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Coronavirus map LIVE: Lockdown has NO CHANCE of ending after 3 weeks, Raab finally admits

The Foreign Secretary, who is deputising for the Prime Minister while he remains in intensive care, told the daily press conference in Downing Street any change of plans would be guided by scientific and medical evidence. Mr Raab said: “In terms of the review, we are not at that stage yet. “We will take any decision when the time is right, based on the facts and the scientific and medical advice. 

“Our number one and overriding focus right now is on conveying the key message which is that everyone needs to keep adhering to this guidance.”

Coronavirus deaths in the UK have increased by 786 in the past 24 hours taking the total number of COVID-19 fatalities above 6,000.

The Department for Health has confirmed as of 5pm on Monday the total number of coronavirus deaths stands at 6,159 an increase from 5,373 on the previous day.

Health authorities also said 213,181 people have been tested for COVID-19 in the UK of which 55,242 tested positive.


Michael Gove is now self-isolating after a member of his family developed symptoms

Coronavirus: Dominic Raab has said the three week lockdown will not end anytime soon (Image: PA)

12.20am update: UK government pleads with Trump to provide 200 ventilators

DONALD TRUMP said that the British government is desperate for ventilators and had asked him to provide them with 200 of the lifesaving machines.

The US president made the remarks during the coronavirus briefing at the White House on Tuesday.

Only last week Mr Trump told reporters that Boris Johnson had pleaded with him for more ventilators during a phone call.

He said: “Before he even said hello, he said ‘We need ventilators’”.

The UK is believed to have a stock currently of around only 8,000 ventilators.

Ministers have suggested that the NHS will need at least 30,000 to be able to cope with the expected demand.

11.00pm update: EU's top scientist reportedly resigns over bloc's virus response

Prof Mauro Ferrari has resigned as the president of the European Research Council (ERC), according to the Financial Times

The scientist has become very dilliusioned with the European response to Covid-19.

The EU’s top scientist, who only started a four-year term job on  January 1, was disappointed at having failed to persuade Brussels to mount a coordinated response to the pandemic.

The FT quotes him as saying: "I arrived at the ERC a fervent supporter of the EU [but] the Covid-19 crisis completely changed my views, though the ideals of international collaboration I continue to support with enthusiasm."

9.30pm update: German banks WORST performing across eurozone – even BEFORE coronavirus

German banks were the worst performing across the eurozone even before the coronavirus crisis hit according to new data, sparking widespread fears for the economic future of the EU’s largest economy.

Research by the European Central Bank (ECB) has revealed the profitability of the banking sector across the eurozone declined for the first time in three years.

Of the 21 German banks observed by the ECB, the average return on equity was a tiny 0.08 percent – below the industry average of 5.2 percent.

READ MORE: Merkel on brink: German banks WORST performing across eurozone – even BEFORE coronavirus

8.45pm update: Highest number of daily coronavirus deaths in Ireland

Ireland has recorded its highest daily toll in the coronavirus outbreak, with 36 deaths reported in 24 hours.

A total of 210 people have died in Ireland so far in the pandemic.

There were 345 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 reported today, taking the total to 5,709.


Key symptoms of coronavirus (Image: EXPRESS)

8.10pm update: Britons unite to proudly applaud PM for risking life to run country

Britons across the country joined together to 'Clap for Boris' in a touching tribute to the Prime Minister who is currently hospitalised with a coronavirus infection.

Inspired by the 'Clap for NHS’campaign, UK residents self-isolating and social distancing up and down the nation have risen to applaud the Prime Minister who remains in intensive care.

READ MORE: Clap for Boris: Britons unite to proudly applaud PM for risking life to run country

7.30pm update: Raab will NOT hold weekly audience with The Queen

Dominic Raab will not hold a weekly audience with The Queen in the absence of Boris Johnson who remains in intensive care, Downing Street has confirmed.

Instead Downing Street has said the Queen, who is staying in Windsor, will be kept up to date by the Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill and Mr Johnson’s private secretary.

Number 10 said: "Buckingham Palace and Her Majesty the Queen have been kept regularly informed about the Prime Minister's condition and that will continue.

"The Cabinet Secretary and the Prime Minister's principal private secretary will continue their contacts with the Royal Household on the Prime Minister's behalf."

Asked whether Mr Raab would field any phone calls with the Queen, the spokesman added: "No, it has been agreed with the Royal Household that weekly audiences will not go ahead."

