Coronavirus in UK live blog as it happened: lockdown measures likely to be extended according to cabinet minister

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Thursday, 9th April 2020, 5:52 pm
Officials say that lockdown measures are likely to stay in place for a number of weeks (Photo: Shutterstock)
Officials say that lockdown measures are likely to stay in place for a number of weeks (Photo: Shutterstock)

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Coronavirus live blog, 9 April

Last updated: Thursday, 09 April, 2020, 14:52

Dominic Raab is due to hold the daily press briefing at 5pm.

He will be joined by Sir Patrick Vallance and Professor Chris Whitty

Police days away from checking shopping trolleys

A police chief has said his force is only "a few days away" from introducing measures such as road blocks and searching shopping trolleys, as people continue to flout coronavirus regulations.

Northamptonshire Police Chief Constable Nick Adderley said a "three-week grace period" is over in the county and the force will now be issuing fines and arresting people breaking the rules.

He said further measures will also be implemented should people continue to flout the regulations, including "marshalling" supermarkets and checking the items in baskets and trolleys.

O2 to be used as NHS training facility

The O2 Arena will be used as an NHS training facility for those going on to work at NHS Nightingale at London's ExCel centre, O2 has said.

It will initially operate from April 12 - June 29 to prepare staff, with no patients treated on site.

"Mobile connectivity is more important than ever before and we're continuing to work hard to keep the country connected," said Mark Evans, chief executive of O2.

"We've seen the highest volume of voice traffic ever carried on our network and we know how important those conversations are.

"From providing additional capacity for the NHS, to working with our partners to utilise venues such as The O2, we're committed to giving customers and key workers the network they need to keep in contact with those closest to them."

O2 said it will not charge the NHS a hire fee for using the site.

Global confirmed cases rises above 1.5m

According to Johns Hopkins University the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus around the world has surpassed 1.5m.

That's a rise of half-a-million in just six days.

765 more deaths in England

765 more deaths have been recorded in England in the last 24 hours.

Figures for the UK as a whole are expected later today

Border force prioritising medical equipment

NHS has 10,000 ventilators available to patients

The NHS now has 10,000 ventilators available to NHS patients and another 1,500 on order, the Prime Minister's official spokesman said.

The Nightingale Hospital in Birmingham will open for patients on Friday, as expected, but will be formally opened next week, he added.

660 house parties reported by Greater Manchester police last weekend

Parties with DJs and bouncy castles were among the 660 house and street gatherings disrupted in Greater Manchester at the weekend. 

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins has warned that legislative measures will be used on those who break the rules over the Easter weekend.

Culture Secretary: lockdown extension 'likely'

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has said that an extension of lockdown measures is likely. 

He told BBC News “I don’t think it’s very likely these measures are going to be changed given they’re just starting to have an effect but, as we said, we would review them,” 

 “It’s only prudent that on an ongoing basis we review them after three weeks.”

Cobra meeting taking place today

The UK government is to hold an emergency Cobra meeting today to review lockdown measures.

First secretary of state Dominic Raab, who is deputising for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, will chair the meeting with key ministers and scientific advisers joining.

Those present will look at evidence from scientists on lockdown measures and the impact they’ve had on stemming the spread of coronavirus.

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