Matt Hancock speaks of 'a sombre day'  with 10,000 lives now lost to coronavirus

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Matt Hancock said that today marked "a sombre day" as the UK lost 10,000 people to coronavirus.

"The fact that more than 10,000 people have lost their lives to this invisible killer demonstrates just as serious coronavirus is and why the national effort that everyone is engaged in is so important," the health secretary said.

三级成人视频Mr Hancock announced that in addition to over 5,000 NHS staff returning to the front line and over 2,000 spare critical care beds, they would be launching a new NHS app to trace contact with the virus.

He said that those who are unwell with the symptoms of the virus can use to app to send an anonymous alert to other users who they have been in significant contact with to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Follow the latest updates below:

'Under 20,000 deaths remains likely'

Mr Hancock was asked if the "good outcome" of keeping UK deaths below 20,000 - as previously stated by the Government's chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance - remained likely.

He said: "The future path of this pandemic in this country is determined by how people act and that's why it's so important that people follow the social distancing guidelines."

三级成人视频He added: "Predictions are not possible precisely because they depend on the behaviour of the British people and I'm really glad that at the moment the British people this weekend are doing their bit."

Hancock denies government was too slow to react to need for PPE

Mr Hancock denied the Government had been too slow to stockpile PPE earlier in the coronavirus outbreak and said supplies had been "significant".

三级成人视频He said: "We went into this with the stockpiles, and the challenges are logistical ones of having previously had an organisation that serves just over 200 NHS organisations and the demand for PPE and the need for it has gone up enormously and there's now 58,000 organisations that this huge logistical operation services.

三级成人视频"So it has been a challenge of logistics as much as one of supply."

No advice on how long PM will rest for after COVID-19, health secretary says 

B三级成人视频oris Johnson is resting at his official residence of Chequers and there is no advice on how long that process will take, Matt Hancock said.

Asked if there was any guidance on when the prime minister could return to work, Hancock told the daily news briefing: "He is resting. He's at Chequers, I'm delighted that he's out of hospital and he's recovered.

三级成人视频"There isn't any advice on how long, that will be a clinical decision for his doctors to take with him. The government is operating perfectly efficiently within the strategy that he set out."

Care staff will get regular testing

A三级成人视频sked if he can guarantee regular tests for the care sector, Mr Hancock said: "Yes I can. That is coming."

He said last week testing had been opened up for care home staff and acknowledged it's an area of "incredibly high importance".

三级成人视频He added: "Some of the most vulnerable people live in care homes and especially in nursing homes and therefore getting this right is so important."

He said one success during the crisis had been "recognising that our care staff are on the frontline just as much as our NHS staff are and making sure that we expand that testing capability both to staff and to residents including this very difficult issue of patients leaving hospital. We are addressing that."

Hancock refuses to commit to delivery date of PPE

W三级成人视频hen asked about the supply of PPE and if the government could commit to a date to deliver more PPE, Mr Hancock said: "It's impossible because the quest is to get the right PPE to the right people on the front line at the right time across many millions of people across the NHS and social care.

"I'm glad to say that effort is moving in the right direction, we now have record amounts of PPE that's been put out into the system but until everyone gets the PPE they need then we won't rest."

Mr Hancock said it was an "enormous effort" and experts were currently trying to source more gowns.

三级成人视频He added: "They often don't get thanks, the procurement experts because they're not on the frontline, but by God do we need them to make sure that we can get all that PPE."

London cases stabilising while other areas of the UK still increasing

P三级成人视频ublic Health England medical director Professor Yvonne Doyle said the number of people in hospital with coronavirus in London was stabilising. She added: "We can begin to see London stabilising.

"But on the other hand for Great Britain we start to see other areas increasing, particularly the North West and Yorkshire.

"It's very important that the message about staying home and social distancing is adhered to because we are certainly not past this crisis' damage yet."

