The Prime Minister is making "steady progress" as he moves into his fourth day in intensive care.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday night (April 8), Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the Prime Minister was “sitting up in bed” and “engaging positively” with the medics at St Thomas’s Hospital in London.
The update follows an announcement that lockdown rules to help with the spread of coronavirus will "stay in place" next week.
Wales' Housing and Local Government Minister, Julie James AM, said: "It's almost two and a half weeks since we asked people to stay at home and to work from home whenever they can.
"These measures will stay in place next week.
"We have taken these measures because by working together we can stop the spread of the virus."
She said: "Our message to Wales is very simple. Over Easter, stay home and save lives."
Though officials have said the measures are beginning to yield results, the UK saw its biggest rise in Covid-19 fatalities so far at the government's latest update on Wednesday.
A further 936 coronavirus patients have died in the UK, marking the biggest rise in Covid-19 deaths to date.
Wales has recorded a further 33 fatalities.
It marks the highest daily total of deaths during the coronavirus pandemic as the overall UK figure reaches 7,172.
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George and Amal Clooney donate more than £800,000 to coronavirus relief effort
George and Amal Clooney have donated more than one million dollars (£807,000) to the coronavirus relief effort, including money for the NHS.
The couple, who have a home in Berkshire, are understood to have donated money to six causes.
That includes a total of 300,000 dollars (£242,000) to the NHS, the relief effort in the Lombardy region of Italy and the Lebanese Food Bank.
Amal, an internationally renowned human rights lawyer, was born in Lebanon.
The couple also donated 250,000 dollars (£202,000) to both the Motion Picture and Television home, of which Hollywood star George is a board member, and to the US actors’ union SAG-AFTRA Fund.
The same sum went to the Los Angeles Mayor’s Fund, which helps provide childcare for the city’s emergency service and health care workers.
'The curve is beginning to flatten'
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has warned now is not time to give up the lockdown measures.
Speaking to Sky News, he said: “We are beginning to make progress on this, we’ve not seen the acceleration you would have expected had we not introduced this, the curve is beginning to flatten. This is the moment that we need to stick to the path we’ve chosen.
“The British people have really come behind this, we shouldn’t be giving up this Easter weekend, that is the number one thing.”
Organ transplant network may take hit
Concern is increasing that the UK’s organ transplant network could be seriously affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) told the BBC that pressure on intensive care beds and risks to those on immunosuppressants drugs in preparation for new organs are worrying.
Just a few of the most urgent cases are being carried out, in comparison to around 80 per week this time last year.
Prof John Forsyth, medical director for transplant and organ donation at NHSBT, told the BBC: “When I hear from other countries who have been at the centre of this Covid pandemic, they have got to the point where no transplant is possible in certain regions at all.
“We may get to that point, and we may get to that point in the next days or weeks.
“But we are working very hard to keep organ donation and transplant open for as long as possible, accepting the safety of our patients is paramount.”
Luke Evans, Michael Sheen, Rob Brydon and Katherine Jenkins top celebrity line-up for NHS Wales Livestream Fundraiser
Celebrities from the world of film, comedy, music and sport will team up on Friday night to raise vital funds for the Welsh NHS as it battles the coronavirus pandemic.
Hollywood stars including Luke Evans, Rhys Ifans and Michael Sheen will join a stellar cast including Katherine Jenkins, Rob Brydon, Ruth Jones, Gareth Edwards, Max Boyce and Rhod Gilbert will be chatting live to host Matt Johnson on the live show from 6pm on Friday evening, livestreamed exclusively on WalesOnline’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Find out more here.
The British Summer Time Festival (BST) has become the latest major entertainment event to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Organisers said axing the festival in London’s Hyde Park was “the only possible outcome” amid the crisis, adding “safety always comes first”.
BST had been due to host some of the biggest names in music in July, including Post Malone, Little Mix, Kendrick Lamar, Pearl Jam, Taylor Swift and Duran Duran.
Thousands report people breaking lockdown rules to Crimestoppers
Crimestoppers has received thousands of calls and emails from people reporting others for breaking lockdown rules.
Reports are thought to include people with the virus being spotted outdoors, threats to infect or cough at people and parties being planned on social media.
Some 500 anonymous tip-offs of the most serious possible breaches across the UK have been passed to police, as well as information on pubs and restaurants which are staying open, Crimestoppers said.
