Who Is Matt Leinart's Wife, Josie Loren?

Sports and pop culture may seem like two different worlds, yet in America today the two spheres often overlap. As a result, sports stars often end up dating music and movie celebrities. Retired baseball star Alex Rodriguez is currently engaged to A-list celebrity Jennifer Lopez. Retired hockey player Mike Fisher is married to singer Carrie Underwood.

Other athlete-celebrity relationships don’t generate quite as much excitement and gossip as those mentioned above. For instance, unless you closely follow celebrity gossip, you might not be aware of the relationship between former NFL player Matt Leinart and actress Josie Loren.

Matt Leinart’s football career

Leinart enjoyed a celebrated college football career, followed by a somewhat less prolific stint in the NFL. One of the top high school recruits, Leinart ended up playing football at the University of California.

Leinart took a redshirt as a freshman in 2001. Then, in 2002, he played backup behind senior Carson Palmer, who ultimately won that year’s Heisman Trophy.

Leinart took over starting quarterback duties as a sophomore, leading the Trojans to a surprising 11-1 regular season record and a Rose Bowl win over the Michigan Wolverines. Leinart continued his stellar play during his junior and senior years, winning the Heisman trophy in 2004. In his three full years of college ball, Leinart threw for 10,693 yards with an impressive completion percentage of 64.8%.

The Arizona Cardinals selected Leinart with the 10th pick of the 2006 NFL Draft, fully expecting him to become their star quarterback of the future. However, Leinart spent most of his four years with the Cardinals either injured or backing up starting quarterback Kurt Warner. His most complete season was his first, when started 11 games and threw for 2,547 yards with a 56.8% completion rate.

After four years of inconsistent play, mostly at backup, the Cardinals released Leinart. Soon he signed a one-year deal as a backup for the Houston Texans. However, Leinart only played in two games before suffering a season-ending injury. Abortive stops with the Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills rounded out Leinart’s somewhat disappointing NFL career.

Josie Loren’s acting career


The Cuban-descended Loren was born in 1987 and grew up in Miami, Florida. She was a cheerleader during high school, and later attended college at UCLA.

While living on the West Coast, Loren got her first big break as an actress. She appeared on an episode in the first season of Hannah Montana in 2006.

That brush with fame convinced Loren that she wanted to pursue an acting career. In 2006 and 2007, Loren took small parts on other shows including Medium, Drake & Josh, and Cory in the House.

Loren continued to make regular TV appearances in the following years, before finally getting her big break in 2009, as a lead actress on the ABC show: Make It or Break It.

More recently, Loren garnered attention for a 10 episode stint on the seventh season of The Mentalist in 2014-15. That was Loren’s last major TV role before going back to school to earn a law degree at Loyola Law University. She graduated from the program in May 2019.

Matt Leinart and Josie Loren’s relationship

Leinart and Loren initially began dating back in September 2013. Leinart proposed to Loren in July 2016, although they didn’t actually get married until nearly two years later, on May 26, 2018.

The wedding was held in Asheville, North Carolina. The couple had at least one semi-famous attendee — 98 Degrees singer Nick Lachey, along with his wife Vanessa.

Leinart and Loren have never revealed the story of how they met. However, Loren recently Tweeted that she had never “been huge into sports & I didn’t know what the Heisman was when I met my husband.”

She also said that she had never seen her husband play football before, but that she was excited to watch a replay of one his college games on ESPN.

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Matt Hancock nearly thrown out of PMQs by Speaker for heckling Sir Keir Starmer – The Sun

MATT Hancock was almost thrown out of PMQs today after heckling Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer. 

Speaker of the House Sir Lindsay Hoyle slapped Mr Hancock down for yelling across the chamber.

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Sir Keir had asked the Prime Minister when a robust community testing program would be put in place when the Health Secretary interrupted him.

Sir Lindsay said: "Secretary of State for Health, please, I don't mind you advising the Prime Minister but you don't need to advise the opposition during this."

When Mr Hancock continued to talk out of turn, Sir Lindsay threatened to throw him out of the chamber.

He said: "Do you want to leave the chamber? We're at maximum numbers – if you want to give way to somebody else I'm more than happy."

The House of Commons has restricted its numbers dramatically because of coronavirus – after several MPs became infected with the deadly virus at the start of the outbreak.

All of the MPs follow strict social distancing and sit at least two metres apart from one another.

After Mr Hancock was shut down by the Speaker, Sir Keir asked Mr Johnson: "This is the last PMQs for two weeks can the Prime Minister indicate that an effective test, trace and isolate system will be in place by June 1?"

The PM said: "We have growing confidence that we will have the finest test, track and trace operation that will be world leading and it will be in place by June 1."

Sir Keir said Germany had saved possibly tens of thousands of lives by implementing contact tracing very quickly.

With a population of 89 million, Germany has only had just over 8,000 deaths – compared to the 35, 341 deaths in the UK.

Germany has had a rigorous testing program since the beginning of the outbreak – one which Angela McLean, chief scientific adviser to the Ministry of Defence, said last night the UK should try to emulate as it brings in contact tracing.

