Coronavirus: morning update – BBC News


Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus epidemic this Friday morning. We will have another update for you at 6:00 p.m. GMT.

1. Test questions for government

Ministers are invited to explain how they will achieve their new goal of 100,000 coronavirus tests per day by the end of the month.

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2. Overhaul of the emergency loan scheme

The government is trying to make it easier for small businesses to access funds, as Treasury figures show that 130,000 inquiries have resulted in less than 1,000 loan approvals.

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3. Cases cross the million mark

There have been some 51,500 deaths worldwide, including 2,921 in the United Kingdom at the last count.

4. Opening of the coronavirus hospital

The Prince of Wales will later open the UK’s newest hospital, albeit via video link. NHS Nightingale in east London was built in just nine days.

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5. Tribute to key workers

On Thursday evening, the UK honored NHS staff, caregivers and other essential workers. Our short film captures the applause of the nation.

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Do not forget …

Take steps to protect yourself. Tap here to find out how.

You can find more information, tips and guides on our coronavirus page.

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