Coronavirus updates as Boris Johnson to make lockdown speech

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The coronavirus lockdown could take a new turn today after Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a speech about the exit plan from the current lockdown.

The speech is due on Sunday evening and could affect everything from when children go back to school to how often we can exercise.

The VE Day Bank Holiday weekend saw crowds arrive at beaches across Merseyside despite social distancing restrictions.

Liverpool's hospitals recorded two deaths from coronavirus on Saturday raising hopes that the worst of the crisis could be behind us.

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The death toll is the lowest since the early days of the crisis, although the number of registered deaths tends to fall at weekends due to lags in reporting.

A single death was recorded across the Royal Liverpool, Aintree and Broadgreen hospitals, while the second patient died at The Walton Centre neurological hospital in Fazakerley.

Neil Macdonald

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Latest statistics

The latest figures from the Department of Health show that a total of 31,587 people had died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Friday, up by 346 from 31,241 the day before.

Two deaths recorded on Saturday in Liverpool

A single death was recorded across the Royal Liverpool, Aintree and Broadgreen hospitals, while the second patient died at The Walton Centre neurological hospital in Fazakerley.

Crowds on bank holiday Saturday

Crowds gathered on Merseyside’s beaches on Bank Holiday Saturday despite the lockdown remaining in force.

The busy scenes came after Merseyside Police pursued several young men who had lit a fire in Formby Woods.

Read more here.

Boris Johnson to give speech

Boris Johnson is set to address the nation on Sunday evening at 7pm.

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