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Monday, 27th April 2020, 7:54 am
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Coronavirus live blog, April 27

Last updated: Monday, 27 April, 2020, 18:20

Government looking into reports of coronavirus-related syndrome affecting children

Matt Hancock concludes the press briefing by saying that if you'd told him at the start of the pandemic the NHS wouldn't be overwhelmed he would have been pleased. 

That concludes today's daily press briefing and today's live blog. 

Government looking into reports of coronavirus-related syndrome affecting children

Prof Powis said he had asked experts to look into reports that a coronavirus-related syndrome among children may be emerging in the UK.

"We have become aware in the last few days of reports of severe illness in children which might be a Kawasaki-like disease.

"Both Chris (Whitty) and I are aware of that, and we have asked our experts, I have asked the National Clinical Director for Children and Young People to look into this as a matter of urgency."

He said PHE was also looking into it, adding: "We're not sure at the moment - it is really too early to say whether there is a link."

Prof Powis urged parents who are worried about a child who is sick and not recovering to seek medical help.

Government looking into reports of coronavirus-related syndrome affecting children

Prof Powis said he had asked experts to look into reports that a coronavirus-related syndrome among children may be emerging in the UK.

"We have become aware in the last few days of reports of severe illness in children which might be a Kawasaki-like disease.

"Both Chris (Whitty) and I are aware of that, and we have asked our experts, I have asked the National Clinical Director for Children and Young People to look into this as a matter of urgency."

He said PHE was also looking into it, adding: "We're not sure at the moment - it is really too early to say whether there is a link."

Prof Powis urged parents who are worried about a child who is sick and not recovering to seek medical help.

The trio are now taking a question on whether schools being reopened is an option in the coming weeks. 

Whitty says that there is room to manoeuvre while R (rate of infection) is below 1. He says this will ultimately be a decision made by ministers. 

Referring to the new life assurance scheme for the families of NHS staff who die with coronavirus, Mr Hancock said: "This is for frontline staff working in the NHS and in social care who die and are employees within the NHS and social care. 

"We are also looking at which other groups of key workers that applies to who don't have a scheme already in place.

Asked about UK testing compared to the rest of the world Mr Hancock says: "It is important to note that we have already gone past the number of tests, per day, for instance, that they carry out in South Korea.

"We are approaching the levels that Germany undertakes."

The trio are now asked whether reports that those arriving in the UK will be asked to quarantine for 14 days. 

Hancock says that as ever the government will be guided by science. 

He says as factor changes, the advice will change.

Hancock is asked whether the government is on target to meet the 100,000 tests a month goal.

He says that broadly speaking they are on target. 

Chris Whitty now says that the pandemic has a “very long way to run”.  The CMO says he's unwilling to put a number on a potential final death toll after the UK's death toll passed 20,000 this weekend

Member of public asks if it will be possible to hug loved ones soon

Professor Chris Whitty talks through today's slides. 

He says that he expects an increase in the death toll tomorrow, but says that the overall trend is a decline

The are now taking questions. 

First up is a member of the public who asks if it will be possible to hug loved ones once lockdown is loosened. 

Whitty says this depends on the situation that an individual finds themselves in. 

He says if an individual has a significant medical problem and who is older that it “might well be prudent… not to". 

He says that it's important hat those who are vulnerable continue to be protected. 

Hancock adds we understand the impact of not being able to hug close family. 

Hancock says there have been 360 new hospital deaths in the UK. 

He reveals that cancer treatments will now resume.

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