Posted on May 2020 By Aaron Liffen
Today's government coronavirus conference was led by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who was joined by Prof John Newton, the national co-ordinator of the UK's Covid-19 testing programme.
Key points to take away from today's speech are:
37,048 have now died after testing positive for coronavirus - an increase of 134 reported deaths from yesterday. The health secretary also describes how, for the first time since 18 March, there were no deaths in a single day from coronavirus in Northern Ireland.
He says a new contract has been signed for the supply of billions of gloves. He says "significant progress" is now allowing the government to replenish the UK's stockpiles.
Mr Hancock announces the trial of anti-viral remdesivir in the treatment of coronavirus.
Prof Newton is running through the government's slides, which show there are currently 8,802 people in hospital with COVID-19, down from 10,118 this time last week.
Mr Hancock is asked about the growing number of Tory MPs publicly calling for Dominic Cummings to resign, and whether he feels the same. The health secretary replies: "What he did was within the guidelines, I understand why reasonable people take a different view." He adds: "The most important thing is we can get on and deal with the other issues."
Mr Hancock says the NHS test and trace programme will be "incredibly important" in implementing a "more targeted lockdown".
Hancock continues to be questioned on the actions of Dominic Cummings, mirroring the questions asked yesterday evening.
To read a brief summary of last night's points and important measures click here.