy & # 39; and then fronts a daily coronavirus briefing for the first time since he got sick.
The prime minister is expected to hope for a close end to the "draconian stalemates that will cripple the economy," and claim that the " a killer disease again rampant would do even worse damage.
Sources from the & # 39; government have indicated that he will also defend calls to treat the public like & # 39; adults & # 39; by discussing ways in which the lockdown can be granted, and says it & # 39; is too early & # 39;
Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said in interviews this morning that the vote among ministers & # 39; extreme caution & # 39 ;, and underlined a strong hint by Nicola Sturgeon that restrictions will be extended for another three weeks as the formal review takes place on May 7.
Frantic work, however, has been behind the scenes for a & # 39; development plan & # 39; developing suggestions, island communities with controllable transport connections can be used to test ways to resolve restrictions when refurbishing & # 39; e community. The Isle of Wight is listed as the location for a pilot site.
The appearance of Mr. Johnson at the press release tonight will be his first, since reloading on Downing Street since Monday, and will come less than 36 hours after his fiancée Carrie Symonds gave birth to her son.
The prime minister has delayed his paternity until later in the year, in order to prevent the country from fighting the coronavirus outbreak.
In other developments with no end in sight of the crisis:
- Ministers have admitted that the government & # 39; probably & # 39; Matt Hancock's goal will be to fail to run 100,000 tests per day;
- Fresh questions have been posed about the SAGE Group amid allegations that it has been influenced by politicians and senior officials;
- NHS fundraising hero Tom Moore has been promoted to colonel and honored with an RAF flypast to mark his 100th birthday;
- Germany has said its coronavirus reproduction frequency is 0.76, well below the growth level of one, despite fears about reducing curb edge. But scientists have warned that the UK has less room to maneuver on lockdown, so it doesn't have much less intensive care beds
Boris Johnson who just returned to Downing Street from the hospital after the birth of his baby son with his partner Carrie Symonds yesterday
Justice Secretary Robert Buckland (left) said in interviews of & # 39; this morning that the vote among ministers & # 39; extreme caution was & # 39; signed a strong hint by Nicola Sturgeon (right on ITV & # 39; s Peston yesterday) that restrictions will be extended for another three weeks when the formal review takes place on May 7
Ministers finally admit that they will miss 100,000-a-day test target Matt Hancock today, to & # 39; NHS chiefs say the number is a & # 39; red herring & # 39; is
Ministers have admitted they are missing out today on Matt Hancock & # 39; s coronavirus testing – to & # 39; experts call it a & # 39; red cardiac & # 39; note that the answer has been hindered.
Amid criticism that the UK was lagging behind countries such as South Korea and Germany, the health secretary on April 2 dramatically argued that 100,000 checks per day at & # 39; the end of & # 39; e month would be carried out.
But although the daily capacity is now above 70,000, the number of actual tests still barely reaches half the target.
Justice Secretary Robert Buckland acknowledged from & # 39; this morning that the goal was & # 39; probably & # 39; will fail, to blame the fact that the government started from a & # 39; empty base & # 39; and said he now hopes the numbers in & # 39; in the coming days the mark would reach.
NHS providers, representing & # 39; s confidence in health care, launched a horrific attack on Mr Hancock's handling of the situation, saying that the pressure to drive the number was a & # 39; distraction & # 39; has led to chaotic expansion.
The Cabinet will meet tomorrow & # 39; phase two & # 39; but it has become increasingly clear that Mr. Johnson will have every hope of ending the lockdown soon.
Mr. Buckland said Scottish Prime Minister Ms Sturgeon was & # 39; right to be cautious & # 39; in its warning that measures are unlikely to be required on & # 39; the next assessment date of May 7.
He said, & # 39; I think the common thread between the governments is one of extreme caution following the evidence of & # 39; e Sage Committee, and made sure we didn't do anything in an early way that couldn't risk a second spike. That would be a disaster. & # 39;
He told the BBC Radio 4 Today program: & # 39; I think, within the government there is already a lot of work on & # 39; a battle over what the future will look like – I think it would be a fallacy of & # 39; s duty if we didn't do that.