7.00pm: Downing Street issue further health update 

A Downing Street spokesman said: "The Prime Minister's condition is stable and he remains in intensive care for close monitoring. He is in good spirits."

Dominic Raab

Dominic Raab will not hold a weekly meeting with The Queen (Image: PA)

6.30pm update: Death toll in France passes 10,000

The number of coronavirus-related deaths in France has increased to 10,328.

6.10pm update: Chris Whitty takes sly dig at UK coronavirus strategy - there's a 'lesson from Germany'

The Chief Medical Officer for England admitted that Germany "got ahead" in the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus compared to the UK and other countries.

Professor Chris Whitty said: "We all know Germany got ahead in terms of its ability to do testing for the virus and there's a lot to learn from that.

"We have been trying to learn the lessons from that."

5.45pm update: Patrick Vallance says new cases moving in right direction

The Government's chief scientific officer Sir Patrick Vallance said the number of new cases "could be moving in the right direction" but it would not be clear "for a week or so".

"It's possible that we're beginning to see the beginning of change in terms of the curve flattening a little bit.

"We won't know that for sure for a week or so.

"There hasn't been the accelerated take-off and again it's possible that we're beginning to see the start of a change where we might see numbers flattening off.

"It does begin to suggest that things might be moving in the right direction in terms of numbers and it's important that we carry on with the measures that we have got in place in order to make sure that this does go in the right direction."

5.20pm update: Raab says Government has ‘very clear instructions’ from PM

Dominic Raab said: "Well first of all, decision making by Government is made by collective Cabinet responsibilities, so that is the same as before.

"But we've got very clear directions, very clear instructions from the Prime Minister, and we're focused with total unity and total resolve on implementing them so that when he's back, I hope in very short order, we will have made the progress that he would expect and that the country would expect."

5.15pm update: Raab says health of PM ‘a shock to all of us’

Dominic Raab said: "I think it is worth remembering that, as will be the case for many people up and down the country who know someone at work who has fallen ill with coronavirus, it is a shock to all of us.

"He is not just the Prime Minister. For all of us in Cabinet, he is not just our boss.

"He is also a colleague and he is also our friend. So all our thoughts and prayers are with the Prime Minister at this time, with Carrie and his whole family.

"And I'm confident he will pull through because if there is one thing that I know about this Prime Minister is he is a fighter and he will be back leading us through this crisis in short order."

5.10pm update: Raab confident Boris will recover – ‘He’s a fighter’

Dominic Raab has given a health update on the condition of the Prime Minister.

The Foreign Secretary said: "He's receiving the very best care from the excellent medical team at St Thomas's Hospital. He remained stable overnight.

"He's receiving standard oxygen treatment and breathing without any assistance, he's not required any mechanical ventilation or non-invasive respiratory support.

"He remains in good spirits and in keeping with usual clinical practise his progress continues to be monitored closely in critical care."

He added: “I’m confident he’ll pull through because if there’s one thing I know about this Prime Minister, he’s a fighter.

5.00pm update: Raab giving daily coronavirus press conference

Dominic Raab is delivering the daily coronavirus press conference from Downing Street alongside England's chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and the Government's chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.

4.45pm update: Record number of deaths in New York

New York has reported its deadliest day in the coronavirus pandemic with 731 new deaths.

The total number of deaths in the state now stands at 5,489.

The number of fatalities in a single day increased from the 599 deaths recorded yesterday.

4.25pm update: Coronavirus deaths in the UK increase by 786

Coronavirus deaths in the UK have increased by 786 in the past 24 hours taking the total number of COVID-19 fatalities above 6,000.

The Department for Health has confirmed as of 9pm on Tuesday the total number of coronavirus deaths stands at 6,159 an increase from 5,373 on the previous day.

Health authorities also said 213,181 people have been tested for COVID-19 in the UK of which 55,242 tested positive.

New York

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has confirmed the death toll has increased by 731 (Image: PA)

3.50pm update: Smoke seen rising above London’s Nightingale Hospital

Smoke has been spotted rising into the skyline above London's ExCeL Centre - which has been transformed into Nightingale Hospital to help manage the coronavirus crisis.

Smoke was spotted rising near London’s ExCel Centre on Tuesday afternoon just before 3pm.

