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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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)
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: Thursday, 01 January, 1970, 01:00

State of emergency in Spain

A state of emergency is to be declared in Spain on Saturday. 

The declaration would allow the country to limit the movements of vehicles and people across the country. It would also allow the government to temporarily take control of factories and businesses allowing them to ration the purchase of basic items. 

Positive cases in UK five times higher than a week ago

Today's rise in confirmed cases in the UK from 590 to 798 is the largest day-on-day increase since the outbreak began.

It is a jump of 208, which is 35% up on the equivalent figure for Thursday.

It is the first time the day-on-day increase has been higher than 200.

One week ago, on March 6, the total number of cases stood at 163.

Today's total of 798 is almost five times greater than the equivalent figure one week ago.

25 more positive cases in Scotland

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Scotland has increased by 25 to 85. 

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde now has 21 confirmed cases, with 20 in Lothian and 11 in Grampian.

Shetland, Tayside, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Arran, Forth Valley, Fife, and the Borders health boards also have cases.

Queen cancels formal engagements

The Queen has cancelled planned engagements Cheshire and London as "a sensible precaution".

A statement read: "As a sensible precaution and for practical reasons in the current circumstances, changes are being made to The Queen’s diary commitments in the coming weeks.

"In consultation with the Medical Household and Government, Her Majesty’s forthcoming visits to Cheshire and Camden will be rescheduled. Audiences will continue as usual. Other events will be reviewed on an ongoing basis in line with the appropriate advice."

Tory councillor: 'Government measures a crime against our country'

Samantha Flower a social care manager for Sheffield City Council has slated the government's plan. 

She said: “I’m very concerned. They are saying they want as many people to get this disease to create a herd immunisation. But it won’t. My suspicion is that they don’t have the money for social care or NHS so that the weak and the old die.

“I’m saying that as a Conservative councillor and I don’t care if I get sacked. You judge a society by how they treat their vulnerable people. You judge leadership by how it treats its most vulnerable people.

“How do we care for them – by saying it would be better for pretty much everyone to get this disease when we know that our loved ones are going to die? It’s not okay.

“We could follow the World Health Organisation’s advice and stop this now but the government’s chosen not to. Our prime minister has just said to us ‘your loved ones are going to die’ and that’s not okay. It’s abhorrent. It’s a crime against our country. We have the measures and capabilities to prevent this."

Local English elections postponed until 2021

Council and mayoral elections which were set to take place in England this May have been postponed until May of next year. 

First coronavirus death in Scotland confirmed

Scottish Cheif Medical Officer (CMO) Catherine Calderwood have confirmed that a patient in Scotland has died from the coronavirus. 

Calderwood said: I am saddened to report that a patient in Scotland who tested positive for Coronavirus has died in hospital. I offer my deepest sympathy to their friends and family at this difficult time. 

"The patient, who was being treated by Lothian Health Board was an older person who had underlying health conditions. No further information will be available to protect patient confidentiality."

WHO: Europe is now the centre of the pandemic

WHO director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has described Europe as the centre of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The reasoning behind this is that Europe has more cases and deaths than the rest of the world outside of China. 

Jeremy Corbyn: government must be clear with public

Leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn has said that the government must be more clear with the public about its approach.

London Marathon postponed until autumn

The London Marathon has become the latest event to be impacted by the coronavirus. 

Organisers have postponed the race until October later this year.

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