Coronavirus in UK live blog: latest as UK begins testing new contact-tracing app on the Isle of Wight

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By Finlay Greig
Tuesday, 5th May 2020, 10:21 am

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Coronavirus live blog, May 5

Last updated: Tuesday, 05 May, 2020, 14:20

Dominic Raab is speaking now. 

He says there were 84,000 tests carried out yesterday. 

He says “as ever we will continued to be guided" by scientific advice. 

Raab runs down the five key government tests. 

Second phase of the pandemic will see UK public adapt to “a new normal” . 

Next stage “won't be easy”. 

Dominic Raab taking daily press briefing

Dominic Raab is set to lead the daily press briefing. 

He is joined by deputy chief scientific adviser Professor Dame Angela McLean.

M and S expands delivery service

Marks & Spencer will be able to deliver food to more UK homes after expanding its delivery partnership with Deliveroo.

In March, the retail giant announced a new partnership with the courier firm to deliver its products from more than 100 M&S BP franchise stores.

It said it has now added 20 M&S stores in cities and towns and will be able provide a "more extensive range" of its products.

366 more deaths in England

NHS England has announced 366 new deaths of people who tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 21,750.

Number 10 asked about aviation industry bailouts

As Virgin Atlantic announced plans to cut more than 3,000 jobs and end its operation at Gatwick, Downing Street was asked about bailout options for the aviation industry.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "We continue to work closely with the sector and are willing to consider the situation of individual firms once all other Government schemes and commercial options have been explored, including raising capital from existing investors."

UK car sales plunge to 1946 levels

UK car sales have plunged to their lowest levels since 1946 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Only 4,321 were registered in April, the lowest monthly total since 1946. 

Sturgeon: small groups could soon be allowed to meet outside

Nicola Sturgeon said the Scottish Government was considering how lockdown restrictions could be eased - though she stressed these changes could not be implemented yet.

But she said consideration was being given to easing the rules on people leaving their homes, to allow exercise to happen more than once a day.

She also said there could be a relaxation to allow "meeting up with small defined groups" of other people - potentially outdoors at first - in a "sort of bubble" arrangement.

She also said there were potentially 26,000 people in Scotland with Covid-19.

She said the "best estimate" was that the R number - the number of people infected by each person who has the virus - was that this was between 0.7 and one.

But she stressed: "We can't be sure it is not closer to one than 0.7"

Extreme measures for Premier League finale

UK death toll highest in Europe

The number of deaths in the UK linked to coronavirus is over 32,000.

The Office for National Statistics said that 29,648 Covid-19 related deaths had occurred in England and Wales up to April 27.

That figure rises to 32,313 with the addition of deaths in Scotland and Northern Ireland according to calculations by Reuters

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