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Day 20: Key points from today's conference

Posted on April 2020 By James Southwell

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Presenting tonight's press conference was the UK Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove, and he was joined by Prof Stephen Powis the National Medical Director of NHS England.

Tomorrow evening at 20:00 BST the Queen is expected to deliver a video message regarding the outbreak, filmed whilst she remains in self isolation at Windsor Castle.

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

  • Michael Gove reveals that hospital admissions have risen by 47% in the Midlands and 35% in Yorkshire and the North East, but the government is combatting this growth through speeding up the progress in turning the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre (NEC) into a 2,000 bed Nightingale hospital. Mr Gove also added that London's admissions fell slightly from the 1st to 2nd of April.

  • Today we received 300 new ventilators from China, and the first British made ventilators are set to be ready this weekend says the Cabinet Office Minister. These British ventilators have been produced by a line up of engineering, aerospace, and Formula One teams.

  • 'Deaths will continue to rise' warns Prof Stephen Powis, to those who think the spread of this disease is stagnating, and he wants to remind people that staying inside right now is critical to helping hold off pressure for the NHS.

  • ​A further seven healthcare workers have passed away from contracting the virus, adding to the number of those affected on the frontline after two nurses unfortunately passed away yesterday.

The overall amount of cases in the UK has now risen to 41,903, with that being 3,735 new cases since yesterday. Total number of deaths is now at 4,313.

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

Here's the full conference, courtesy of The Guardian: