/Coronavirus map LIVE: Terrifying study shows TRUE scale of UK outbreak – death toll up 428

Coronavirus map LIVE: Terrifying study shows TRUE scale of UK outbreak – death toll up 428

An average of 148,000 people in England had COVID-19 between April 27 and May 10, according to new estimates from the Office for National Statistics. The estimate was based on swab tests performed on 10,705 people across 5,276 households, rather than in hospitals or care homes. This latest study also estimated that 1.33 percent of those working in patient-facing healthcare roles, or resident-facing social care roles, tested positive for coronavirus in the two-week period.

This includes NHS professionals, such as nurses and doctors, as well as social care workers, such as nursing home or home care workers.

A spokesman for the ONS had earlier said: “The statistical bulletin will be the first of a regular release of analysis of the Covid-19 infection survey results and will contain updated information about the estimated number of people in England who are currently infected with Covid-19.

“Further analysis, including regional breakdowns, is being planned to give more insight into the spread of the virus in this country in the coming weeks.’

The release of the study comes as the Department of Health announced a further 428 people had died from COVID-19.

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Coronavirus map LIVE: A shock new study has revealed the areas of England most at risk from COVID-19 (Image: GETTY)

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Coronavirus map LIVE: A study found a high infection rate in the North East and Yorkshire (Image: joshuablake.github.io/public-RTM-reports)

The figures showed 33,614 people had now died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Wednesday

The Government has also exceeded its daily targets for 100,000 coronavirus tests.

In the 24-hour period up to 9am this morning, 126,064 tests were conducted or sent out.

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Coronavirus map LIVE: The average R value throughout England (Image: EXPRESS)

2.10pm update: Further 428 people die from coronavirus in UK

The Department of Health has announced a further 428 people have died from COVID-19.

The latest figures show 33,614 people have now died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for COVID-19 in the UK as of 5pm on Wednesday.

The Government also exceeded its daily targets for 100,000 coronavirus tests.

In the 24-hour period up to 9am this morning, 126,064 tests were conducted or sent out.

2pm update: Nearly 150,000 people had coronavirus in two-week period – ONS study

An average of 148,000 people in England had COVID-19 between April 27 and May 10, according to new estimates from the Office for National Statistics.

The estimate was based on swab tests performed on 10,705 people across 5,276 households, rather than in hospitals or care homes.

This latest study also estimated that 1.33 percent of those working in patient-facing healthcare roles, or resident-facing social care roles, tested positive for coronavirus in the two-week period.

This includes NHS professionals, such as nurses and doctors, as well as social care workers, such as nursing home or home care workers.

12.53pm update: ‘Virus is a fire in retreat’ – Varadkar

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said: “The crucial thing is to keep doing the right things, to stick to the strategy and maintain our focus, to expect and look for new clusters and flare-ups.

“This virus is a fire in retreat. We must quench its every spark and stamp out every ember.

“It’s worth remembering that we are still in phase zero.

“All things going to plan, phase one will begin, if and only if it’s safe to do so.

The moment we assume that our progress through the phases is inevitable, we risk going backwards.

“As we open workplaces, we will see more workplace clusters and need to be vigilant about that.”

12.30pm update: Varadkar confident Ireland can soon move to next phase of lockdown measures

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said his Government is “increasingly confident” the country will be able to move to phase one of its coronavirus lockdown measures on Monday.

He told the Irish parliament: “The first steps to reawaken our economy will be done in a slow and gradual way.

“As we are seeing around the world, it is not a straight path. Sometimes progress is halted and there are setbacks.

“Whilst every death is of concern, in the last seven days we’ve seen the lowest daily number of deaths and cases since March.”

11.52am update: Sadiq Khan warns transport services will be cut without an immediate Government grant

Transport for London (TfL) will be forced to reduce services unless it receives a Government grant, the capital’s Mayor Sadiq Khan has warnede.

He told LBC radio: “We’d have to reduce the bus services we provide, we’d have to reduce the Tube services we provide to save money,” he said.

“If we don’t get the deal done today, the CFO (chief financial officer) of TfL has legal duties that he has to follow.”

Mr Khan said TfL is legally treated like a local authority, which means “we have to be able to balance the books”.

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Coronavirus map LIVE: The number of A&E admissions to hospitals in England plummeted last month (Image: PA)

11.20am update: More than three quarters of firms apply for furlough scheme – survey

A survey has revealed 76 percent firms in Britain have applied for the Government’s job retention scheme to help them through the coronavirus lockdown.

Just over three-quarters firms responding to the ONS survey from April April 20 until May 3 said they had applied – up from 66 percent in the previous fortnightly survey.

On Tuesday, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the programme was costing around £8 billion each month – about two-thirds of the cost of running England’s health service – as he extended it until the end of October.

But companies will have to contribute to its costs from August onwards.

The ONS said just over 5,000 firms responded to its survey, or about a quarter of total it contacted.

10.48am update: Spain’s daily death toll at highest in nearly a week

The death toll in Spain from coronavirus increased on Thursday above 200 for the first time since May 8.

The country’s health ministry said a further 217 people had died, with the death toll rising from 27,104 to 27,321.

There are also now 229,540 conformed coronavirus cases in Spain.

10.31am update: A&E attendances in England at record low

The number A&E attendances and emergency admissions to hospitals in England have fallen to their lowest figure on record in the face of coronavirus.

The data shows 900,000 attendances were recorded in April, whice was down by more than half (57 percent) from 2.1 million a year earlier.

NHS England, which produced the figures, said the fall was “likely to be a result of the Covid-19 response”.

Emergency admissions to A&E departments in England also fell 39 percent to 326,581 last month from 535,226 in April 2019.

