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Normal life will not resume for at least six months, according to the chief deputy medical officer as she warned the coronavirus death toll was expected to increase “for the next week or two”.

Dr Jenny Harries described the first confirmed death of a frontline NHS worker with coronavirus as “worrying”, as Amged El-Hawrani’s family paid tribute to the “much-loved husband, son, father, brother, and friend”.

The UK death toll from coronavirus increased by 209 people in the last 24 hours bringing the total number of deaths in the UK to 1,228 so far. The figure was fewer than Saturday’s record rise of 260, which may bring some hope that the rise in deaths could stabilise soon.

NHS workers should not be asked to work without protective equipment, said housing secretary Robert Jenrick. Directly appealing to frontline workers, he said the government “will not stop” until healthcare staff are provided with the equipment they need as he outlined the vast amounts of stocks which are in the process of being received around the country.

A 108-year-old woman and survivor of the 1918 Spanish flu is thought to have become the oldest victim of coronavirus in the UK. Hilda Churchill died in a Salford care home on Saturday, hours after testing positive for Covid-19 and just eight days before her 109th birthday.

19,522 have now tested positive for Covid-19 in the UK, after 127,737 tests, the Department of Health confirmed; while 95 people in Scotland are in intensive care with confirmed or suspected Covid-19, with the figures for England, Wales and North Ireland unknown.

The UK’s biological security strategy, published in 2018 to address the threat of pandemics, was not properly implemented and a lack of resources was to blame, according to Prof Ian Boyd, former government chief scientific adviser.

Government does not rule out mass repatriation flights, with Britons stranded around the world struggling to return from places where a lockdown has been imposed.

Labour deputy leadership candidate Richard Burgon claimed criticism of China’s response to the coronavirus outbreak by minister’s represents a “Trump-style” ploy to distract from government failures.

Evictions from private rented accommodation and social homes are set to be banned in Scotland during the coronavirus outbreak under emergency legislation. It comes after the UK government was accused of breaking a promise to renters when proposed laws only extended the notice period that landlords must give tenants before they can evict them from two months to three.

The nationwide lockdown is allowing animals to roam paths which they usually shy away from. “We have annual visitor numbers in excess of one million and suddenly, in the peak of breeding season, they are not going to be here,” said the conservation manager of the largest national nature reserve in England. “Nature is just going ‘ahhh, it’s all to ourselves now.

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