Coronavirus in UK live blog: latest as care home residents and staff with symptoms will be tested and Trump freezes WHO funding

Follow the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in our live blog below

By Finlay Greig
Wednesday, 15th April 2020, 7:57 am
Updated Wednesday, 15th April 2020, 1:07 pm

We will be providing live updates until 6pm this evening.

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Coronavirus live blog, April 15

Last updated: Wednesday, 15 April, 2020, 17:55

That concludes today's daily briefing and today's live blog.

Professor Chris Whitty has said he is unsure of the impact of lockdown on domestic abuse.

He says you have to consider mental and physical impact.

A Cobra meeting will take place tomorrow to make a decision on lockdown measures.

Professor Angela McLean has indicated that lockdown will be lifted across the UK at the same time. 

Hancock has said the policy change for care home residents comes into force today. 

The Health Secretary says the decision to admit someone into hospital must be a clinical decision based on the individual rather than a blanket rule for a demographic. 

Professor Chris Whitty says that hospital stays should be kept as short as possible particularly for the elderly. 

Matt Hancock says that the government haven't neglected social care when accused of being late to lend help. 

He says guidance was first issued in February and was merely updated today. 

He reiterates that the disease has a disproportionate impact on the elderly.

ITV's Robert Peston has asked why the government doesn't trust people to remain under lockdown if the government reveals details of an exit strategy. 

Hancock says they want to keep the message straightforward. 

Professor Chris Whitty says we're probably reaching the peak. He says he predicts an increase in deaths on Thursday and Friday. 

He adds we can't yet be confident that we're past the peak. 

He says the point of transmission (r) is probably between 0.5 and 1.

On  his vow to carry out 100,000 tests a day by the end of the month, he says there has been less tests carried out because there hasn't been demand. 

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