Coronavirus in the UK live blog as it happened: call for Covid-19 care home deaths to be published daily as 521 more deaths announced outside of hospitals

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By Finlay Greig
Tuesday, 14th April 2020, 5:55 pm
As of 14 April, the number of worldwide coronavirus cases has neared 2 million (Photo: Shutterstock)
As of 14 April, the number of worldwide coronavirus cases has neared 2 million (Photo: Shutterstock)

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Coronavirus live blog, April 14

Last updated: Thursday, 01 January, 1970, 01:00

Asked whether NHS England staff were being prioritised over NHS Scotland staff for PPE, Sunak says that the report has been quoted as "rubbish". 

Yvonne Doyle then says that the heads of NHS England and NHS Scotland work closely together to make sure that all organisations are well equipped. 

The Chancellor is asked if he was shocked by the OBR's forecast of a 35% contraction in the country's GDP, Sunak says it is not surprising due to the unprecedented events that have unfolded. 

He reiterates the OBR forecast that we will bounce back following any economic slump.

The Chancellor pays tribute to young people and the role they've played in the coronavirus response from schoolkids to those new to the labour market. 

He says he wants the UK to remain one of the best places in the world to study and start a business. 

Quizzed on when furlough money would be available the Chancellor says that delays were due to the unique nature of the scheme. 

He said the goal remains to have the scheme up and running by the end of April. He says the working assumption is that he portal will be open on April 20. 

He says there will then be a period of days before the cash is received.

Asked if there's anything they wish they'd done differently, Yvonne Doyle says that a lot could have been done differently if we'd known everything we know now in January.  She says of course we could do things better and that is why we are in conversation with neighbouring countries. 

Simon Stephen answers by saying that it's important not to come to conclusions on what we've done wrong as the situation is evolving. 

The Chancellor concludes by saying we're all dealing with something that no one has ever faced before. He says of course mistakes will be made, but they are constantly driven to do what's in the best interest of the country. 

Asked if there's anything they wish they'd done differently, Yvonne Doyle says that a lot could have been done differently if we'd known everything we know now in January.  She says of course we could do things better and that is why we are in conversation with neighbouring countries. 

Simon Stephen answers by saying that it's important not to come to conclusions on what we've done wrong as the situation is evolving. 

The Chancellor concludes by saying we're all dealing with something that no one has ever faced before. He says of course mistakes will be made, but they are constantly driven to do what's in the best interest of the country. 

Asked whether Universal Credit was offering a sufficient safety net, Sunak says that it is working well and the DWP's staff deserve praise. He dismisses the idea of adopting Universal Basic Income

Asked about ICU capacity Doyle said there would never be a situation where a seriously ill patient wasn't accepted. 

Quizzed on the Brexit timeline the Chancellor says that the country remain committed to the original timeline despite the pandemic.

That concludes today's press briefing and today's live blog.

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