Coronavirus in UK live blog as it happened: Prime Minister in hospital as a precaution

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Monday, 6th April 2020, 8:00 am
Updated Monday, 6th April 2020, 5:50 pm

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Coronavirus live blog, April 6

Last updated: Monday, 06 April, 2020, 16:57

Nurse and midwife becomes latest healthcare casualties

A third British nurse has died with coronavirus. 

Liz Glanister, described as a "long-serving nurse" died with the disease on Friday after years of service at Aintree University Hospital. 

It was also confirmed that midwife Lynsay Coventry of Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust in Harlow died on Thursday.

Deaths in Spain fall again

The number of new deaths recorded in Spain has fallen for the fourth consecutive day. 

The number of deaths announced by the government in Spain on Monday was 637, down from  670 on Sunday.

Huw Edwards reveals pneumonia battle

Dominic Raab chairs daily coronavirus meeting

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab chaired the daily coronavirus meeting on Monday morning, while the Prime Minister remains in hospital, Downing Street has said.

It is thought that Raab would temporarily take charge of the country if Boris Johnson was to become incapacitated 

Chris Whitty 'returns to work'

Parks may be closed

Parks are a "lifeline" but some might continue to be closed if people keep breaking social distancing rules, the chairman of the Local Government Association's culture, tourism and sport board said.

Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson said: "This is a national emergency and the minority of people who do not adhere to the guidance need to change their behaviour to keep us all safe. Councils are constantly monitoring the situation regarding our parks.

"Councils know that parks are a lifeline for residents needing to get some exercise or fresh air and are great for physical and mental wellbeing.

"This is why councils want to keep parks open, but people need to follow the social distancing advice, otherwise councils will be reluctantly forced to close them as a last resort to help prevent the coronavirus spreading."

Nine more deaths in Scotland, including care worker

Over 12,000 volunteers in Scotland

If antibody tests don't work government will seek refunds

Downing Street will seek refunds from companies that cannot improve the failed antibody tests ordered by the Government.

"No test so far has proved to be good enough to use," the PM's official spokesman said, raising accuracy concerns.

"We continue to work with the testing companies, we're in a constant dialogue with them and we give feedback to them when their products fail to meet the required standards.

"If the tests don't work then the orders that we placed will be cancelled and wherever possible we will recover the costs."

Labour MP in hospital

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