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The government has been criticised over a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and coronavirus testing kits for care workers as the UK prepared to enter its fourth week on lockdown.
Boris Johnson is recovering from Covid-19 at his country residence, Chequers, after spending a week in hospital, including three nights in intensive care.
Meanwhile, the chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed more than £14bn from the coronavirus emergency response fund will go to the NHS and local authorities.
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It comes after the number of those who have died in UK hospitals after contracting the disease passed the 10,000 mark, in what the health secretary, Matt Hancock, called a sombre moment for the country.
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  • Government criticised over lack of PPE and testing kits
  • Boris Johnson discharged from hospital
  • More than £14bn of emergency fund will go to NHS and local authorities, chancellor says
  • ‘Sombre’ moment as UK deaths pass 10,000

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Government criticised for lack of PPE and testing kits for health workers
The government has been criticised over a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and coronavirus testing kits for care workers.
Yesterday, the health secretary declined to apologise to nurses forced to choose between treating coronavirus patients or protecting themselves due to shortages of vital protective kit, Lizzy Buchan reports.
Matt Hancock came under pressure to make an apology to frontline staff who are putting themselves at risk by working without adequate personal protective equipment (PPE).
Nursing leaders have issued guidance to staff that they should refuse to treat coronavirus patients as a last resort if appropriate PPE was not provided.
Asked whether he would apologise to medics who are being put in that impossible position, Mr Hancock did not answer directly, instead saying: We are working night and day to make sure that we get the right PPE. The thing I want to do is pay tribute to the unbelievable of a huge number of people to get to the position where we are in now, which is improving, but we wont rest until we get there.
Impossible to commit to a date for all frontline staff to have the protective equipment they need, admits health secretary

  • Samuel Osborne
  • 13 April 2020 08:26

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Expert warns UK could be worst-hit country in Europe as sombre day sees death toll pass 10,000

  • Samuel Osborne
  • 13 April 2020 08:22

Good morning and welcome to the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak as the UK prepares to enter its fourth week in lockdown.

  • Samuel Osborne
  • 13 April 2020 08:12

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