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Day 10: Key points from Prime Minister's speech

Posted on March 2020 By Jamie Southwell

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Boris Johnson kicks off tonight with his latest press conference. He was joined by the UK’s Chief Medical Adviser, Prof. Chris Whitty, and Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK’s Chief Scientific Adviser.

More than 400,000 people have signed up to be volunteers for the NHS in assisting with delivering things such as supplies, medicines, and more for those 1.5 million people trapped in isolation for the next 12 weeks. All of these volunteers are from last night's conference where Matt Hancock announced they would 250,000 people to assist over the next few months.

Key points to take away from today's speech are:

  • After the announcement of 3.5 million antibody tests being made, Prof. Chris Whitty says we're "quite close" to seeing these, but they haven't finished being evaluated yet.

  • Sir Patrick Vallance says 'they don't know the UK-wide infection rate', which is why testing is so crucial right now.

  • 'Any world class health service has only limited numbers of doctors, nurses and specialist equipment' is something the PM wants us to remember, and that the NHS is only able to combat this virus with the resources they have.

The overall amount of cases in the UK has now risen to 8,227, with that being 150 new cases since yesterday.
Total number of deaths is now at 433.

To read a brief summary of last night's points and important measuresclick here.

Here's the full conference, courtesy of BBC: