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Thursday, 14th May 2020, 7:59 am
Updated Thursday, 14th May 2020, 6:03 pm

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Coronavirus live blog, May 14

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Parents don't need to be 'too concerned' with inflammatory disease linked to coronavirus

Professor Russell Viner, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, has said "75 to 100" children in the UK have been affected by a rare inflammatory disease linked to coronavirus.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that parents should be aware of the illness, but they do not need to be "too concerned".

"We can count the number of children that have died with coronavirus on the fingers of two hands, compared to over 30,000 in adults. And that tells us most of what we need to know," he said.

He said there were "very few cases, 75 to 100 across the country", adding: "The important thing to say is most are being treated well, many are going home, most haven't gone to intensive care units."

London public transport use up

Transport for London has said there were 10% more Tube journeys made between 5am and 6am on Thursday than the same period last week, although demand has fallen compared with Wednesday.

New antibody test a 'game changer'

Health minister Edward Argar has said the Government will roll out a new "game-changer" antibody test to frontline workers first.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Mr Argar said: " We are keen to get as many as quickly as we can and get them out, primarily to the front line first, the NHS, social care and then more widely.

"It's only just gone through the Public Health England assessment as being reliable, as doing the job, and therefore we are having those discussions.

"As the Prime Minister said - this has the potential to be a game-changer."

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Argar said: "It has only just got the green light.

"So we're not in a position yet to roll it out to the public and have those tests ready to go."

WHO: 'Coronavirus may never go away'

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that coronavirus "may never go away", 

At a briefing on Wednesday, WHO emergencies director Dr Mike Ryan warned that even if a vaccine is found, controlling the virus will require a "massive effort".

"It is important to put this on the table: this virus may become just another endemic virus in our communities, and this virus may never go away," Dr Ryan told the virtual press conference from Geneva.

"HIV has not gone away - but we have come to terms with the virus."

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