Coronavirus in UK live blog: latest as UK ministers expected to back three-week lockdown extension

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Thursday, 16th April 2020, 8:05 am
Updated Thursday, 16th April 2020, 8:06 am

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Coronavirus live blog, April 16

Last updated: Thursday, 16 April, 2020, 17:18

Lord Hague: 'International investigation' needed to determine coronavirus origins

Former foreign secretary Lord Hague has said it would be "very good to have an international investigation" to determine the origin of coronavirus.

The Conservative peer told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "Above all, of course, we need international agreement for the rigorous enforcement of the closure of wildlife markets, of live wildlife markets - that is generally thought to be the origin of this disease."

He said this is an illustration of how the UK "needs to work with China".

"But denouncing China in a nationalistic sense or withdrawing from the World Health Organisation is absolutely not the way to go about this, we are going to need structures, frameworks and international cooperation to solve problems like this from now on."

Health Secretary 'not proposing' to take a pay cut

After New Zealand's prime minister Jacinda Ardern said she and other lawmakers would have a reduced salary for six months, Matt Hancock has said he is not suggesting a pay cut for Government ministers.

Hancock told Good Morning Britain: "Everybody needs to do their bit, and the way I am doing my bit is working every hour God sends."

Pressed on taking a pay cut, he said: "I'm not proposing to do that, but what I am proposing to do is work every hour that there is."

ITV to broadcast thank you from NHS after Clap For Carers

ITV will broadcast a two-minute tribute from doctors, nurses and care staff on the front line thanking people for supporting them and for staying at home during the lockdown.

The short clip will air at 8.02pm tonight, April 16, straight after the weekly Clap For Carers mass round of applause.

NHS staff say "your clapping echoes through every hospital" in the video, which ends with doctors and nurses clapping and saying "this is for you."

Video of Health Secretary quizzed on pay cut

Government orders 15,000 ventilators off the back of ventilator challenge

The first newly-adapted ventilator design from the Government's Ventilator Challenge has received regulatory approval, the Cabinet Office said.

Penlon's Prima ES202 model has been authorised by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for use in hospitals and the Government has confirmed an order has been made for 15,000 of the devices.

The first 40 will be sent to the military logistics hub MoD Donnington today for distribution to the NHS.

Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said: "The approval of Penlon's device underlines the significant progress being made in the Ventilator Challenge.

"I pay tribute to the incredible ingenuity and commitment of our manufacturing industry, coming together as part of the national effort to protect the NHS and save lives."

Adivce for staying at home

It looks like we're on the brink of a lockdown extension. With that in mind here are some tips on staying at the home from the NHS:

Rishi Sunak celebrates Captain Tom Moore

UK have capacity to carry out 35,000 tests a day

Downing Street has said the UK now has the capacity to conduct 35,000 coronavirus tests a day - although fewer than half that number are currently being carried out.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said that in the 24 hours up to 9am on Wednesday, 15,994 tests were carried out across England, Scotland and Wales.

Of those, 13,950 were carried out by NHS England, Public Health England and the devolved administrations.

A further 2,040 were conducted at drive-through sites for NHS staff and their families.

Total testing capacity includes 20,771 in public facilities and a further 14,300 through commercial testing facilities.

"We have been very clear that where there is spare capacity available that should be used on NHS staff, on their families, and in social care," the spokesman said.

740 new deaths in England

NHS England has announced 740 new deaths of people who tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 12,396.

Of the 740 new deaths announced today:

- 151 occurred on April 15

- 314 occurred on April 14

- 122 occurred on April 13

861 new deaths in the UK

Chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty revealed that a rise was expected today due to a delay in retrieving data over the Easter weekend.

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