Coronavirus UK LIVE: Boris to reveal alert system in speech on today as deaths hit 31,587 – The Sun

The Prime Minister will address the nation at 7pm with details of a 'road map' out of lockdown.
With the alerts ranging from green in level one to red in level five, Mr Johnson is expected to say the nation is close to moving down from an alert level of four to three.
The system will help the Government track the virus through individual regions, and could lead to some areas facing different sets of restrictions.
It comes as the UK death toll climbed to 31,587 yesterday.

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  • FINES FOR LOCKDOWN FLOUTING ARE SET TO SOAR

    The Prime Minister is due to bump up fines for lockdown flouters after cooped-up Brits flocked to beaches and parks over the scorching bank holiday.

    More severe penalties are due to be announced by the PM tonight.

    Anyone repeatedly flouting the rules could be slapped with fines of up to £3,200 under the new regime or first time offenders could have to fork out £100 – nearly double the current penalty.

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  • THIRD BRIGHTON PLAYER HAS CORONAVIRUS

    A third Brighton player has tested positive for coronavirus, it is understood.

    The unnamed player will go into 14-day isolation while he recovers from the virus.

    The rest of the squad will continue to train, both at home and in solo sessions at the club's training ground, PA reports.

    Two other players, whose names have also not been revealed by the club, contracted the virus earlier on in the pandemic, but are understood to have since recovered.

  • DIFFERENT AREAS ARE SET TO FACE DIFFERENT LOCKDOWNS

    We've blogged a bit about this today – but a fuller picture is emerging of how the Government plans to tackle the coronavirus crisis moving forward.

    Communities Secretary appeared on Sky News this morning and suggested different parts of the UK could face tougher or more relaxed lockdown measures to handle the virus.

    Mr Jenrick explained contact tracing could help isolate where people were most at risk.

    Here's the full story.

  • TRACING VIRUS THROUGH BELGIUM

    The Government is trying to recruit 18,000 people for its 'test, track and trace' strategy.

    The new recruits will be used to trace people who might have come into contact with the coronavirus.

    This is already in place in Brussels, Belgium, where operators wearing face masks work in call centres to make phone calls to those feared to have contacted Covid-19.

    Images: Laurie Dieffembacq/Belga/AFP via Getty

  • 50,000 VIRUS SAMPLES SENT TO THE US AFTER 'ISSUES'

    Around 50,000 coronavirus test samples had to be sent from the UK to the US after “operational issues” in the lab network led to delays in the system.

    The news came as the number of daily coronavirus tests fell below Health Secretary Matt Hancock's 100,000 target for a seventh day in a row.

    Following a report in the Sunday Telegraph, the Department of Health said sending swabs abroad is one of the contingencies to deal with so-called 'teething problems' in a rapidly-expanded testing system.

    It is understood the test results will be validated back in the UK and communicated to patients “as quickly as possible”.

  • NICOLA STURGEON WASN'T TOLD ABOUT PM'S NEW SLOGAN

    Nicola Sturgeon has said she will continue to use the “stay at home” message to tackle the coronavirus outbreak in Scotland as a rift in the UK-wide response opened ahead of Boris Johnson's address to the nation.

    The Prime Minister will tell the country to "stay alert, control the virus and save lives" when he outlines his “road map” to the new normal tonight.

    But Scotland's First Minister tweeted: “The Sunday papers is the first I've seen of the PM's new slogan.

    “It is of course for him to decide what's most appropriate for England, but given the critical point we are at in tackling the virus, stayhomesavelives remains my clear message to Scotland at this stage.”

  • VIRUS CASUALTIES COULD SUFFER FOR YEARS, MEDICS CLAIM

    This is really worrying.

    Coronavirus survivors could suffer from serious illnesses for years after recovering, a growing number of doctors are claiming.

    Patients could be left battling serious conditions such as brain damage as well as strokes and heart problems.

    One mum-of-three says the illness left her with a serious heart condition.

    Here's the full story.

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  • SPANISH DEATH TOLL FALLS AGAIN

    Spain's daily coronavirus death toll fell to 143 on Sunday, down from 179 the previous day, the health ministry reported.

