LiveCoronavirus in UK live blog as it happened: Dominic Raab says he's 'confident PM will pull through'

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Tuesday, 7th April 2020, 8:06 am
Updated Tuesday, 7th April 2020, 5:40 pm

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Coronavirus live blog, April 7

Last updated: Tuesday, 07 April, 2020, 14:24

758 more deaths in England

NHS England has recorded 758 new coronavirus hospital deaths in the past 24 hours in England.

Patients were aged between 23 and 102 years old and 29 of the 758 patients (aged between 23 and 99 years old) had no known underlying health condition.

Rishi Sunak to replace Dominic Raab if Foreign Secretary takes ill

Should Mr Raab be forced to self-isolate or take ill, Chancellor Rishi Sunak would be next in line to take over, Downing Street has said.

Boris Johnson is "stable" after spending the night in intensive care following a worsening of his coronavirus symptoms, Downing Street has said.

His spokesman said the move was a "precautionary step" in case he needed to be put on a ventilator.

"The Prime Minister has been stable overnight and remains in good spirits," the spokesman said.

"He is receiving standard oxygen treatment and breathing without any other assistance.

"He has not required mechanical ventilation or non-invasive respiratory support."

First Minister: 'we are willing you on Boris'

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has paid tribute to the Prime Minister during his stay in intensive care.

At a briefing at the Scottish Government's headquarters in Edinburgh, she said the Scottish cabinet wanted to send their best wishes, as well as those of the people of Scotland, to Boris Johnson, his fiancee and his family.

She said: "We are all willing you on Boris."

Nine prisoners have died with Covid-19

A total of nine prisoners have now died after contracting coronavirus, the PA news agency understands.

Three were inmates at HMP Littlehey, Cambridgeshire, with others being held at Birmingham, Manchester, Altcourse in Merseyside, Belmarsh in south-east London, Whatton in Nottinghamshire and a female prisoner at Low Newton, County Durham.

Some 107 prisoners had tested positive for Covid-19 in 38 jails as of 5pm on Sunday.

There are 19 prison staff in 12 jails who have contracted the virus, as well as four prison escort and custody services staff.

Michael Gove self-isolates

Senior minister Michael Gove is self-isolating after a family member displayed symptoms of Covid-19. 

Spain figures rise

After four days of reducing figures the Spanish daily death toll figure has risen to 743.

This represent an increase of more than 100 on the previous days total of 637.

A quick reminder of those most at risk from coronavirus

Children in Need and Comic Relief to come together for special televised event

BBC Children In Need and Comic Relief will come together for the first time in a special televised event, The Big Night In, to raise money for those affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Charlotte Moore, director BBC Content, said: "BBC One will bring the nation together for this special one-off live charity event.

"I would like to thank both BBC Children In Need and Comic Relief for joining forces in these unprecedented times to provide their support to local charities, projects and programmes across the whole UK; and to all of the stars taking part in this unmissable night of entertainment when the country needs it most."

Health minister tweets support for PM

Dominic Raab 'in charge of defences and security'

When asked who is in charge in terms of defences and security, Cabinet minister Michael Gove said Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

He told Good Morning Britain: "Dominic is in charge. I won't go into the details of the different national security decisions and protocols that there are but there are appropriate ways in which decisions can be taken in order to keep this country safe.

"The ultimate decisions are always taken by politicians and in this case the PM has asked Dominic to deputise for him, so it's Dominic as Foreign Secretary who's in charge."

Labour will work 'constructively' through coronavirus crisis

Newly appointed Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has said the party will work "constructively" with the Government to get through the coronavirus crisis.

"I know I speak on behalf of the whole country when I say our thoughts with the Prime Minister, his fiance and his family," he said.

"We have amongst the best staff doctors and nurses in the world in the hospital he is in so I know he will be well looked after. But people are clearly anxious.

"I know the business of government will continue. I was in touch with the Foreign Secretary last night, and I want to say that the Labour Party will act in the national interest.

"That's why I have offered to act constructively with the Government and support them where that's the right thing to do, and push them further where we need to do it."

Sir Iain Duncan Smith: 'Boris is a fighter'

Former Tory party leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith told BBC Breakfast: "The Boris I know is a fighter. He never gives up. His whole life has been about that, so I'm with him all the way as many of my friends and colleagues are."

Commenting on Mr Johnson's determination to carry on working over recent days, Sir Iain said: "The truth is, he's Prime Minister. He was elected to run this country, and no Prime Minister is going to suddenly say 'look, I'm not well, I'm just gonna let somebody else do it'.

"He does it up until the point, quite rightly, where he feels he can no longer contribute, because of the circumstances surrounding his illness. And I think he's done that. Now that may have taken its toll.

"Let's pray that Boris comes through. I'm sure he will. I believe strongly in his capability and his determination and the work of the doctors and the nurses in this wonderful NHS that we've got."

Boris Johnson 'far fitter than he looks'

According to Will Walden, Boris Johnson's former director of communications during his time as London mayor, the Prime Minister is a "really, really strong guy" and "far fitter than he looks".

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "He will whip anybody's backside on a tennis court, he runs regularly, he doesn't smoke, he drinks moderately.

"So I think if anyone is in a good position both physically and mentally to fight off the disease then the Prime Minister is that person."

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sends thoughts and prayers to Johnson

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said his thoughts and prayers are with Mr Johnson.

In a tweet, he said: "To my dear friend @BorisJohnson , my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, as you fight for a swift recovery.

"The people of Japan stand with the British people at this difficult time."

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