Here are five things you should know about the coronavirus epidemic this Thursday evening. We will have another update for you Friday morning.
1. Objective of 100,000 tests per day
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has recovered from a coronavirus. His first appearance since his release from solitary confinement saw him deliver the government’s daily press conference, paying tribute to NHS workers who “gave their lives as a sacrifice.” He also said that a goal has been set for 100,000 tests per day by the end of the month. See more updates on our live page here.
2. Death of an actor and a songwriter
Eddie Large, lower right, best known for being part of the comedy duo Little and Large, died of coronavirus. He was 78 years old. It has also been reported that the American songwriter Adam Schlesinger, who was receiving treatment for Covid-19, has died at the age of 52.
3. Record job losses
There is clearly nothing more important than loss of life. Another huge impact is the loss of jobs – there are now almost 900,000 in Spain while the United States has registered 6.6 million new claims for unemployment benefits, which is a record.
4. Prepare to thank the NHS
Thousands of you looked out of your windows last Thursday, opened your front doors or stood out on the street to cheer on the NHS. And now it starts all over again. The second Clap for our caregivers will take place at 20:00 GMT.
5. Sing with the BBC
For the first time, five BBC radio stations have teamed up to broadcast the same program – a mass concert. Songs chosen by listeners included Prince’s Raspberry Beret and Florence + The Machine’s You Got the Love.
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