Priti Patel: ‘We are not out of danger yet’ with coronavirus

The UK coronavirus death toll has hit 20,000 for the first time, with 813 new deaths reported in the last 24 hours.

Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, said: “We are not out of danger yet,” as she stressed the public must continue to follow social distancing rules and not leave home unnecessarily.

During the Government’s daily press briefing, Ms Patel praised the “spirit of national unity” during the coronavirus outbreak, urging the public to “not lose sight” of the fact their efforts are saving lives.

It comes as the Government’s registration website for coronavirus tests was overwhelmed for the second day in a row, with today’s home tests snapped up in less than 15 minutes.

More than 10 million key workers and their households are now eligible for Covid-19 tests as officials race to hit their 100,000-a-day testing target by next Thursday.

Priti Patel was joined at the briefing by Professor Stephen Powis, national medical director for England and Lynne Owens, the Director General of the National Crime Agency (NCA).

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Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

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The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

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