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. BST.
1. Warning regarding tracking and tracing
Time is running out to finalize a strategy to trace people who have been in contact with patients newly infected with a coronavirus, warn the leaders of the NHS. Without the system to alert potential carriers, they say, there is potential for a second wave of cases and “serious” consequences. PM says he will be in place by June 1.
2. Malaria pill tested for its effectiveness
A malaria pill taken by US President Donald Trump to ward off the virus – despite warnings that it can cause heart problems – is part of an ongoing trial in Oxford and Brighton.
3. The world has the highest daily increase in virus cases
The World Health Organization reports that 106,000 new cases have been reported worldwide in the past 24 hours – the largest daily increase recorded during the pandemic to date. The number of confirmed cases has exceeded five million, according to the American University Johns Hopkins.
4. Your tributes to those who died
From nurses to traders, doctors to bus drivers, the coronavirus has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people in the UK. We have gathered your tributes to the loved ones who disappeared behind the statistics.
5. Captain Tom fund distributes £ 20 million
The umbrella group NHS Charities Together began distributing the 32.8 million pounds raised by the sponsored march of army veteran Captain Tom Moore before his 100th birthday. The money will support hospital staff and patients, including providing tablets to help them stay in touch with loved ones, counseling, food and drink, and comfortable places to take a break.
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