Coronavirus: The 14 major developments that happened on Wednesday

Rebecca C. Taylor
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A medical worker takes a swab at a drive-in coronavirus testing facility at the Chessington World of Adventures Resort in south west London. (Photo by Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images)
A medical worker takes a swab at a drive-in coronavirus testing facility at the Chessington World of Adventures Resort in south west London. (Getty Images)

Here’s what you need to know on 29 April. This article was updated at 3pm.

Deaths: A total of 631 people have died in hospitals in England, Wales and Scotland in the last 24 hours. Read more here.

More than 3,000 deaths were added to the UK total as the government included those in care homes and the community were included in the government's figures for the first time. The toll is now 26,097. Read more here.

A nurse who “gave her life” to the NHS died from coronavirus after she fell ill just three days before she was due to retire. Janice Glassey, 66, worked as a dedicated nurse for 14 years looking after people receiving end-of-life care and died one month after she tested positive for the illness. Read more here.

Testing: The government has pointed out 16 areas with high capacity for testing as it increases eligibility. Home tests ran out in an hour this morning. Read more here.

Policy: The government has confirmed that it is stockpiling face masks that are expected to be recommended for general use during the coronavirus outbreak. While the government has not yet advised they be worn, Michael Gove confirmed a “domestic effort” was being made to produce more. Read more here.

Schoolchildren will go back to classrooms in a phased way, education secretary Gavin Williamson told MPs. He said headteachers would get plenty of notice. Read more here.

The government has denied altering its five tests on ending the coronavirus lockdown, after the wording on its slides changed overnight. The fifth test previously stated that any adjustments to current measures “will not risk a second peak of infections”. However, slides shown during Tuesday's daily press briefing saw the words “that overwhelms the NHS” added to the end of the sentence. Read more here.

NHS: Almost 18,000 more people could die from cancer over the next year in England because of the impact of COVID-19, new research suggests. Read more here.

Crime: A man who attacked police officers and beat a police dog with a plank of wood after being asked if his journey was essential has been jailed. Nelson Nelson assaulted three officers and a dog in the “violent rampage” in Nottingham. Read more here.

Finance: Packed Canary Wharf office blocks could be consigned to the dustbin of history in the post-coronavirus era, the chief executive of Barclays has suggested. James “Jes” Staley told journalists on Monday: “The notion of putting 7,000 people in a building may be a thing of the past.” Read more here.

Rest of the world

Germany may have to impose tighter lockdown restrictions again, after the transmission rate increased once they were lifted. Read more here.

The US economy shrank for the first time in six years as the world reacted to the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.

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Positive news

Camden Town Brewery is giving away a free six-pack to every NHS worker as it rebrands Camden Hells as Camden Heroes. Read more here.

A nine-year-old boy with cerebral palsy and autism says he is determined to copy the fundraising exploits of Captain Tom Moore, after he reached the halfway point in his challenge to walk a lockdown marathon. Tobias Weller has been dubbed Captain Tobias by friends and neighbours. Read more here.