Coronavirus in UK live blog: Sir Keir Starmer faces Boris Johnson at Prime Minister's Questions

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Wednesday, 6th May 2020, 8:01 am
Updated Wednesday, 6th May 2020, 12:13 pm

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Clinical staff wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as they test key workers at Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, England (Photo: Neil Hall - Pool/Getty Images)

Coronavirus live blog, May 6

Last updated: Wednesday, 06 May, 2020, 15:35

Professor Kanani is speaking now. 

She says she is a GP and  thanks her colleagues who are facing a challenging time. 

She says primary care services are “still there for you”. 

Says that the government are working closely with mayors. 

"Vital building safety work must continue despite the coronavirus". Work starting to resume.  Urges any building owners to resume work where possible 

He says his department will continue to support local government.

over two thirds of HS2 sites still open. He wants the building of infrastructure to continue. 

Jenrick is now providing on what is being done on a local level to provide support for people's jobs, businesses and more. 

He says today the journalists joining them are from local media. Says the industry is under significant pressure. Encourages everyone who can to buy a newspaper. 

He says task forces were established in early March, known as LRFs. Embedded within these was military planners from the armed forces. Leadership ensuring a coordinated and consistent response across the country. 

Over 67 million items of PPE delivered with the helps of local council since early April. 

1 million boxes of food delivered to those extremely clinically vulnerable to coronavirus. 

Thanks everyone involved for the role they've played.

Robert Jenrick is speaking now. 

69,000 tests carried out yesterday

649 more fatalities since yesterday. 

Robert Jenrick to take daily press briefing

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is set to take today's daily press briefing. 

He will be joined by Professor Yvonne Doyle and Professor Nikki Kanani.

PM explains what he bitterly regrets about care home response

Asked what Boris Johnson "bitterly regrets" about the crisis in care homes, the Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "There have been issues in getting PPE to care homes and we have been working hard to address them.

"We do now have a full strategy set out for care homes but I think the PM is acknowledging that we still have work to do."

Downing Street denied that social care had been forgotten about in the rush to protect the NHS.

"We issued advice to care homes very early on in this pandemic setting out advice on how to prevent the infection from getting into care homes in the first place and then how to stop it spreading," the spokesman said.

Bundesliga allowed to restart

Police won't take action against flouting professor

Professor Neil Ferguson will not face further action by police after accepting he made an "error of judgment" by breaching social distancing rules despite being a key figure in influencing the lockdown.

Scotland Yard criticised his behaviour as "plainly disappointing" but ruled out issuing a fine because he "has taken responsibility" after resigning as a key Government adviser in the coronavirus response.

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