Coronavirus map LIVE: Spain sees 637 patients die overnight – total cases now up 135,032

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Mr Sánchez also extended lockdown measures until 25 April, saying the restrictions were “saving lives” and the Spain was managing to “flatten the curve”.

In the UK, Downing Street has affirmed that Boris Johnson is still able to lead the country and his admission to hospital due to coronavirus symptoms was only a precautionary measure

The Prime Minister was admitted after his coronavirus symptoms persisted for 10 days, a No 10 spokesperson has said. He was taken to an NHS London hospital on Sunday evening. Mr Johnson is aged 55, he is not in a severe risk group, but will undergo further tests at the hospital.

The death rate from Covid 19 in the UK continues to mount.

The number of people to die with the virus in the UK has reached 4,934.

New critical care beds have been brought online recently, but the NHS is still under extreme stress because of the influx of sick patients.

In a rare speech on Sunday, the Queen thanked people for following government rules to stay at home and praised those “coming together to help others”.

She also thanked key workers, saying “every hour” of work “brings us closer to a return to more normal times”.


1.00 pm update: Boris Johnson is to remain in hospital for observation and will not be expected to leave today

BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg said: “PM is remaining in hospital for observation, said to be in good spirits but not expected to leave hospital today.”

12.26 am update: BBC newsreader Huw Edwards reveals he’s been in hospital with pneumonia.

In a tweet, veteran presenter Huw Edwards says he’ll be back at work this week after being in hospital with pneumonia.

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Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital due to coronavirus symptoms (Image: GETTY)

12.40 am update: Nicola Sturgeon has begun her daily media briefing on the pandemic in Scotland by pointing out an increase in testing.

As of 9am today, there has been 3,961 positive tests for coronavirus in Scotland, an increase of 255 in the last 24 hours.

12.25 am update: France is scheduled to se its worst economic downturn since the war because of oronavirus.

France will likely see its worst post-war economic downturn this year, surpassing the 2.2 percent slump seen in 2009 after the global financial crisis, its finance minister has said.

11.56 am update: Tomorrow’s Cabinet meeting in Downing Street has been postponed because of the Prime Minister’s hospitalisation. 

11.30 am update: Debenhams is on the brink of collapse due to coronavirus pandemic

Debenhams has confirmed it intends to appoint administrators for the second time in a year as it tries to protect its assets from creditors during the coronavirus lockdown.

The struggling department store chain said the process will provide it with protection from the threat of legal action “that could have the effect of pushing the business into liquidation while its 142 UK stores remain closed”.

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Coronavirus has swept through the world (Image: GETTY)

10.54am update: UK fisheries under pressure to sustain consumer demand amid pandemic

UK consumers are being urged by a marine conservation charity to choose less popular seafood species as the industry struggles with covid-19.

Consumers are being asked to try foods such as crab, hake, mackerel, dab and herring – in order to support the UK fishing suppliers struggling in the wake of coronavirus.

Jack Clarke, sustainable seafood spokesman at MCS, said:

“It’s so important that we support the UK’s fishers at this crucial time when their livelihoods are at risk. The seafood caught around the UK is world-renowned, it graces Michelin starred tables across the continent, yet rarely reaches our tables at home.

“Many suppliers to restaurants which have been forced to close their doors are pivoting, and offering consumers restaurant-grade seafood at reasonable prices. Purchasing local, sustainably caught seafood is a fantastic way of supporting small businesses and reducing your food’s carbon footprint alongside being a chance to try something new.”

10.30 am update: Boris Johnson being treated at Guys and St Thomas’s hospital

It was understood that Mr Johnson was driven to St Thomas’ hospital, across the Thames from Westminster, at about 8pm, and given oxygen treatment.

He did not need an ambulance. Officials emphasised that it was not an emergency admission. They said that his doctor had wanted him to be assessed in hospital.

9.50 am update: Fewer than 50 new cases in South Korea

For the first time since 29 February, the country reported fewer than 50 new coronavirus cases.

