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Coronavirus Daily: Prime Minister talks testing and vaccines as Norfolk tops 2,000 positive cases so far

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The Prime Minister has spoken about the government's work into testing and work on a possible vaccine for coronavirus in a newspaper article today.

Boris Johnson, said in a piece in the Daily Mail and on the GOV.UK website, that although we may have to live with the virus for some time to come, work was being done to fight it.

He wrote: "I said that, if we could get an antibody test showing whether you have had the disease, it would be a huge step forward. This week Public Health England have approved an antibody test which is 100 per cent accurate.

The Prime Minister announced a £96m investment into vaccine centre. (34801265)
The Prime Minister announced a £96m investment into vaccine centre. (34801265)

"I said we would throw everything we could at finding a vaccine. There remains a very long way to go, and I must be frank that a vaccine might not come to fruition. But we are leading the global effort.

"Some of the most promising research into vaccines is happening right here in the UK - and this weekend we are announcing a £93 million investment to open the new Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre (in Oxfordshire) a full 12 months ahead of schedule.

"We have achieved a lot together so far. Let’s not throw it all away now. In return for the small freedoms we are now allowing ourselves, we must stay alert. We must do so in the knowledge that our self-discipline will, eventually, lead to the return of our much-missed normality.

"I know this will not be easy - the first baby steps never are. But I hope that, when we look back, the changes we have made this week will be seen as an important moment on the road to our nation’s recovery."

Yesterday's figures from Public Health England showed Norfolk's confirmed positive cases over the previous 24-hour period had risen by 19, with a total so far of 2,002 and Suffolk had only reporting three cases, taking its total to 1,350.

The daily UK figures for confirmed cases is 3,451, with the UK total of laboratory confirmed cases now standing at 240,161.

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