Mr Hancock has come under fire repeatedly over failing to meet testing targets in the UK.

The Prime Minister set the Health Secretary a new target to hit 200,000 tests a day by the end of May – but over the weekend testing fell below the original 100,000 daily target.

It was then revealed last week that the Government had only hired 1,500 of the necessary 18,000 contact tracers – missing their mid-May target.

The contact tracers have since been hired, but the national roll out of the contact tracing app, which chief secretary to the Treasury Stephen Barclay said would be this week, has now been delayed.


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Matt Hancock is blasted by UK statistics chief over testing figures

Matt Hancock is blasted by UK statistics chief over his 100,000-per-day testing target and daily updates saying they have ‘limited detail’ and need improvement to increase ‘trustworthiness’ with the public

  • David Norgrove, chairman of UK Statistics Authority, wrote to Health Secretary
  • He highlighted shortcomings in the 100,000 target and daily testing updates 
  • It came as the Government faced a barrage of criticism over its lockdown plans
  • They will require a huge testing regime in order to allowing any loosening 

Matt Hancock’s testing figures have been blasted by the  has been criticised by the head of the official public statistics body over a lack of clarity.

The Health Secretary was told to take steps to improve the ‘trustworthiness’ of his daily updates by Sir David Norgrove, chairman of the UK Statistics Authority.

In a damning letter to the Cabinet minister Sir David, a former Treasury economist and private secretary to Margaret Thatcher, also highlighted his target of 100,000 tests carried out by the end of April. 

Mr Hancock announced 122,000 tests were completed on April 30 but they included 40,000 kits which had been posted to potential sufferers but were yet to be returned and analysed. 

‘It should be clear whether the target is intended to reflect testing capacity, tests that have been administered, test results received, or the number of people tested,’ Sir David wrote.

It came as Mr Hancock and the rest of the Government faced a barrage of criticism over its lockdown plans – the easing of which depends heavily on a massive capacity for testing people across the country.

Figures on Monday showed a testing total of 100,490 for May 10, the first time it has exceeded 100,000 since April 30.

The Health Secretary (pictured today) was told to take steps to improve the ‘trustworthiness’ of his daily updates by Sir David Norgrove, chairman of the UK Statistics Authority

In a letter to the Cabinet minister Sir David, a former Treasury economist and private secretary to Margaret Thatcher, also highlighted his target of 100,000 tests carried out by the end of April

The Department of Health and Social Care also needs to improve how it presented this data, which forms a regular part of daily government news conferences, he added.

‘There is limited detail about the nature and types of testing and it is hard to navigate to the best source of information,’ Sir David wrote.

‘It would support trustworthiness for the testing data … to be more straightforward to find, with detailed breakdowns and richer commentary.’ 

It came as the number of deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK now passed 40,000, according to the latest available data.

The total includes new figures published on Tuesday by the Office for National Statistics.

These figures show that 35,044 deaths involving Covid-19 occurred in England and Wales up to May 1 (and had been registered up to May 9).

The latest figures from the National Records of Scotland, published last week, showed 2,795 deaths involving Covid-19 had been registered in Scotland up to May 3.

And the latest figures from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, also published last week, showed 516 deaths involving Covid-19 had been registered in Northern Ireland up to May 6.

Together these figures mean that so far 38,355 deaths have been registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, including suspected cases.

A further 1,678 hospital patients in England who had tested positive for Covid-19 died between May 2 and May 10, according to figures published on Monday by NHS England – which, together with the total figure of 38,355 registered deaths, indicates the overall death toll for the UK is just over 40,000.

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'LPBW': Matt Roloff Said He's Traveling Back to Roloff Farms — But Caryn Chandler Isn't Coming With Him

Little People, Big World is back, and fans are excited to learn more about Amy Roloff’s move off the farm and Matt Roloff’s relationship with girlfriend Caryn Chandler. On the show, Amy just got engaged to her partner, Chris Marek. And Matt’s still making divisions on Roloff Farms as Amy slowly moves her things off the property post-divorce.

The show was filmed months ago prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) scare. Now, Matt and Amy’s lives look a lot different. Matt told his followers he and Chandler went down to their other home in Arizona. But now, Matt’s returning to Roloff Farms — and Chandler isn’t coming with him. Here’s what he shared with his Instagram followers.

Matt Roloff went to his Arizona home to ride out the coronavirus quarantine

Matt is typically on Roloff Farms during LPBW filming, but he also has a home in Surprise, Arizona. He bought the place off of Chandler’s parents, and he frequently posts photos to his Instagram showing off his frequent trips to the warm and sunny state.

“I do enjoy the heat and the low humidity, so I bought a house down here,” Matt explained on Facebook Live back in 2018. “It’s kind of an investment property and something to play around with. Instead of going to hotels and staying at different places, I can have one location very conducive to my short stature.”

When the coronavirus social distancing recommendations started, Chandler told her Instagram followers that she and Matt were hunkering down in their Arizona home.

“As Matt & I are hunkered down here in AZ (much like I imagine most of you are) we feel inadequate at the moment – especially with how to help those in need,” she captioned her post. “If only we had a crystal ball or a magic wand – maybe we could make things better.”

