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Sky News 5 Apr 2020

Angela Rayner says it's 'surreal' to become Labour deputy from sickbed


Angela Rayner tells Sophy Ridge she found out she became the new deputy leader of the Labour Party after a week recovering from coronavirus.

At Friday's White House Coronavirus Task Force Briefing, President Trump said "it's exciting to see" parts of the country opening amid the coronavirus pandemic. Watch his remarks.
The number of novel coronavirus infections in Germany is on the decline, and its citizens are optimistic about an easing of public health restrictions. RT's Peter Oliver reports for the News with Rick Sanchez.

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Multiple reports suggest China wasn't providing accurate coronavirus-related data and concealed the extent of the outbreak early on during the pandemic. Health Minister Patty Hajdu says it's not for her to say whether China's behaviour should be investigated. "I don't have all of the evidence about what China did and didn't do."

The government says it's reached its goal of 100,000 tests each day for coronavirus. The Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the figure of more than 120,000 tests included 40,000 kits sent by post which may not yet have been used.

However some frontline medical staff say they are still struggling to access tests and critics have called the government's target a distraction.

Meanwhile new figures have revealed that people living in deprived parts of England and Wales are more than twice as likely to die from coronavirus infection as people in affluent areas.

Reeta Chakrabarti presents BBC News at Ten reports from Health Editor Hugh Pym and Social Affairs Correspondent Michael Buchanan.

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