Coronavirus: Morning update

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Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak this Friday morning. We'll have another update for you at 18:00 BST.

1. Testing questions for government

Ministers are being asked to explain how they will meet their new target of carrying out 100,000 daily coronavirus tests by the end of the month.

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2. Emergency loans scheme revamp

The government tries to make it easier for small firms to access funds, as Treasury figures reveal 130,000 enquiries have resulted in fewer than 1,000 loan approvals.

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3. Cases pass million mark

There have been some 51,500 deaths worldwide, with 2,921 of them in the UK at the latest count.

4. Coronavirus hospital opens

The Prince of Wales is to open the UK's newest hospital later, albeit by video link. NHS Nightingale, in east London, was built in just nine days.

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5. Tribute to key workers

The UK honoured NHS staff, carers and other essential workers again on Thursday evening. Our short film captures the applause of the nation.

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Clap for Carers: Watch the UK applaud its key workers

Don't forget...

To take measures to protect yourself. Tap here to find out how.

You can find more information, advice and guides on our coronavirus page.

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