Latest updates: PM to give televised address after Sunak extends furlough until end of March

4.54pm GMT

Public Health England has published its weekly coronavirus surveillance report (pdf). Here is an extract from its summary.

Surveillance indicators suggest that Covid-19 activity at a national level has increased or remained high during week 44 [the week ending 1 November]. There is currently limited testing for other respiratory viruses, however, laboratory indicators suggest that influenza activity is low.

Detections of Covid-19 cases in England remained high in week 44. Case detections decreased slightly compared to last week though this is likely to be driven by reduced testing over the half term period as well as a lag in results for the most recent days. Overall positivity rates continued to increase. Incidence and positivity rates remain highest in the north of England though there are some indications that positivity is starting to decline in the north-east and north-west. By age group, cases rates were highest in the 20 to 29 year olds with decreases continuing to be noted in the 10 to 19 year olds. Positivity rates were highest in the 80+ year olds tested through both pillar 1 (NHS and PHE testing) and in the 10 to 19 year olds tested through pillar 2 (community testing).

4.46pm GMT

Boris Johnson will be holding a press conference at 5pm.

He will be appearing with Sir Simon Stevens, the NHS England chief executive.

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