Some online commentators questioned whether a fire had broken out near the site of the converted Nightingale Hospital.

READ MORE: Smoke seen rising above London’s Nightingale Hospital at ExCeL centre - VIDEO

3.30pm update: Prince Charles and Camilla wish Boris ‘speedy recovery’

A Clarence House spokesman said the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have sent a message to Boris Johnson wishing him a "speedy recovery".

3.15pm update: Prince William sends goodwill message to Boris and his family

Prince William has wished Boris Johnson a speedy recovery in his battle with coronavirus and said his thoughts are with the Prime Minister’s family.

The Duke of Cambridge sent the goodwill message via the Kensington Palace Twitter account and signed off with his “W” initial.

He said: "Our thoughts are with the Prime Minister and his family, who like so many in the UK and around the world are affected by coronavirus.

"We wish him a speedy recovery at this difficult time. W"

2.55 pm update: Queen sends message of support to Boris Johnson's partner and family

The Royal Family twitter account said: " Earlier today The Queen sent a message to Carrie Symonds and to the Johnson family. Her Majesty said they were in her thoughts and that she wished the Prime Minister a full and speedy recovery."

2. 15 pm update: NHS England says a further 758 people with COVID-19 have died bringing the total number of confirmed deaths up to 5,655

2.06 pm update: Boris Johnson's spokesman says if Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is incapacitated Chancellor Rishi Sunak would take on responsibilities

2.05 pm update: Public Health Wales says a further 19 people with COVID-19 have died in the country bringing the total number up to 212

1.51 pm update: 'We are all willing you on, Boris,' says Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, began her daily briefing today by sending her best wishes to the prime minister, telling him: “We are all willing you on, Boris”. She announced an increase of 268 positive cases in Scotland, taking the total to 4,229, and a further 74 deaths registered in the last 24 hours, taking the total deaths to 296. She cautioned that this increase reflected fewer registrations over the weekend.

1.05 pm update: UK doctors still at risk from 'useless PPE'

UK doctors are being put at risk by a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE), with some calling the current provision “useless”, the British Medical Association (BMA) has warned.

1.00 pm update: Joe Murphy, Political Editor for the Evening Standard has tweeted:

"Good news from No 10.

"The PM is stable condition and in good spirits.

"He is conscious and doesn't have pneumonia."

12.58 pm The PM's Spokesman says has given an update on his condition.

"The PM has been stable overnight and remains in good spirits."

"He has received standard oxygen treatment and is breathing without ventilation or non-invasive respiratory support.

"There has been no diagnosis of pneumonia."

12.55pm update: China reports no coronavirus deaths for first time

The country's Health Commission confirmed there had been no deaths and 32 confirmed cases.

China reported no coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, the first time since it started publishing daily figures in January.

The National Health Commission said it had 32 confirmed cases, down from 39 on Monday.

It comes as the government is under scrutiny as to whether it is underreporting its figures.

The government says more than 3,331 people have died and 81,740 have been confirmed as infected.

All of the confirmed cases on Tuesday had arrived from overseas.

12.45 pm update: Antarctic Researchers to be brought back to the UK despite transport complications caused by coronavirus.

At the end of the southern hemisphere's summer, all British Antarctic Survey staff except the core team will be extracted.

But some of the usual routes they might have travelled through have been closed because of lockdowns.

Instead, researchers will be ferried to the Falkland Islands and will then be flown to the UK with the help of the Royal Air Force (RAF).

The research agency is also chartering a cruise ship in Port Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands, to act as temporary accommodation.

Coronavirus has caused death tolls to rise across the world

Coronavirus has caused death tolls to rise across the world (Image: GETTY)

12.00 pm updqate: Global coronavirus death toll passes 75,000

The number of deaths worldwide from the coronavirus has passed 75,000 since the outbreak was first identified at the end of 2019, according to the tally of official statistics kept by Johns Hopkins University.

Italy remains the worst affected country, with 16,523 deaths so far, followed by Spain, where the death toll is 13,798. The US is now third worst-affected, with 10,993 deaths.

11.55am update: Spain reports 743 new coronavirus deaths

There has been a higher number of daily deaths reported in Spain today.

Spain has reported a slight increase in the daily death toll of coronavirus for the first time in five days, with 743 people succumbing overnight.

11.20 am update: Share price rise European stock markets as coronavirus spread decreases.