    It marks the lowest daily death toll since mid-March.

    Overall deaths rose to 26,621 from 26,478 on Saturday and the number of diagnosed cases rose to 224,390 from 223,578 the day before, the ministry said.

  • STREETS ARE QUIET IN LOCKDOWN LONDON

    These photos were taken in Dalston late last night.

    The East London area is usually very busy after dark.

    But cities around the country have fallen quiet due to the national lockdown.

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  • 'WE SHOULD PROCEED WITH MAXIMUM CAUTION'

    Scotland's national clinical director Jason Leitch has urged “maximum caution” on the next steps in the coronavirus lockdown.

    Speaking on BBC Breakfast on Sunday, Mr Leitch said: “We are in a very fragile moment, and actually Mr (Dominic) Raab the same day said they were going to proceed with maximum caution.

    “We think that's right. We think that maximum caution is right at the moment.”

  • HEALTH SECRETARY TELLS PM: 'GIVE ME A BREAK'

    Matt Hancock reportedly told Boris Johnson to “give me a break” during a row over his handling of the coronavirus crisis.

    Pressure has grown on the Health Secretary in recent weeks as the Prime Minister prepares to unveil his 'road map' for exiting lockdown this evening, the Mail on Sunday reports.

    However, a source close to Hancock refuted claims of tension in the cabinet, responding that the Health Secretary had been “working incredibly well with the PM”.

    Here's the full story.

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  • NEW VIRUS WARNING SYSTEM TO BE REVEALED BY PM

    Boris Johnson is expected to unveil a coronavirus warning system when he outlines his plans to gradually ease the lockdown tonight.

    It is understood that a warning system administered by a new “joint biosecurity centre” will detect local increases in infection rates, with the view to locally alter restrictions in England.

    With the alerts ranging from green in level one to red in level five, Mr Johnson is expected to say the nation is close to moving down from four to three.

  • 'NEW MESSAGE FROM GOVERNMENT WILL MAKE PEOPLE PUZZLED'

    Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth has also been on Sky News this morning.

    Speaking to Sky News' Sophy Ridge on Sunday, the Labour MP said the Government's new "stay alert" slogan risks ambiguity.

    He added: “We need absolute clarity from Boris Johnson. There's no room for nuance in this.

    “This virus exploits ambivalence, it thrives on ambiguity and I think the problem with the slogan that has been briefed to the newspapers is people will be looking slightly puzzled, questioning 'What does it mean to stay alert? What are the Government saying with that?'”

  • HUSBAND OF PROF'S LOVER 'IS ALSO SEEING ANOTHER WOMAN'

    A big exclusive today – the husband of Professor Neil Ferguson's lover has allegedly been seeing another woman.

    This was a huge story from the week.

    Prof Ferguson – who is known as Professor Lockdown as his advice directly influenced the Government-ordered coronavirus restrictions – met his girlfriend Antonia Staats at least twice in March and April.

    But now it's claimed Ms Staats’ husband Chris Lucas also has a lover with her consent.

    The couple are in an open marriage.

    Here's the full story.

  • 50,000 DOWNLOAD NEW NHS APP ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

    Some more news now from that Robert Jenrick interview on Sky this morning.

    Here are the highlights:

    • 40 per cent of residents living on the Isle of Wight – some 50,000 people – have downloaded the new NHS app in a week as part of a trial
    • The Government hopes all leaders of devolved nations will ease restrictions together. Mr Jenrick says: “Our strong preference is the whole United Kingdom moves as one”
    • Lockdown measures could be strengthened or relaxed locally to control the virus
    • More aspects of the economy and our social lives will be opened up as the UK moves through the threat level on a new Government 'alert' system
    • But Mr Jenrick was unable to say how many people have so far been hired to do contact tracing. The Government is trying to recruit 18,000 for it's 'test, track and trace' strategy

    'I HOPE THE NEW MESSAGE ISN'T TOO WOOLLY'

    Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick says he hopes the new message on coronavirus isn't 'too woolly', saying a “broader” slogan is needed as the Government tries to restart the economy.

