Coronavirus in the UK live blog as it happened: call for Covid-19 care home deaths to be published daily as 521 more deaths announced outside of hospitals

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Tuesday, 14th April 2020, 5:55 pm
As of 14 April, the number of worldwide coronavirus cases has neared 2 million (Photo: Shutterstock)
As of 14 April, the number of worldwide coronavirus cases has neared 2 million (Photo: Shutterstock)

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Coronavirus live blog, April 14

Last updated: Tuesday, 14 April, 2020, 17:18

Eamonn Holmes issues clarification to 5G claims

A mobile phone mast in Huddersfield has been burned down with many suggesting that it was the target of an attack by conspiracy theorists who link 5G to the transmission of coronavirus.

40 more deaths in Scotland

A total of 615 patients have died in Scotland after testing positive for coronavirus, up by 40 from 575 on Monday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said.

She said 6,358 people have now tested positive for the virus in Scotland, up by 291 from 6,067 the day before.

Dominic Cummings back in 10 Downing Street

The Prime Minister's chief aide Dominic Cummings is back in Downing Street after recovering from coronavirus symptoms.

Number 10 was questioned about why Mr Cummings did not appear to be maintaining a two-metre gap from fellow aide Cleo Watson.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "He is back in Number 10 and working today."

The spokesman said "everybody in Number 10 continues to practice social distancing, which means staying two metres apart wherever possible".

778 new deaths in the UK

UK's economy likely to contract by 35%

The UK economy is likely to contract by 35% in the second quarter of 2020 before bouncing back quickly, if a lockdown remains in place for three months, with a three month period of a partial lifting, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR).

In the scenario, experts at the independent group told the Government that unemployment would rise to 10% of the working population, but will ease off later in the year, and public sector net borrowing is forecast to reach 15% of GDP making it the largest single-year deficit since the Second World War.

Starmer: Care homes on the front line of the crisis

Starmer: Care homes on the front line of the crisis

Rishi Sunak to hold today's daily press briefing

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to hold today's daily press briefing at 5pm

More reports of arson attacks on phone masts

Another 20 suspected arson attacks against phone masts occurred over the Easter weekend amid concern about conspiracy theories linking 5G to coronavirus.

Among them was an incident in Dagenham, where two 19-year-old men and an 18-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of arson, as well as a fire in Huddersfield involving a mast used by emergency services.

The chief executive of Vodafone said one of the sites targeted over the weekend provides mobile connectivity to the Nightingale hospital in Birmingham.

"Burning down masts means damaging important national infrastructure," explained Nick Jeffery.

"In practice, this means families not being able to say a final goodbye to their loved ones; hard-working doctors, nurses, and police officers not being able to phone their kids, partners or parents for a comforting chat."

Rishi Sunak will be joined by Professor Stephen Powis, NHS England's medical director, and Professor Yvonne Doyle, from Public Health England at today's briefing.

As ever we will be providing live updates from the press conference.

Rishi Sunak is speaking now. 

He says that the OBR's (Office for Budget Responsibility) figures are just a forecast. 

He says the OBR predict a bounceback in growth and that economic hardships will be temporary. 

He says the OBR was clear in saying if we hadn't taken measures there would have been greater issues for the economy. 

He reiterated that whatever the NHS needs the NHS will get.

He says the latest figures are a reminder to stay at home in order to protect the NHS.

Professor Simon Stephens is speaking now. 

Analysing data slides he underlines that it's important that we continue to follow social distancing instructions. 

The trio are now taking questions. 

On the use of out-of-hospital deaths in daily statistics Professor Yvonne Doyle says the government are working with ONS to speed up the process of delivering these numbers. 

She says that it's important to make sure the correct cause of death is attributed. 

On care home victims the Chancellor insists that they have not been forgotten in terms of support. 

Simon Stephens then explains that because there are fewer hospitals it is easier to provide death figures on a daily basis. 

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