The FTSE 100 is up by 2.8 percent, and stocks on Germany and Italy’s blue-chip indices have both gained 4.3 percent.

11.30 am update: Michael Gove has issued a statement on twitter from his self isolation.

He said: "Many thanks for kind messages. In accordance with the guidance, I am isolating at home after a member of my family started to display mild symptoms of coronavirus on Sunday. I have not displayed any symptoms and am continuing to work as normal."

UK police patrol during coronavirus

UK police patrol during coronavirus (Image: GETTY)

11.20 am update: Coronavirus vaccine hopes boosted by engineered virus tested on mice

A new study on mice offers hope for a vaccine against coronavirus, according to the researchers behind it.

11.15 am update: Today the Queen has thanked healthcare workers for their “selfless commitment and diligence”.

Her Majesty added: “The dedication to service of countless nurses, midwives and other health workers, in these most challenging of circumstances, is an example to us all.”

11.14 am update: Nine prisoners reported to have died of coronavirus

Nine prisoners have died after contracting coronavirus, according to figures seen by the BBC’s home affairs correspondent, Danny Shaw.

10.04am update: Testing en masse seems to be working in South Korea.

New cases in South Korea stay under 50 for second day in a row.

9.45 am update: Spain confirms the lowest daily death toll in two weeks.

The European country with the highest number of confirmed cases is Spain.

But on Monday the health ministry confirmed a daily death toll of 637, the lowest in almost two weeks, and a further decline in the infection rate.

Other countries have seen similar trends.

NHS nurses are on the frontline

NHS nurses are on the frontline (Image: GETTY)

9.15am update: Donald Trump "has stake in anti-Malaria drug" Hydroxychloroquine.

Donald Trump has been pushing the drug, a known anti-malarial drug, as the treatment for the virus, encouraging patients to take it, saying: "What do you have to lose?"

Although evidence from China does suggest that it has an effect on speeding recovery.

9.00 am update: New Labour leader Keir Starmer issues statement on Boris Johnson's hospitalisation.

He said: "Our thoughts are with the PM, his fiance and his family."

He added that the Labour Party will "act in the national interest" and work "constructively with the government" during the coronavirus.

8.55 am update: Israel coronavirus death toll rises to 60

8.45 am update: Pakistan quarantines 20,000 in bid to curb the spread of Covid-19

Pakistan has quarantined 20,000 people after they attended a gathering organised by an Islamic missionary movement, Tablighi Jamaat.

Officials are concerned that they could be spreading the virus in the country and overseas.

8.40 am update: Huge rise in coronavirus cases in Russia

Moscow Times reported Evan Gershkovich said: "Another single-day record increase in coronavirus cases in Russia.

"After a nearly 1,000 case jump yesterday, today there are 1,154 new cases countrywide, bringing the total up to nearly 7,500."

Coronavirus testing is increased in the UK

Coronavirus testing is increased in the UK (Image: GETTY)

8.30 am update: China reports no deaths for first time since crisis began.

There were 32 new cases in the country - all from overseas

8.25 am update: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is not on a ventilator, according to Michael Gove.

Mr Gove has said the Prime Minister had some oxygen support and if his condition changes the government will make an official statement.

He said: “He’s not on a ventilator no. The prime minister has received some oxygen support and he is kept under, of course, close supervision.”

8.10 am update: Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will on Tuesday declare a state of emergency in parts of the country, including Tokyo.

There has been a spike in coronavirus infections in the country.

“I have decided that a situation gravely affecting people’s life and the economy has occurred. This evening, I plan to call a government headquarters meeting and declare a state of emergency,” Abe said Tuesday.

He announced the plan a day earlier, citing “rapid increases of new infections, particularly in urban areas like Tokyo and Osaka”.

7.40am update: Virginia Giuffre who accused Prince Andrew of abusing her is in hospital with coronavirus symptoms.

She tweeted: "I’m so scared right now, having trouble breathing, fever and cough. Getting tested for Covid-19 praying it’s not positive."

7.50 am update: Germany records 3,800 jump in confirmed cases

Reuters is reporting that Germany has recorded another 3,834 cases of Covid-19, bringing its total number of cases to 99,225, with 1,607 deaths.

7.30 am update: MPs have been told police should be issued with spit guards to prevent offenders coughing on them.

Reports have risen of police being coughed on by people claiming to have Covid-19.

(Additional reporting by Brian McGleenon)

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