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Coronavirus Daily: Prime Minister urges caution after UK passes peak of coronavirus

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Boris Johnson in his coronavirus briefing yesterday said the UK needed to stay strong as he confirmed for the first time that it was past the peak of the virus.

The Prime Minister did say however that people would need to carry on with the lockdown for now to avoid another spike in infections.

He said: "We are past the peak and we are on the downward slope.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson Picture: BBC (34211494)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson Picture: BBC (34211494)

"We are going to have to beat this disease by our growing resolve and ingenuity."

He also confirmed the government would release a 'comprehensive' plan next week on restarting the economy, also that 81,611 daily tests had been carried out on Wednesday, close to the 100,000 target it set itself for the end of April.

Figures from Public Health England yesterday, which now includes counts of all deaths where a positive test for COVID-19 has been confirmed, showed there had been 674 deaths in the last reported 24-hour period, lower than 765 in the previous one.

There had been 6,032 daily confirmed cases, which is a rise, but is believed to be due to more testing taking place for the virus.

Norfolk now has 1,481 confirmed cases so far and Suffolk has 1,027.

The total number of laboratory confirmed cases of the virus in the UK so far stands at 171,253.

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