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  • the beds and equipment are ready Star for being recruited.

  • But it has perhaps a tribute to the N hs that so far no patients have arrived at the XL Centers Nightingale Hospital.

  • Speaking remotely from Scotland, where he's recovering from Corona virus, Prince Charles acknowledged the amazing feat of putting this all together in nine days.

  • This hospital, therefore offers, is an intensely practical message of hope for those who will need it most at this time of national suffering.

  • And it was announced today that his mother, the queen, will make a broadcast to the nation on Sunday evening.

  • Across the country, other field hospitals like this are being prepared.

  • There is an urgency now the warning by experts that we are just two weeks behind Italy, another stay at home message from the prime minister himself still in isolation ahead of a sunny weekend.

  • Everybody may be getting a bit stir crazy, then maybe just a temptation to get out there, hang out on Dhe and start to break the regulations, and I just urge you not to do that.

  • The latest official figures are 3605 deaths across the UK to 5 p.m. Yesterday.

  • Yet there are time lags and hospitals reporting these and they don't include community death.

  • So the true toll is going to be higher.

  • Pressure is to test now Maur and faster, and the health secretary acknowledged this yesterday, promising 100,000 day by the end of the month.

  • We've now got a commitment for 100,000 today, but we would like the government to go even further.

  • We want to see clear community testing and contact tracing because that's the way in which you break the chains of transmission of this virus.

  • That's how we connect escape what could be endless cycles of locked down.

  • So it's good that more testing is coming online, but we need a lot more of it, too.

  • But Matt Hancock has a way with figures.

  • 10 days ago, he said, it ordered 3.5 million antibody tests to see if you've had the virus.

  • None of these so far work yet today.

  • He threw out another extraordinary figure.

  • We have provisionally ordered 17.5 1,000,000 not 3.5 1,000,000 antibody tests, but as I've been absolutely clear all along, we could will only use them if they work, he clarified.

  • They have not paid for all of them yet.

  • In the meantime, the government has now published a call for covered 19 complete tests, which can range from something like this to these samba to a rapid diagnostic test developed by a Cambridge University spinout company.

  • The test is the size of a coffee machine.

  • It's very easy to operate.

  • It only takes one sample at a time, but essentially you take a take a swab.

  • It's put into a fluid, which activates the virus immediate in five minutes that is then loaded into the machine.

  • And it's a closed system, so there's no risk of infection.

  • Aristotle.

  • And then you get a read out at the end of it.

  • There's a camera installed it within the machine, which interprets the result for you.

  • And it's fed directly to an iPad, which is possible negative within 90 minutes.

  • The current PCR swab tests used on hospital patients and in these drive through N hs staff testing stations, can be highly unreliable, one front line doctor warned by as much as 30% not helped, he said, by the lack of personal protection equipment or P p, which means star for too nervous to take proper samples from the back of the throat in case the patient coughs.

  • Because these tests are as good as we have at the moment, but are not perfect.

  • And because there is this false negative rate.

  • The reality is that this can affect the quality and safety off the care we deliver to patients.

  • We're telling our junior staff now if a patient looks like they're infected and they have covert 19 then treat them as covert 19 regardless off the swab results back in this Cambridge lab.

  • They have, however, answered the government's request for universities to help with the testing.

  • We've come up with a method that we've adapted so we can extract on the samples more quickly so we can improve that process on.

  • Therefore, we can add a little bit more capacity by doing things with a little bit more of a quicker turnaround time.

  • And it is clear that the government's attitude now is that every little bit helps because although it's hard to believe, it is only 30 days since the first person in the UK died from covered 19 what earlier I spoke with the government's newly appointed testing's our professor, John Newton.

  • I began by asking him if the government stated target of 100,000 tests to be carried out a day is a realistic one.

  • It is.

  • It is realistic.

  • We have some really good progress.

  • We're using tried and tested technology.

  • This is not innovation.

  • It's massive industrial scale rollout of these three big mega labs in Milton Keen's Manchester and Glasgow, and they're already delivering tests.

  • Many thousands of test today, and we're looking forward to seeing that number go up.

  • See, there be not so different targets set.

  • You know, the prime minister said.

  • 250,000 tests a day.

  • Is that still doable?

  • In your view?

  • Well, the sexual states target that he announced in the last couple of days is it's a stretching target, and it's based on the requirement for the swab tests.

  • So we need to get a swab test out so that we can get the most effective response to the to the pandemic.

  • The requirement for very large numbers of antibody tests.

  • I mean, we're talking about millions of tests that comes slightly later, so we have got a little bit of time to get the best antibody test possible, and then those will be available in their 1,000,000.

  • I just want to press you on the link between the scale of deaths and the lack of testing bet to other countries.

  • As we look at the UK, we've got 43 deaths per 1,000,000 of population from this South Korea, just three Germany, just 12.

  • Are you not concerned that our the lack of speed and urgency on testing has cost lives?

  • I don't think you could make that a duty.

  • You could make that direct comparison.

  • The situation is clearly very different in South Korea.

  • From it is here in the UK sadly, on dhe, there must be a number of reasons for that.

  • The availability of testing is an important component.

  • And we used it extensively in the early days when the public health approach was very successful in containing and delaying the onset of the pandemic in the UK And that certainly helped hugely in preparing, allowing, you know, just to prepare for the rise in cases.

  • Just talking about the antibody tests that you spoke of the test to see if people have had the disease and is therefore immune.

  • Possibly.

  • The UK government says it's bought 3.5 1,000,000 antibody tests who from well the UK government has taken options on the wide on a number of tests.

  • And it's more than that.

  • Understand its many more than 10 million tests the options on these tests.

  • But that's subject Thio evaluation them to see if they are good enough to be used in large numbers.

  • So we've got options on the test.

