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Day 21: Key points from today's conference

Posted on April 2020 By Jamie Southwell

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Opening the press conference tonight was Health Secretary Matt Hancock, and he was accompanied by Dr Jenny Harries the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England.

In preparation for the Queen to deliver her speech tonight at 20:00 BST, the conference was kept short and straight to the point.

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

  • Matt Hancock warns those who are disregarding the social distancing rules, saying "You are risking your own life and the lives of others, and you are making it hard for us all."

  • NHS now has over 9,000 ventilators, and we're told there is a target of 18,000 over the next week.

  • There have been no changes made to the daily exercise allowance rule, however Mr Hancock warned that there could be a possible ban on it if people continue to flout the restrictions set in place.

  • Dr Harries reassures us that there is still a priority for care homes and prisons to receive proper testing, but it is important to maintain hospitals at the top of the list.

  • The government is adapting PPE as we learn more about the virus, having been able to identify aerosol generating procedures as an area of concern, and further assessing where PPE will be required.

The overall amount of cases in the UK has now risen to 47,806, with that being 5,903 new cases since yesterday. Total number of deaths is now at 4,934.

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

Here's the full conference, courtesy of Downing Street: