Coronavirus in UK live blog as it happened: WHO warns coronavirus 'may never go away'

Follow the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in our live blog below

By Finlay Greig
Thursday, 14th May 2020, 7:59 am
Updated Thursday, 14th May 2020, 6:03 pm

We will be providing live updates until 6pm this evening.

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Coronavirus live blog, May 14

Last updated: Thursday, 14 May, 2020, 14:30

Grant Shapps is speaking now. 

He says 126,664 tests were carried out yesterday. 

Number of people in hospital down 14% from a week ago. 

Grant Shapps taking daily press briefing

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is taking today's daily press briefing. 

He will be joined by deputy CMO Jonathan Van-Tam.

CEO of health think tank Nuffield Trust,  Nigel Edwards said coronavirus testing in the UK needed to be "quicker".

He told the Health and Social Care Committee: "I was talking to the chief executive of a teaching hospital in Portugal who are testing their staff much more than weekly, some of them are being tested daily. "We're way behind where we need to be."

A quarter of Covid-19 patients who have died in hospitals in England had diabetes, according to figures released by the health service.

For the first time, NHS England has published a breakdown of deaths by pre-existing conditions.

Of the 22,332 patients who died since March 31, when pre-existing conditions began to be reported, some 5,873 (26%) of patients had diabetes, while 4,048 (18%) had dementia.

New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimate that 1.33% of those working in England in patient-facing healthcare roles, or resident-facing social care roles, tested positive for Covid-19 between April 27 and May 10.

This includes NHS professionals, such as nurses and doctors, as well as social care workers, such as nursing home or home care workers.

For those reporting not working in these roles, 0.22% tested positive.

Restrictions still necessary in Scotland

The Scottish First Minister, speaking at her daily briefing, said while the restrictions placed on people were "more difficult with every day that passes" they were still necessary.

Nicola Sturgeon said the lockdown in Scotland was making a difference, adding: "By staying at home we are continuing to slow down the spread of the virus and reduce the number of new cases of it we are seeing every day."

Ms Sturgeon said despite the "really horrible, grim figures" in the daily updates "we are undoubtedly saving lives".

She praised Scots for "continuing to do the right thing", adding: "This truly is a national collective endeavour that all of us are contributing to."

Frontline workers will be first to receive antibody tests

A test to find out whether people have been infected with coronavirus in the past has been approved by health officials and is likely to be rolled out to frontline workers first.

Public Health England (PHE) said the antibody test, developed by Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche, was a "very positive development" after experts at its Porton Down facility gave it the green light.

The test - which Prime Minister Boris Johnson has previously called a "game-changer" - picks up 100% of cases where somebody has had coronavirus in the past.

Robert Jenrick on care homes crisis

BA plan to go ahead with 12,000 redundancies

Plans to make 12,000 British Airways workers redundant, which is equivalent to more than a quarter of the workforce, remain unchanged despite the Government's extension of the coronavirus furlough scheme to the end of October, the airline's owner has said.

IAG chief executive Willie Walsh, in a letter to the Transport Select Committee where he gave evidence on Monday, added British Airways has processed cash refunds on 921,000 bookings, with vouchers given on a further 346,000 bookings.

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