CABINET Secretary Michael Gove has said 183,190 coronavirus tests have now been carried out across the UK, with 41,903 returned as positive.

A five-year-old and 104-year-old are amongst the newly reported deaths.

Speaking at the daily Downing Street press conference, Gove reminded the public that social distancing should be maintained, stating: "More than ever, we must stick with it.

"I know that life under lockdown can be challenging, and some will be tempted on this sunny weekend to venture out and about.

"If we relax our adherence to the rules, we increase the risk for others."

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He told people "to think of those on the front line and the sacrifices they're making for us".

Gove added: "Our thoughts today are also with the family of the five-year-old child with underlying health conditions who's tragically died."

He told the conference that clinical trials are taking place to see if antiviral drugs used to treat HIV and anti-malarial medicine hydroxychloroquine could treat the virus.

And he added that a team from University College London working with Mercedes Benz has produced a new non-invasive respirator that has been clinically approved.

He said the device is vital in reducing the number of patients who eventually need to be intubated.

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Gove commented: "They produced 250 yesterday, they will produce the same number today and tomorrow, rising to 1,000 a day next week.

"We are also increasing the capacity of the NHS to deploy invasive ventilation, we have been buying invasive ventilators from partners abroad including Germany and Switzerland.

"And today 300 new ventilators arrived from China."

Gove continued that the UK Government is also working with UK ventilator suppliers to manufacture existing and modified models in greater numbers.

He said new models have been designed to come on stream soon: "The new models that have been scaled up as part of the Ventilator Challenge (a brief put to a consortium of manufacturers) will becoming on production lines this week.

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"More are coming into production in the coming weeks, subject to safety and regulatory approvals, as part of the Prime Minister's call to manufacturers to scale up production."

When asked about people being tempted to break the social distancing rules during the sunny weather this weekend, Gove said: "When we look at the death rate, the number of increasing fatalities, when we consider the pressure on our NHS, everyone has to ask themselves the question: 'What am I doing to relieve pressure on the NHS, how am I helping in this shared national effort?'.

"I know that lockdown is challenging, I know it's very difficult, particularly for families with children.

"But people must at every stage respect these guidelines because that is the only way of making sure we restrict the spread of the disease."

He said police have the power to legally enforce the rules, and continued: "But it's vital that all of us recognise if we weigh up an hour or two outside, and weigh it against the lives of those we love and the lives of those on the NHS front line, it should be clear I hope to all that we should follow the advice."

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When asked about suspected Covid deaths at a care home in Scotland, Professor Steve Powis said the fatality figures reported each day are from the NHS for deaths in hospitals.

He explained: "With great sadness, unfortunately deaths do clearly happen in the community and those are people who do not go to hospital and therefore do not pass away in hospital.

"I would expect that deaths will be higher than the number that are reported from hospitals but I think it will only be in the days and weeks ahead as that data starts to come through from ONS (the Office for National Statistics) that we will be able to answer the question.

"This virus does not discriminate, it affects everybody in all settings unfortunately of all ages, and therefore I do think sadly that we will continue to see the high number of deaths that we've seen at the moment.

"But as we start to get control of this through social distancing, in a few weeks that will start to fall."

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