Robert Jenrick is leading today’s daily coronavirus press briefing
The Housing Secretary starts by saying that there have been 87,063 COVID-19 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, Jenrick confirms, meaning the government has yet again missed its testing target.
He confirms 3,242 people have tested positive in the same timeframe.
And across all settings 33,186 people have now died – an increase of 494 since yesterday.
Jenrick moves on from the daily statistics and says we’re “now in a position to move to level three” of the government’s risk scale.
He cautions social distancing is still “critical” to lowering that risk level.
Dr Jenny Harries says there have been more than 2 million tests so far. Remember though that includes tests sent out, not returned.
She adds that capacity is “well over that” which will come in useful when the test, track and trace operation gets properly up and running next week.
Harries says there is a “huge amount of work still” for NHS staff to deal with the numbers of people still in hospital with the virus.
But she says it’s a “positive trend” downwards – albeit “a slow one”, highlighting the “need to ensure social distancing continues through the next phase of the plan”.
Jenrick says anyone can move house who follows the new guidance published on gov.uk – instead of it having to be absolutely necessary.
People were stuck with “serious legal, financial and health implications” in their old properties “in limbo” but can now “add some certainty to their lives”, he explains.
Jenrick says “I understand why this may seem confusing at first glance” that you’re allowed to go and look around a stranger’s home but not go and see your parent or parents living in another household.