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Last updated: Friday, 24 April, 2020, 09:28

  • Essential workers can book tests online ‘to make testing simpler’
  • Blackpool man Conor Clarkson admits killing his grandma
  • Preston’s resident osprey has been killed by a truck on the M6

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Coronavirus in the North West: This is every confirmed case in the North West on Friday, April 24, 2020

There are now 15,682 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the North West as of Friday, April 24. It is an increase of 473 cases in the region since yesterday, including 100 across Lancashire.

Whilst across the UK, another 4,583 people have tested positive, with a further 616 hospital deaths.

Preston’s resident osprey has been killed by a truck on the M6

The bird of prey had made its home near the River Ribble but has reportedly flown into the path of a truck after being spooked by a pedestrian. The osprey is believed to have been killed yesterday evening (April 23) after it was approached on the hard shoulder of the M6, near Brockholes nature reserve. But the bird quickly became spooked and flew away into the path of an oncoming truck.

A full statement from Lancashire Wildlife Trust can be found in our report here. Pic credit: Adam Sharples

A tragic case…

Blackpool man Conor Clarkson admits killing his grandma A man has admitted killing a caring and devoted grandmother. Read more

This is the latest analysis from Google, which reveals whether Lancashire is still getting the stay at home message

Lancashire residents have continued to successfully shun most shops under lockdown, Google data shows – but are still lingering in parks and green spaces. Read more

Preston’s coronavirus overspill hospital unlikely to be needed

Work on an overspill hospital in Preston for coronavirus patients from across Lancashire has been paused – after analysis of the latest case numbers indicated that it may not be needed – but a top medic has warned against complacency. Full story

Essential workers can book tests online ‘to make testing simpler’

Millions of key workers and their households are now eligible for coronavirus tests as the Government races to meet its 100,000 daily target by the end of next week.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that people whose work is critical to the Covid-19 response, and those they live with, will be able to register for a test if they have symptoms. NHS and social care staff, police officers, teachers, social workers, undertakers, journalists and those who work in supermarkets and food production are among those now eligible. The announcement came as researchers at the University of Oxford began human trials for a potential coronavirus vaccine candidate.

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When will lockdown be lifted?

Matt Hancock was questioned about Nicola Sturgeon’s earlier statements about restrictions in Scotland and asked to clarify the Government’s position.

He said he understood the “thirst for knowledge”but stressed that restrictions would only be lifted once all the Government’s tests were met. He put no timescale on the restrictions, and added that the measures to date were “flattening the curve”. “We are absolutely determined to avoid a second peak,” he added

Testing reaches 500,000

A total of 500,000 swab tests for the virus have now been carried out, the Downing Street briefing reveals.

The Government is to make it easier and faster for key workers to be tested, with appointments booked via a website

Contact tracing and testing to be ramped up

Hancock: 18,000 people are being recruited to ramp up contact tracing and testing for coronavirus.  This will form a major part of the Government’s strategy. “Please stay at home.

We have travelled too far to turn back now,” he said.

616 more deaths

616 more people have died since yesterday, says health secretary Matt Hancock.

Return to normal not possible ‘any time soon’, Nicola Sturgeon says

A return to normal as we knew it is not on the cards any time soon, Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon tells a news conference.   A sign of what is to come across the UK as we await the Downing Street daily briefing?

Free supermarket for NHS staff greets its first shoppers as it opens its doors at Fulwood Central Retail Park

A new volunteer-run supermarket in Fulwood has now opened its doors to hardworking NHS staff. Within walking distance from RPH, the supermarket is providing free food and household items to staff at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The NHS Heroes Support Hub, the first of its kind in Preston, will open 7 days a week, between 8am and 10am in the mornings and 4pm to 8pm in the evenings. See our report for an exclusive inside look at the NHS Heroes Support Hub.

Public Health England figures for Lancashire

The number of people who have tested positive for Coivd-19 in Lancashire has risen to more than 2,800. There have now been 2,305 confirmed cases in the Lancashire County Council area, according to Public Health England figures.

Meanwhile, the total across Lancashire – including Blackpool and Blackburn – stands at 2,872. Read more

Lorry crashes and overturns before getting stuck under bridge on M6 slip road in Wigan

A lorry has overturned before becoming trapped under a bridge on an M6 slip road in Wigan. The Scania lorry overturned on the M6 northbound exit slip road at junction 25 (Wigan, A49) at around 9am this morning (April 23). The driver has escaped from the crash unscathed, but recovery is proving difficult due to the position of the lorry under the bridge.

The crash has also led to a large oil spillage which has to be treated before the road can be reopened.

More pictures of the scene and details on when the road is likely to reopen can be found here.

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