The country, which is one of the first to be hit by the global outbreak, has responded with aggressive measures to combat the outbreak, including extensive testing.

For the last month, South Korea has been reporting around 100 new coronavirus cases per day.

8.54 am update: Boris Johnson high temperature and needs tests on organs

Boris Johnson will likely undergo several tests on his organs and breathing after he was admitted to hospital on Sunday night, doctors have said.

While in hospital, doctors will likely check the prime minister’s oxygen levels, white blood cell count, and liver and kidney function before he is released.

Dr Simon Clarke, a microbiologist from University of Reading, told Sky News: “They will look at his general physiology and biochemistry, make sure his organs are functioning properly and that he can breathe okay.

“I imagine these are fairly routine checks just to make sure he’s alright.”

8.50 am update: Spain and Italy falling death-rate gives US hope

The situation in Italy and Spain, where infections and deaths have fallen in recent days, is “giving hope” on what the United States’ “future could be”, says Deborah Birx, one of President Trump’s coronavirus advisers.

8.40am update: Donald Trump said: “all Americans are praying” for Boris Johnson

US President Donald Trump says “all Americans are praying” for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, after his admission to hospital because of coronavirus.

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Coronavirus contagion comparison (Image: Express)

8.32am update: Boris Johnson had to have oxygen treatment at hospital last night.

Defence and Security Editor for the Daily Mail Larisa Brown tweeted: “Times reports Boris had to have oxygen treatment last night”

8:27am update: A former head of the civil service has said that it is ‘sensible’ for Boris Johnson to ‘step back’

The former head of the civil service Lord Kerslake said it would be “sensible” for Boris Johnson to “step back” if he is not well enough to carry out his role for now.

He told the Today programme: “If he’s not well enough it would be sensible to step back and let others take on the role.”

He added: “I think in the end if he’s not well, he will have to reflect on this because the job’s tough at the best of times and it’s doubly tough now.”

8.19am update: Indonesia Orders Citizens to Wear Face Masks

Indonesian President Joko Widodo ordered citizens to wear face masks when leaving home to contain the coronavirus pandemic that’s killed almost 200 people in the world’s fourth-most populous nation.

Authorities must ensure availability of face masks for every household, Widodo told a cabinet meeting. The appeal for compulsory use of masks follows a change in the World Health Organization’s advisory on use of protective face covers, the president said.

8.12 am update: Boris Johnson will stay in hospital for “as long as needed”.

Downing Street has said that becuase of the Prime Minister’s persistant symptoms her will stay in hospital on the advice of medical expertise

7.40am update: Prime Minister Boris Johnson still in charge of Government after admission to hospital

Mr Johnson was taken to a London hospital on Sunday evening with “persistent symptoms” – including a temperature.

It is said to be a “precautionary step” taken on the advice of his doctor.

The Prime Minister, remains in charge of the government, but the foreign secretary is expected to chair a coronavirus meeting on Monday morning.

7.36 am update: Japan expected to declare a state of emergency today.

Prime minister Shinzo Abe is expected to declare a state of emergency that could go into effect as early as Tuesday.

Under a law revised in March, the prime minister can declare a state of emergency if the disease poses a “grave danger” to lives and if its rapid spread could have a huge impact on the economy.

More than 3,500 people have tested positive and 85 have died from the new coronavirus in Japan, according to public broadcaster NHK and there a fears there could be a sudden surge in cases in Tokyo, which has recorded 1,000 infections

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Coronavirus map of the UK (Image: Express)

7.30 am update: EasyJet will “run out of money by August”

The founder of EasyJet has warned that the budget airline will “run out of money by around August”, as he renewed calls to cancel a £4.5 billion airplane order.

Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou also called on the company to oust its chief finance officer, Andrew Findlay, as he demanded the firm cancel its multi-billion pound contract with Airbus.

It comes days after the businessman, who is easyJet’s biggest shareholder, requisitioned a meeting of the company’s shareholders to decide whether to remove another director from the company board.

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