Coronavirus in Derbyshire LIVE: TUI cancels all holidays until mid-May | Death toll rises to 23 | Cases pass 500

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Thursday, 9th April 2020, 1:15 pm

Downing Street confirmed last night (Tuesday, April 7) that Prime Minister Boris Johnson will spend another night in hospital after he was moved to intensive care on Monday evening.

Coronavirus has claimed the lives of another five patients at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

There are now 501 cases in Derbyshire.

Thank you NHS

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LIVE Derbyshire coronavirus updates: TUI cancels all holidays until mid-May | 23 people have now died at the Royal after testing positive for Covid-19 | Derbyshire cases pass 500

Last updated: Wednesday, 08 April, 2020, 14:51

  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson has spent a second night in intensive care after his symptoms worsened after testing positive for Covid-19
  • Sadly, a further five people – who tested positive for Covid-19 – have passed away at Chesterfield Royal, bringing the total number of deaths at the hospital to 23
  • There are now 501 confirmed cases in Derbyshire
  • TUI beach holidays cancelled up until mid-May at the earliest

Six more patients have died

Coronavirus cases in Europe represent half of the worldwide total

Speaking during an international press conference, Dr Hans Kluge, World Health Organisation regional director for Europe, said cases of coronavirus in Europe represented half of the total across the world.

He said: "Now is not the time to relax measures.

"It is, once again, the time to double or triple collective efforts with the support of society."

Tesco shoppers have praised the hard work of staff after a man complained about the store yesterday

Mr Johnson's condition remained stable on Tuesday night

Questions remain over the UK's coronavirus strategy in the absence of Boris Johnson as the Prime Minister was spending a second night in intensive care.

Mr Johnson's condition on Tuesday night remained "stable" as he stayed in St Thomas's for "close monitoring", according to Downing Street.

While he was said to be still in "good spirits", concerns were raised over when the lockdown measures will be reviewed - and England's chief medical officer admitted the UK has "a lot to learn" from Germany's expansive testing scheme.

But there was cautious optimism from chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance after he said the fight against Covid-19 "could be moving in the right direction".

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