But the organisation urged people to only report the most serious offences that directly threaten people’s health rather than complaints including those about people leaving their home regularly.
That is all from the Chancellor
He finishes by reminding people of the measures they have brought in to support charities.
On leaving the EU
The Chancellor said:
We have left the European Union that has happened. What we are doing now is carrying on the terms of our trading arrangements.
That work is carrying on. Talks were held earlier with the EU. They have exchanged legal texts.
The talks are happening on video conferences rather than in person.
On the UK's testing rate compared to other countries
Professor Powis was asked if the UK’s testing rate would lead to more deaths compared with other countries. He stressed the importance of testing before saying it is “one part of a set of different things” to be considered in any country’s strategy.
He added: “I think it is almost too early in all countries’ experience to know exactly which components of strategies have been the most effective or have been most important.
“It’s highly likely it’s the combination of these things rather than one any individual part of an approach.”
Scientific adviser Angela McLean is being asked about schools opening before summer holidays
I can answer that by saying there is very intensive work going on to see how we move on to the next stage but it would be premature of me to give a yes or no answer to that question because so much depends on how much the measures have worked.
We can’t know yet but be assured people are working incredibly hard on that.”
The Chancellor added:
In all these instances, we are driven and basing our decisions on the science and what is best for controlling the spread of this virus.
I pay tribute to those who are helping keep our schools open for the children of key workers, that is valuable and the work that they’re doing is, I believe, well supported by the Department for Education.
But they also are owed our thanks for doing that because that is vital at this time.”
Mr Sunak is now talking about Wales' decision to come extend the lockdown
Pressed about the lockdown, Mr Sunak said:
There will be a Cobra meeting tomorrow chaired by the First Secretary of State (Dominic Raab), involving the devolved administrations to talk about the approach to the review.
We committed there would be a review in and around three weeks, that review will be based on the evidence and data provided by Sage, which will only be available next week.
But I think rather than speculate about the future, I think we should focus very seriously on the here and now and the present.”
Mr Sunak said the priority is to stop the spread of the virus and insisted people should follow the advice to stay at home.
On the prospect of different parts of the country emerging from the lockdown at different times, Mr Sunak said: “I don’t want to start speculating about the future.”
Prof McLean said she did not want to talk about hypothetical scenarios about “what might be better” before adding: “I suspect that simple strategies might well turn out to be the best to use but we’ll see.”
Stephen Powis is now speaking
NHS England’s national medical director Stephen Powis urged people needing emergency treatment to seek help “just as you always have done”.
He told the daily press conference: “The NHS has worked night and day to surge capacity to manage coronavirus but it’s also there for you if you have symptoms of a stroke, symptoms of a heart attack.
“Indeed if you have any emergency condition whether it’s a sick child, whether it’s a mother in pregnancy who’s worried about movements of the baby, you should be seeking emergency services just as you always have done.
“They are there for you and, although we are focusing on coronavirus, it’s important we continue to focus on other emergency conditions.”
Is there a trade off between protecting lives and protecting jobs?
In response the Chancellor said: “Our priority is saving people’s lives.
“We have put in significant measures to protect peoples jobs.
“I can’t stand here and say we can save every single job and every single job but what we can do is put in is targeted support.”
Scientific adviser Angela McLean is now going through data
She says that footfall has significantly reduced in the UK and that numbers of new cases are not accelerating fast though they are up from yesterday.
She is now talking about people in hospital saying “we are getting to a flat curve”.
The number of new patients in critical care has really slowed down.
Here is the data presented at the briefing:
He is talking about support for charities
He says: “One of our greatest strengths as country is our civil society. “
He adds that the charities of this country have not been forgotten and that “we not be able to match every pound of donations charities would have received this year”.
Mr Sunak said the Government is providing £750 million to support charities hit by the coronavirus outbreak.
He said it will include £370 million for small local charities working with vulnerable people - with £60 million allocated through the Barnett formula to those in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
A further £360 million will go to charities providing essential services supporting vulnerable people, with £200 million to hospices and the rest to organisations like St John Ambulance and the Citizens Advice Bureau.
He is now updating on Boris Johnson's condition
The PM remains in intensive care where his condition is improving.
He is sitting up in bed and is engaging positively with the staff.
The Chancellor starts by making a statement
He starts by talking about their step by step action plan repeating they are “being guided by the science”.
