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Day 48: Key points from today's conference

Posted on May 2020 By Aaron Liffen

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Today​'s daily coronavirus briefing was led by Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick, joined by England's deputy chief medical officer Dr Jenny Harries. Mr Jenrick begins by saying 105,937 coronavirus tests were "carried out" yesterday. The number of people who have tested positive has risen by 4,806 since the update on Friday.


Across all settings in the UK, 28,132 people have now died - an increase of 621. 


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

  • Mr Jenrick reiterates that the UK has "passed the peak of the virus" and reassures people that the prime minister will explain "how we will address the second phase" next week.

  • Data shows 182,260 people have tested positive - of those testing positive across all settings, 28,131 have now died, which is an increase of 621 fatalities since yesterday.

  • £76m for charities to help abuse and trafficking victims. Mr Jenrick announces that the Domestic Abuse Bill going through parliament will ensure victims get the priority need status they need to access local housing services much more easily. 

  • Mr Jenrick also talks about how the government is helping rough sleepers, including more than 5,4000 who have been offered temporary accommodation to help them "stay safe". That equates to over 90% of rough sleepers known to councils, he says.

  • Mr Jenrick says there are around 1.8 million extremely vulnerable people with pre-existing health conditions who are being told to shield by saying at home with no face to face contact with people other than their carers.

  • Those who don't have family or friends to support them are getting a basic weekly package of food and essentials, he explains, adding that the 1 millionth package will be delivered in the next few days.

  • The communities secretary finishes his announcements, and hands over to Dr Jenny Harries - one of England's deputy chief medical officers.  She is taking us through the slides on the latest data on areas including cases, deaths, transport use and hospital beds.

  • Jenrick says that "some groups of society are affected particularly seriously" by the virus  - and volunteers through the GoodSAM app are delivering food parcels to those who need it.

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