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Coronavirus home testing to be made available to millions as UK deaths hit 463 - recap

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Coronavirus in east London / Essex recap: Home testing to be made available

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    Millions of 15-minute home coronavirus tests are set to be available said the Prime Minister at yesterday's press briefing.
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  • The government has purchased 3.5 million tests which will be distributed by Amazon delivery to people self isolating or available at high street chemists.
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  • As of March 25, there have been 9,529 recorded cases of coronavirus across the UK, Public Health Engalnd confirmed.
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  • The deadly virus has so far claimed 463 lives.
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  • In Waltham Forest there has been two new confirmed cases, bringing the borough's total to 63 while a spike of 10 cases saw Redbridge reach 67 total cases.
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  • London has recorded a total of 3,247 cases so far. In Essex there have been 88 confirmed cases.
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  • Chancellor Rishi Sunak is set to unveil financially supportive measures for self-employed workers later today.
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  • He set out plans for 80 per cent wage subsidies for staff kept on by employers last week - and the PM has said he wants similar protection for freelancers.
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  • The government has ordered 10,000 specially designed ventilators from Dyson to help deal with the pandemic.
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  • More than 500,000 people signed up to help the NHS as volunteers in just over 24 hour, following the Primie Minister's appeal at Tuesday's conference.

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