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Coronavirus: Twenty-nine more people die in Wales after contracting COVID-19
14:07Public Health Wales says there were 274 new confirmed cases of coronavirus, taking the total to 1,837, though it said the true number was likely to be higher.The number of cases by health board:Aneurin Bevan has risen by 91 to 681;Betsi Cadwaladr has increased by five to 91;
Cardiff and Vale has gone up by 85 to 460;Cwm Taf has seen a further 21 cases, rising to 210;Hywel Dda has gone up by 12 to 107;Powys has gone up by seven, rising to to 29;Swansea Bay has gone up by 46 to 213.There is one further case of a resident outside Wales and six are to be confirmed.
14:01Twenty-nine more people have died in Wales after testing positive for coronavirus.Dr Robin Howe, incident director for the COVID-19 outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said:"Twenty-nine further deaths have been reported to us of people who had tested positive for novel coronavirus, taking the number of deaths in Wales to 98.
"Today's increase reflects a combination of a true increase in numbers, along with additional cases reported from the previous reporting period."14:00Potential coronavirus treatment to be trialled in UKA drug that could help treat coronavirus will be trialled in patients at hospitals in England and Scotland.
Remdesivir, which is manufactured by pharmaceutical company Gilead, will be tested at 15 NHS centres.It is a broad-spectrum antiviral agent that has been demonstrated in animal models against multiple emerging viral pathogens including Mers and Sars, which are also coronaviruses.
Gilead has initiated two phase 3 randomised studies to evaluate the safety and efficacy of its investigational treatment Remdesivir in patients with moderate to severe COVID-19.The two studies will initially take place at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (adult services), Manchester Royal Infirmary, and Wythenshawe Hospital.
Other participating centres are: Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.Also included is King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Glasgow Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Edinburgh Western General Hospital, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.
13:56Senegal reports first coronavirus-related deathPape Diouf, a former president of French football team Marseille, died on Tuesday after contracting COVID-19.It is the West African country's first coronavirus-related death, according to the health ministry.
Diouf, who was president of Marseille from 2005-09, had been treated since Saturday in intensive care in Dakar, health minister Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr said.Senegal president Macky Sall wrote on his Twitter account that he had followed the 68-year-old's health closely after he was admitted for treatment.
"I pay tribute to this great figure in sport," he wrote."I pay tribute to the medical staff at Fann Hospital who spared no effort to save him."Senegal has reported 190 cases of the coronavirus, with 45 of those having recovered.13:48
Jail for thief who spat at police officer and shouted 'I have coronavirus'A thief who spat at a police officer and told him"I have coronavirus" has been jailed.Kent Police said Cook was arrested outside a supermarket in Whitstable at around 6.20pm on Sunday after he was seen trying to steal meat.
He was charged with two counts of assaulting an emergency worker, theft and criminal damage.Cook, of no fixed abode, admitted the charges at Medway Magistrates' Court and was jailed for a total of 120 days.13:45Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has revealed he self-isolated after displaying coronavirus symptoms last week.
He has been working from home and is now recovered.Mr Wallace said:"I felt symptons last Tuesday and followed NHS guidelines by self isolating in my London flat."I continued to work throughout the week. And am recovered now."13:32The number of coronavirus deaths in Switzerland has risen to 378, with a total of 17,139 cases.
13:30NHS awards digital contracts to help in coronavirus fightPeople who fear they have the coronavirus will soon be able to see their GP digitally.The NHS has awarded a series of emergency new digital contracts - with Doctorlink one of the technologies selected.
Patients will be able to talk to a doctor, receive clinical advice and get repeat prescriptions.Rupert Spiegelberg, chief executive of Doctorlink, said:"COVID-19 is accelerating the need for healthcare systems to deploy scaleable technologies to ensure people can get access to healthcare in a timely fashion.
"Doctorlink is honoured to be part of the solution and combined with its online symptom assessment service will be working day and night in the coming days and weeks to supporting the NHS get this technology in to the hands of frontline GPs."
