LiveCoronavirus LIVE: latest updates

We will be bringing you the latest updates from the ongoing coronavirus outbreak from across Nottinghamshire and the UK.

Thursday, 2nd April 2020, 3:41 pm

As of Wednesday, April 1, Public Health England data shows there are now 275 confirmed cases of the covid-19 virus in Nottinghamshire.

Across the UK further 563 people, who tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in England to 2,352.

Sherwood forest Hospitals Trust confirmed four more patients passed away in North Nottinghamshire.

Coronavirus cases continue to rise.

Scroll down and read our coronavirus live blog as it happens. Thursday April 2

Last updated: Thursday, 02 April, 2020, 14:28

Good morning on  April 2. We will be bringing you the latest updates from the ongoing coronavirus outbreak from across Nottinghamshire and the UK.

UK declares 569 more coronavirus deaths taking total fatalities to 2,921

The increase makes today the worst day so far in the crisis -  the third day in a row that a new high has been recorded.

Nine more deaths have been announced by Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust.

Nottinghamshire  University Hospitals Trust say another two patients diagniosed with Covid-19 have died.

A further 4,244 people were diagnosed with the infection in the past 24 hours, pushing the total to 33,718. 

UK on course for 1,000 deaths a day by the weekend?

Prof Cosford has been asked if the UK is on course for 1,000 deaths a day by the weekend by BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

"My expectation - and I think the expectation of those looking at this most closely - is that we will continue to see an increase in the numbers of people being infected and admitted to hospital over the next two to three weeks," he said.

"But we should hit a plateau if all the social distancing measures are working in about two to three weeks' time."

NHS to remain 'within capacity' of social distancing works

Professor Paul Cosford, emeritus medical director of PHE, has said the NHS looks set to remain "within capacity" if social distancing works.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, he said: "If we get to a position where demand outstrips supply, and all the figures that I have seen so far look as if we won't get to that position, certainly it looks as if we should be able to stay within capacity if the social distancing works and that's why the social distancing is so important."

"Of course we've always said there will be huge challenges in dealing with this pandemic and if we get to a position where the requirement outweighs the supply then there will be some difficult decisions that people have to make. But all our efforts are to making sure that doesn't happen."

Britons urged to join a second Clap For Carers

Britons are again being urged to take part in an applause for NHS workers at 8pm tonight.

Annemarie Plas, the brain behind the Clap For Carers movement, has suggested that we carry out an applause at 8pm tonight and every subsequent Thursday until the end of the pandemic.

Lockdown proving effective, according to study

The UK lockdown has cut social mixing by almost three-quarters, a study has found.

A study by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has estimated that one person who tests positive for Covid-19 would infect 2.6 other people on average.

But the government restrictions have seen that number potentially reduced to 0.62.

Four more people have died in hospital in north Nottinghamshire after testing positive for coronavirus, according to the latest figures.

The deaths were recorded at hospitals under the Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs King’s Mill Hospital, Mansfield Community Hospital and Newark. Elsewhere in the county, the Nottinghamshire University Hospitals NHS Trust recorded 11 deaths of people who have tested positive for COVID-19. The Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust recorded a further three deaths.

'Concerning' rise in number of people using cars as people urged to 'stay at home'

Warnings for people to stay at home were reiterated during the daily Downing Street briefing after it was revealed the number of people using their cars had increased.

Dr Yvonne Doyle, medical director of Public Health England, showed a graph on transport use in Great Britain that revealed motor vehicle usage had jumped by around 10% in a day.

Dr Doyle said: "This shows a slightly concerning trend because we have seen an uptick in motor vehicle traffic.

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