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Friday, April 3, latest;

Health Secretary Matt Hancock was joined by deputy chief medical officer, Professor Jonathan van Tam and by the chief nurse Ruth May. He outlined the Government plan to save as many lives as possible by protecting the NHS and preventing it from being overwhelmed – with this done in two ways.

Firstly, by slowing the spread of the virus.

“That’s why it is so important that people stay at home. And that’s true for everyone who’s watching, how important it is that we stay at home.”

The second, is by boosting the capacity of NHS to care for those who fall sick.

“That means more beds, more staff, more life saving equipment, and more effective treatments will come on to that.”

Professor Jonathan van Tam said that they are determined in the next round of clinical trials to move on to new medicines, “ones that are in what we call Phase Two or Phase Three development”.

“We’re going to explore all of those technologies. To do this, we are going to need this therapeutics task force that we have set up to keep an oversight and to coordinate this.”