NHS England announced a further 3,610 coronavirus hospital deaths took place between April 25 – May 8, raising the UK’s existing total, which currently stands at 33,021, to over 36,500. It comes as the daily death toll rose by 2017 in England today, with Wales reporting nine new deaths, and Scotland announcing a further 36 people had died in hospital after testing positive for COVID-19. Northern Ireland is yet to announce its latest figures. Leading today’s press conference Grant Shapps announced the total daily rise, including deaths in the community and care homes, was 346.
Boris Johnson will hold a video call in a desperate bid to win over his Tory party with his views on the lockdown before his big announcement tomorrow evening.
The proposed video call comes as more and more Tory MPs are concerned Mr Johnson is lifting the lockdown too slowly.
Ministers have made it clear the Prime Minister’s evening address tomorrow will not be to fully lift the coronavirus lockdown but he will announce his ‘road map’ plan.
Garden centres will be allowed to open from Wednesday, May 13, Mr Johnson is expected to say.
Visitors will need to ensure they adhere to social distancing rules, like in supermarkets.
The delay of the reopening to Wednesday is so managers have time to ensure the centres are within the guidelines for social distancing.
Minister Mark Drakeford, has said: “Our second planned change to the regulations is to allow garden centres to reopen, provided the social distancing rules can be applied.”
Environment Secretary George Eustice made it clear at Downing Street yesterday there would not be any “dramatic overnight changes”.
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Sunday May 10
2.20am update: EU disavows envoy
The EU says the decision of its Beijing ambassador to allow censorship on an open letter about coronavirus was wrong.
The European External Action Service (EEAS) spokesperson Virginie Battu-Henriksson said: “This decision, taken under great time pressure, was not the right one to take.
“This has been made clear to the ambassador.”
On ambassador Nicolas Chapuis, they added he “continues to have our confidence,” as he “is an outstanding expert of China and thus an asset for the EEAS.”
An assistant to Ivanka Trump has tested positive for COVID-19
1.20am update: US Secret Service
According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) documents seen by Yahoo News, 11 secret service members in the US are currently afflicted with coronavirus, while 23 have recovered and 60 are self-isolating.
There is no breakdown on whether these are personnel assigned to protecting anyone.
Secret Service spokesperson Justine Whelan said: “To protect the privacy of our employee’s health information and for operational security, the Secret Service is not releasing how many of its employees have tested positive for COVID-19, nor how many of its employees were, or currently are, quarantined.”
“Since the beginning of this pandemic, the Secret Service has been working with all of our public safety partners and the White House Medical Unit to ensure the safety and security of both our protected persons and our employees.
“The Secret Service continues to follow guidance issued by the CDC to ensure the health and welfare of our employees and those they come in contact with.”
12.20am update: Ivanka Trump
A personal assistant for Ivanka Trump has tested positive for coronavirus according to a CNN report.
The assistant has not been near Ms Trump for weeks.
The US President’s daughter and advisor tested negative as did her husband Jared Kushner.
Saturday May 9
11.20pm update: Remsedivir
Remsedivir, the antiviral drug used to treat ebola, which should strong results in early trials has been shipped to six US states.
According to South China Morning Post, these states include New Jersey and Illinois.
The US Department of Health and Human Services said: “State health departments will distribute the doses to appropriate hospitals in their states because state and local health departments have the greatest insight into community-level needs in the Covid-19 response, including appropriate distribution of a treatment in limited supply.”
Gursimran Hans has taken over live reporting from Emily Ferguson.
10.15pm update: Coastguard hits out at Britons flocking to beaches
HM Coast said it had the highest number of call-outs since the lockdown began on Friday, with 97 incidents – a 54 percent increase compared with April’s daily average.
HM Coastguard commander Matt Leat commented on the increase in beach-goers this weekend, and said: “People are ignoring the measures put into place by the Government.
“I completely understand that the weather and the bank holiday coupled with the fact that we’ve been in this lockdown situation for just over six weeks has tempted people out to our beautiful coasts.
“However, as the government said only yesterday, it’s really vital that we all continue to observe the guidance.”
9.33pm update: Millions of PPE pulled over safety fears
Almost 16 million protective goggles are being recalled from hospitals and the frontline after failing safety tests against coronavirus.
