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you are watching bbc news. we're covering all the latest let's hear what was said coronavirus developments here in britain and globally. at today's downing street briefing earlier today. world leaders from 30 countries it was led by the health and social pledge $8 billion to help develop care secretary, matt hancock. a coronavirus vaccine at an online summit. president of the eu commission calls good afternoon and welcome to the it the start of unprecedented global co—operation. downing street coronavirus daily briefing. i'm joined by the partners are many, the goal is one, to defeat this virus. downing street coronavirus daily briefing. i'mjoined by the downing street coronavirus daily briefing. i'm joined by the deputies medical officer and byjohn newton, oui’ medical officer and byjohn newton, our coordinator for testing. i want to update you with the latest plans for our programme of test, track and trace, how we're going to use this massive testing capability that we have built order to get r down and keep it down. i want to remain due what we want to achieve, our plan is to slow the spread and protect the nhs so that the nhs is always there for you and your family whenever you
need it, whether for for you and your family whenever you need it, whetherfor coronavirus or anything else. that goal is working. the number of spare critical care beds in the nhs is 3&13. on the latest figures, there have been 1,290,000 tests for coronavirus, including 85,186 tests on sunday. 190,580 for people have now tested positive for coronavirus, an increase of 3595. 13,258 people are in hospital with coronavirus and 28,730 for people have died, that is gci’oss 28,730 for people have died, that is across all settings, an increase of 288. that is lower than at any point since the end of march but, as with
testing, these reported figures tend to be lower over the weekend so we do expect that number to rise. remember, this is notjust a number but it is a constant, insistent reminder that we must go further and faster in a national effort in dealing with this virus. over the last month, we have built a national testing infrastructure capable of over 100,000 tests a day. today the capacity stands at 100,000, this means we are now in a position to start implementing the next part of oui’ start implementing the next part of our plan, track and trace. the e—mail test, track and chase is to hunt down and isolate the virus so it is unable to reproduce and crucially, test track entries allows us crucially, test track entries allows us to take a more targeted approach to lockdown while still safely
containing the disease. creating this system is a huge, national undertaking of unprecedented scale and complexity. we have already taken small but brilliant diagnostics onto a global scale, we are building an army of human contact tracers that can man the telephones and find the contact and support people. of course we are developing the contact tracing up which can help us deliver on the masking that we need across the country. the app, which takes full consideration of provision security has already been tested in closed conditions at an raf base and tdi cannons the next steps. from tomorrow, we will begin to pilot test track and trace on the isle of wight, starting with health professionals and rolling out this week to all citizens. i am grateful to the huge enthusiasm shown by
islanders who know that by participating in this pilot the forefront of helping get britain back on her feet. forefront of helping get britain back on herfeet. where forefront of helping get britain back on her feet. where the forefront of helping get britain back on herfeet. where the isle forefront of helping get britain back on her feet. where the isle of wight goes, britain follows. the island has a single nhs trust, one local authority with responsibilities for public health, a relatively low number of covered cases and because it is an island, we can run this trial in proper scientific conditions, competing the effect with what is going on in the name and before we will attach the rest of the country so here's how it will work. last week we put in place the testing capability in the islands, from tonight the contact tracing will be live and from tomorrow nhs staff will be able to use the app. from thursday, each one of the 80,000 households on the island will get a letter from the chief nurse with comprehensive
information about the trial. islanders will then be asked to install the app. once you have installed it, it will start logging the distance between your phone and other phones with and are nearby. it has been designed with the form of bluetooth that conserves power so it will not drain your battery. this log of proximity information will then be securely stored on your phone. if you become unwell with covid symptoms, you inform the nhs with their art. other app users with whom you have had significant contact will then be sent an alert by the nhs along with advice about what to do. a test auditing function will then be built in. if you are watching this and you live in the isle of wight, i have a simpleness edge. please, download the app to protect the nhs and save lives. by
downloading the app, you are protecting your own help —— health, the health of your loved ones and the health of your loved ones and the health of your loved ones and the health of your community. i know that people of the isle of wight will embrace this with enthusiasm because by embarking on this project and by embracing test track entries, you will be saving lives. the pilot is important so we can help make sure the app works as well as it possibly can alongside the contract tracing system and with your help we will learn a lot. we will use it to make things better and we want to hear from you. make things better and we want to hearfrom you. i make things better and we want to hear from you. i want to stress, this is important, this does not mean the end of social distancing on the isle of wight or anywhere else. we will only change the social distancing rules once our five tests are made so i will end with the
of the evidence, one that we are keeping a detailed scientific review as the days and weeks go by. next slide, please. this slide shows search data of people looking at apple maps for directions for driving, walking routes or using public transport, and it tells the same story as it slides you have seen before about how, since we announced the social distancing measures, the public continue to observe the instructions to work with us, to work to protect the nhs and get case numbers down. and you can see very, very consistent trends over reduced searches for driving instructions, walking instructions and use of public transport. so we need to keep going. let's keep going and continue to drop the curve further. next slide, please.
