Coronavirus in UK live blog as it happened: Prime Minister in hospital as a precaution

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Monday, 6th April 2020, 8:00 am
Updated Monday, 6th April 2020, 5:50 pm

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A family watching Britain's Queen Elizabeth II deliver a special address to the UK and Commonwealth recorded at Windsor Castle in relation to the coronavirus outbreak (Photo: PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
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Coronavirus live blog, April 6

Last updated: Monday, 06 April, 2020, 16:57

Parks may be closed

Parks are a "lifeline" but some might continue to be closed if people keep breaking social distancing rules, the chairman of the Local Government Association's culture, tourism and sport board said.

Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson said: "This is a national emergency and the minority of people who do not adhere to the guidance need to change their behaviour to keep us all safe. Councils are constantly monitoring the situation regarding our parks.

"Councils know that parks are a lifeline for residents needing to get some exercise or fresh air and are great for physical and mental wellbeing.

"This is why councils want to keep parks open, but people need to follow the social distancing advice, otherwise councils will be reluctantly forced to close them as a last resort to help prevent the coronavirus spreading."

Nine more deaths in Scotland, including care worker

Over 12,000 volunteers in Scotland

If antibody tests don't work government will seek refunds

Downing Street will seek refunds from companies that cannot improve the failed antibody tests ordered by the Government.

"No test so far has proved to be good enough to use," the PM's official spokesman said, raising accuracy concerns.

"We continue to work with the testing companies, we're in a constant dialogue with them and we give feedback to them when their products fail to meet the required standards.

"If the tests don't work then the orders that we placed will be cancelled and wherever possible we will recover the costs."

Labour MP in hospital

Downing Street hit out at 5G conspiracy theories

Downing Street has hit out at the "crazed conspiracy theory" that 5G masts spread coronavirus and warned that any vandals who destroy them are putting lives at risk.

"The Secretary of State is due to speak to the big social media firms later on this week to be very clear about the need to stop the spread of what is a crazed conspiracy theory," the Prime Minister's official spokesman said.

"You've seen reports of criminal vandalism against 5G masts, people need to understand that by destroying these masts they're actually putting lives at risks because these are masts that emergency responders rely upon."

403 more deaths in England

Another 403 hospital patients in England who tested positive for coronavirus have died, taking the total number to 4,897, NHS England said.

The patients were aged between 35 and 106, and 15 of them had no known underlying health condition.

London has recorded the most deaths - 129. The Midlands has seen 75 and the North East & Yorkshire 67.

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Dominic Raab to take today's press briefing

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is to take today's daily coronavirus briefing. 

The Secretary of State chaired a daily coronavirus meeting this morning in the absence of Prime Minister Boris Johnson who is currently hospitalised with Covid-19 

UK death toll up by 439

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Man jailed for spitting in wife's face

A man who spat in his wife's face and told her 'I hope you get coronavirus and die' after she objected to him inviting a friend round for drinks during the Covid-19 lockdown has been jailed for 42 weeks.

Mark Palmer, 55, of Edinburgh Road, Cambridge, attacked his wife when she returned from the shops to find him and a friend drinking beer, Cambridgeshire Police said.

She had objecting to him breaking self-isolation rules.

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