Coronavirus in UK live blog as it happened: Dominic Raab says he's 'confident PM will pull through'

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By Finlay Greig
Tuesday, 7th April 2020, 8:06 am
Updated Tuesday, 7th April 2020, 5:40 pm

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Coronavirus live blog, April 7

Last updated: Tuesday, 07 April, 2020, 14:24

Evidence that plasma of survivors can be used to treat seriously ill

Doctors in China have found early evidence that the transfusion of plasma from coronavirus survivors to those severely suffering from the disease is an effective remedy against the respiratory illness. 

Professor Munir Pirmohamed, the president of the British Pharmacological Society said that the progress should be treated with caution. 

He said: "This was not a randomised trial and all patients also received other treatments including antivirals such as remdesivir, which are currently in trials for Covid-19.

“It is also important to remember that there are potential safety concerns with convalescent plasma, including transmission of other agents and antibody enhancement of disease,”

UK death toll jumps by 786

Raab to hold 5pm briefing

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will hold today's daily press briefing at 5pm. 

He will be joined by chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.

David Cameron on Prime Minister

Queen sends message of support to PM

758 more deaths in England

NHS England has recorded 758 new coronavirus hospital deaths in the past 24 hours in England.

Patients were aged between 23 and 102 years old and 29 of the 758 patients (aged between 23 and 99 years old) had no known underlying health condition.

Rishi Sunak to replace Dominic Raab if Foreign Secretary takes ill

Should Mr Raab be forced to self-isolate or take ill, Chancellor Rishi Sunak would be next in line to take over, Downing Street has said.

Boris Johnson is "stable" after spending the night in intensive care following a worsening of his coronavirus symptoms, Downing Street has said.

His spokesman said the move was a "precautionary step" in case he needed to be put on a ventilator.

"The Prime Minister has been stable overnight and remains in good spirits," the spokesman said.

"He is receiving standard oxygen treatment and breathing without any other assistance.

"He has not required mechanical ventilation or non-invasive respiratory support."

First Minister: 'we are willing you on Boris'

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has paid tribute to the Prime Minister during his stay in intensive care.

At a briefing at the Scottish Government's headquarters in Edinburgh, she said the Scottish cabinet wanted to send their best wishes, as well as those of the people of Scotland, to Boris Johnson, his fiancee and his family.

She said: "We are all willing you on Boris."

Nine prisoners have died with Covid-19

A total of nine prisoners have now died after contracting coronavirus, the PA news agency understands.

Three were inmates at HMP Littlehey, Cambridgeshire, with others being held at Birmingham, Manchester, Altcourse in Merseyside, Belmarsh in south-east London, Whatton in Nottinghamshire and a female prisoner at Low Newton, County Durham.

Some 107 prisoners had tested positive for Covid-19 in 38 jails as of 5pm on Sunday.

There are 19 prison staff in 12 jails who have contracted the virus, as well as four prison escort and custody services staff.

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