This is the lowest number reported for any calendar month since current records began.

10.17am update: New study reveals unexpected heart of UK crisis – shock R-rate chart

The coronavirus infections rate is twice as big in two other areas of England than in the highly populated capital of London, a shock new study on the R-rate has revealed.

Research from a joint Public Health England (PHE) and University of Cambridge modelling group found every ten people in London will pass on the virus to four others.

But in the northeast and Yorkshire, ten people will pass it onto eight others.

In both cases the R rate, which produces an average of how many others each person will pass coronavirus onto, is below one at 0.4 and 0.8 respectively.

The estimated figures form the basis of forecasts used by the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (Sage) and regional Public Health England teams.

The report also suggests the R for the whole of England is 0.75, while it is 0.71 in eastern England, 0.68 in the Midlands, 0.73 in thew northeast, 0.71 in the southeast and 0.76 in the southwest.

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Coronavirus map LIVE: The infection rate in London was half of that seen in the North East and Yorkshire (Image: joshuablake.github.io/public-RTM-reports)

10am update: More than 270,000 coronavirus tests carried out in Ireland

The had of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Paul Reid said the body has had “significant” challenges in the testing process, including around supplies of swabs and PPE.

He added: “We faced significant backlogs which resulted in a poor experience for a lot of people.

“We have been rightly judged in that.

“I have never seen so much change happening so quickly, however we need to improve where we are at.”

9.26am update: ’75 to 100′ children in UK infected by disease linked to coronavirus

Professor Russell Viner, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said parents should be aware of the rare inflammatory disease, they don’t need to be overly concerned.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “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.

“This is a new syndrome. It appears to be happening mostly after coronavirus infection, we believe it’s where the body’s immune system overreacts to coronavirus.”

Professor Viner added: “The important thing to say is most are being treated well, many are going home, most haven’t gone to intensive care units.”

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Coronavirus map LIVE: Leo Varadkar is encouraged with the progress Ireland is making in lockdown (Image: GETTY)

9.19am update: Jeremy Hunt hits out at speed of results from test, trace and isolate

The Chairman of the Health Select Committee warned it is taking “much too long” for COVID-19 tests results to be processed.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The thing that will get public confidence behind this is if they know it is happening fast, and the lock-jam at the moment is that it is taking much too long for the test results to come back.

“If you call up because you have got Covid symptoms, you really need test results back in 48 hours.

“Within that window, we need to contact everyone who you have been near in the last three or four days.

“That’s really got to happen very, very fast, otherwise there’s no point.”

9.15am update: Government wants to roll out new ‘game-changer’ antibody test to frontline workers first

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Health minister Edward Argar said: “We’re in discussion at the moment with Roche on this.

“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.

“But 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.

“Because this really will be – as the Prime Minister said – this has the potential to be a game-changer.”

9.04am update: Germany announces nearly 1,000 new cases

The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Germany has increased by 933 to stand at 172,239, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Thursday.

The reported death toll rose by 89 to 7,723.

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Coronavirus map LIVE: New data on the number of infected people in England will be released on Thursday (Image: GETTY)

8.59am update: Australia posts huge surge in unemployment

The latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed employment plummeted by 594,300 in April – the largest fall on record.

The unemployment rate surged to a four-and-a-half year high of 6.2 percent, compared to 5.2 percent in March.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a televised media briefing: “This is a tough day for Australia, a very tough day.

“Terribly shocking, although not unexpected.”

8.52am update: Brazil surpasses France to become sixth-worst hit country from coronavirus infections

The South American country registered a record number of new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, with 11,385 fresh cases in the last 24 hours, bringing its total count to 188,974.

Brazil is now the sixth-worst hit country after surpassing France, which has revised its total number of confirmed and suspected cases down 0.3% to 177,700.

On Wednesday, Brazil predicted its economy would shrink 4.7 percent this year – the biggest annual fall since records began more than a century ago.

8.45am update: ONS to publish figures on how many people in England have COVID-19

The Office for National Statistics will release figures later today on how may people in England currently have coronavirus.

The early results from 7,087 people, which examined them from April 26 to May 8, estimated 0.24 percent of the country’s population were currently positive for COVID-19 – or around 136,000 people.

A spokesman for the ONS said: “The statistical bulletin will be the first of a regular release of analysis of the Covid-19 infection survey results and will contain updated information about the estimated number of people in England who are currently infected with Covid-19.

“Further analysis, including regional breakdowns, is being planned to give more insight into the spread of the virus in this country in the coming weeks.”

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Coronavirus map LIVE: Jeremy Hunt has criticised the speed of results from test, trace and isolate (Image: GETTY)

8.20pm update: UK economy could fall 25 percent in current quarter – warning

The UK economy shrank by two percent during the first three months of this year, with the lockdown only having being enforced during the final week of March.

Dr Garry Young of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research told the BBC: “The figures on Wednesday pointed to 2%, which many people seemed to be alarmed at. But you haven’t seen anything yet.

“Our estimate is, GDP will fall by about 25% in the current quarter. Over the whole year it will depend on how quickly the lockdown is eased.”

8am update: ‘Game-changing’ antibody test with 100% accuracy is READY

The first coronavirus antibody test kit has been approved by Public Health England (PHE).

An antibody test can detect if a person has had coronavirus before and has since recovered, and has been regarded as essential for reopening the UK from the pandemic lockdown.

Swiss healthcare company Roche developed antibody kits with 100 percent accuracy.

This accuracy has now been confirmed by experts from PHE’s Porton Down facility last week.

And now the Department of Health is in negotiations with Roche to buy millions of the testing kit.

Roche said they stand ready to provide hundreds of thousands of laboratory-based tests to the NHS each week.

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