Coronavirus: The 13 major developments that happened on Thursday

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Here’s what you need to know on 7 May. This article was updated at 5pm.

Deaths: The number of people who have died in hospitals across the UK after contracting coronavirus has risen by 464 in 24 hours. The increase consists of 383 in England, 59 in Scotland, 18 in Wales and four in Northern Ireland. Read more here.

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Speaking at the government’s daily briefing from Downing Street, Mr Raab said the number of fatalities had increased by 539 across a 24 hour period. He added that the R rate - or the rate of reproduction for the virus - remained below one, settling between 0.5 and 0.9. Read more here.

Black people in England and Wales are more likely to die from a coronavirus-related death than white people, according to new analysis from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Figures showed that black women in England and Wales are 4.3 times more likely to die after contracting the virus, while black men are 4.2 times more likely to do so, after accounting for age. Read more here.

Lockdown: Women are finding the coronavirus lockdown more challenging than men, data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has revealed. Stress levels across the UK have risen rapidly for everybody as a result of COVID-19, with more than half the population reporting higher levels of anxiety. Read more here.

Downing Street has said that any relaxation to social distancing measures next week will be “very limited”, as Boris Johnson told cabinet: “We will advance with maximum caution.” It comes as Nicola Sturgeon warned it was dangerous to dilute the ‘stay at home’ message of the last seven weeks. Read more here.

The message was repeated by Dominic Raab in the daily briefing, as he said “there is no change in the rules today”. Details of the next phase will be released on Sunday. Read more here.

Crime: Drug dealers are dressing as joggers and NHS staff in order to move around freely during lockdown. Professor Simon Harding, director of the National Centre for Gang Research at the University of West London, said "county lines" gangs are finding new ways of doing business during the pandemic. Read more here.

Science: Exposure to a higher “viral load” of coronavirus could make victims more severely ill, a government adviser has warned. Professor Lucy Yardley, who is part of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, also known as Sage, said the amount of COVID-19 virus a person came in contact with could make a difference. Read more here.

NHS: All 400,000 pieces of personal protective equipment flown into the UK from Turkey were unfit for purpose, it’s emerged. The gowns will be sent back and a refund sought. Read more here.

Events: Notting Hill carnival is the latest event to be cancelled, for the first time in 54 years. The carnival usually takes place on the August Bank Holiday weekend. Read more here.

Rest of the world

Another 3.2 million people have filed for unemployment aid in the US as the coronavirus pandemic continued to cause one of the most expansive losses of jobs in US history, with nearly 33 million people applying for benefits since the outbreak began. Read more here.

A coronavirus swab test is being offered to passengers who arrive at Vienna airport, at a cost of £165. The test, if negative, would mean travellers don’t have to quarantine for 14 days. Read more here.

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Positive news

Artwork by Banksy which appeared at Southampton General Hospital has been a morale boost, staff have said. The piece, called Game Changer, shows a boy dressed in dungarees playing with a nurse superhero toy, with figures of Batman and Spiderman in a wastepaper basket next to him on the floor. Read more here.

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