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Govt coronavirus news briefing

Govt Covid-19 news update 20 April – PPE – Businesses

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Govt Covid-19 news update 20 April – from Downing Street 

Govt Covid-19 news update 20 April – Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak MP chairs the briefing.

Rishi Sunak: Gov unloaded a shipment of 140,000 gowns form Myanmar.  More than 140,000 firms applied for relief from the government’s furlough scheme. Number of tests 19,316 for Covid-19 have been carried out in the last 24 hours. Twelve thousand loans have gone out to small businesses.

Professor Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director of Public Health England

Professor Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director of Public Health England. Lack of PPE is of concern. Make very best use of what is available. The hospital data does not tell the whole story of total deaths.

Dame Angela McLean, Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser

Dame Angela McLean, Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser: Across the country remains stable. London numbers fallen fewer people in hospital each day. Rail and Tube use is down by 90% in April compared with February.

The Department of Health says the total number of patients who have died in hospital in the UK after testing positive for Covid-19 has risen by 449 to 16,509

This daily briefing also has question and answer from journalists.  They given via video link.

The issue of PPE kits is not going away and some medics are threatening not to work with Covid-19 patients if new ones not available. Government promised to make enough available and having problems with a supply from Turkey.  It was meant to arrive yesterday and didn’t no will it arrive today?

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