& # 39; Certainly in my department, I now look at the medium term to what summer and fall will look like in & # 39; e prison and justice system. We have to start with that work, in fact the work is already underway.
& # 39; Of course, that does not mean that we will suddenly move on to a new phase – we must be sure that the five tests that were set a few weeks ago will be met, and in particular the need to prevent that second or even third spike in & # 39; s illness both to me regarding health and well-being of & # 39; e economy is clear to me. & # 39;
One No10 source said about Mr Johnson's message: & # 39; It will be hot in & # 39; t area how we satisfy our five tests for the exit of & # 39; the lockdown, the & # 39; t of which ensures that we do not risk any other exponential rise infections.
& # 39; It's still too early to reveal details about how & # 39; any relief from & # 39; a lockdown that looks. & # 39;
On ITV's Peston show yesterday evening, Ms. Sturgeon – who did not attend Cobra's emergency committee meetings – continued her habit of moving the & # 39; to preach a Westminster government.
& # 39; People talk about lifting & # 39; e lockdown – this will not be a flick of & # 39; e switch moment, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; We will have to be very careful, very slow, very slow. I am not convinced at this stage that if we get to the next assessment point on May 7, we are in no position to lift any of these measures at this time.
& # 39; Because the maneuvering margins that we are currently working on are very, very, very tight and narrow. & # 39;
Data released yesterday revealed that Britain has one of & # 39; worst rates for coronavirus in & # 39; the world has, only better than Spain and Belgium per capita.
Revised UK figures including out-of-hospital deaths showed that there had been nine days when the death toll totaled 1,000 – ranging from April 7 to as short as April 24.
Dominic Raab pointed to & # 39; the dangers of premature abandonment, noting that Germany, although it contained the virus liberally, now has an increase in & # 39; e transfer since opening of & # 39; backup.
& # 39; Chancellor Merkel has made it clear that they may need a second release in Germany if the infection rate continues to increase, & # 39; said the Secretary of State at the opening of Downing Street.
Ministers are working on a series of workplace manuals with details of restrictions that will not continue, even if there is a reduction in the lockdown.
Business Secretary Alok Sharma has asked officials to offer advice on how a slow return to work could be safely managed for seven different types of workplaces, including offices, factories and construction sites.
Companies will be told to close canteens and other common spaces, as well as to mean new shift patterns to allow for social distance and reduce the pressure on public transport at peak times.
Office staff are likely encouraged to continue working from home, where possible.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam said a partial opening of schools & # 39; in & # 39; was a mix & # 39; but it was & # 39; too early & # 39; to expect early action seen as the burden of social distance within them.
One Whitehall source said that the three weekly review of lockdown measures, thanks to May 7, would only modest changes exist.
& # 39; We are discussing whether we can undo the top button and make things in one or two places more comfortable for the economy, & # 39; added the source. & # 39; But any idea of a comprehensive repeal is just plain wrong. & # 39;
Ministers have outlined five tests that need to be met before lockdown can be lifted in the UK
Great Britain's roads are becoming noticeably busier, causing fears the country is mounting itself against government advice
The government has not yet announced when children will be allowed back to school, but has declined to open them in the summer, so students can catch all the lessons they don't miss
The Scientific Advisory Group on Emergency & # 39; s Government will provide new evidence to ministers in the coming days, but it is expected to say that the lifting of much of & # 39; e restrictions immediately would lead to the onset of infection.
A source from & # 39; the government said that Mr Johnson & # 39; it will be very clear that we will not do anything that could risk this … because then you are back with the virus exponentially spread and the risk of a second lockdown & # 39 ;.
The government reveals new data showing the numbers of deaths inside and away from hospitals for the first time – but the seven-day average of deaths falls
At & # 39; press conference of & # 39; On the night of last night, Secretary of State Dominic Raab noted a reported rise in virus cases in Germany, which has compounded his lockdown.
He said a similar uptick in & # 39; the UK & # 39; is a very real risk & # 39;
The news came after a day when the tulip of & # 39; dead coronavirus in & # 39; The UK saw through 3,811 to 26,097 now that the government was starting to count people who died in nursing homes as their own homes.
