LiveCoronavirus live blog: latest updates as British national with Covid-19 dies on cruise ship

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Wednesday, 1st April 2020, 8:03 am
Updated Wednesday, 1st April 2020, 11:38 am

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Coronavirus live blog, April 1

Last updated: Wednesday, 01 April, 2020, 13:42

Premier League footballer unable to breathe because of coronavirus

Testing capactiy stands at 12,750

Downing Street said the current coronavirus testing capacity stands at 12,750 - but only 8,630 tests were carried out on Monday.

The PM's spokesman said: "In terms of testing, as you know the NHS and Public Health England are working to increase the capacity.

"Current testing capacity stands at 12,750. On Monday March 30, 8,630 UK tests were carried out.

"A clear instruction has been sent to all NHS hospital trusts that where there is capacity available it should be used on testing frontline staff and we would hope to see that happening."

All Edinburgh festivals have been cancelled

Fergus Linehan, festival director, Edinburgh International Festival, said: "We are hugely disappointed to announce this cancellation but given the current outlook we believe it is the correct decision.

"The Edinburgh International Festival was born out of adversity - an urgent need to reconnect and rebuild. The current crisis presents all at the festival with a similar sense of urgency. Work begins straight away on a 2021 festival season that will boost both our spirits and our economy."

British national dies on cruise ship

A British national is among four people to have died on a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship embroiled in a bitter dispute over plans to disembark passengers in the US, according to Press Association.

In what is being described as an unfolding humanitarian crisis, so far two of the four people to have died on the cruise ship Zaandam have been confirmed to have had Covid-19, with nine people on board testing positive and 189 reporting flu-like symptoms.

Spain death toll up by 864

The number of people in Spain who have died with coronavirus has increased by 864 to 9,053.

This is the highest 24-hour increase recorded by the country

Jenrick: 'The next few weeks will get worse before they get better'

Housing and Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "The next few weeks will likely get worse before they get better."

He said community transmission "may have decreased" although it will take "a few weeks to feed through to hospital admissions".

"We, as citizens, as individuals, all we can do is to continue to adhere to that advice as much as we possibly can.

"And in doing so help to reduce social contact, help to protect the NHS, and then we may start to see, we hope we will see significant improvements flowing through in the next week or two."

'A reminder that the disease affects everyone'

The deaths of a 13-year-old and a 19-year-old with coronavirus is a reminder that the disease affects everyone.

Housing and Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick told BBC Breakfast: "Every death is a tragedy, but two young people dying is even more sobering.

"It does remind us all that this is a virus that's indiscriminate.

"It doesn't just affect the elderly, or those who are extremely vulnerable because of their pre-existing conditions, although those people do need to take particular care.

"It can affect all of us and I think many young people have felt, or some young people have felt, almost invincible, and you saw that in some of the scenes a couple of weeks ago of young people out enjoying themselves when we first started to implement some of the social distancing measures.

"I think now everybody in the country understands and appreciates the seriousness of the situation, and is following the medical advice, which is to stay at home, by doing so protect the NHS and help to save lives."

Sadiq Khan: 'Too many people are not staying at home'

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has been questioned about photos showing crowded Tube platforms at rush hour.

"There is a concern that still too many people who really, really should not be going to work are using public transport during the rush hour," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

"The key message is unless you really have to get to work, work from home, and if you do have to go into work, please avoid the rush hour."

Mr Khan said, as of Tuesday, there had been a 94% reduction in Tube use compared to the same day in 2019, and an 85% reduction in bus use.

He added a "large number" of TfL staff are "self-isolating or are sick with Covid-19".

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