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, 15:13

Dominic Raab is speaking now - he is joined by Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance 

He says he wants to join the PM in thanking the staff at St Thomas' hospital where Boris Johnson was treated. He goes on to thank all NHS staff. 

He said the government were worried that people may ignore social distancing measures this weekend, but this didn't happen. 

"By staying home you've saved lives."

Prince Charles thanks Sikh community

Number of deaths in New York exceeds 10,000

New York State has reported 671 more deaths in t he past 24 hours. 

The latest total takes the densely populated state's death toll over the milestone of 10,000.

Dominic Raab set to hold daily press briefing

The Foreign  Secretary is due to speak at 5pm

Nurse dies in London hospital

A Filipino nurse has died after contracting Covid-19 in London.

Melujean Ballesteros, 60, who is originally from the Philippines, died at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, on Sunday, just two days after being admitted.

Speaking to PA news agency, her son, Rainier, 37, said: "My mum is a dedicated and very caring nurse.

"She started her career in the UK in 2003, she loved her work as a nurse."

UK death toll rises by 717

667 more deaths in England

NHS England has announced 667 new deaths of people who tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 10,261.

Of the 667 new deaths announced today, 118 occurred on April 12 while 537 took place between April 1 and April 11.

Tottenham Hotspur reverse furloughing decision

Tottenham have reversed their controversial decision to utilise the Government's coronavirus job retention scheme and promised to pay all non-playing staff their wages in full.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy acknowledged "criticism" that has been fierce and widespread since they announced plans at the end of March as to how they would cope with the Covid-19 fallout.

The north London club outlined their intention to reduce the wages of all 550 non-playing directors and employees for April and May by 20 per cent, utilising, where appropriate, the Government's furlough scheme.

Tottenham's decision led to a ferocious backlash which has brought about a belated U-turn from last season's Champions League finalists.

PM required 'a significant level of specialist treatment'

A spokesperson has detailed how the Prime Minister's condition deteriorated in hospital last week. 

They said: "As we set out, his condition did worsen over the course of last Monday afternoon and he had to be moved to the intensive care unit.

"Now, clearly, if a person is moved to intensive care, that means that they are requiring a significant level of specialist treatment. 

"So, I think it was clear from the moment the Prime Minister was moved to intensive care that his condition had worsened.”

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