LiveCoronavirus in UK live blog: latest as care home residents and staff with symptoms will be tested and Trump freezes WHO funding

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Wednesday, 15th April 2020, 7:57 am
Updated Wednesday, 15th April 2020, 1:07 pm

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Coronavirus live blog, April 15

Last updated: Wednesday, 15 April, 2020, 15:06

771 new deaths in UK

Matt Hancock to speak at 5pm

Matt Hancock will take today's daily press briefing at 5pm. 

It is expected that the will be joined by Professor Christ Whitty and one other medical expert.

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Dominic Raab to represent UK at virtual G7 summit

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will represent the UK at a "virtual summit" of G7 leaders hosted by Donald Trump on Thursday as the Prime Minister continues his recovery from coronavirus.

"The UK will be represented by Dominic Raab as First Secretary of State," the Prime Minister's official spokesman said.

Eight die at Merseyside care home

Eight people have died with suspected coronavirus at Green Heys Care Home in Waterloo, Merseyside, bosses said.

Mark Adams, chief executive officer for Community Integrated Care, which runs the home said: "As soon as an outbreak developed at Green Heys Care Home, we were able to respond swiftly and robustly.

"I have been astounded by the incredible efforts and professionalism of the staff team, who have done their utmost to support residents, families and each other through this incredibly challenging time.

"It is with great sadness that we have lost eight people supported at the home to suspected coronavirus."

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Doctors forced to wash PPE according to BMA

Doctors are being forced to wash personal protective equipment (PPE) to reuse it and are dipping their hands in a bucket of steriliser because hand gel has run out.

Comments gathered by the British Medical Association (BMA) and shared with the PA news agency show how, as recently as Monday, medics were being forced to work without adequate PPE, with some turning to bin liners instead.

Some doctors have been told by their NHS trusts to reuse gowns and some have donated their share of PPE to nurses and healthcare assistants due to shortages.

President Donald Trump has already received widespread criticism for his decision to freeze WHO funding. 

Dr Stephen Griffin, associate professor at Leeds University's School of Medicine said: "This most recent intervention in public health policy by President Trump is perhaps one of the least productive, most short-sighted, self-motivated and hypocritical acts I have ever witnessed. As far as I can ascertain, it has no foundation in reality.

"I suspect this move has the support of precisely 0% of the US scientific and healthcare communities, and, I would hope, only a small minority of the population as a whole."

Dr Michael Head, senior research fellow in global health at the University of Southampton, said: "Politically volatile leadership is rarely constructive or helpful at times of crisis."

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Donald Trump stops funding to WHO

In case you missed it - President Donald Trump announced that the US would no longer be funding the World Health Organisation. 

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