this is a graph showing from the 6th of april through to the 11th of may, daily tests completed for coronavirus. you can see on the right hand side the latest data showing 85,000 tests completed on the 11th of may. the capacity is 100,000 tests, and there is another lab opening next week, so this is all very encouraging. tests are going up, people are using testing services more, and we are well within our capacity capability. next slide, please.
no, this slide shows new cases of coronavirus in the uk from the 21st of march. you can see that obvious peak up to a high level in early april, and then you can see a pattern that has occurred in terms of new cases right up until the 11th of may. on this one, i have to say that new cases need to come down further. we have to continue to track this index, and we have to get cases lower. if you look to the next slide, please, here we have the number of people in hospital with covid—19 from the 17th of march through to the 3rd of may. and after peaks in the middle of april, you can see that in almost all areas now, there are steady but absolutely consistent declines occurring. possibly in a small number of areas,
the trend is somewhat flat, but overall there are no steady declines in the number of people in hospital. this is good news. critical care beds, here again across all format nations you can see largely continuing declines and possibly more important point, if you look at the access on the left of the slide, you can see where we are in terms of capacity and there's plenty of ic unit capacity which is extremely good. next slide, please. i turned to death in all settings here you can see there is a slow but consistent decline. he was either weekend effect very clearly, especially if you look at the three steps on the right—hand side of the
chart, fewer deaths are actually recorded at the weekends. that is an a rtefa ct of recorded at the weekends. that is an artefact of the way people report deaths but overall, if you look at orange line, seven days smoothed out average, there is the slow but consistent decline which is absolutely going on the right direction. then the final slide is one we have seen first sometime, showing a comparison across countries, dating back to the day when 50—50 cumulative deaths were recorded on each of the countries. we are now quite aware across the slide to 60 days in some of the countries. the messages the same as i have said to before that there are three broad trends on this card but i want to emphasise these are numbers, the on zero rates, they do not adjust for the size of the
underlying population. this is a difficulty in interpreting these data. we will, in the course of time be able to get more because each adjusted, access mortality for many of the countries on the slide and that will give us a much clearer understanding of what is going on and hopefully those data will continue for a long period of time so we can understand the fullness of the picture as we try to beat this virus. i will stop there and turned back to the secretary of state. thank you very much. we are now going to take questions. the first question from a member of the public. we have a video from london. what is being done to ensure that pe and a key workers are not disproportionately affected by covid—19 and what steps are being
taken to provide support for the families of those victims who had sadly passed away? thank you, and incredibly important question both of which we are working hard to address i am going to askjonathan to set out the details but what i see from the start is that we recognise there has been a disproportionately high number of people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds who have passed away, especially amongst care workers and those in the nhs. ip tribute to them before and i will do so again. the nhs is an amazing organisation that has been built on the dedication of people from all backgrounds, including many who come to this country to give their lives,
working in the nhs and disproportionately employs people from ethnic minority backgrounds and yet we have seen this impact in the data and i think it has affected a lot of false working on it to see that so we have a lot of work going into fully understand scientifically and meet every single case we learn what we can to protect people better. in terms of support for the families of those who have passed away, for those working in the nhs, we now have a programme of support that we have been able to put in place that is there for everybody who is from a family where somebody has died whilst in service, including actos pharmacy, social ca re including actos pharmacy, social care and that. i think that is a really important thing for a study
to, to recognise the sacrifice of those who put themselves at risk by going to work in what can be dangerous conditions where they might be working with those who have covid—19. might be working with those who have covid-19. yes, i am extremely sorry whenever i hear of a health care worker death due to coronavirus, whether it is someone from a black and minority ethnic group or otherwise, it does not change the fa ct otherwise, it does not change the fact that it takes courage to work in the nhs at a time like this. it is most difficult. on the subject of the signal that we had so far on black and minority ethnic groups, i wa nt to black and minority ethnic groups, i want to see to you that we are taking it incredibly seriously. there is a very big piece of scientific work now ongoing that will report to the chief medical officer and we will get to the
bottom of this, however long it ta kes bottom of this, however long it takes us but i will also say, this isa takes us but i will also say, this is a competitive picture because when you start to study patterns of disease actos different ethnic groups, you also have to take into account potential differences in each structure between groups, also differences in the patterns of underlying medical conditions which we know do the nearby ethnic group. therefore it is a complicated picture. also depredation has to be taken into account, where people live and all of this is complex, it ta kes live and all of this is complex, it takes time and i am not going to rush that answer. i think we would to minority ethnic groups to get this right and get a clear signal for you and you will have worked out from an ethnic minority group. we
will get to the bottom of this. it could be that professor newton has some epidemiological information he would like to add. just to say we are looking at the date of any carefully, not just are looking at the date of any carefully, notjust on are looking at the date of any carefully, not just on ethnicity but e, carefully, not just on ethnicity but age, sex and obesity which we knew do have an impact on the effect of coronavirus but it is already clear that the impact on bame groups is greater, there are more people with the infection and those methods have worse outcomes in many cases so there is a cause for concern but as jonathan said, it is not entirely clear how much of that is due to underlying conditions or other risk factors. there is work to be done and we will be publishing this as tenacity is ready. thank you very much. the next question from conrad. will the primary aim of test, trace and trace be to squash the
