Coronavirus in UK live blog as it happened: lockdown measures likely to be extended according to cabinet minister

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Thursday, 9th April 2020, 5:52 pm
Officials say that lockdown measures are likely to stay in place for a number of weeks (Photo: Shutterstock)

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Coronavirus live blog, 9 April

Last updated: Thursday, 09 April, 2020, 17:49

So concludes today's daily press briefing and today's live blog.

Tune in at 8am tomorrow for the latest on the coronavirus pandemic

Professor Whitty said he expects to see an increase in the number of tests going out.

He said: "We're ramping up every day on the testing but I think it's important to differentiate between tests available and ready to run and the whole system running in terms of in the lab, and actually having the whole system running so you're very confident that someone that needs a test can order the right test and will get the right result back.

"And the whole process is going up every single day this month, I expect to see an increase in the number of tests that go out and the number of results that come back."

NHS workers will be recognised in some form

Asked whether those working in the NHS deserved a pay rise, Mr Raab said: "There will be a moment when we look at how we formally recognise all of those on the frontline who have done so much to pull us through this very difficult period for our country."

Professor Chris Whitty says that the supply of reagents is now less of an issue

Sir Patrick, responding to a question about death projections, said: "In general I'd expect the deaths to continue to keep going up for about two weeks after the intensive care picture improves and so we're not there yet in terms of knowing exactly when that will be, but that's the sort of time frame I'd expect."

Dominic Raab says he has not been in touch with the Prime Minister since he started deputising.

Professor Chris Whitty says the doubling time of patients in ICU has been slowing over the last two weeks thanks to social distancing. 

Doubling itme is now six  days and is extending as the pandemic goes on. 

The trio are taking questions now. 

Questioned on policing, Raab says the police are doing a great job. 

He warns public to think about NHS workers before being tempted to ignore rules.

Sir Patrick Vallance says we're beginning to see the first signs of the virus "levelling off".

He says that hospital admissions aren't accelerating. 

The number of daily deaths won't change for a few weeks, according to the chief scientific adviser.

Measures will stay in place beyond the peak

Dominic Raab is speaking now. 

He starts by saying thank you to the public for adhering to social distancing rules before thanking NHS workers and key workers. 

Raab says "we're not done yet" and that we must continue to follow social distancing rules over Easter weekend. 

He says its too early to say if lockdown meausres are having the desired impact. 

He says we don't be able to say more on this until the end of next week. 

He says the measures will stay in place until it's clear that we've moved beyond the peak.

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