It was the first time the Department of Public Health had people dying outside hospitals in their daily statistics, and the backdated numbers have added thousands to the death toll, which was just 21,678.
But a larger flow was expected. The National Statistics Office reports that more than 4,300 people are known to have died in nursing homes by April 17, but the Quality of Care Commission has recorded more than 4,300 in just over forty years in the UK alone.
However, the government will include only people who have tested positive for the virus in its statistics, despite shaving almost all test kits to hospitals for the first month of the outbreak.
Professor John Newton, the test manager of the & # 39; government, stated that officials had been working on & # 39; Assuming that if one person tested positive for COVID-19 in a home, then everyone else who developed symptoms would probably also have had and did not need testing.
Downing Street's daily briefing reveals the number of new cases of coronavirus in the UK, the number of intensive care deployments and total hospitalizations
The ONS and CQC continue to place more reliable, but slower statistics that include reports of people who were suspected of having the disease but were never diagnosed and, as a result, the number of people dying outside hospitals is significantly higher .
US data suggest that the actual number of victims may be 55 percent higher than the government has left, already putting the figure at more than 40,000. Records in Scotland meanwhile mean hospital deaths now account for just 52 per cent of deaths, suggesting the true number is 43,000. The Financial Times estimates that 47,000 people have already died.
The & # 39; data of & # 39; However, health today suggests that hospital patients still account for 83 percent of all deaths – something that is not celebrated by other statistics that are not published in the UK.
Britain today announced 765 more hospital patients to the coronavirus, of which about 600 died in hospitals. NHS England announced 445 more victims, including a healthy 14-year-old, added to 83 declared in Scotland and 73 in Wales.
It comes as the number of people known to have died in nursing homes is increasing and one University of Cambridge expert said people may now die more strongly in homes than in hospitals.
The professor, a highly regarded statistical expert and an OBE recipient, spoke of & # 39; massive, unusual spikes & # 39; in & # 39; number of fatalities in nursing homes and said there was no evidence that nursing homes were over the worst of & # 39; e outbreak, as the rest of & # 39; land is believed to be.
He told MailOnline that the updated death toll was not high enough and the truth was & # 39; at least as much & # 39 ;, setting the total above 30,000.
Government ministries, pressed on claims that they were not doing enough to help nursing homes, and care was not & # 39; not overlooked & # 39; during a shrink to protect the NHS.
Environment Secretary George Eustice said of & # 39; tomorrow & # 39; we have always recognized that there was more vulnerability. He denied that more testing would have saved lives.
In other news about coronavirus yesterday:
- Schools will reopen in a & # 39; phase approach & # 39; which means not all children will return at the same time, said Education Secretary Gavin Williamson. He did not say when & # 39; t this could start;
- Dominic Cummings, the No. 10 chief counsel, is reputed to be & # 39; more like a stay & # 39; has played during his controversial attendance at meetings of the & # 39; scientific advisory group of & # 39; a government, SAGE;
- A drug developed for Ebola, remdesivir, has shown promising results in an early trial on 397 severely ill COVID-19 patients, according to its manufacturer, Gilead;
- British travel agent TUI has canceled all holiday bookings for the next six weeks;
- Windsor and Maidenhead Borough Council may need to file for bankruptcy because it has now lost so much money that tourism is not allowed under coronavirus protection rules;
- Midwives and social workers from abroad will be automatically granted a visa renewal for a maximum of one year, allowing them to continue working during the coronavirus crisis.
Speaking about the updated data collection yesterday, Professor Spiegelhalter told MailOnline: & # 39; It's actually much more than that (3,811).
& # 39; The true number is probably up there as much as it added today, which would take well over 30,000. They do their best and it's a lot better than what we got, but it's still not the complete picture.
& # 39; When you place (these) two datasets (ONS and CQC) together, the new data that is not reported (missing) still lacks a good hundred deaths each day. & # 39;
Separate data released today by the National Records of Scotland has made it very clear that the deaths of hospitals announced every day by government officials, but shows a fraction of reality.
