Coronavirus Daily: Norfolk and Suffolk have no new daily cases as PM praises 'breakthrough' in virus treatment
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has hailed the finding of a drug that is able to treat patients with covid-19.
Dexamethasone, an anti-inflammatory medication, was found by a team from Oxford University to be a proven treatment to reduce the risk of death.
Professor Peter Horby, who led the clinical trials, said at yesterday's briefing: "In ventilated patients with covid-19, the drug Dexamethasone , so with ten days of treatment with that, which is a tablet or injection, reduces the risk of death by about 35 per cent.
"In patients on the ward who require oxygen and have covid, it reduces the risk of death by about 20 percent."
Yesterday's figures from Public Health England showed Norfolk had no new daily positive cases for a second day in a row, keeping its total so far to 2,230, with Suffolk also having no new cases, staying at 1,545 so far.
The UK's daily confirmed cases saw a rise, from 1,056 in the previous period to 1,279, with puts the overall count of cases in the UK currently at 298,136.
The figure for daily deaths was 233, up from 38, but this could be down to lagging in reporting them.
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