Coronavirus live blog as it happened: Prime Minister tests positive for coronavirus and UK death toll rises by 181

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Friday, 27th March 2020, 8:13 am
Updated Friday, 27th March 2020, 5:50 pm

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

Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus (Number 10)
(Image: WHO)

We will be providing live updates until 7pm this evening.

Coronavirus live blog, March 27

Last updated: Friday, 27 March, 2020, 16:40

PM hasn't seen Queen since March 11

According to reports Boris Johnson last saw the Queen on March 11 when the monarch held her weekly audience with the Prime Minister at Buckingham Palace.

Their following meeting, held on March 18, was conducted via telephone as have their subsequent conversations.

Dominic Cummings spotted running from Number 10

Corbyn tweets support

Four fined after being caught not social distancing by police helicopter

Police can use discretion when using powers

Downing Street have said they would leave police to use their discretion when using new powers to enforce social distancing measures.

It comes after Derbyshire Police faced criticism for using drones to track people walking in the Peak District, saying they should not be driving out to the countryside for exercise.

The PM's spokesman said: "What we have said is that people should avoid unnecessary travel wherever they can.

"In terms of the police, I said right at the beginning of the week that having issued the instructions that we had, it would be up to the discretion of the police to choose to decide how best to enforce that."

Matt Hancock tests positive

Death toll trajectory by cities and regions

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Scotland has crept over the 1,000 mark. 

Nicola Sturgeon said the number of people who had tested positive for Covid-19 in Scotland had risen by 165 from Thursday's total, from 894 to 1059.

The First Minister added that 72 patients with coronavirus symptoms are in intensive care units.

Chief Medical Officer for Scotland Dr Catherine Calderwood estimated that 65,000 people are carrying the virus

Wales police force encourages people to stay home

The number of positive coronavirus cases in the UK has jumped up to 759. 

That's a jump of 181 in a single day 

Press briefing to go ahead at 5pm

Today's press conference will be chaired by Michael Gove. 

He will be joined by chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and Simon Stephens, the head of NHS England.

Virtual Grand National to take place of historic competition

Tiger Roll's shot at three-in-a-row may be on hold, but a Grand National of sorts will be taking place in April. 

Duchess of Cornwall issues message to those at risk of domestic abuse

The Duchess of Cornwall has released a statemtn via Twitter showing support for those living with domestic abusers. 

She said: "This is a hard time for everyone, as we are all asked to stay at home to stay safe. But for some of you it is even harder, because home is not a safe place.

"I can only imagine that being asked to stay there could feel very isolating and frightening for you and your family. It may mean spending more time with the person who is harming you. 

"If this is your situation, or you are worried about someone else, I want you to know that you are not alone. 

"Even if you cannot leave your home, you can call the national domestic abuse helpline or contact one of the domestic violence charities. Please stay safe and get help."

Professor Chris Whitty self-isolates

Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty is suffering from symptoms of coronavirus.

Death toll in Italy rises by over 900

The death toll in Italy has risen by 919, the highest rise since the beginning of the outbreak. 

The country's death toll now stands at 9,134

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