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Thursday, 14th May 2020, 7:59 am
Updated Thursday, 14th May 2020, 6:03 pm

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Coronavirus live blog, May 14

Last updated: Thursday, 14 May, 2020, 14:30

Restrictions still necessary in Scotland

The Scottish First Minister, speaking at her daily briefing, said while the restrictions placed on people were "more difficult with every day that passes" they were still necessary.

Nicola Sturgeon said the lockdown in Scotland was making a difference, adding: "By staying at home we are continuing to slow down the spread of the virus and reduce the number of new cases of it we are seeing every day."

Ms Sturgeon said despite the "really horrible, grim figures" in the daily updates "we are undoubtedly saving lives".

She praised Scots for "continuing to do the right thing", adding: "This truly is a national collective endeavour that all of us are contributing to."

Frontline workers will be first to receive antibody tests

A test to find out whether people have been infected with coronavirus in the past has been approved by health officials and is likely to be rolled out to frontline workers first.

Public Health England (PHE) said the antibody test, developed by Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche, was a "very positive development" after experts at its Porton Down facility gave it the green light.

The test - which Prime Minister Boris Johnson has previously called a "game-changer" - picks up 100% of cases where somebody has had coronavirus in the past.

Robert Jenrick on care homes crisis

BA plan to go ahead with 12,000 redundancies

Plans to make 12,000 British Airways workers redundant, which is equivalent to more than a quarter of the workforce, remain unchanged despite the Government's extension of the coronavirus furlough scheme to the end of October, the airline's owner has said.

IAG chief executive Willie Walsh, in a letter to the Transport Select Committee where he gave evidence on Monday, added British Airways has processed cash refunds on 921,000 bookings, with vouchers given on a further 346,000 bookings.

Parents don't need to be 'too concerned' with inflammatory disease linked to coronavirus

Professor Russell Viner, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, has said "75 to 100" children in the UK have been affected by a rare inflammatory disease linked to coronavirus.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that parents should be aware of the illness, but they do not need to be "too concerned".

"We can count the number of children that have died with coronavirus on the fingers of two hands, compared to over 30,000 in adults. And that tells us most of what we need to know," he said.

He said there were "very few cases, 75 to 100 across the country", adding: "The important thing to say is most are being treated well, many are going home, most haven't gone to intensive care units."

London public transport use up

Transport for London has said there were 10% more Tube journeys made between 5am and 6am on Thursday than the same period last week, although demand has fallen compared with Wednesday.

New antibody test a 'game changer'

Health minister Edward Argar has said the Government will roll out a new "game-changer" antibody test to frontline workers first.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Mr Argar said: " We are keen to get as many as quickly as we can and get them out, primarily to the front line first, the NHS, social care and then more widely.

"It's only just gone through the Public Health England assessment as being reliable, as doing the job, and therefore we are having those discussions.

"As the Prime Minister said - this has the potential to be a game-changer."

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Argar said: "It has only just got the green light.

"So we're not in a position yet to roll it out to the public and have those tests ready to go."

WHO: 'Coronavirus may never go away'

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that coronavirus "may never go away", 

At a briefing on Wednesday, WHO emergencies director Dr Mike Ryan warned that even if a vaccine is found, controlling the virus will require a "massive effort".

"It is important to put this on the table: this virus may become just another endemic virus in our communities, and this virus may never go away," Dr Ryan told the virtual press conference from Geneva.

"HIV has not gone away - but we have come to terms with the virus."

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