LiveCoronavirus in UK live blog as it happened: Dominic Raab says he's 'confident PM will pull through'

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Tuesday, 7th April 2020, 8:06 am
Updated Tuesday, 7th April 2020, 5:40 pm

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And so concludes today's daily press briefing. 

Government making progress on 100,000 tests a day

Raab has been asked on whether the government was on course to carry out 100,000 tests a day. 

Raab recites that there were 14,000 tests carried out in the last 24 hours which "showed progress".

Asked whether lockdown would be extended the foreign secretary said that it wasn't yet necessary to take our collective "foot off the pedal". 

Keeping discipline is vital in getting "out the other side as quickly and effectively as possible". 

Virus is indiscriminate

Raab says the virus is indiscriminate when asked if the government could have done more to protect the Prime Minister. 

Whitty concurs saying that even those who take strict measures can be infected due to the nature of the virus. 

Virus is indiscriminate

Raab says the virus is indiscriminate when asked if the government could have done more to protect the Prime Minister. 

Whitty concurs saying that even those who take strict measures can be infected due to the nature of the virus. 

Asked what the UK can learn from Germany Sir Patrick says that we are constantly looking to learn from other countries. 

Professor Chris Whitty adds that Germany were ahead on the testing front.

The trio are now taking questions. 

Dominic Raab says the cabinet are still following instructions left by the PM after he was asked if there was any disagreement between ministers. 

Sir Patrick Vallance then says that ICU capacity shouldn't be overwhelmed.

Sir Patrick: 'not seeing an acceleration'

As has become tradition at these press briefings Sir Patrick Vallance underlines that transport has dropped dramatically due to social distancing measures. 

He says this will result in fewer cases. 

He says we aren't seeing a dramatic "upswing" in cases. 

"What we are not seeing is an acceleration."

The aim remains to not see the number of cases overwhelm the NHS."

He says latest figures "suggest" that social distancing measures are working.

Raab: 'I'm confident the PM will pull through'

Dominic Raab begins by saying that the Prime Minister is constantly being monitored but remains in a stable condition. 

He says: "I'm confident he'll pull through, because he's a fighter".

He says "we will not flinch" at this crucial moment and that we will defeat the coronavirus. 

Daily press briefing imminent

Dominic Raab is set to hold the press briefing at 5pm.

Expect the PM's health to be front and centre of today's conference.

Evidence that plasma of survivors can be used to treat seriously ill

Doctors in China have found early evidence that the transfusion of plasma from coronavirus survivors to those severely suffering from the disease is an effective remedy against the respiratory illness. 

Professor Munir Pirmohamed, the president of the British Pharmacological Society said that the progress should be treated with caution. 

He said: "This was not a randomised trial and all patients also received other treatments including antivirals such as remdesivir, which are currently in trials for Covid-19.

“It is also important to remember that there are potential safety concerns with convalescent plasma, including transmission of other agents and antibody enhancement of disease,”

UK death toll jumps by 786

Raab to hold 5pm briefing

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will hold today's daily press briefing at 5pm. 

He will be joined by chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.

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