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Coronavirus LIVE updates as Cobra meeting set to discuss lockdown decision

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has spent a third night in intensive care where his condition is said to be 'improving'.

He has been receiving treatment at St Thomas' Hospital in London since Sunday evening.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is deputising for the Prime Minister, will chair a Cobra emergency committee later this afternoon to discuss the lockdown measures with leaders of the devolved nations.

While no firm decision is expected to be made in Mr Johnson's absence, key figures in the response will discuss how it will be resolved next week.

The Cobra meeting comes as Wednesday's figures saw a record rise of 938 deaths of hospitalised patients who tested positive for Covid-19 in the UK.

A total of 60,733 people have now tested positive for the virus in the UK, and 7,097 of those hospitalised have sadly died.

As this is the highest tally in one day since the outbreak began in the UK, together will the Prime Minister still battling with the virus in hospital, there does seem little chance of the restrictions being lifted next week.

But the measures will most likely face their toughest test so far as we approach Easter Bank Holiday weekend, where temperatures in some parts of the country are expected to reach 25C, which could tempt those without gardens to flout the rules.

In Wednesday's government press briefing led by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, he refused to “speculate” about the future of the lockdown, instead confirming there would be a review of the measures “in and around three weeks” after they started.

This three-week mark will be reached on Easter Monday, while legislation designed to assist with the containment must also be reviewed at least once every 21 days – with the first due to be carried out by April 16 at the latest.

Meanwhile the lockdown in Wuhan, China, once the epicentre of the global pandemic was on Tuesday night lifted and was marked with a huge light show.

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