He outlines the latest test results saying:
Vulnerable people finally get access to priority deliveries - weeks after England
Vulnerable people in Wales are to get access priority shopping delivery - after heavy criticism that the Welsh Government had not put in place a similar system to England’s.
People with a medically-recognised need to self-isolate have been able to access priority booking windows in England from supermarkets as the Westminster government provided a register with their names to supermarkets.
Read more here.
The Chancellor will be joined by Professor Stephen Powis from the NHS and scientific adviser Angela McLean
It should be starting in the next five minutes.
UK Government press briefing set to begin
The Chancellor Rishi Sunak is set to give the UK Government briefing at 5pm
Channel 4 plans massive budget cut to survive pandemic
Channel 4 will cut its content budget by £150 million to help survive the coronavirus crisis, it has been announced.
The channel said: “This reflects both the difficulties of producing programmes and films in the current environment, as well as some extremely difficult decisions to delay or cancel some content across Channel 4, E4 and More 4 across the year.”
Coronavirus case confirmed at Cardiff school hub
A pupil at a Cardiff school hub has tested positive for coronavirus, the council said.
The pupil at Llanishen Fach hub in Rhiwbina developed symptoms on Thursday and was self-isolating.
Read the full story here.
More than 80,000 deaths recorded worldwide
The coronavirus pandemic has now infected more than 1.4 million people worldwide and over 82,000 deaths have been recorded, latest figures show.
The latest from Spain
Spain’s Health Ministry has reported 757 new deaths of patients with coronavirus and 6,180 new confirmed infections.
Both figures were slightly higher than Tuesday’s, when the first increase in five days was explained by a backlog of test results and fatalities that had gone unreported over the weekend.
But doubts about the statistics are emerging as fresh data is released, according to the Press Association.
Authorities have already acknowledged that a scarcity of testing kits and a bottleneck in the number of tests that laboratories can conduct on a daily basis are giving an underestimated contagion tally, which rose to 146,000 on Wednesday.
A nationwide survey of 30,000 households has been launched to figure out what is the more approximate extent of the epidemic beyond hospitals and nursing homes.
Health Minister Salvador Illa said on Tuesday that his department can only account for those who die and were tested. There have been few instances of post-mortem testing.
To rein in the data divide, Spain’s Justice Ministry issued an order on Wednesday requiring more than 4,000 civil registries across the country to provide new and revised data.
Death toll increases by 33 to a total of 245 in Wales
A further 33 deaths have been reported in people who had tested positive for coronavirus, taking the number of deaths in Wales to 245.
An additional 284 people have tested positive for the virus, bringing the country’s total number of confirmed cases to 4,073.
What's being done to further support the economy in Wales?
Asked about what’s being done to further help businesses during the outbreak, Ms James said: “We are trying to make sure as many firms as possible remain viable.
“A lot of our systems around business rates relief will make it more viable.
“We are actively considering how we support both the private and public centre economy as well as institutions like universities.”
New drive-through testing centres coming
Ms James said they will be rolling out new drive through testing centres in the next few days “once we know the Cardiff one is working well”.
What should vulnerable people do if they don't have support?
Ms James said that letters have been sent out for those who are affected. The information that contains has been shared with local authorities and GPs and have had extended contact with supermarkets.
Asked about how vulnerable people are supposed to obtain their shopping and other essential items, Ms James said: “If you don’t have anyone else you should contact the local authority and they will arrange for you to get the food and medicines you need.
“The supermarkets do have the information, but the number of the people in that list mean they are unlikely to get the food slot of their choice.
“We have to understand the scale of this, it is unprecedented numbers.”
She said food boxes are being provided to those who are unable to shop themselves and do not have friends or family who can do it for them.
Police a 'last resort' for people working in unsafe conditions
Asked what people working in unsafe environments are supposed to do, she said If you are not in safe working environments, “you need to speak to your employer, if not your union. If not you should contact local trading standards.
“The police are a last resort,” she said.
Football matches and children's party among gatherings seen by police
She said as the Easter weekend approaches, officials are “calling one everyone in Wales to follow the stay at homes rules.”
Over the last few weekends, people have been obeying the rules, but there have been issues in all four force areas of Wales, she said.
In North Wales, people have been visiting holiday homes and people not maintaining the 2m distance.
In Dyfed Powys, she said people have been congregating in holiday hotspots and motorbikers have been seen on the roads.
Meanwhile, in south Wales, she said police found people taking part in a football match, a children’s party as well as a hike along the Taff Trail.