13:17Headlines from daily briefing with PM's official spokesperson13:13The number of coronavirus deaths in the Netherlands has risen by 134 to 1,173, health authorities in the country have said. Confirmed cases hsve increased by 1,019 to 13,614.13:08
Commuters saving money by working from home urged to donate to relief effortCommuters who are saving money as they work from home during the UK's lockdown are being urged to donate some of it to the coronavirus relief effort.While many have lost jobs and are suffering financial hardship, some who are now working from home are finding themselves better off because they are not spending cash on travelling or eating out.
Two professionals from east London have set up a Gofundme page encouraging those who find themselves in the latter position to give money to the relief fund set up by the National Emergencies Trust.Jake Savile-Tucker, a 27-year-old solicitor who set up the fundraiser with partner Hannah Mughal, told the Press Association:"We were fortunate that we worked in professional services and we can just work from home but my parents are self-employed, they can't work, and lots of people have jobs where working from home just isn't reality.
"It made me just realise how, like most crises, the impact can be quite different on different groups of people."Anyone wishing to donate can go to www.gofundme.com/f/commuter-funding-for-covid1913:04WATCH: Prince Charles describes coronavirus lockdown as 'strange, frustrating and often distressing experience'
12:56K-pop star Jaejoong admits COVID-19 hospital diagnosis post was April Fool's jokeIn a now deleted Instagram post, K-pop star Jaejoong said he was in hospital being treated for coronavirus.12:47WATCH: Sturgeon announces cancellation of Edinburgh Festival
12:46Police ordered not to check every car after 'overreach' claimsPolice have been told not to carry out blanket checks on cars or penalise people for travelling a"reasonable distance" for exercise, after complaints some forces had overreached their powers in attempting to curb the spread of coronavirus.
12:44WATCH: Sturgeon updates Scottish parliament on latest coronavirus figures12:43WATCH: No 'robust link' between loss of smell and taste as COVID-19 symptom12:42Government ditches cap on NHS staff being tested for coronavirusThe health secretary acts to utilise the spare testing capacity by removing a limit on the number of NHS staff who can be tested.
12:39Prince Charles addresses the nationThe heir to the throne came out of seven days of self-isolation on Monday after testing positive for coronavirus, with mild symptoms.He has recorded a video message in support of Age UK, at Birkhall, his home in Scotland.
"Having recently gone through the process of contracting this coronavirus - luckily with relatively mild symptoms - I now find myself on the other side of the illness, but still in no less a state of social distance and general isolation," Charles said.
He added:"As we are all learning, this is a strange, frustrating and often distressing experience when the presence of family and friends is no longer possible and the normal structures of life are suddenly removed."At such an unprecedented and anxious time in all our lives, my wife and I are thinking particularly of all those who have lost their loved ones in such very difficult and abnormal circumstances, and of those having to endure sickness, isolation and loneliness."
12:23A new NHS hospital in Glasgow will be ready in two weeks, with 300 patients initially.Ms Sturgeon says she hopes this will not have to be used.12:21Edinburgh Festival has been cancelled, Nicola Sturgeon announces.It was due to be held from7 Aug – 31 Aug and will be the first time in more than 70 years it has not gone ahead.
The first minister said the government will provide support to artists who were due to perform at the world famous arts festival.12:20Ms Sturgeon said more people are now in intensive care and she said that is expected to increase over the next two or three weeks.
She said ICU beds have been increased, with 260 beds in Scotland exclusively for coronavirus patients now.More than 700 beds will eventually available for coronavirus patients.She expects more ventilators to be arriving in the next few weeks.12:18First minister Nicola Sturgeon says the increase in deaths and cases is in line with what was predicted.
She said it is too early to see what impact the lockdown has had.12:17Nicola Sturgeon says 317 more coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Scotland since yesterday.12:10Scotland deaths increase by 16Scotland reports a further 16 people have died since Tuesday after contracting coronavirus.
This brings the country's total to 7611:59Coronavirus lockdown reducing number of people infected by someone with virus - researchThe UK's COVID-19 lockdown could be reducing the number of people one person who has coronavirus infects, according to new research.
