THIRTEEN further patients from across the North-East and North Yorkshire have died after they tested positive for coronavirus. Yesterday NHS England released the full breakdown of hospitals across the country which reported new COVID-19 deaths. Keep reading for the latest information on the coronavirus outbreak.

  • At yesterday's daily press briefing Michael Gove outlined the latest figures for the number of those in the UK who have tested positive and the number of those who have died from coronavirus. The jump in coronavirus-related deaths in the UK from 1,408 to 1,789 is an increase of 381 - by far the biggest day-on-day rise in the number of deaths since the outbreak began. It means the total number of deaths is 27 percent higher than the equivalent figure yesterday.
  • The briefing also heard the UK was buying ventilators from EU nations to meet demand. The first new ventilator devices will roll off the production line this weekend and be delivered to the NHS next week, Mr Gove said. "I can announce that this weekend the first of thousands of new ventilator devices will roll off the production line and be delivered to the NHS next week. From there, they will be rapidly distributed to the frontline."
  • The medical director of NHS England Professor Stephen Powis said there is evidence the public is heeding the message on the need to maintain social distancing.He said there was a "bit of a plateau" in the number of new cases of people testing positive for Covid-19."It is really important not to read too much because it is really early days. We are not out of the woods, we are very much in the woods," he told the No 10 press conference.
  • Tesco has ramped up its home delivery and click and collect services after a surge in demand in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.The supermarket giant said it has grown its delivery and collection capacity to around 780,000 slots this week, up from 660,000 slots two weeks ago, with plans to increase this by another 100,000 in the coming weeks. 

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  • Fifty MPs from various parties have written to Boris Johnson calling for the creation of a coronavirus compensation scheme for frontline workers during the crisis.The letter called for staff "who die as a result of contracting Covid-19 while performing front-line duties" and would include a lump sum up front, a guaranteed income for the worker's family and child payments to eligible children under 18.
  • Yesterday, On whether we should be more confident about how coronavirus is progressing in the UK, medical director of NHS England Professor Stephen Powis, said: "So I honestly think it's too early to tell at the moment and I very specifically used the term because they are just green shoots, and winter could come and those green shoots could turn out to be not the hopeful green shots that they thought they might be.But I think the next week or two will be critical as we move through."

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