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Saturday, May 2, latest;

Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, chaired today’s briefing in which he discussed testing and a £76 million fund to help charities working with the UK’s most vulnerable.

Jenrick outlined a new £76m package that will be released to support “the most vulnerable” in society, with money going to charities that deal with domestic abuse and vulnerable children to ensure safe spaces and accommodation for survivors of domestic abuse and their children, while funding recruitment for specialist support.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Jenny Harries meanwhile highlighted that while the UK is passed the peak, there is still a long way to go.

“We are over the peak but we are not out of it by a long way”, Harries said, when asked about immunity to Covid-19 by a member of the public, adding that social distancing remains low and testing capacity is growing.

“We would normally expect to see some sign of immunity about 10-12 days after an infection, and then a very consistent pattern about 28 days.”

Dr Harries also warned that visits to the pub should be avoided when social distancing measures are eased.