Coronavirus in the UK live blog as it happened: call for Covid-19 care home deaths to be published daily as 521 more deaths announced outside of hospitals

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Tuesday, 14th April 2020, 5:55 pm
As of 14 April, the number of worldwide coronavirus cases has neared 2 million (Photo: Shutterstock)

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Coronavirus live blog, April 14

Last updated: Tuesday, 14 April, 2020, 17:18

"Your efforts are making all the difference"

1.4 million claims for Universal Credit

A total of 1.4 million people have submitted a claim for Universal Credit as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey said.

The figure marks an increase of 200,000 on the total announced by Ms Coffey last week.

She said the welfare system was capable of processing and managing the huge volume of claims, amid concerns many will face financial hardship if they are unable to access any of the government’s coronavirus bailout measures.

She also noted that people have been claiming other support benefits, including Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment Support Allowance.

Heathrow calls for common standard on medical screening

Governments across the globe should agree on a common standard for medical screening at airports, the boss of Heathrow has said.

Chief executive John Holland-Kaye claimed that a single system to assess passengers’ health will help demand for air travel recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

He suggested that now is the time to agree a “common international standard for healthcare screening in airports”, so that once the crisis recedes, travellers can move through airports with confidence.

The call comes after tourists criticized the “shocking” lack of testing on arrival back in the UK during the outbreak.

521 deaths relating to coronavirus according to care home providers

Two of the UK's largest care home providers have announced the death of 521 residents in recent weeks. 

The figures come in the wake of calls for the government to announce the full scale of deaths outside of the NHS. 

HC One which operates over 300 care homes across the UK announced 311 deaths up to 8pm on April 13. 

MHA, based in Derby, announced 210 deaths across 131 of its homes. 

1 in 9 UK homes subject to mortgage holiday

More than 1.2 million mortgage payment holidays have been provided to home owners whose finances have been hit by coronavirus, according to a trade association.

This equates to around one in nine (11.2%) mortgages across the UK now being subject to a payment holiday, UK Finance said.

Eamonn Holmes issues clarification to 5G claims

A mobile phone mast in Huddersfield has been burned down with many suggesting that it was the target of an attack by conspiracy theorists who link 5G to the transmission of coronavirus.

40 more deaths in Scotland

A total of 615 patients have died in Scotland after testing positive for coronavirus, up by 40 from 575 on Monday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said.

She said 6,358 people have now tested positive for the virus in Scotland, up by 291 from 6,067 the day before.

Dominic Cummings back in 10 Downing Street

The Prime Minister's chief aide Dominic Cummings is back in Downing Street after recovering from coronavirus symptoms.

Number 10 was questioned about why Mr Cummings did not appear to be maintaining a two-metre gap from fellow aide Cleo Watson.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "He is back in Number 10 and working today."

The spokesman said "everybody in Number 10 continues to practice social distancing, which means staying two metres apart wherever possible".

778 new deaths in the UK

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