    He told Sky's Sophy Ridge On Sunday it was right now to “update and broaden” the message to the public.

    “I think that's what the public want and that they will be able to understand this message,” he said.

    Pressed if there is a danger the message is 'too woolly', Mr Jenrick said: “Well I hope not.

    “We need to have a broader message because we want to slowly and cautiously restart the economy and the country.”

    PM TRAPPED IN TRADE DILEMMA

    Boris Johnson is caught in a £100billion dilemma as he faces demands to punish major UK trading partner China for the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The Government is under growing pressure to act over claims the virus was created by scientists in outbreak city Wuhan before being covered up by senior officials in Beijing.

    Here's the full story.

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    OFFICIALS WITHDRAW USE OF GOGGLE BRAND FROM HOSPITALS

    The Government is withdrawing a model of protective goggles from hospitals and care providers because they do not meet standards for coronavirus settings, an official has said.

    A Department of Health and Social Care spokeswoman told the PA news agency that the “safety of health, care and all frontline staff is our top priority”.

    She said: “The 'Tiger Eye protectors' were bought in 2009 and were in CE marked boxes. “These were rechecked, and following these assessments, we have issued an alert to clinical settings advising against their use and we are removing them from the supply chain.

    “Based on current stock assessments, Trusts should have sufficient visors and goggles to immediately stop using 'Tiger Eye' protection.”

    'IF WE EASE LOCKDOWN TOO FAST, 100K WILL DIE'

    The UK could suffer more than 100,000 deaths by the end of the year if coronavirus lockdown is eased too fast, experts have warned.

    The warning was reportedly sent to the government's Sage advisory committee last night ahead of an expected announcement by Boris Johnson that certain restrictions are to be eased.

    Researchers reportedly concluded that there was “very limited room for manoeuvre”, and forecast a death toll over 100,000 resulting from more than one of the strategies

    Here's the full story.

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    BORIS JOHNSON WILL SET OUT 'ROAD MAP' TONIGHT

    The big news of the day will be Boris Johnson's address to the nation at 7pm.

    He'll set out the UK's 'road map' to ease us out of lockdown.

    The Prime Minister says we're past the peak of the virus – but it looks likely that we won't see a big easing of restrictions tonight.

    A total of 31,587 Brits are known to have died with Covid-19.

    BRIT'S RICHEST TAKE OUR CASH TO FURLOUGH STAFF

    Some of Britain's richest men are taking taxpayers’ cash to furlough their staff, we can exclusively report.

    Bus firm Optare is using the Government scheme despite owners building a £22billion fortune.

    Here's the full story.

    'WE'RE FALLING BEHIND IN VIRUS BATTLE'

    This is a really interesting story.

    A diagnostic expert asked to consult on the Government's Covid-19 contact tracing app has criticised it for focusing on coughs and fever at the exclusion of other symptoms.

    The smartphone download known as NHSX is being trialled on the Isle of Wight before its anticipated roll-out across the rest of the country later this month.

    Nick Summerton, a GP with 32 years experience, told the Sunday Mirror the app risked ignoring 10 symptoms other than fever or cough.

    “We have to get these fundamentals right. It is basic public health,” he said.

    “We should be using a combination of symptoms to diagnose this. It would save lives. “We are falling behind other countries.”

    QUEEN WILL WITHDRAW FROM PUBLIC DUTIES FOR MONTHS

    The Queen is set to withdraw from public duties for months in what is believed to be the longest absence of her 68-year reign.

    The Times reports that royal aides have cleared Her Majesty's diary due to the coronavirus crisis.

    She is set to stay at Windsor Castle for the foreseeable future.

    Here's our story.

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    'WE ARE IN THE MOST DANGEROUS PHASE'

    Good morning.

    Today's the day Boris Johnson will unveil his 'road map' out of lockdown.

    He'll give an address at 7pm.

    It's now expected that he'll warn the UK is about the enter the 'most dangerous' phase of the battle against coronavirus – and urge maximum caution.

    He told The Sun on Sunday: “This is the dangerous bit.

    “We’re past the peak now but we’ll have to work even harder to get every step right.”

    Here's the full story.

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