Coronavirus live blog as it happened: positive UK cases rise by 208, Scotland confirms first death, mass disruption to sporting calendars

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Friday, 13th March 2020, 9:18 am
Updated Friday, 13th March 2020, 5:16 pm
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Chief Medical Officer for England, Chris Whitty and Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance detailed the government's next steps to tackle the covid-19 threat yesterday (Getty Images)

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Coronavirus live blog, March 13

Last updated: Friday, 13 March, 2020, 17:13

Wales vs Scotland to go ahead

Wales vs Scotland will go ahead this Saturday as planned.  

In a statement, the Welsh Rugby Union said: "WRU representatives have been in dialogue with Welsh Assembly Government minister for health and social services Vaughan Gething, who provided much-needed clarity on the Cobra meeting held yesterday.

"Throughout, the WRU board have followed the scientific advice of government, Public Health Wales and medical experts and determined that any game would be held or postponed based on that advice.

"Enhanced facilities for hand-washing and sanitisation will be available at the stadium, and there are measures in place to manage any issues with attendees on the day.

"In addition, supporters are urged to follow the advice that is widely available on government websites in relation to the virus."

Premier League, EFL and WSL suspended until April 3

The English Premier League, English Football League and FA Women's SUper League have all been suspended until April 3.

In an official statement the FA said: Following a meeting of Shareholders today, it was unanimously decided to suspend the Premier League with the intention of returning on 4 April, subject to medical advice and conditions at the time.

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: "Above all, we wish Mikel Arteta and Callum Hudson-Odoi speedy recoveries, and everyone else affected by COVID-19. 

"In this unprecedented situation, we are working closely with our clubs, Government, The FA and EFL and can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority."

Scottish football - including Old Firm - to be suspended

Earlier today we brought you comment from Jason Leitch of the Scottish NHS sayign that the Old Firm derby would go ahead, but that is no longer the case. 

More on Scottish football suspension

Staff union for the NHS ask government for po of private hospital beds'

Warren Kenny of GMB London has asked that the government give them powers to utilise private hospital beds should the public sector's capacity be stretched to it's limits by the spread of Covid-19. 

He said:  "There are approximately 128,000 overnight beds in the NHS in England. Only a small number of these are intensive care beds.

"It is not clear what the current numbers are of beds in private sector hospitals but estimates put the figure somewhere in the region of 8,000. Some of these will also be intensive care beds.

"GMB London know that all sorts of contingency plans will be being drawn up in the background by very capable medical and scientific advisers to deal with the emergency. Some of these plans will involve cooperation with private sector hospitals.

"However, the Government and their advisers must have available to them the powers to requisition these hospital beds if required to increase capacity to deal with the crisis."

FCO advises against all but essential travel to Madrid

The Foreign and Commonwelath Office have warned against all but essential travel to Madrid. 

They said: "We are advising against all but essential travel to the regions of Madrid, La Rioja and the municipalities of La Bastida, Vitoria and Miranda de Ebro. 

"Airlines are continuing to run flights as normal to and from these areas."

School in South Lanarkshire closes down

Lanark Grammar School in Lanark, South Lanarkshire has closed down due to a case of coronavirus. 

Dr John Logan, NHS Lanarkshire consultant in public health medicine, said: "We would like to reassure all staff and parents that the risk of contracting coronavirus from this individual is very low.

"Our public health team is in the process of identifying and contacting the limited number of people who were in very close contact with the confirmed case and issuing public health advice."

France limit public gatherings to 100

French Prime Minister has just announced further social distancing measures, limiting mass gatherings to no more than 100. 

He said: "The idea is that we can slow the progression and the circulation of the virus 100 people - that means that there will inevitably be significant consequences for the theatres and the cinemas."

Scottish Rugby suspends all rugby in Scotland

The SRU have taken to decision to suspend all rugby in Scotland until March 29. 

A statement read: "In light of government restrictions on public gatherings and the resulting pressure on emergency services and healthcare provision, Scottish Rugby has decided that with effect from Sunday 15 March at 6pm there will be a short period without domestic competition (or training) whilst a further assessment can be made. 

"This will be in effect up to, and including, 29 March 2020."

UK cases rise by 208 in single day

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