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Day 27: Key points from today's conference

Posted on April 2020 By Aaron Liffen

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​Priti Patel leads today's UK coronavirus briefing joined by Martin Hewitt, chair of the National Police Chiefs' Council, and Steve Powis, NHS England medical director.

917 new COVID-19 deaths have been recorded in the UK - taking the total to 9,875.

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

  • Downing Street says Boris Johnson is making "very good progress" as he recovers

  • The home secretary says that 334,974 COVID-19 tests have been carried out across the UK, with 78,991 people testing positive, with currently 20,101 people being treated in hospital.

  • Ms Patel has announced the launch of a new public awareness raising campaign highlighting domestic abuse during the coronavirus pandemic adding "Coronavirus has opened Britain’s enormous heart and shown our love and compassion for one another as we come together to help those most in need," Some £2 million funding will be provided to bolster domestic abuse helplines and online support, the home secretary announced.

  • Chair of the National Police Chiefs' Council Martin Hewitt, is giving information about incidents police are dealing with during the coronavirus crisis, saying a man has been jailed for stealing PPE from a London hospital. Overall, there has been a 21% drop in crime in the past four weeks, compared to the same period last year, he said.

  • Police from 37 forces in England and Wales had issued 1,084 fines for breaches of coronavirus regulations as of Thursday.

  • Mr Hewitt praised the work of officers who have looked after vulnerable people in their communities stating: "Fighting the virus, protecting the NHS and saving lives is a national effort and police have stepped up in their work alongside communities to support those hardest hit by the virus."

On questions raised regarding PPE (Personal Protective Equiment) Priti Patel says there is a clear plan to increase the supply during the pandemic. When asked if she would apologise over "the lack of PPE", she replied: "I'm sorry if people feel there have been failings." However, has said the government was facing "uprecedented" demand and pressure.

The overall amount of cases in the UK has now risen to 78,991, with that being 5,223 new cases since yesterday. Total number of deaths is now at 9,875.

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