CORONAVIRUS deaths in the UK have increased by 621 to 28,131.
The jump from 27,510 means the UK remains one of the worst hit countries in the world.
Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick today confirmed 182,260 people had tested positive for Covid-19 across the UK – an increase of 4,806.
He said 1,129,907 coronavirus tests have now been carried out, including 105,937 on Friday.
This comes as Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds today shared the first picture of their baby boy Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson.
Boris and Carrie showed off their son after he was born on Wednesday April 29 – with his middle name Nicholas in tribute to the doctors who treated save the PM's life as he battled coronavirus.
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The Government has said they are dedicating £76million to fight domestic violence in the coronavirus epidemic.
Housing and Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick announced the new funding today at the daily No10 press briefing.
He urged people suffering from domestic violence to reach out to some of the charities the Government was giving funding to – including Refuge.
He domestic violence victims would be given priority need status to access local housing services.
He said: “This helps ensure no victims has to make the unbearable choice between staying somewhere they know is unsafe or becoming homeless.”
Mr Jenrick said: “We recognise the extra pressures due to COVID-19 and that necessitates more support.”
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jenny Harries has said there are a number of problems with the contact tracing app that are still being ironed out.
The biggest one is speed – the app needs to be able to get information to contacts of potentially infected people fast enough that they can self-isolate or so they can continue about their lives if tests are negative.
Professor Harries said the app wouldn't solve all problems, “that's why we need the army of contact tracers.”
Housing and Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said: “Contact tracing will rely on all of us in society playing a part.”
“People have really got behind (social distancing efforts) I think they will do again when we are able to launch the app on a national scale”
“(Test, track and trace) will be a multifaceted strategy with the app at its heart but with trained individuals to help support it.”
BORIS AND CARRIE NAME SON
Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds have named their son Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson.
The baby was born at 9am on Wednesday at UCLH.
After announcing the news on Instagram, Carrie said the baby was named after the PM's grandfather, Wilfred, and her grandfather, Lawrie.
She said he was also named after the two doctors, Dr Nick Price and Dr Nick Hart, who saved Boris's life when he was in intensive care with Covid-19.
Ms Symonds sang the praises of the maternity team at University College Hospital in London, saying: “Thank you so, so much to the incredible NHS maternity team at UCLH that looked after us so well.
“I couldn't be happier. My heart is full”.
The picture shows Carrie cradling the newborn, who is seen with a full head of hair.
A spokeswoman for the couple said they were “thrilled” and that both mother and baby were “doing very well” after the birth.
It is believed the prime minister was present throughout the birth.
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