Coronavirus in UK live blog as it happened: Queen to address the nation | Nurses among latest victims

Follow the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in our live blog below

By Finlay Greig
Friday, 3rd April 2020, 8:20 am
Updated Friday, 3rd April 2020, 6:02 pm

Scroll down and read our coronavirus live blog as it happens.

Before you do that here are some articles offering practical advice:

Sign up to our daily newsletter

A worker in PPE including gloves, a face mask, eye protection and an apron, swabs an NHS worker at a drive-in facility to set up to test for the novel coronavirus COVID-19, in the car park of Chessington World of Adventures (Photo: BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)
(Image: NHS)

We will be providing live updates until 6pm this evening.


Show your support for the incredible work being done by those working on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis. Join our Facebook group and follow the dedicated Instagram page to read stories of everyday heroism and share your own messages.

A message from the Editor

Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news on this website, I am asking you to also please purchase a copy of our newspaper.Our journalists are highly trained and our content is independently regulated by IPSO to some of the most rigorous standards in the world. But being your eyes and ears comes at a price. So we need your support more than ever to buy our newspapers during this crisis.With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our local valued advertisers - and consequently the advertising that we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you helping us to provide you with news and information by buying a copy of our newspaper.Thank you, and stay safe.

Coronavirus live blog, April 3

Last updated: Friday, 03 April, 2020, 17:42

PM still has symptoms

First Minister gives her take on 100,000 tests figure touted by Health Secretary

The First Minister said it was not for her to set out the basis for the UK Government's target of 100,000 tests per day.

Nicola Sturgeon added that what the Scottish Government would do would proportionally equal what is being done on testing in the rest of UK, although the expansion to allow 3,500 tests per day was slightly higher proportionally than the UK.

The Scottish Government is also looking at how antibody testing can move Scotland out of lockdown, although the test does not currently exist in a "reliable form", the First Minister claimed.

Antibody tests not included in 100,000 tests

11,764 tests carried out yesterday

Public Health England said 11,764 tests were carried out on Thursday in England, while testing capacity for inpatient care in the country currently stands at 12,799 tests per day.

Queen to address the nation on Sunday night

The Queen is to address the nation at 8pm on radio and TV on Sunday night. 

In what is only her fourth public address for a crisis in her 68-year reign, the Queen will deliver a message on the coronavirus pandemic. 

Death toll increases by 684

Rishi Sunak is holding a Q&A on Twitter

New York records steep rise in deaths

Health Secretary set to take press briefing

Matt Hancock is to take today's press briefing. 

This will take place at 5pm.

Hancock: 'Stay at home'

Matt Hancock is speaking now 

He underlines how important it is that "we stay at home". 

He pays tribute to two nurses and two healthcare assistants who have died in the past 24 hours. 

Page 2 of 4