On death rate comparisons with countries abroad, he says that “the time of accurate international comparisons will come in the future”.
The Labour leader claims that the UK’s approach to Covid-19 has produced “the highest number” of deaths “in Europe”, and “the second-highest in the world”.
The Foreign Secretary declares: “We are absolutely working to defeat those trying to exploit the situation for their own nefarious ends.”
“Test, track and trace allows us to take a more targetted approach to lockdown – while still safely containing the disease.”
WATCH: Gove says that Johnson will set out “a comprehensive plan” to get Britain back to work this week
The Chancellor of the Duchy reports that the number of tests carried out yesterday fell to 76,495.
People coming into the UK could be quarantined for 14 days, he says.
‘The number itself was a distraction… tests without a purpose or a point are not a good use of the limited resources,’ Drakeford insists.
She warns that lots of older people will rebel if they continue to be placed under ‘house arrest’, and there will be ‘social unrest’.
‘It’s the government’s role to put forward the ideas,’ he says, ‘and it shouldn’t be pulling some kind of rabbit out of a hat.’
He confirms that coronavirus tracking app will be tested this week on Isle of Wight – and says it will be rolled out later this month if successful.
That’s presumably to make the point that the number of actual tests has now passed six figures on any calculation.
WATCH: Hancock announces that 122,347 tests were delivered yesterday – and that he has hit his target
“This unprecedented expansion in Britain’s testing capability is an incredible achievement…it is a national achievement.”
WATCH: Johnson returns to lead the daily press conference and declares: “We are past the peak of this disease.”
81,611 tests were carried out yesterday – and he says that he will be setting out “a compehensive plan next week” on the lockdown.
WATCH: Raab announces 52,429 tests completed daily. And a statistics overhaul to include care home deaths.
“We have recorded an additional 3,811 deaths in total… those additional deaths were spread over the period from the 2nd March to 28th April.”
Starmer asks why the virus is spreading so fast in the sector; Raab answers that there is “a greater challenge on a decentralised basis”.