Boris Johnson has declared that the UK is past the peak of the coronavirus outbreak, and said that he will set out a comprehensive plan for gradually lifting the lockdown. But his announcement came with a warning, that the country mustn't lose control and "risk a second spike" of the virus. It was the first time the Prime Minister led the daily briefing since himself becoming ill with Covid-19. Among measures being considered to restart the economy are the reopening of schools and public transport. Reeta Chakrabarti presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg. .
Boris Johnson is back in Number 10 Downing Street tonight, this time as prime minister of a majority Conservative government, after a notable victory in yesterday's election, where his party made sweeping gains in England and Wales. The prime minister said he hoped the result would bring 'closure' to the Brexit debate and start a process of healing. The Conservatives have emerged with a majority of 80 seats in the Commons - the party's biggest since 1987. But it was a very different story for Labour. It was their worst performance since the 1930s. Jeremy Corbyn says he will not lead Labour into another election but he hasn't yet announced his plans to step down. The Liberal Democrats also had
Dozens of prominent Saudi figures are being held at Riyadh's Ritz-Carlton hotel. Many names are still secret, but the list is said to comprise at least 11 princes. It is part of an anti-corruption drive by the young Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman. The BBC's Lyse Doucet was the first journalist to be allowed inside the hotel. She was given access by Saudi authorities. .
The leading expert on infectious diseases in the United States, who is a key member of the White House coronavirus taskforce, has warned that lifting restrictions too soon could lead to an uncontrollable spike in cases. Anthony Fauci's message is at odds with that of President Trump, who is determined to get the economy going again. Meanwhile China’s government is claiming its handling of the pandemic as a triumph, despite some international criticism. There have been no recorded deaths from the virus in China for more than two weeks and official infection rates have fallen dramatically. Protective measures remain in place and a few new cases in Wuhan has led to the testing of the entire city’s
The latest UK coronavirus figures have been released by the government. Officials says that as of 17:00 BST on Friday, 3 April, of those hospitalised in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus, 4,313 have died - an increase of 708 from the previous day. As of 09:00 BST on Saturday a total of 183,190 people have been tested of whom 41,903 have tested positive. .
A ninth person has tested positive for Coronavirus in the UK. The woman flew into London from China and was tested after developing symptoms. The man at the centre of the main outbreak in the UK, has now been discharged from hospital in London after being given the all-clear. The World Health Organisation says the number of new infections in China is stabilising but that it's too early to say if the epidemic is past its peak. The BBC News at Ten is presented by Huw Edwards, with contributions from BBC Health Editor Hugh Pym and the BBC Global Health Correspondent Tulip Mazumdar in Geneva. .
Thousands of British holiday makers are facing uncertainty, following the government's decision to impose a two-week quarantine on people travelling to the UK from Spain, including its hugely popular island destinations. Travel companies say they're deeply disappointed that the Balearic and Canary Islands have been included, because they have not had the recent surge in coronavirus cases of Coronavirus seen in parts of mainland Spain. The UK government has extended its warning — now advising against all but essential travel to the islands as well as the Spanish mainland. Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands, is the most popular destination for Britons on their summer holidays with more than 18 million visits last year. France was second and Italy
Police have been searching two addresses as part of the investigation into the attack in Streatham on Sunday. The attacker, Sudesh Amman, 20, was shot dead by police on Streatham High Road after stabbing people in what police called an Islamist-related terrorist incident. He had been released from prison about a week ago after serving half of a sentence for terror offences. Three people were injured but none is in a life-threatening condition. Scotland Yard said officers were searching residential addresses in south London and Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire. "No arrests have been made and inquiries continue at pace," the Metropolitan Police said. Amman was under active police surveillance at the time of the attack. He had served half of his sentence of three years and four
Fears are growing that the coronavirus outbreak could become a pandemic as new cases are reported around the world. The virus, which emerged in China, has spread to at least 29 countries.The World Health Organization has said the world should do more to prepare for a possible coronavirus pandemic. .
Tomato prices in Kenya have skyrocketed in recent weeks, with some parts of the country paying up to seven times more. The price rises follow months of heavy rains across East Africa. But could climate change be contributing to the problem? The BBC’s Mercy Juma reports from the farmlands of Kenya. Produced by Gladys Kigo, Video by Olivia Lace-Evans. .
China's ruling Communist Party has set in motion a controversial national security law for Hong Kong, a move seen as a major blow to the city's freedoms. The law to ban "treason, secession, sedition and subversion" could bypass Hong Kong's lawmakers. Critics say Beijing is breaking its promise to allow Hong Kong freedoms not seen elsewhere in China. Pro-democracy activists have called for mass protests against what they see erosion of Hong Kong's autonomy. Anger was already apparent on Friday, as a group of protesters descended on China's Liaison Office in Hong Kong. The draft law was submitted at the annual National People's Congress (NPC), which largely rubber-stamps decisions already taken by the Communist leadership, but is still the most important political event of the