The eye protectors, purchased during the national pandemic stockpile in 2009, were said to have been designed for lower-risk scenarios.
A national standards body has now warned they should not be used to protect medics against coronavirus.
8.25pm update: More than 150 NHS workers have died from coronavirus
More than 150 frontline NHS and care workers have now died during the coronavirus pandemic.
Through tributes from local NHS trusts and loved ones, the PA news agency has confirmed the names of 155 health and social care workers who have died after contracting COVID-19 since March 11.
More than 20 deaths have yet to be verified.
7.30pm update: Hackney police struggle to enforce lockdown rules
Hackney Police have taken to Twitter to announce they are struggling to enforce the coronavirus lockdown rules as “hundreds” of people flocked to parks today.
They wrote: “#OpPIMA and sadly we’re fighting a losing battle in the parks today.
“Literally hundreds of people sitting having pizza, beers, wines.
“As always a big thank you to those that are observing the guidelines #StayHomeSaveLives #ProtectOurNHS #lockdownuk”
6.41pm update: Government is ‘very concerned’ about coronavirus deaths among minority communities
The Government is “very concerned” about the high number of coronavirus-related deaths among Britain’s black and ethnic minority communities and is “absolutely determined” to understand why it is happening, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said.
He spoke after Office for National Statistics (ONS) analysis this week suggested that black men and women are more than four times more likely to die with coronavirus than white people.
5.52pm update: Irish businesses warned those who don’t comply with safety measures will be shut down
Businesses in Ireland that do not comply with new safety protocols aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 can be shut down.
The measured include regulations for social distancing, hand hygiene, first aid and mental health support for returning workers.
Business Minister Heather Humphreys said inspectors from the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) will be able to shut down workplaces that do not comply.
4.43pm update: UK deaths steadily falling
Professor Van Tam said the number of UK deaths are consistently falling.
He said: “Since the middle of April that there has been and there continues to be a steady and consistent fall in the number of recorded deaths due to Covid-19 in the UK.”
The deputy medical officer added that the R, the infection rate, is below one but said people must remain cautious.
4.12pm update: £250million to be spent on making roads safer
The Transport Secretary said £250million will be spent on making cycling and walking safer, including pop-up bike lanes, wider pavements and cyclist-only streets, he says.
They will also publish statutory advice for councils to accommodate for cyclists and walkers.
Transport minister Grant Shapps led today’s coronavirus press briefing
4.05pm update: Just 1 in 10 passengers will be able to travel on public transport under social distancing rules
Mr Shapps announced that once the coronavirus lockdown is over, public transport will only be able to run at 10 percent capacity in order to ensure social distancing measures are maintained.
As a result he urged workers to cycle or walk to work, when they return to the office.
He said he is currently in talks with technology firms, such as Google and CityMapper, to create an app to allow commuters to view crowding across the transport network.
4pm update: Grant Shapps will lead today’s coronavirus briefing
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will lead today’s coronavirus press conference, which is due to start shortly.
The minister will be joined by the deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam.
3.32pm update: UK’s death toll passes 36,500
The number of coronavirus deaths in the UK has now surpassed 35,000, new data suggests.
The number of registered deaths currently stands at 33,021.
Today’s figures from NHS England show that a further 3,610 hospital patients who had tested positive for Covid-19 died between April 25 and May 8 – which, together with the total figure of 33,021 registered deaths, suggests the overall death toll for the UK has now passed 36,500.
3.14pm update: Young men most likely to break lockdown rules
More than half of men aged 19 to 24 have broken the UK’s lockdown rules by meeting up with their friends, a study has found.
This group was also more likely to think they were not at risk of catching coronavirus or spreading it to others, and that following the Government’s guidelines was not worthwhile, psychologists from the University of Sheffield and Ulster University found.
The researchers – who questioned a representative group of 2,000 13 to 24-year-olds – found one in five adolescent men aged between 19-21 said they had been sent on their way, arrested, fined or taken home by police for breaking the rules – compared with just one in 10 women of the same age.
2.40pm update: England hospital deaths rise
The number of people to die in an English hospital after testing positive for coronavirus rose by 207 today.
