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Coronavirus live blog, April 20

Last updated: Monday, 20 April, 2020, 17:44

Drinks company owner buys a round for the NHS

Furloughing scheme goes online

Labour leader pushes for exit strategy explanation

Sir Keir Starmer pressed Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on the planning around lifting the coronavirus lockdown during a "constructive" call with opposition leaders.

"This morning Keir Starmer and other opposition leaders were briefed over the phone by the Foreign Secretary and senior Government officials about the coronavirus pandemic. The call was constructive," the spokesman for the Labour leader said.

"During the call, the Labour leader raised his concerns about the availability of PPE to key workers and asked how the Government would address the current shortages of supply. He also asked how confident the Government was on hitting the target of 100,000 tests a day by the end of the month.

"Keir Starmer reiterated his support for the Government's decision to extend the lockdown, but asked what planning was being put in place for when the restrictions are lifted.

"All sides agreed to further briefings in the weeks ahead."

PM receiving daily written updates

Boris Johnson is receiving daily written updates on the coronavirus response as he continues his recovery at Chequers but is not doing Government work, Downing Street has said.

The Prime Minister's spokesman told a Westminster briefing: "The Prime Minister is continuing his recovery at Chequers. He isn't doing Government work.

"He has been receiving updates on the coronavirus response, and he has spoken with the First Secretary of State, as well as senior members of his Number 10 team."

The spokesman refused to be drawn on when Mr Johnson would return to work, but said he would be "guided by the advice of his medical team".

Dominic Raab continues to deputise for the PM, Number 10 added.

Footballer Aymeric Laporte praised for generosity

Scottish CMO against televised sports events

280 prisoners have tested positive for coronavirus

Around 280 prisoners have now tested positive for coronavirus, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland told the Commons Human Rights Committee.

Idris Elba backs UN campaign to raise $200m

Man stranded on island with dog during lockdown

A former British paratrooper is isolating on an uninhabited Shetland island after lockdown measures were introduced when he was on a fundraising challenge to walk the UK coastline.

Chris Lewis, 39, has walked 12,000 miles since setting off from Llangennith beach on the Gower Peninsula, near his home city of Swansea, South Wales, in August 2017.

He was sleeping in a tent on mainland Shetland when the UK Government announced lockdown restrictions on March 23 to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Government considering minute's silence for NHS workers

The government are looking into holding a minute's silence as a tribute to NHS workers who have died with coronavirus. 

Proposed by Unison, the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives the tribute could be held on April 28, coinciding with International Workers' Memorial Day.

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