Coronavirus in UK live blog: Sir Keir Starmer faces Boris Johnson at Prime Minister's Questions

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Wednesday, 6th May 2020, 8:01 am
Updated Wednesday, 6th May 2020, 12:13 pm

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Coronavirus live blog, May 6

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That concludes today's daily press briefing and today's live blog. We will be back at 8am tomorrow wit the latest on the coronavirus pandemic in the UK 

Jenrick is asked if its fair that student nurses are falling into student debt while supporting the coronavirus response effort. 

He says nurses that have opted in will receive the salary and pension applicable to their level. 

Student loans will continue regardless of whether they are learning. 

A final question asks can there be any guaranteed that funding promised in early March can still be delivered to city's like Bradford. 

Jenrick says government were elected with promise to level up the country. He says it is extremely important that the government continue to devolve powers to northern English towns and cities. 

Now the trio are asked whether PPE will be introduced at schools. 

Doyle says it's vital to earn trust of parents and children. 

She says face mask alone wouldn't be enough, good hygiene essential. Cleaning and spacing must also be considered.

Fielding a question from the Derby Telegraph Jenrick says he's concerned about the news that Rolls Royce could be reporting job losses as a result of the pandemic. 

He says Chancellor's furlough scheme should go some way to helping firms. 

“If there's more that we can do for Rolls Royce we want to.”

Says he is certain cities like Derby have a strong future. 

Asked whether the UK is considering lifting lockdown in some ares earlier than others. 

Jenrick says the PM will outline this on Sunday. Preference is to carry out the process as a whole country. 

The trio are then asked what is being done to make sure that those with non-Covid illnesses receive necessary treatment. 

Kanani says she thinks it was right that the NHS shifted its focus to Covid. Now however it is important to get back to “normal services”. Services have revolutionised how they work during the pandemic and some changes will remain. 

Jenrick is asked what more support can be provided to local governments who are struggling to cope with mounting costs.

Jenrick says “we will stand behind them” and ensure that hey have the adequate resources. £4bn cash flow provided so far. 

Jenrick says that councils are receiving more money than they need to meet Covid costs. 

A second member of the public ask how the government will protect the rights of religious communities to practice their faith during the pandemic. 

Jenrick says in any part of our lives the government has been driven by adesire to protect life. 

Very aware that this has been a difficult community for different faith groups. 

Says it is right that we stick to medical advice at this time however it goes about religious beliefs. Government are in conversation with faith leaders to discuss how to resume the opening of religious sites when the time is right. Also working with them to ensure that funerals are held during the pandemic. 

The trio are taking questions now. 

First a question from the public asks why has the UK suffered more deaths than other countries despite having a less overwhelmed healthcare system. 

Jenrick says its important not to compare internationally yet. 

He says it is important that the NHS hasn't been overwhelmed. 

Doyle says international comparisons aren't useful as countries measure in different ways. “We're not comparing like with like”. 

Excess mortality deaths overall will help to indicate how the UK has been impacted internationally. 

Professor Yvonne Doyle is speaking now. 

She says motor vehicle usage is lowly increasng. 

Number of cases increases, but adds the caveat that this may be due to increased testing. 

Number of people in hospital continues to decline. North West now has more cases than in London. 

Less than a third of critical care beds occupied. 

Death toll is slowly declining. 

She says that global comparison is just a different way of presenting the data. 

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