LiveCoronavirus in the UK live blog: Boris Johnson says things 'could have gone either way' when hospitalised

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Monday, 13th April 2020, 6:39 am
Updated Monday, 13th April 2020, 9:42 am
Boris Johnson has thanked the NHS, and said there is "no question" that it saved his life (Photo: Shutterstock)
Boris Johnson has thanked the NHS, and said there is "no question" that it saved his life (Photo: Shutterstock)

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Coronavirus live blog, April 13

Last updated: Monday, 13 April, 2020, 17:36

That concludes today's daily press briefing.

Sir Patrick Vallance says there's a long way to go with t he disease. 

He says that we're still to see what happens when lockdown measures are lifted

On when kids might go back to school, Sir Patrick says that we would first need to be well clear of the peak. 

Says it would be "a waste" if we were to rapidly reverse social distancing measures.

Asked about Priti Patel not apologising for failings in the distribution of PPE, Dominic Raab says that over the bank holiday weekend that 60m items were distributed. 

Sir Patrick Vallance says there will be a gradual decrease from the peak with regards to deaths, slower than the decline of cases and hospital admissions.

Professor Chris Whitty says that the government are tracking down number of deaths caused by Covid-19 outside of hospital, but this is usually delayed by days and therefore not included in daily totals. 

He says the figures, which are compiled by ONS, are already available to the public.

Quizzed on facemasks Sir Patrick says that the government continues to follow the science. 

He doesn't rule out recommending the use of face masks to the UK public.

Sir Patrick Vallance is now talking through data slides. 

He says the number of new positive cases is dropping. 

He adds that the number of occupied hospital beds is beginning to "flatten off". 

He says this week we expect to see an increase in the death curve this week, before it flattens off.

Measures likely won't be loosened after review

He says that we are still not past the peak of the virus. 

He says SAGE will review the effectiveness of measures. He adds he doesn't expect changes to be made following the meeting.

Dominic Raab is speaking now - he is joined by Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance 

He says he wants to join the PM in thanking the staff at St Thomas' hospital where Boris Johnson was treated. He goes on to thank all NHS staff. 

He said the government were worried that people may ignore social distancing measures this weekend, but this didn't happen. 

"By staying home you've saved lives."

Prince Charles thanks Sikh community

Number of deaths in New York exceeds 10,000

New York State has reported 671 more deaths in t he past 24 hours. 

The latest total takes the densely populated state's death toll over the milestone of 10,000.

Dominic Raab set to hold daily press briefing

The Foreign  Secretary is due to speak at 5pm

Nurse dies in London hospital

A Filipino nurse has died after contracting Covid-19 in London.

Melujean Ballesteros, 60, who is originally from the Philippines, died at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, on Sunday, just two days after being admitted.

Speaking to PA news agency, her son, Rainier, 37, said: "My mum is a dedicated and very caring nurse.

"She started her career in the UK in 2003, she loved her work as a nurse."

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