Britain has slid past a grim milestone in the last 24 hours. There are now 10,612 killed. It is worth remembering that the true number will be higher.
Experts believe it is increasingly likely that Britain will be the world affected country in Europe.
Speaking at the daily press briefing, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that it was a dark day.
“The fact that over 10,000 people have now lost their lives to this invisible killer demonstrates just how serious this coronavirus is and why the national effort that everyone is engaged in is so important,” he said.
Hancock faced more questions on the availability of personal protection equipment (PPE) as a criticism of its provision grew.
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It is now taking an average of two-and-a-half days to deal with requests. This figure has dropped from six days – but it means that some healthcare staff is unable to avoid putting themselves at risk.
The Royal College of Nursing has told members that they should refuse to treat patients as ‘the last resort’ if there is inadequate PPE.
Deserted streets, families apart and the Pope celebrating Mass at an all but empty St Peter’s Basilica.
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