We cannot know yet whether we will have the most deaths in Europe, says Hancock

The Health Secretary was asked about comments made by Sir Jeremy Farrar, who said the UK may be on course to have the worst death toll in Europe.

Mr Hancock replied: "I think that sort of comment merely reinforces the importance of the central message which is that people should stay at home because that protects the NHS and saves lives.

"The future of this virus is unknowable as yet because it depends on the behaviour of millions of people and the Great British public.

三级成人视频"The good news is that so far we have managed to start to see a flattening of the curve because people are following the social distancing measures by and large.

三级成人视频"So I think especially at moments like this when we have reached this terrible marker, we are thankfully in a position where we are able to support everybody who needs it in the NHS."

Assurances over privacy issues around data

M三级成人视频att Hancock said at the daily press conference: "All data will be handled according to the highest ethical and security standards and would only be used for NHS care and research and we won't hold it any longer than it's needed."

He said the app is currently being tested and they are working with the world's leading tech companies and experts in clinical safety and digital ethics "so that we can get this right".

三级成人视频He added: "The more people who get involved then the better informed our response to coronavirus will be and the better we can protect the NHS."

Hancock gives update contact tracing with new NHS app

T三级成人视频he health secretary said that 42,812 NHS and social care staff and their families have been tested, but that a new NHS app would be introduced to help trace people's contact with others.

三级成人视频He said that "if you become unwell with the symptoms of coronavirus you can securely tell this new NHS app", and this app "will then send an anonymous alert" to other users of the app who you have been in significant contact with over the past few days, even before you had symptoms.

Over 5,000 former NHS staff have returned

M三级成人视频att Hancock has said that the resilience of the NHS was due to the record number of staff returning to the work force.

三级成人视频He said that over 5,000 had returned to the NHS front line and over 36,000 had come forward to enlist to help combat the virus.

Over 2,000 spare critical care beds, says Hancock

S三级成人视频peaking a the daily press briefing, the health secretary said: "The latest figures for great Britain show that there are 2,295 spare critical care beds, up 150 from yesterday."

"At the start of this crisis people said the NHS would be overwhelmed. We've seen that, and the risk of that, but not here."

"Today is a sombre day" says health secretary

M三级成人视频att Hancock said: "Today marks a sobre day in the impact of this disease as we join the list of countries which have had more than 10,000 deaths related to coronavirus.

三级成人视频"The fact that more than 10,000 people have lost their lives to this invisible killer demonstrates just as serious coronavirus is and why the national effort that everyone is engaged in is so important."

Matt Hancock thanks NHS for treatment of Prime Minsiter

S三级成人视频peaking at the daily press conference, the health secretary said: "I know they cared for him as they would care for anybody in this country."

 

UK deaths reach 10,612

A total of 10,612 patients have died in hospital after testing positive for scoronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Saturday, the Department of Health said, up by 737 from 9,875 the day before.

As of 9am on today, 352,974 Covid-19 tests have concluded, with 18,000 tests on April 11.

Of the 282,374 people who have been tested, 84,279 have tested positive.

Boris thanks NHS staff who stood by his bed day and night

三级成人视频"I want to pay my own thanks to the utterly brilliant doctors, leaders in their fields, men and women but several of them for some reason called Nick, who took some crucial decisions a few days ago for which I will be grateful for the rest of my life," the Prime Minister said.

"I want to thank the many nurses, men and women, whose care has been so astonishing. I am going to forget some names, so forgive me, but I want to thank Po Ling and Shannon and Emily and Angel and Connie and Becky and Rachael and Nicky and Ann.

"And I hope they won't mind if I mention in particular two nurses who stood by my bedside for 48 hours when things could have gone either way.

"They are Jenny from New Zealand - Invercargill on the South Island to be exact - and Luis from Portugal, near Porto.

"And the reason in the end my body did start to get enough oxygen was because for every second of the night they were watching and they were thinking and they were caring and making the interventions I needed."