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Prime Minister's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 31 July 2020


Good afternoon,


Two weeks ago, I updated you from this podium on the progress we had made as a country against coronavirus. And in many ways that progress continues.


The number of patients admitted to hospitals is still falling, and now stands at just over 100 each day. In April there were more than 3,000 coronavirus patients in mechanical ventilation beds, but now the latest figure is 87.


The number of deaths continues to fall. That is obviously encouraging


But I have also consistently warned that this virus could come back and that we would not hesitate to take swift and decisive action as required.


I am afraid that in parts of Asia and Latin America the virus is now gathering pace. And our European friends are also struggling to keep the virus under control.


As we see these rises around the world, we cannot fool ourselves that we are exempt. We must be willing to react to the first signs of trouble.


Today, the weekly survey by the Office for National Statistics reports that the prevalence of the virus in the community in England is likely to be rising for the first time since May.


Around 1 in 1,500 now have the virus, com