Coronavirus in the UK live blog: Boris Johnson says things 'could have gone either way' when hospitalised

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Monday, 13th April 2020, 6:39 am
Updated Monday, 13th April 2020, 9:42 am
Boris Johnson has thanked the NHS, and said there is "no question" that it saved his life (Photo: Shutterstock)

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Coronavirus live blog, April 13

Last updated: Monday, 13 April, 2020, 08:01

Fire brigades on 'a knife edge'

Spain loosens lockdown measures

In Spain those who work in the manufacturing and construction industries have today been allowed to return to work. 

The rest of the population, however, have been asked to remain at home as the Spanish government attempt to kickstart their economy. 

The move comes as the government recorded 517 deaths in the previous 24 hours and the rate of infection continues to decline.

Christopher Eccleston hopes NHS will not be used as 'political football'

TV star Christopher Eccleston has said he hopes the NHS will no longer be a "political football" following the coronavirus pandemic.

The ex-Doctor Who actor, 56, said there should be "no more threats to the NHS".

Eccleston told TV show Lorraine: "I'm hoping now... that the world has changed, the NHS will no longer be a political football for any of the parties and that it is protected because it is the greatest expression of Britain we have.

"It's our nation's conscience and now it is saving our lives and a lot of people are doing it without protective equipment."

The comments came a week after the Salford-born actor read out a poem praising the NHS.

Parents of New Zealand nurse who treated PM 'exceptionally proud'

The parents of a New Zealand nurse praised by the Prime Minister for the care she gave him have said they are "exceptionally proud" of their daughter.

Boris Johnson used a speech on Sunday to hail the medics who looked after him at St Thomas' Hospital in central London after he contracted coronavirus.

One of the nurses named by Mr Johnson as Jenny from Invercargill, on New Zealand's South Island, has been identified as Jenny McGee.

Speaking to Television New Zealand, her mother Caroline McGee said: "It makes us feel exceptionally proud obviously.

"But she has told us these things over the years and it doesn't matter what patient she is looking after, this is what she does."

Public services to get more than £14bn from emergency fund

More than £14 billion will go to public services from the government’s coronavirus emergency response fund, the Chancellor has confirmed.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak launched an initial £5 billion spending package for the coronavirus fund in the March Budget, with the funding used to help support the NHS and local authorities with the resources they need.

The funding includes more than £6 billion to support health services, free up hospital beds and deliver vital equipment, including ventilators, diagnostic tests and protective equipment.

Funds also include a further £3.5 billion to keep vital rail services running for those who rely on them for essential journeys.

Boris Johnson expressed his debt to the NHS

Lockdown to be reviewed later this week

A review of lockdown measures is to take place later this week, after the hospital coronavirus death toll surpassed 10,000 at the weekend.

Ministers have previously said they want to be sure the UK has passed the peak of the outbreak before restrictions are eased.

However, members of the Cabinet are now reportedly urging conditions to be eased amid concerns the impact the lockdown is having on the economy.

Former co-star and Monty Python actors pay tribute to Tim Brooke-Taylor

Comedian and Goodies cast member, Graeme Garden, and Monty Python stars Eric Idle and John Cleese are among the celebrities who have paid tribute to Tim Brooke-Taylor on Twitter. The comedian and actor sadly died yesterday (Sun 12 Apr) aged 79, as a result of contracting the Covid-19 strain of coronavirus.

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