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Day 25: Key points from today's conference

Posted on April 2020 By James Southwell

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Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab opened tonight's coronavirus press conference, with him were Prof Chris Whitty the UK Government's Chief Medical Adviser, and Sir Patrick Vallance the UK's Chief Scientific Adviser.

The government reveals that 27% of patients tested for the virus have been confirmed as having it, that's 243,421 people who've been checked and 65,077 having come back positive.

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

  • Even though Easter Weekend is but a day away, the guidance to stay indoors and avoid large gatherings is still precedent. The Foreign Secretary apologies to everyone who will be missing out on spending the holiday with their families and friends, but it's just too much of a crucial time to let up now.

  • "We're beginning to see the first signs of this levelling off" says Sir Patrick Vallance whilst referring to the graph below which showcases the number of occupied hospital beds across the country.

  • He further explained that if we weren't following the measures set in place, not only would the number of occupied hospital beds rise, but so would the pressure on the NHS in dealing with patients in Critical Care.

  • Dominic Raab announces the government has plans to show their appreciation and 'formally recognise' the efforts from frontline workers, but didn't reveal what those plans would involve.

The overall amount of cases in the UK has now risen to 65,077, with that being 4,344 new cases since yesterday. Total number of deaths is now at 7,978.

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

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