Michael Gove gives daily Downing Street press conference after death toll rises to 1,789

MICHAEL Gove is leading tonight's Downing Street press conference as the UK death toll has risen to 1,789 today.

He said today that his thoughts and prayers are with those grieving tonight – and warned everyone they must stick to the lockdown rules to bring the death rate down.

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He again stressed that the best thing Brits could do to help the fight is to stay at home.

And revealed tonight that the UK was making thousands of new ventilators – which would be shipped off into the NHS by next week.

"The first of thousands of new ventilators will roll off the production and sent to the NHS next week," he told the nation this evening.

And rapid clinical trials are taking place using anti-malarial drugs to try and see whether it will have an effect on those who are ill with Covid-19.

The Cabinet Office minister said the country had to go "further, faster” to increase the ability to carry out coronavirus tests to deal with the crisis.

Stephen Powis, the National Medical Director of NHS England added: "We need every one of you to help by reducing the transmission of the virus.
"We will reduce the number of deaths and pressure on our health system."

He said the "great British public are paying attention" to the lockdown rules so far, and the number of people using public transport has been drastically slashed in the last fortnight.

Although the number of new infections is starting to slow, it is vital that Britain dos not take its foot off the pedal yet, the NHS director added.

Mr Powis said this evening: "Recently there is a little bit of a plateau.

"It's important not to read too much into this.

"We are not out of the woods, we are very much in the woods still…

"So green shoots, but only green shoots and we must not be complacent and take our foot off the peddle.

"It is important that we all stick with it, everyone."

Around a third of UK COVID-19 hospital admissions are in London, he revealed, showing just how much pressure there is on the capital at the moment.

NHS Nightingale in East London will be ready to take in patients from the end of the week, it was also confirmed today.

And 10,000 new CPAP breathing aids are currently developed by Mercedes, too.


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