occurrence of covid—19 infections to a low level or flatten the curve enough that the nhs is not overwhelmed? that enough that the nhs is not overwhelmed ? that is enough that the nhs is not overwhelmed? that is a really important question. the answer is that test, trace and trace will help us that test, trace and trace will help us to get the number of new cases down and to keep it down but not on its own. it is prime war —— primarily the social distancing measures that we had to suffer that flatten the curve and now we can see the kite is going down from the presentation the professorjust gave. the goal is to keep the number of the infection is going down and bringing the test track and trace to ata bringing the test track and trace to at a point where we can, from tomorrow in the isle of wight and then to the rest of the country that we will get those numbers down, the
test, track and trace becomes more effective than lower the number and then we want to keep the number going down by keeping the r below the rate of infection so it is, our goal is not simply to flatten the curve but it is to get the occurrence of covid—19 infections to very low levels, to be absolutely clear whether your question is that thatis clear whether your question is that that is the answer. thank you very much. we will now take questions from the media. keep in from the bbc. thank you very much. when will you have recruited your 18,000 contact tracers, when will the full test track and trace network be up and running? the in is to have the whole thing up and running by the middle of this month. we are starting already. we have already started the recruitment. of the 18,000, we already have thousands
recruited and we are making rapid progress, not only in the recruitment but in the training that is necessary, short piece of training, and we have enough to get going on the isle of wight. in fact they came on stream as of five o'clock this evening so that is up and running now and then to relate across the country. but there is no magic around 18,000 figure, that is the initial scare we think is necessary. we need to be bigger. when we find out from the survey which is in the field at the moment, the prevalence of the disease, the number of new cases parody, actually out there rather than refined through tests, then we adjust that figure. that is the initial goal but it will be up and running by the middle of the month. can ask one more? of course. on business, some businesses would be required to have
people for their staff, where will they procure it, whether being competition with the nhs? this is a really important condition when we consider changes to the social distancing measures. the wider impact of changes to social distancing measures, including for existence on ppe. ourfirst call must go to the nhs and social care and those essential services who needed to keep people delivering those services are safe. so that is something we take into account. it isa something we take into account. it is a narrow five tests but it is something that we are working very ha rd something that we are working very hard on now. of course it is ourjob in running their health and social ca re system in running their health and social care system to ensure that those areas, and the other public services, have ppe but there is a worldwide shortage as you say so we need to take that into consideration
before making changes. that is white is one of our five tests. thank you very much. tom clarke from itv. thank you, secretary of state. the most successful contact tracing effo rts most successful contact tracing efforts around the world are south korea and singapore were only partly reliant on mobile phone technology. they were more reliant on large numbers of volunteers at a community level going out to track down and trace cases at huge scale. has the government ensured this capacity is in place in the uk or are we putting too much faith in contact centres and untested technologies. too much faith in contact centres and untested technologiesm too much faith in contact centres and untested technologies. it is a really important point and i agree with the point of the question that it is not just with the point of the question that it is notjust about with the point of the question that it is not just about the with the point of the question that it is notjust about the technology and the people in call centres, it
is also about citizens acting on the right way to download the app, because apple takes you and your family and the nhs but also acting in the right way to do contact tracing yourself. it is a really good point. there is very exciting and it add something extra. it adds and it add something extra. it adds an automated response that can be almost immediate but as you say, the programme we are putting place is an integrated programme with the app, contact tracing and testing so access to testing through the app and then the test result backed up by co nta ct and then the test result backed up by contact tracing driven by public health professionals. we have public health england but also a lot of experience on the ground with local authorities, environmental health nurses who expert in this. sure leather epidemiology out on the street, finding contacts. even traditional contact tracing is not
traditional contact tracing is not traditional any more, it is highly technical so we have developed web—based reports and contact tracing services which has been ramped up to support this and that is also another line of defence, the telephone call centre so it is a multilayered approach. one of the points of the isle of lewis —— isle of wight test pilot is to see how those different elements integrate to support each other. we are learning from the best practice around the world but we also had something to offer and the uk as well because we have been doing this for a long time. hello there, and eight of this warning for the strength of the wind. very heady persevering which will affect the channel islands. the further north you are the drier it
will be in scotland, the skies are clear and it will get cold enough for a touch of frost. milder in the south. we have these outbreaks of rain, this rain band is affecting the south of england on the south—west but it does not get much further north, it will be king of the day goes on. in many sports tomorrow it will be dry with sunshine. chilly in the south—west, some spots in west wales and west scotla nd some spots in west wales and west scotland will get 18 degrees. temperatures continue to climb. some 00:28:33,276 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 showers towards the north—west.