During the press conference, Medical Director of Public Health in England, Yvonne Doyle, revealed a graph showing the number of admissions in West Midland. The Department of Health and Social Welfare released the latest figures on Wednesday afternoon, which revealed the number of coronavirus cases increased significantly. As of 9 am on April 1, the Department reported that 29,474 people had tested positive for COVID-19, an increase of 4,324 the previous day. The death toll in the UK has also increased dramatically, from 563, bringing the UK total to 2,352.
This is after Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan launched a forceful attack on Boris Johnson's response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, Morgan criticized the government's slow response to implement a national blockade.
He said: "Johnson is great in common sense … So, it is incomprehensible to me that, when faced with the greatest challenge of his life, Johnson seems to have abandoned any resemblance.
"We will not measure words here: your government's strategy to fight the coronavirus has been a complete fiasco from beginning to end."
The free broadcaster condemned the government's initial herd immunity approach, which allowed for the deliberate spread of the virus.
Coronavirus News: Piers Morgan launched a forceful attack on Boris Johnson (Image: Getty)
New daily deaths in the UK (Image: Express)
Johnson soon reversed the strategy, after it was discovered that this approach could result in hundreds of thousands of deaths.
Morgan said: "As a direct consequence of this shameful strategic failure, Britain was waged in a war with its hands tied behind its back, without sufficient coronavirus testing, personal protective equipment for healthcare professionals or ventilators that are the determining factor over if many coronavirus patients live or die ".
He added: "At the moment, Britain is a country of heroic NHS lions led by dangerously incompetent donkeys – and many thousands of people will die as a result, including many who are trying to save them."
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Coronavirus News: The total number of cases worldwide (Image: Express)
04:30 update: At least 576 cases in Australia linked to Ruby Princess
Some 2,700 passengers were allowed to disembark without NSW Health checks on 19 March.
NSW Health Minister later admitted that the move was a mistake.
03:30 update: Australiam PM says parents who need it receive free childcare
He said that parents in need of childcare during the crisis will be able to access it free of charge and that childcare will remain open.
Morrison also said that the expansion is slowing down and that the federal parliament will resume next week on Wednesday.
2:00 am update: Los Angeles Mayor asks residents to wear masks when leaving home
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is asking Angelinos to wear face masks when they leave home to fight the spread of the coronavirus.
At an afternoon news conference, Garcetti said the masks can be homemade, like a bandana.
12:30 am update: Boris Johnson "regrets" the loss of life in the UK due to coronavirus.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson lamented the loss of life, as the UK experienced a record increase in deaths during the coronavirus pandemic.
He said: "We have no doubt that this was a sad and sad day.
"But we have no doubt that, if we can follow the program we are currently in, if we can comply with the measures that we started together, I have absolutely no doubt that we will start to press. These numbers."
Update 22.26pm: Matt Hancock calls on industry to produce new test
The Secretary of Health urged industry leaders to address some of the issues of testing on a large scale.
He said: "Testing is a crucial aspect of our coronavirus battle plan, and we are working day and night to increase our national testing capacity.
"I am determined that we must face this challenge as a country.
"So I called on our pharmaceutical giants and testing experts to call on them to develop a scale of diagnostic capabilities never before seen in this country.
"It is an enormous task, but they know that they have the full support of this government, as we work to achieve this common goal in the national interest, as part of our national effort to combat the coronavirus.
"Many companies are already working urgently to help us with this and I am very pleased that so many others want to face this challenge."
9:50 pm: Six-week-old baby dies in Connecticut
The state governor confirmed the death of a small child.
"A 6-week-old newborn from the Hartford area was taken unanswered to a hospital late last week and could not be revived."
9:30 pm: UN climate summit postponed
The COP26 climate conference in Glasgow will be postponed until next year due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
The Cabinet Office said that dates for next year's conference will be set in due course.
In a video message on Wednesday, Johnson said the government is working on how to defeat the virus outbreak.
He also insisted that the UK will be increasing testing for the virus.
He said: "What we need to do is to massively increase not only the tests, so that you can know if you have had the disease in the past – the so-called antibody test – because it will allow you to work in confidence that you cannot be infected. or infectious.
"Second, people need to know that they did not succeed, instead of isolating themselves at home for no reason – this is very very important above all for our NHS team.
"It is crucial that people suffering from the disease can be tested positively and take the necessary steps to isolate at home the way I am doing and many other people are doing it."
8:22 pm update: Justin Trudeau announced the "biggest economic program"
The Canadian government has announced the largest tax package in the country's history.
Speaking today, Trudeau announced a £ 60.8 billion package.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced that companies would be eligible for a pay subsidy worth 75% of their payroll.
Another $ 13 billion will go to a program for freelancers and self-employed workers.
Live Coronavirus: West Midlands emerges as a new access point (Image: Sky News)
Update at 8:10 pm: almost one million universal credit applications in two weeks
There have been nearly a million applications for universal credit since Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced measures to offer support during the crisis.
The Department of Labor and Pensions said, "With such a huge increase in claims, there are pressures on our services, but the system is doing well for them and our dedicated team is working to provide people with the support they need."
Update at 7:42 pm: the death toll in France increases by 509
The French government has revealed that 509 people have died in the past 24 hours.
The total number of deaths is now 4,032.
7:30 pm update: Florida enters confinement
Republican Governor Rob DeSantis issued a state block and said residents can only go for essential needs.
There were 7,000 cases of COVID-19 in the state, in addition to 87 deaths.
6:50 pm update: WHO warns of one million deaths
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: "The death toll has more than doubled in the past week.
"In the next few days, we will reach one million confirmed cases and 50,000 deaths."
18h12 update: US fears Italy-style outbreak
Based on White House projections, Vice President Mike Pence warned that the United States could have an impact on the coronavirus similar to that of Italy.
He said today: "We think Italy may be the most comparable area to the United States right now for several reasons.
"Our message from yesterday, our message in the next 30 days, is the future in our hands."
Update at 18h3: Coronavirus block ignored
The coronavirus blockade was seen as ignored after the figures released today show an increase in vehicle use.
Speaking today, the medical director of Public Health in England, Dr. Yvonne Doyle presented statistics showing the increased use of motorcycle vehicles.
She said: "This shows a somewhat worrying trend, because we have seen an increase in motor vehicle traffic.
"The message here is that people really need to stay at home.
"It is still too early to say whether the hospital admissions plateau has ended, but now we have seen three consecutive days of increase, we need to protect the NHS, and the best way to do that is to stay home, to avoid contracting the disease and, obviously, avoid it to anyone else ".
5:42 pm Update: New West Midlands hotspot
During the press conference, data shown by the British medical director of Public Health, Yvonne Doyle, showed that the number of hospitalizations in the region had almost reached 2,000, only London has more.
Commenting on the data, Mr. Doyle said the threat was national and that the government needs to protect NHS trusts in all regions.
Update at 14h4: new changes to fiscal policies
Sharma also insisted that the new scheme was not perfect and that there would be further changes in the coming days.
"We are listening all the time.
"And in response to concerns that we hear from companies, we are looking for ways to ensure that they get the support they need.
"The chancellor will talk more about this in the next few days."
Coronavirus: Alok Sharma held the press conference today (Image: Sky News)
5:20 pm update: "We are trying"
Although Sharma did not answer why Germany overtook the United Kingdom in terms of tests per day, but said the government is trying to advance the issue.
He also said that the government is taking steps to increase the capacity of the NHS.
He said, "We …