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Coronavirus: PM thanks NHS staff as UK deaths set to pass 10,000

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Coronavirus: PM thanks NHS staff as UK deaths set to pass 10,000

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Boris Johnson is expected to rest and recover in the coming weeks, with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab continuing to replace him

Boris Johnson said he owes his life to the NHS team that treats him for coronavirus.

The prime minister, 55, thanked doctors at St. Thomas Hospital in London, where he continues to recover after spending three nights in intensive care.

The death of the virus in the UK is expected to pass 10,000 on Sunday.

On Saturday, the UK recorded 917 new deaths from coronavirus, bringing the total hospital deaths to 9,875.

Ministers continue to encourage people to stay home over Easter weekend to curb the spread of the virus, despite the hot and sunny climate in some parts of the UK.

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Police officers talk to two men who were sunbathing in central London's St. James park on Saturday

In his first public statement since leaving intensive care on Thursday, Johnson paid tribute to the doctors who treated him, saying, "I can't thank you enough. I owe them my life."

Leading the government's daily coronavirus instructions on Saturday, Interior Secretary Priti Patel said the prime minister needs "time and space to rest, recover and recover."

BBC political correspondent Ben Wright said "10 does not want to speculate on when the prime minister may leave the hospital or return to his desk, but a return to work does not seem imminent".

"The prime minister is expected to rest and recover in the coming weeks and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will remain in office – and will be in charge when ministers review the blockade measures."

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Interior Secretary Priti Patel held the government's daily coronavirus briefing on Saturday

It arrived when 917 hospital deaths were recorded in the 24 hours until 17:00 BST on Friday – the second consecutive day that the number exceeded 900.

The death toll released on Saturday fell slightly from the previous day's 980 deaths.

However, spikes or falls may partly reflect bottlenecks in the reporting system, rather than actual changes in the trend, and these figures do not include those who died in nursing homes or in the community.

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Abdul Mabud Chowdhury, 53, was the father of two children and a consultant in urology. He died of coronavirus on Wednesday.

  • Reminding NHS employees who died

In the meantime, a peer group of parliamentarians and colleagues has demanded that Parliament be urgently called on virtual – using video links and digital voting – so that the government can be held accountable during the crisis.

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer requested urgent talks with Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg and Commons president Lindsay Hoyle to discuss the resumption of parliament on April 21, so ministers can be questioned directly.

He said the Labor Party supports "many of the measures" implemented by the government, but establishes a list of questions that "need to be answered".

They include clarity on an exit strategy from the current blockade, responses to "intensifying tests" and the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) to NHS frontline employees.

A spokeswoman for Rees-Mogg said that Parliament will return on April 21 and that technological solutions are being prepared for the government, the president and other parties to consider.

There have been so many dark milestones in this coronavirus outbreak, but passing a death toll of 10,000 can be one of the most shocking.

There are positive signs that the infection rate is decreasing, diminished by social distance.

But the numbers that die every day may increase even more, because some people who caught the virus three or four weeks ago may not survive intensive care now.

Scientists who have been advising the government for a long time warn of this delay between measures to keep the public at home and a reduction in the death toll daily.

The current trend is expected to peak, perhaps in a week or two, although no one can predict how long it will take for losses to fall to low levels.

It all depends on the public's response and so far the authorities say it has been extremely supportive.

Speaking at Saturday's daily briefing, Patel said he was "sorry if people feel there were failures" in providing protection kits to doctors who treat patients with coronavirus.

His comments came after some NHS officials said they did not yet have the personal protective equipment (PPE) needed to treat patients with coronavirus.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock had previously said that 19 NHS workers had died of coronavirus since the outbreak began.

In other developments:

  • Some key drugs used in intensive care are "in relatively small quantities", the BBC understands.

  • The UK will send £ 200m in aid to help developing countries fight the coronavirus and to prevent a "second wave" of infections that hit the UK.
  • The US has now overtaken Italy, with the highest number of coronavirus deaths in the world. The latest data, compiled by Johns Hopkins University, shows that more than 20,000 people in the United States have died.
  • There is "emerging evidence" to suggest that the coronavirus is having a disproportionate impact on black people, Asians and ethnic minorities.

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