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Coronavirus live blog, April 28
Last updated: Tuesday, 28 April, 2020, 08:00
Opposition leader calls for better pay and working conditions for key workers
Former Labour leader pays tribute to key workers
Contact tracing app to be ready in two to three weeks
NHSX chief Matthew Gould said the contact-tracing app would be trialled in a "small area" before potentially being rolled out nationally next month, subject to its performance in those trials.
He said: "I would expect it technically to be ready for wider deployment in two to three weeks. Whether it is then deployed depends on the wider strategy."
UK observes minute's silence
Minute's silence taking place at 11am
'Value' in 'exploring' lockdown return of sport - Hancock
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said there is “value” in “trying to find a way to have socially distanced sport as much as is possible behind closed doors and following good public health rules.”
"I think that these are important things to explore and then to tackle the practical questions that they raise.
"I know that the public health experts who work for me are engaged with football and [horse] racing."
He added: "I do think it's doable but a lot of work needs to be done to find a way to make it happen."
No such thing as 'lockdown fatigue', according to Health Secretary
Matt Hancock has said he does not think there is "lockdown fatigue" or an appetite for an exit route among the public.
"If you look at surveys of the public, if you talk to members of the public, if you look at how much the public are following the measures, the public are following the lockdown brilliantly," he said.
“The proportion of the public who support the lockdown remains absolutely solid. The number of people who are following the rules remains incredibly high. The number of people who are taking journeys, for instance, has barely changed on three weeks ago.”
However, the Health Secretary said there are also "clear consequences of the lockdown".
"There are social consequences, there's economic consequences, and for some people, especially the shielded, there are health consequences, and we've got to take those into account too."
Matt Hancock: Cheltenham Festival 'right' to go ahead
Health Secretary Matt Hancock - who has been taking questions from members of the public on LBC this morning - has said it was right to allow the Cheltenham Festival to go ahead.
“We followed the scientific advice, we were guided by that science. I think broadly we took the right measures at the right time,” he said.
"We were ahead of many other countries in Europe in terms of when we took the measures."
Asked whether there had been any possibility of postponing the festival, Mr Hancock said: "No, the science at the time was quite clear and the scientific advice we were getting was quite clear."
Sir Keir Starmer: those on the frontline 'undervalued and underpaid'
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has said "too many" frontline workers have died during the fight against coronavirus in a video message.
“As we reflect today at 11 o'clock, a minute's silence on behalf of everybody who's lost their lives,” he said, "we think particularly of all the grieving families that have lost a loved one.
“Nobody should put their lives at risk because they haven't got the right protective equipment. We owe it to them to make sure that we've got the right equipment, in the right place at the right time.”
"We can't go out and clap on a Thursday and pretend that, when this is over, we can return to business as usual. Many of those on the front line have been undervalued and underpaid for far, far too long."
Domestic Abuse Bill due for second reading in the Commons today
Minister for safeguarding Victoria Atkins has been speaking to BBC Breakfast about the Domestic Abuse Bill, which is due for its second reading in the Commons on today.
“It introduces new powers, protective orders, and changes various measures in courts to help protect victims,” she said.
"We have been listening to charities delivering these services on the front line.
"A couple of weeks ago, in response to the huge increase we've seen in calls to helplines and web services, we have announced a further £2 million to bolster those services.
"In addition today, we are very conscious of the impact this may be having on children living in abusive households, so we have announced a £3 million fund today to help those charities... to ensure that the children receive the immediate care they need."