National data shows that hospital patients made up only 52 percent of all deaths, while 39 percent happened in nursing homes and 11 percent elsewhere. When they together Scotland's total deaths for April 26 were added almost doubled from 1,262 to 2,272.
Nursing homes, which are probably still in the grip of the coronavirus, are disaster strikes and the government is heavily criticized for alleged failures to help prepare the sector.
In England and Wales, the number of residents dying from each cause has almost doubled in one month, from about 2,500 a week in March to 7,300 in a single week in April – more than 2,000 of the last COVID-19 cases confirmed.
Healthcare Quality Commission (CQC) reports suggest that nursing homes now see about 400 coronavirus deaths each day, on average – a number equal to hospitals in the UK.
The way data is backdated means that the true picture of what happens in nursing homes is unclear, as we currently only have statistics from two weeks ago.
The true scale of the crisis is also masked by a lack of routine testing, which means that hundreds of older residents may have died without ever being diagnosed.
Public Health England data has revealed that almost a third of all nursing homes in the country have reported their coronavirus outbreaks.
Boarding planes could include FOUR HOURS with added health checks and much higher ticket prices after securing ends, experts warn
by LARA KEAY for MailOnline
On board an aircraft, it can take up to four hours if passengers are allowed to fly again if the coronavirus's lock is easier, it was revealed today.
Flyers could be asked to avoid four hours in order to allow health checks and social distance measures, one expert warns.
Flights will be more expensive, as air carriers only have a limited number of people on board to ensure they stay two meters from each other.
This will bring down stock prices and create a & # 39; uncomfortable & # 39; flying experience for as long as five years, another travel expert told The Times.
On board an aircraft, it can take up to four hours for passengers to be able to fly again if the coronavirus lock is easiest, according to some experts. Pictured: A man was riding on a plane yesterday at an empty Barcelona airport
Andrew Charlton, manager of & # 39; the Aviation Advocacy law firm, told the newspaper: & # 39; Even as vaccines begin to rain tonight, we still look forward to two years to return to levels seen before the outbreak, and it will likely be more than five years.
& # 39; There will be fewer flights, less seats available, prices will go up and there will be very uncomfortable conditions due to the requirement to wear personal protective equipment and maintain social distance. & # 39; ;
Earlier this month, easyJet announced that it plans to keep middle seats low on its aircraft when flying starts again.
But airline analyst Chris Tarry claims maintaining a two-meter gap between passengers would mean that 80 percent of seats would be empty.
To make sure that airlines are still profitable, they will need to increase exponential ticket prices, he told The Times.
It would also mean that barely used routes are also abolished.
Air travel has been plummeting worldwide to stop the spread of coronavirus from country to country, with airports almost empty, except for a small number of repatriation flights.
British Airways has reportedly planned to make 12,000 workers – a quarter of its entire workforce – redundant after they were hit by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Virgin Atlantic has gone to Australia with founder Sir Richard Branson desperately trying to hang the UK business.
Wizz Air will be the first commercial airline to start operating again in the UK tomorrow, but says all passengers should wear face masks.
It will operate 15 routes from Luton Airport to a scale of destinations, including Budapest, Lisbon and Tenerife.
Wizz Air will be the first commercial airline to start operating in the UK again tomorrow, but says all passengers should wear face masks. File image used
Lufthansa will resume on Monday, but has told all passengers to wear a face mask or scarf that does not cover their mouth and nose.
The government has made it clear that foreign travel will be for most people by 2020.
Those who do not hope to shine on their summer holidays will be disappointed, with many European destinations such as Italy, Spain and France, brutally hit by the virus.
Ministers have told Britons not to end their trip with staycations, warning that beauty spots such as Cornwall and Snowdonia do not have the NHS infrastructure to deal with if visitors fall ill.
On cruise ships, passengers also face strict medical checks.
The UK's largest P&O is developing plans for a series of & # 39; strict measures & # 39; to ensure that they follow international health guidelines when resuming operations, if the coronavirus pandemic decreases.
Other changes that are being considered include reducing the capacity of ships, scrapping self-service buffets and implementing one-way systems on board.
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