Coronavirus in UK live blog as it happened: WHO warns coronavirus 'may never go away'

Follow the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in our live blog below

By Finlay Greig
Thursday, 14th May 2020, 7:59 am
Updated Thursday, 14th May 2020, 6:03 pm

We will be providing live updates until 6pm this evening.

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Coronavirus live blog, May 14

Last updated: Thursday, 14 May, 2020, 17:59

That concludes today's daily press briefing and today's live blog. 

We will be back at 8am tomorrow morning. 

Next a question about whether outdoor holidays such as camping will resume before th eopening of hotels. 

Both say that outdoor environments are less risky. 

Van-Tam says discussion are still ongoing about the exemption of France from any quarantine measures for UK visitors. 

Quarantine makes most sense when there is a high rate in the sending country and a low rate in the receiving country. 

Asked whether the government will sign an exclusive deal with Roche for these tests. 

Shapps says government wants to get as many tests as possible. 

Van-Tam says he's not privy to that information. 

Next the duo are asked if antibody tests are still “game-changing” as described by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. 

Shapps says it is very exciting that here is a reliable antibody test. Very good news if it transpires that it makes you immune. 

Van-Tam says there are now at least two good antibody tests available. He anticipates that it will be rapidly rolled out in the days and weeks to come. 

Focus will be on NHS and on carers. 

Chances of a false positive are extremely low with new test. 

“Absolutely this is a good test that will stand us in good stead."

He adds it will take time to find out if antibodies provide absolute protection against reinfection. 

Final science question is how far into the future do antibodies last. 

That is something that scientists around the world need to be patient about. 

Shapps is asked what will change to provide reassurance to those in care homes concerned about the pace of the government's response. 

Shapps says with care homes they are specialists in infection control and all of them will know exactly what to do. He says in vast majority of care homes Covid-19 hasn't been reported. Shapps says in Europe as a whole 50% of deaths have taken place in care homes. He says in English care homes figures are about 25%. 

He says care homes always provided their own PPE and government stepped in. 

Shapps says that everyone in a care home can now be tested. 

Jonathan Van-Tam is then asked about if Premier League football could return in mid-June. 

He says overall approach with easing social distancing has been a tentative and measured one. He says that is the plan underway for all league sport. 

Returning to safe training while social distancing is first step. 

Next a member of the public asks when elective surgery will recommence. 

Shapps says the Health Secretary will announce this soon. 

Van-Tam says NHS wants to resume this as soon as possible.

Shapps and Van-Tam are taking questions now. 

Shapps is asked by a member of the public what the plans are for students and universities this autumn. 

Shapps says he has a son at university wondering about the same issues. 

Too early to say according to Shapps, but Education Secretary will provide further guidance. 

What we can do in the mean time is “stay alert”.  

Jonathan Van-Tam is going through the daily slides. 

He says 80% of adults only left home for permitted reasons and that 91% of adults avoided contact with vulnerable people. 

He highlights that yesterday's 126,064 tests was a record. 

Van-Tam says there's a downward trend in the number of cases.

Van-Tam says it is estimated that between 27 April and 10 May 148,000 people were infected with Covid-19 in England, according to a survey. 

Van-Tam says there is a long steady decline in hospital admissions and pressure on hospitals is beginning to ease. 

Shapps is talking through new transport measures.

He says transport has a critical role to play. 

He says it is our civic duty to avoid public transport if at all possible. 

He says if you can't walk or cycle, but do have access to a car, use it. If you need to use public transport take protective measures. 

Upgrade work carried out during lockdown has seen the completion of 419 network rail operations. Highways England have accelerated maintenance projects. In the north £96m pounds of improvements to rail infrastructure. 

Shapps announces new £2bn pound package to improve roads and railways.  £1.7bn for local roads to make roads safer. 

“This investment will help fix damage caused by winter flooding”. 

Highlights dramatic air quality improvements and says an emphasis will be put on increasing EV charging points. 

Shapps says if building a hospital takes just two weeks, why should the building of a road take as much as 20 years. Must exploit new found capacity.

Long term transport trend is that infrastructure will be even more important to our recovery. 

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