Coronavirus UK LIVE: Lockdown extended by three weeks as nation claps for the NHS

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LOCKDOWN measures are set to be extended on Sunday as the nation shows their appreciation for the UK health service at the “Clap for NHS.”

At the coronavirus press briefing, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told reporters that tweaks to the lockdown would be confirmed at the weekend after coronavirus deaths reached 30,615 today after an increase of 539 fatalities.

Mr Johnson will address the nation with a roadmap on how to ease the current lockdown measures, some of which may come into effect on Monday – having also revealed the government was aiming to complete 200,000 tests a day by the end of May.

National statistician Sir Ian Diamond agreed that around 20,000 people a day are still being infected with coronavirus as Boris extends lockdown for another three weeks.

John Edmunds, professor of infectious disease modelling at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said he believed around 20,000 new cases a day were still occurring, which would make contact tracing currently “impossible”.

At the Downing Street press conference, Sir Ian said he was “very happy” with that estimate.

Meanwhile, in Europe, the death toll has passed 150,000 according to new figures – making the continent the worst-hit region globally.

The Bank of England also warned the crisis could cause the deepest recession on record, with a contraction of 14% expected this year.

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