Coronavirus in UK live blog as it happened: clap for NHS staff at 8pm tonight | death toll rises by 569

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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, 13:38

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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