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Number of patients in London hospitals ‘stabilising’ – but rises elsewhere

Yvonne Doyle, medical director of Public Health England, says the number of people in hospital beds in London is stabilising but it is increasing in the North West, Yorkshire and North East.

“It’s important the message about staying at home and social distancing is adhered to because we’re certainly not past this virus damage yet,” she says.

She adds that the UK is “somewhere in the middle” in global death comparisons, “tracking France and close to the Italian trend” but says “it’s still early days”.

Use of all transport has “reduced greatly, particularly rail and Tube”.

She says that the “drive-through testing of key workers and NHS staff” is part of the “increased enhacement of our testing capacity”.