Daily Covid-19 briefing: PM 'in good spirits'

By Ben Fitzgerald - 6 April 2020


At today’s Covid-19 daily briefing, foreign secretary Dominic Raab, updated the country on the condition of Boris Johnson who was admitted to St Thomas' Hospital yesterday.

"He was admitted to hospital for tests as a precaution only," said Mr Raab.

"He's had a comfortable night in St Thomas', he's in good spirits, and he's being regularly updated.

"And he still remains in charge of the Government and we are getting on with all of the various strands of work to make sure at home and abroad we can defeat the virus and pull the country through coronavirus and the challenges that undoubtedly we're facing at the moment."

Mr Raab was joined by the government's chief medical adviser, Chris Whitty, and his deputy Dame Angela McLean. 

During the conference it was stated that: 

  • The government has repatriated thousands of Britons who were travelling or working abroad

  • The medical experts believe the restrictions imposed by the government are working, but it is too early to tell when they might end. We do not yet know when the peak of cases will be

  • The prime minister is working from hospital but will continue to follow medical advice. 

  • Dr Whitty expressed confidence in the development of antibody tests to tell who has had the disease, but we are not there yet and "it will take a while" to reach the optimal design

The number of people in the UK who have died from coronavirus has risen by 439 up to  5,373 according to the latest figures. In England 403 more people died having contracted coronavirus taking the death toll 4,897. In Wales, it went up by 27 to 193 and in Scotland it went up by two to 222.

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