The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine estimates that before the stringent measures were introduce by the government, one positive person would infect 2.6 other people.But it says the lockdown means that number could now be just 0.62.A study by the school describes this number as the reproduction number - the average number of people who will catch a disease from a single infected person.
Keeping this figure below one means the epidemic will decline, according to experts.11:491.7 million NHS assessments conclude people had coronavirusMore than 1.7 million NHS assessments in just over two weeks have concluded that people have had the coronavirus or are currently suffering from the virus.
There were 1,496,651 web-based assessments which flagged potential coronavirus based on people's symptoms between 28 and 31 March, new figures from NHS 111 online show.Another 243,543 assessments via the NHS 111 and 999 phone lines concluded people had possible COVID-19.
The numbers do not relate to individual people, because it is possible people may have sought help more than once or via various channels.11:44WATCH: Sky's Adam Boulton looks at the latest coronavirus testing data11:39Cabinet using Zoom video for meetings despite MOD ban - in move labelled 'astounding'
Images of the PM using the app with colleagues so they comply with coronavirus social-distancing rules were released by Number 10.11:36LIVE: Experts answer your coronavirus questions11:34Malaysia's 'how to keep your husband happy in lockdown' posters condemned
Women's rights groups say the campaign reinforces gender stereotypes and could increase the risk of domestic violence.11:33ANALYSIS: 'Striking' how similar countries' COVID-19 paths have been11:31Labour's John McDonnell: People shouldn't be hit with overdraft and credit card charges amid coronavirus pandemic
"Some banks have taken small steps to provide overdraft buffers in recent days but what we now need is for coordinated action across the sector on overdraft and credit card charges for all customers for at least three months, the shadow chancellor said.
"This means a commitment that banks are reversing recent hikes to overdraft interest rates, no credit card withdrawal or late payment fees, clear agreement on interest-free overdraft borrowing, no other overdraft charges, and these rules being set out publicly rather than left to the banks' discretion.
"The government and the FCA must show some leadership on this, urgently convene a meeting with the banks, and if necessary introduce emergency regulations or changes to the overdraft pricing policy statement to ensure that people are not hit with sharp charges during this challenging time for all of us."
11:29WATCH: Latest death toll from Spain11:26Amazon investigated after firing worker who went on strike over COVID-19The worker claims he was fired in retaliation for his activism, but Amazon says he violated the company's quarantine policies.11:24
Dolly Parton to read for kids during coronavirus outbreakCountry star Dolly Parton is to read stories for children online, including The Little Engine That Could and The Tag-Along Moon.11:22Work to provide extra 500 patients bed at Cumbria leisure centres
Efforts are under way to provide an extra 500 patient beds at leisure centres in Cumbria.Assistant Chief Constable Andrew Slattery said:"I am pleased to be able to announce that through effective multi-agency working involving Cumbrian authorities and the Ministry of Defence we are establishing an additional 500 patient beds across the county for Cumbria's NHS organisations responding to the Covid-19 pandemic.
"The additional beds will be available if our hospitals reach full capacity and beds will be allocated by our NHS colleagues as required."They will not be for general access by the public."Equipment will be installed this week at Whitehaven Sports Centre, The Sands Centre in Carlisle, Penrith Leisure Centre, Kendal Leisure Centre and Furness Academy in Barrow.
11:20Russian President Vladimir Putin is keeping his distance from other people and is holding government meetings by video conference because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Kremlin says.11:19Iran's coronavirus death toll has risen to 3,036, a health ministry official has said.
The number of people in the country diagnosed with COVID-19 has risen 47,593.11:17Latest Spain figures show 10.5% increase in total number of deaths11:10Worst case scenario could see 3,000 deaths in Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland will experience a peak in the first wave of coronavirus between 6 and 20 April, with up to 3,000 deaths possible, expert modelling has indicated.
Health minister Robin Swann said the modelling outcome sets out a reasonable worst-case scenario, based on a number of assumptions.This includes social distancing measures producing a 66% reduction in contacts outside the home and workplace and 70% of symptomatic cases adhering to case isolation.
