Coronavirus: morning update – BBC News


Here are five things you should know about the coronavirus outbreak this Thursday morning. We will have another update for you at 6:00 p.m. GMT.

1. More tests needed

Only 2,000 of the approximately 500,000 front line NHS workers in England have been tested for coronavirus. With ministers under fire, Boris Johnson says the tests “will unlock the coronavirus puzzle”.

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2.500 dead per day

There have been 563 deaths among patients with Covid-19 within 24 hours – the largest daily increase to date. As the number of cases continues to increase, you can find out how many there are in your area.

3. Military support

Up to 3,000 additional armed forces reservists are called in to strengthen the medical and logistical response to the pandemic. Service personnel have previously helped build the Nightingale Temporary Hospital in East London, below.

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4. Cases in the world close to a million

The number of people infected worldwide will reach one million within a few days, said the head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Follow the latest developments around the world.

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5. Stand near your radio

Join the Great British Singalong at nine o’clock this morning when BBC Radio 1,1Xtra, Radio 2,6,6 Music and the Asian network will each play a morale-boosting song selected by listeners to be broadcast on all five pop stations.

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Do not forget …

The rules for exercise, travel and shopping during the lockout. Click here for the drop-down list.

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

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