  • We're not currently in possession of those tests and ready to roll them out.

  • Well, we have.

  • We have the option to use them if we want to use them.

  • So it's the thing.

  • The arrangement is that those tests are potentially available.

  • If the testing had showed that they were the right test on the tests that were performed well enough for us to want to use them at night scale, then they would have been available.

  • But in fact, the testing unfortunately showed that they didn't perform well enough on, and we are working now to try and develop a test, working with manufacturers to improve that improve the test performance so no other 10 million are currently working.

  • None of the none of the tests that have been tested so far performed.

  • They all work to some extent, but they don't perform in the UK setting as well as we would like them to Professor John Newton.

  • Thanks very much, Thank you.

  • What I'm now joined by our health and social care correspondent Victoria McDonald.

  • Victoria brings up to date Well, I feel like I should start by apologizing because it is technically my job to work our way through these government messages and so on.

  • But they keep throwing out these random numbers.

  • We heard that they were going to be 3.5 million antibody tests, as you said just then, and we heard his response was 10 million.

  • Then, just a hour later, in the Downing Street press conference, Matt Hancock, the health secretary, said, 17.5 million antibody test and let's get clear about these antibody tests.

  • Currently, we haven't found that they work.

  • The other thing about them is the trialing off them, I was told today Takes can take up to six months because you need to keep testing the patient all the way through.

  • For about six months to make sure that they have developed those antibodies.

  • So this is a long way off anyway.

  • There was some good news out of the Downing Street press conference.

  • There are face masks that critical issue.

  • Do we wear them?

  • They said no.

  • There is no evidence that it helps with the spread, and we know the W H O.

  • The World Health Organization is also looking at this, but for the moment, they're not recommending them.

  • The other thing is, there are some amazing national clinical trials going on.

  • We were taught, including using Clara Quinn in the Cambridge University lab that I was in earlier today.

  • They're doing some of these trials, and they're looking quite good for the treatment off patients as well as using some anti viral medications.

  • They are asking for more volunteers of anybody out there feels like doing this.

  • They really want bigger trials because the bigger trials is, the Health Secretary said today, the better the data on.

  • Very sadly, we've heard today of the death of another four health work, its front line workers.

  • What is the mood along N.

  • H s stuff?

  • You can't believe how much this impacts on the N.

  • H s staff.

  • They feel it really personally because there is this idea of family.

  • We will hear live from hospital in East London later, and the extraordinary testament oven I see you consulted to Newport has just recovered from the virus and his back on the front line.

  • And we will follow a nurse who is one one of those at the epicenter of the epidemic and Lamberti Victoria.

  • Thanks very much.

  • Chris Debenhams is expected to become the latest high profile business casualty of the Corona virus crisis.

  • The firm, which was already in financial difficulties, is likely to go into administration next week, putting thousands of jobs at risk on as hundreds of thousands of businesses face a funding crisis.

  • The government has instructed banks to stop offering firms their own loans before allowing access to the government backed scheme.

  • Our business and global trade correspondent Paul McNamara reports not long ago this for the thriving business.

  • Now it's fighting for survival in desperate need of alone, the chancellor promised.

  • I've got £25,000 worth of bills stacking up to pay, and I'm still on hold to the boat bank trying to get a loan every day.

  • For the last eight days, Arena has called her bank spending up to 4.5 hours on hold.

  • She's still waiting for a call back and a lifeline.

  • I am frustrated and angry at the situation.

  • I do understand that we're all meeting challenging times but not being able to even get through no having no information to manage my expectations.

  • For me to be able to make decisions upon at all, This is ridiculous.

  • This is a story that's been echoed across the nation more than two weeks ago.

  • The chancellor announced a 350 £1,000,000,000 economic injection, including loans to businesses.

  • As of yesterday, fewer than 1000 loans have been handed out, despite 130,000 enquiries.

  • Now the scheme's been revamped.

  • Banks can't put their own products first in any company can now apply for the government backed loans, not displays refused or a bank loan.

  • Banks have Bean banned from asking people to guarantee loans of up to £250,000 with their own houses or savings on this scheme has been opened up to bigger firms with turnovers between 45 and £500 million.

  • Once again, banks are in the firing line.

  • Shops, restaurants.

  • Tens of thousands of other businesses say that they can't get through or when they do.

  • They're offered the banksloans on, not the government's, the bank's claim that they're trying to work as fast as they can to get this scheme up and running, and that they wanted the chance that it changed the rules.

  • So they had swore for the government Sloane's first.

  • But once again, it's left many with a sense that when it comes to social responsibility, there is a major deficit in the one industry whose business is to extend credit.

  • Banks are on the side of business, they say, and cash is being distributed as fast as possible.

  • Last night, 145 a £1,000,000 is being distributed.

  • I was up £55 million in a single day on the day before, demonstrates that we're on a curve that is moving up and it's moving up fast in the right direction.

  • Of course, everybody wants their money and they want it fast.

  • We recognize that I bought kill the court when I was running more bring in the mid nineties.

  • Here's one business Hoping Help is on its way soon.

  • This design of retail outlet is owned by the man who founded the luxury fashion brand Mulberry this week, off the nearly five decades of business success, his loan application was turned down.

  • The new announcements are welcome, but Roger saw his reservations looking fixed interest.

  • And yet the government is giving The bank is a fixed interest.

  • I think of 1% can escape if I got that wrong, but the banks can still charge whatever they like.

  • The's loans aren't just numbers on a banker's screen, says Roger.

  • Their life.

  • Lyle's the millions of workers, if a good here.

  • Sorry.

  • No, no, right on it.

  • If they could hear Freddie, my son is my senior over.

  • Kill the court.

  • The conversation he had to have with one of our employees with on the same with Children, the