The modelling team's best judgement is that this would result in a peak number of 180 COVID-19 patients needing ventilation and critical care beds during the first wave.The peak number of hospital admissions would be 500 per week, the team said.Under this reasonable worst-case scenario, the projected number of cumulative deaths in Northern Ireland over 20 weeks of the epidemic would be 3,000.
11:03WATCH: Rockhopper penguin comes face to face with beluga whales at shuttered aquarium10:59Government insists 'significant progress' amid questions over UK testing levelThe UK will be able to test 25,000 people per day by"mid-April" - as Germany tests as many as 500,000 per week.
10:49Foreign Office confirms Briton on board cruise ship has died10:46864 more deaths in Spain takes death toll to 9,05310:38Taylor Wimpey axes bonuses for top bosses after sites closedThe company said its executive directors would also see their basic salaries cut by 30% during the government lockdown period.
10:35Military support force to help ambulance serviceThe military's COVID Support Force has deployed 80 personnel to help South Central Ambulance Service - which covers Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Sussex and Surrey.The personnel from all three services will help the ambulance service crew emergency vehicles as well as take calls at its emergency response centres, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.
A medical team has also been deployed to the Falkland Islands to help medical facilities there deal with COVID-19.The MoD said:"UK Armed Forces are providing support to the overseas territories."This includes the deployment of a small medical team and two intensive treatment units (ITUs) to support existing medical facilities on the Falkland Islands for all its inhabitants."
10:16Woman fined for breaching coronavirus restrictionsThe first person arrested on the railways for breaching coronavirus restrictions has been fined £650.Marie Dinou, from York, was found"loitering between platforms" at Newcastle Central station on Saturday, British Transport Police said.
She refused to explain to police why she was apparently trying to travel, the force added.The 41-year-old appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court on Monday and was fined £650 for failing to comply with requirements imposed under the Coronavirus Act 2020.
Dinou was also handed an £85 fine for ticket fraud and ordered to pay £80 costs.10:11Flybe administrator dashes hopes of rescue dealAdministrators to Flybe have dashed employees' hopes that the government's COVID-19 furloughing scheme could be used to salvage the collapsed regional airline.Read more: Sky News »
Coronavirus map LIVE: 'Prepare for 240,000 to die' Dire warning as COVID-19 peak loomsDONALD TRUMP has warned as many as 240,000 Americans could die from the coronavirus even if current social distancing guidelines are maintained.
Briton is one of four to die on coronavirus-stricken cruise shipTwo who died confirmed to have had Covid-19, with nine others onboard testing positive
Coronavirus pandemic - all you need to know as UK death toll soars to 1,808A further 367 patients have died in England, Public Health England confirmed, while 13 more people have died of Covid-19 in Scotland, and seven more lost their lives in Wales When is the peak in the U.K. ? GlynisWinestein pinccushion Are they the real numbers? Gov has a rep for manipulation of numbers.
Coronavirus pandemic - all you need to know as deaths surge branded 'shocking'A further 367 patients have died in England, Public Health England confirmed, while 13 more people have died of Covid-19 in Scotland, and seven more lost their lives in Wales
Coronavirus: The Italian COVID-19 hospital where no medics have been infectedArmed guards patrol all the corridors and there are walk-in disinfection machines that look like airport scanners. ramsaysky May God through his son Jesus Christ heal all the patient has strengthened the doctors in Jesus name amen. Boris needs put down like a dog ramsaysky Not that scene again, change the vid plz, sick of the same sh*t day in day out, taking our eyes of the real problem, global financial meltdown, not Once had there been any in-depth reports on how the stock markets, the mortgage company are all falling down like dominoes!
Coronavirus: Anger is growing at China over COVID-19 and its apparent cover-up attemptChina is facing a public relations catastrophe that is only likely to deepen, writes Sky's diplomatic editor Dominic Waghorn. They haven't told the truth from the beginning. They have however managed to utterly decimate almost every countrys economy on earth. They should be made to pay reparations. We should also stop trading with them immediately. Vile country. So much wrong with the nation. They really are no good for this planet. No they’re not the only country that has hygiene issues but their effect on climate and the way their government control, they’re not exactly great. China lied nothing new hopefully this time the world doesn't sit back and watch.