UK virus lockdown extension looms as PM Johnson’s health ‘improves’ Apr 10, 2020 0 1861 12345 AFPLONDONBRITISH Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s health “continues to improve” on his fourth day in COVID-19 intensive care, his spokesman said on Thursday, while the government prepared to extend a nationwide lockdown.“The prime minister had a good night and continues to improve in intensive care at St Thomas’ Hospital. He’s in good spirits,” the spokesman added.He said the 55-year-old Conservative leader was not working and had received “standard oxygen treatment”.Earlier, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden told BBC News: “I think things are getting better for him.” Johnson is the most high-profile world leader to suffer from the coronavirus and his transfer to intensive care on Monday was unprecedented for a prime minister during a national emergency in modern times.While much of the focus in Britain has been on Johnson’s health, there is also concern over the numbers of people infected with the virus.The government announced another 881 deaths in Thursday’s daily update, taking the UK total to 7,978.Senior ministers discussed the strict social distancing measures rolled out on March 23, initially planned for three weeks, during a daily coronavirus response meeting.Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is standing in for Johnson, warned that the lockdown, which was due to end on Monday, was not likely to be lifted imminently, saying “we’re not done yet, we must keep going”.“Deaths are still rising and we haven’t yet reached the peak of the virus, so it’s too early to lift the measures,” he said.Greater Manchester Police revealed on Thursday that it had to break up 660 parties last weekend. Asked if the British government might give police extra powers during the lockdown, the Downing Street spokesman said: “For now our focus is on ensuring that the steps that we already have in place are properly enforced”. RELATED ARTICLES Queen Elizabeth posts Maundy Money to 188 elderly people Apr 10, 2020 0 263 Taiwan demands apology from WHO chief over coronavirus ‘slander’ Apr 10, 2020 0 534 Italy loses more than 100 doctors to virus; lockdown set to continue Apr 10, 2020 0 286 Merkel pleads for ‘patience’ in Germany’s COVID-19 fight AFP BERLIN GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Thursday for “patience” in the coronavirus crisis, saying that society will have to “live with the virus” until a vaccine becomes available. “It will need .. South Korea records slowest increase of coronavirus in seven weeks DPA SEOUL SOUTH Korean health authorities reported the lowest number of daily new coronavirus infections in seven weeks on Thursday. There were 39 new cases detected on Wednesday, according to the Korea Centers .. Canada projects COVID-19 could kill 11,000 to 22,000 OTTAWA: The coronavirus pandemic could kill between 11,000 and 22,000 people in Canada, the government projected on Thursday. It said the country could see between 934,000 and 1.9 million cases of COVID-19 by the time .. New single-day record for New York virus deaths but hospitalisations fall NEW YORK: America’s coronavirus epicenter of New York recorded a new single-day high of 799 COVID-19 deaths Thursday but Governor Andrew Cuomo said the rate of hospitalisations continued to fall. Cuomo said 799 people .. California woman arrested for licking $1,800 worth of groceries LOS ANGELES: A California woman has been arrested after licking $1,800 worth of groceries and other items at a supermarket in the northern part of the state, police said on Wednesday. Chris Fiore, spokesman for the South .. Macron visits controversial French virus doctor MARSEILLE: President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday held a surprise meeting with the Marseille-based French medical professor who has caused controversy within the country’s scientific community for insisting the .. Spain’s PM says coronavirus outbreak ‘under control’ DPA / AFP MADRID SPANISH authorities have the coronavirus outbreak “under control,” Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said citing the latest infection figures. The overall number of cases rose by 6,000 to reach 152,000 ..