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Coronavirus live blog, April 2

Last updated: Thursday, 01 January, 1970, 01:00

Prime Minister still has coronavirus symptoms

Boris Johnson is still showing coronavirus symptoms, Downing Street has confirmed.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman told a Westminster briefing: "The PM continues to have mild symptoms, but he does still have symptoms."

Asked if he would be leaving self-isolation on Friday, the spokesman said: "We're following the guidelines from Public Health England and from the chief medical officer which state that you need to self-isolate for a period of seven days, so no change in that."

Family of nurse who died critical of government testing

The family of a nurse who died after treating a coronavirus patient said the Government has questions to answer about the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and testing of NHS staff.

Thomas Harvey, a father-of-seven, died "gasping for air" at the family home in east London on Sunday, having collapsed in the bathroom.

His son, also named Thomas, described having to punch a hole in the door as he and other family members made desperate attempts to get to the 57-year-old, who had spent 20 years as a nurse at Goodmayes Hospital in Ilford.

He said efforts to provide protective equipment to healthcare staff and to roll out Covid-19 testing were much too slow.

Comedian Eddie Large dies after testing positive for coronavirus

Morrisons to pay out staff £1,000 bonus

Morrisons staff will see a £1,050 windfall this year as the supermarket promised to triple its bonuses as workers toil to keep up with a huge upswing in demand caused by the coronavirus.

All staff on the front line will get a 6% bonus on top of their earnings for the next 12 months - the equivalent of more than £1,000 for full-time employees.

Sick or self-isolating employees will also be paid the bonus, which will come in quarterly instalments, rather than in one big cheque at the end, Morrisons said.

Matt Hancock to take daily press briefing

We're hearing that Matt Hancock will stand in for the Prime Minister at oday's daily press briefing. 

The Health Secretary had been recovering from coronavirus.

A quarter of UK firms laying off staff

A quarter of UK businesses are laying off staff, according to a report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said 27% of 3,642 businesses surveyed between March 9 and March 22 said they were reducing staff levels in the short-term.

It also revealed 45% of businesses reported "lower than expected" revenues during the two-week period in March, as the virus continued to hammer the UK economy.

Spain death toll rises sharply

The death toll in Spain has risen by 950, bringing its total death toll up to 10,003. 

Only Italy has recorded more deaths.

Deputy Labour leader reveals uncle has died with coronavirus

Deputy Labout Leader candidate Dawn Butler has shared that her uncle has died after contracting Covid-19. 

Doctor from Gloucestershire explains her family's symptoms

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