Coronavirus UK LIVE: Lockdown tweaks expected as Captain Tom Moore reaches £30m on 100th birthday and deaths hit 26,097

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PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson is set to chair his first press conference in a month today and is set to announce plans to change the current lockdown measures.

Mr Johnson returns to lead the fight against coronavirus in the UK as the death rocketed to 26,097 – despite his fiancee Carrie Symonds giving birth on Wednesday.

And the PM is expected to reveal tweaks to the current lockdown measures – but No10 sources say he will not do anything to jeopardise the progress already made.

On Wednesday, Dominic Raab warned that the risk of a second lockdown is “very real”, while hospices may run out of personal protective equipment “in days”.

The Foreign Secretary warned against relaxing lockdown restrictions, adding that the Government must not “gamble away” the progress it has already made – as fears grow over a second wave in Germany.

Yesterday’s death toll saw a rise of 4,419 on the previous day’s tally and is the first time the number of fatalities outside of hospital have been combined with those in hospital since the crisis began.

Dominic Raab also confirmed 765 of the new deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours during the coronavirus press briefing.

It comes amid fears the UK could end up with the highest death rate in Europe, with professor John Newton saying the UK has been affected worse than Germany “because of the way it spread”.

Meanwhile, Colonel Tom Moore – recently promoted from Captain by top military brass – turns 100 today and is set to complete his 200th lap of his garden, having raised £30m for NHS charities.

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