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Day 49: Key points from today's conference

Posted on May 2020 By Aaron Liffen

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Today's coronavirus update was led by senior cabinet minister Michael Gove, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. He was joined by Professor Stephen Powis, the national medical director of NHS England.

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

  • Mr Gove reveals 76,496 coronavirus tests were carried out in the 24 hours to 9am this morning. He announces 28,446 people have now died with coronavirus in the UK.

  • Mr Gove says the prime minister will say more this week about how people will be allowed to go back to work when the UK's lockdown is eased.

  • Gove says, over the Easter holidays, 60% of schools remained open for the children of key workers.

  • 200,000 key workers have been tested for the virus.

  • Prof Powis says Britons are continuing to respond to social distancing measures, and they have done so "magnificently". He admits there has been a "dip" in the number of coronavirus tests conducted over the weekend, but says the testing level is expected to increase over the coming days.

  • "The trend now is downwards", says Prof Powis as he displays a graph of the number of deaths in the UK. He adds the UK is through the peak of deaths.

  • Mr Gove says the government's five tests for lifting the lockdown are an "appropriate" way to measure that balance. Prof Powis says the harm that might be done as a direct effect due to the virus has to be balanced against the harms to health as a result of the lockdown.


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