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Thursday, 2nd April 2020, 8:07 am
Updated Thursday, 2nd April 2020, 6:51 pm

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Staff wearing PPE of gloves and face masks, as a preactionary measure against COVID-19, disinfect an ambulance after it arrived with a patient at St Thomas' Hospital in north London (Photo: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
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Coronavirus live blog, April 2

Last updated: Thursday, 02 April, 2020, 17:30

Matt Hancock 'delighted' to be back

After a slight delay Matt Hancock is speaking to the public via the daily coronavirus briefing. 

He says he's "delighted to be back" after self-isolating.

He thanks workers who are involved in building temporary hospitals in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow. 

He also pays tribute to council workers and volunteers looking after the vulnerable during the pandemic. 

Italy deaths shows signs of slowing

The number of deaths in Italy of people with Covid-19 has risen by 760 to 13,915.

The number of new cases registered was  2,477  a day-to-day rise of 3%.

Footage of NHS test centre

DUP councillor apologises for saying coronavirus was God's judgement for same sex marriage

A DUP councillor has apologised for any hurt caused by a social media post he wrote apparently linking the coronavirus pandemic with the legalisation of abortion and same sex marriage in Northern Ireland.

John Carson, who represents Ballymena, Co Antrim, the former stronghold of ex-leader and Christian preacher the late Ian Paisley, has been criticised for his Facebook post.

In his original post he wrote: "I said when abortion was legalised that our nation would be judged by God because of its departure from his word and the legalisation of the murder of the unborn child as well as same-sex marriage. 

"I was laughed at and mocked by some but as I said at the time, they laughed at Noah until the rain started. "You reap what you sow and our nation is now reaping the judgment of God because of an immoral and corrupt Government. 

"It is time to repent and turn again to the God of our fathers."

British Airways to furlough 28,000 staff

Britsh Airways have reached an agreement to furlough 28,000 staff.

The airline have confirmed there will be no redundancies. 

This will see the government pay 80% of their pay.

Matt Hancock set to host daily press briefing

Health Secretary is set to host today's daily press briefing. 

He will be joined by Public Health England’s director of health protection Prof Yvonne Doyle and NHS England’s national medical director Stephen Powis.

Spike in sewer call outs due to use of toilet roll substitutes

Water companies have recorded a dramatic rise in call-outs to sewer flooding and blockages due to the use of "toilet roll substitutes"

Severn Trent Water said it had received 3,000 reports of sewer blockages in a fortnight - mainly due to kitchen roll.

The company described its workload as "much busier than usual".

Scottish Water also said it had seen a high number of sewage blockages - recording 1,343 between March 16 and March 30.

73 prisoners have tested positive for Covid-19

A total of 73 inmates have tested positive for coronavirus in 27 prisons, as of 5pm on Wednesday, the Ministry of Justice said.

Some 15 prison staff have tested positive for Covid-19 in nine prisons, as well as four prisoner escort and custody services staff.

Woman investigated for illegaly trying to film inside hospital

A woman is being investigated after she confronted staff at a hospital and tried to film them. 

South Yorkshire Police say they are aware of the video and have launched an investigation.

Read more here

Chancellor to hold Q+A on Twitter tomorrow

Dynamo at high-risk following Covid-19 diagnosis

During lockdown citizens are urged to only carry out essential shopping now meaning some are now prioritising frozen food. 

Here's a simple breakdown on foods that you can freeze.

Gary Lineker to donate two months salary to British Red Cross

Scottish death toll rises by 50

A total of 126 patients have died in Scotland after testing positive for coronavirus, up by 50 from 76 on Wednesday.

2,602 people have now tested positive for the virus in Scotland.

UK coronavirus death rise by 569

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