Of the new confirmed deaths, 47 occurred on May 8, 90 on May 7 and 23 on May 6.
2.08pm update: Boris Johnson will hold a video call to try and win over his Tory Party before his announcement tomorrow
This comes as there are more and more MPs who are concerned the lockdown is being lifted too slowly.
According to The Spectator’s Coffee House Mr Johnson will hold a Zoom conference call with his MPs to try and gain their confidence.
MP Steve Baker has called on the Prime Minister to be clear about how this lockdown will end, which he described as “absurd, dystopian and tyrannical”.
New rules could mean travellers need to quarantine themselves for 2 weeks
Twenty-three British citizens left stranded in Morocco as a result of the coronavirus pandemic have been returned to their homes in Gibraltar on two specially commissioned vessels.
All had been unable to leave the North African country after its borders were closed on March 12.
The group, none of whom was elderly or suffering from any known health problems, was allowed to travel because each had a welfare issue of some sort or another.
They were transported by the RGP launch Sir Adrian Johns and the Port Authority launch Admiral Rooke 11 yesterday.
1.06pm update: Couples who have been forced to cancel their weddings due to the virus unable to claim on insurance
The Guardian has heard from people who have had their insurance claims turned down from Wedding Plan Insurance.
11.56am update: Donald Trump claims coronavirus will go away without a vaccine
President Trump is expecting 95,000 more deaths in the US.
April saw 20 million people in the US lose their jobs.
11.21am update: Andrew Neil lashes out at Government’s 14-day quarantine rules
UK airlines have said they have been told the government will bring in a 14-day quarantine for anyone arriving in the UK from any country apart from the Republic of Ireland by the end of May.
Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, is expected to announce plans for travel this afternoon at the Downing Street conference.
The broadcast journalist tweeted: “Despite allowing people to arrive in UK throughout height of pandemic without the slightest check for Covid, The Times reports that, as the pandemic now abates, all arrivals from June 1 must self-isolate for 14 days. As they say across the pond, go figure.
People celebrated VE Day from home yesterday as lockdown continues
10.47am update: Young men less likely to stick to social distancing guidelines than women according to study
The study from the University of Sheffield and Uster has suggested young men are more likely than young women to ignore lockdown rules.
The research team questioned just under 2,000 13 – 24 year olds, and found that 50 per cent of men aged between 19 to 24 had met with people outside of their households.
This compared to only 25 per cent of women.
Dr Liat Levita from the University of Sheffield said to BBC News: “We know that males in general take more risks and evolutionary psychologists have always explained that in terms of males trying to show off.
“They will take more risks and their decision-making processes are shaped by that so their behaviour actually makes sense to them.”
10:03am update: Germany to reimpose lockdowns in certain areas
Certain German states will bring back lockdowns to ensure there is not a second wave of the virus.
A slaughterhouse in North Rhine-Westphalia recorded a spiike in infections last week.
Governments across Europe are very concerned about any possibility of a second wave of infections.
Coronavirus Cases across the world
8.54am update: Schools could fail to reopen on June 1 as unions demands further tests
Various teachers unions have sent a joint letter to the Government outlining their demands.
These include further cleaning in schools and PPE for staff.
The statement from the unions said: “The wider reopening of our schools will depend greatly on ensuring that families and carers are fully confident that allowing their children to return to school is safe.
“We do not believe that sufficient levels of confidence exist at this time.”
8.07am update: Fears for summer holidays if Government announces a 14-day quarantine
Tour operators such as Jet2 Holidays and Tui were planning on re-opening from the middle of June.
However new quarantine measures could delay this by weeks, if not months.
Karen Dee, chief executive of the Airport Operators’ Association has said: “Quarantine would not only have a devastating impact on the UK aviation industry, but also on the wider economy”.
7.18am update: Government fears public could ignore lockdown to enjoy sunny Saturday
Minister George Eustice told people to stay at home during the bank holiday weekend.
Yesterday parks across the country were busy as Britons tried to enjoy the sun.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan tweeted: “We do know that Londoners are still catching the virus, being hospitalised and dying from COVID-19.
“Please, please follow the rules this weekend.”