Daily Update 07/04/2020

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Yesterday night the Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to intensive care after continuing to suffer from Coronavirus related symptoms over the weekend. His condition has been described as “stable” by medical professionals. 

The Secretary of State Dominic Raab again stood in for the Prime Minister for the daily briefing. It has been announced that Raab will deputise for the Prime Minister until Boris Johnson can return to his position. 

The government has continued to stand by their pledge to have 100,000 tests a day by the end of April. As of today, a total of 213,118 test have been taken, an increase from over 208,000 the day before.  

There were 854 Coronavirus related deaths recorded by the NHS today, an increase on the previous day’s total of 441. This brings the total number of NHS recorded deaths up to 6,159. 

An article published in the Financial Times drew attention to the disparity, of up to 80% in some cases, between the NHS’ reported deaths used by the by the government in their daily briefings and the ONS’ own figures. The latter are considerably higher than the former.