Coronavirus in UK live blog as it happened: Prime Minister in hospital as a precaution

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By Finlay Greig
Monday, 6th April 2020, 8:00 am
Updated Monday, 6th April 2020, 5:50 pm

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Coronavirus live blog, April 6

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President Trump: Johnson going to hospital a 'big move'

At the top of his Sunday night White House press briefing, US President Donald Trump sent well wishes to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has been admitted to hospital after suffering with coronavirus.

"He's a great friend of mine," Mr Trump said of his British counterpart.

"I'm sure he is going to be fine, he's a strong man, a strong person."

Mr Trump admitted he had not spoken to the Prime Minister and was notified he had been taken to hospital by Washington's ambassador to the UK, Woody Johnson.

The president said it was a "big move going to the hospital".

"He's a great gentleman, I just hope he's OK," Mr Trump added.

Johnson 'still very much in charge'

A Cabinet minister has said Boris Johnson is "still very much in charge of the Government" despite spending a night in hospital with the coronavirus.

Housing and Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick told BBC Breakfast: "Of course we all wish him well and we hope that as a result of these tests he will be able to come back to Downing Street as soon as possible

"He's been working extremely hard leading the Government and being constantly updated. That's going to continue. Obviously today he's in hospital having the tests but he will continue to be kept informed as to what's happening and to be in charge of the Government.

"I hope, I think we all do, that he has a speedy recovery and that he gets back to Number 10 and takes charge in the way he would want to as soon as possible.

"I'm sure this is very frustrating for him, for somebody like Boris who wants to be hands running the Government from the front, but nonetheless he's still very much in charge of the Government."

Lockdown measures could be eased 'in the weeks to come'

Housing and Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick - speaking on BBC Breakfast - has said lockdown measures could be gradually eased "in the weeks to come".

 that there is currently "excess capacity" in intensive care units "across the country", which must be maintained.

"If we can do that then we can look in the weeks to come to begin to very carefully... lift some of those measures," he said by a videolink that was facing connection issues.

"But an exit strategy that's sustainable will also have to be accompanied by much greater testing and tracing than we are able to do today."

Jenrick: 'Nobody wants to see' greater restrictions imposed

Continuing to speak on BBC Breakfast, Housing and Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said there are no "imminent plans" to impose greater social distancing restrictions.

"It would be very unfortunate if we had to do so and make it harder for people, particularly people who live in flats in towns and cities, to get the exercise they deserve," he said.

"Nobody wants to see that happen."

Jenrick implored people to stay inside, with the potential for more good weather approaching as well as the Easter weekend.

"If we do that we will be able to in a sensible measure lift these restrictions sooner and begin to turn the tide on the virus.

"So please, as we approach more good weather it seems and the Easter weekend, play your part."

Lord Kerslake: Johnson should 'step back' if not well enough for the role

The former head of the civil service - Lord Kerslake - has said it would be "sensible" for Boris Johnson to "step back" if he is not well enough to carry out his role for now.

He told the Today programme: "If he's not well enough it would be sensible to step back and let others take on the role."

He added: "I think in the end if he's not well, he will have to reflect on this because the job's tough at the best of times and it's doubly tough now."

Johnson expected to return to Number 10 'shortly'

Housing and Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has not ruled out the Prime Minister spending more nights in hospital but said he expects him to return to Number 10 "shortly".

Asked if the PM will spend more nights in hospital, Mr Jenrick told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "He will obviously take the advice of doctors and nurses who are doing those tests and act accordingly."

But he added: "It's worth underlining that going to hospital was a precautionary step, he's undergoing some routine tests on the advice of his doctors, this isn't an emergency admission, and so I certainly expect that he will be back at Number 10 shortly."

Tony Blair: Boris Johnson's hospital situation is 'hellish'

Former prime minister Tony Blair has said Boris Johnson's hospital situation must be "hellish".

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I have every sympathy and solidarity with him. I know it must be a hellish situation to be in."

Asked whether the Prime Minister should hand over control while ill, Mr Blair said: "I'm not going to second guess them on that.

"He knows the state of his own condition and he will be judging it carefully himself, I'm sure."

ICYMI: the Queen's address to the nation

Last night the Queen addressed the nation saying: "I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge."

The speech was just the fourth time she's spoken to the nation in a time of crisis. 

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