UK coronavirus live: Home Office extends NHS worker visas

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Home Office confirms visas will be automatically extended; new figures show death toll in England and Wales higher than previously reported; further 13 people die in Scotland bringing toll to 60

The Welsh health minister has expressed his frustration at a decision by a private company to pull out of a contract to provide 5,000 extra Covid-19 tests in Wales a day.

Ten day ago Vaughan Gething said that by tomorrow – 1 April – Wales would be able to carry out 6,000 tests a day, which would have helped get more frontline NHS staff back to work more quickly.

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Damian Green, the former de facto deputy prime minister, has said it is “undeniable” the coronavirus outbreak was caused by “unhygienic practices in Chinese markets”.

Green, formerly Theresa May’s second-in-command. also called for international relations with China to be reexamined over the country’s failure to alert global leaders to the extent of the pandemic.

May have to become similar to our attitude to Russia in the more peaceful stages of the Cold War. Co-operate where we can, but guard when we must.”

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