Matt’s now returning to Roloff Farms without girlfriend Caryn Chandler

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This is exactly how I left these 2 kids back in early March — I said .. grandpa will be right back in 2 short weeks. They both said “no, don’t go.. who’s going give them the treats?). 7 weeks later they are just getting the word that grandpa is finally coming home.. I’m cleared & ready to drive the 20 hour’s back to the farm — after all this time isolating in Arizona (tons of FaceTime calls). I’m ready to see all 4 grandkids. It would be easier to fly back but By driving I can avoid any outside contact with anyone .. so hoping for a shorter quarantine period after getting home to the farm. Caryn is going to hold down the fort here in AZ a few more weeks. Wondering if the kids will still think I’m a real human ..not just a phone screen 🙂 #savesomesnacksforme #getagoodniterest #grandpaosheadingnorthsoon #beencollectingmyprotectivegear #nowimreadytogethome #vanisallpacked #iliveformygrandkids

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Social distancing measures are still recommended for the majority of the states in the U.S., and it seems Matt’s taking them seriously. But he’s ready to leave his Arizona home behind and come back to Oregon. On April 30, Matt posted a photo of his grandkids, Jackson and Ember. And in the post caption, he explained how excited he is to come and see them once he returns home.

“I said .. grandpa will be right back in 2 short weeks. They both said ‘no, don’t go.. who’s going give them the treats?). 7 weeks later they are just getting the word that grandpa is finally coming home.. I’m cleared & ready to drive the 20 hour’s back to the farm — after all this time isolating in Arizona (tons of FaceTime calls),” Matt captioned his post. “I’m ready to see all 4 grandkids. It would be easier to fly back but By driving I can avoid any outside contact with anyone .. so hoping for a shorter quarantine period after getting home to the farm.”

Not only did Matt say he’s driving from Arizona to Oregon, but he also noted that Chandler isn’t coming with him. “Caryn is going to hold down the fort here in AZ a few more weeks,” he added.

His followers have mixed opinions

Many of Matt’s followers are happy he’ll get to see his family again once he returns and quarantines. But others think he shouldn’t be traveling at all during this time. And others still also think Chandler should at least travel with him.

“Bathroom breaks, eating, staying at a hotel during a 20 hr drive? All come with having contact with other people and the ‘outside’ right? Stay safe!” one follower commented on the post.

“Caryn should go with u so she can split the drive with u. Safer that way,” another wrote.

“Yes, You and Caryn go together so you can take turns driving. 20 hours is a very long drive for someone alone,” yet another added.

It looks like Matt has his own plan in place, though. “I’m going to stop and sleep in the back from time to time. Have my sleeping bag all set. :)),” he answered to one concerned follower.

We’re hoping Matt has a safe journey home and that he can be reunited with his girlfriend soon!

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Matt Hancock hails new NHS virus app to go into pilot TOMORROW and 'where Isle of Wight goes, Britain will follow'

MATT Hancock today urged people on the Isle of Wight to download a new app to track and trace coronavirus – as he vowed they would lead the way in the fight against the killer bug.

The Health Secretary confirmed that the pilot of the NHS app to track people with the bug would go live tomorrow for healthcare workers.

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He told the nation at the No10 briefing tonight: "Islanders know that participating in this pilot, they are at the forefront of getting Britain back on its feet.

"Where the Isle of Wight goes, Britain follows."

80,000 households will get a letter from the island's chief nurse about information on how to install the app on their smartphones.

Bluetooth tech will let anyone know if they have been in contact with someone who had virus symptoms.

Anyone who starts to feel ill will let the NHS know via the app, and it will contact others they have seen.

Test ordering functions will be build in too.

The Health Secretary said the new app and tracing system would help "get the R rate down and keep the R rate down" and ensure widespread transmission stays low.

Mr Hancock said: "I have a simple message – please download the app, to protect the NHS and save lives.
"By downloading the app, you are protecting you own health, of your loves ones and the health of your community

"I know the people o the IOW will embrace this with enthusiasm because by embarking on this project and
"Embracing test track and trace – you will be savings lives"

He stressed that it was NOT the end of social distancing on the island, and that lockdown measures will only be changed once the five tests are met.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van Tam said Britain was making good progress on two of the five tests today – testing and bringing the number of cases down to manageable levels.

The pioneering app must be downloaded by 50-60 per cent of the nation to be effective, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said yesterday.

People arriving into the UK at airports will be ordered to download the app before they are allowed into the country.

The app will be trialed on the Isle of Wight's 150,000 population this week before national roll-out in two to three weeks' time.

But there are concerns that the older people on the island may not have access to a smart phone, and are less likely to download the app.

John Newton, the UK's testing tsar, said today that they mustn't assume that the elderly could not help.

Many of them were "very tech saavy", he claimed, and said the island was an "ideal place" to test the app.


The app will help the Government's new contact tracing system due to be launched in two weeks, which will chase down fresh outbreaks of coronavirus and alert people who they came in contact with so they can self-isolate.

Mr Shapps said it was the duty of every Brit who has a smart phone to download the app to stop people dying from coronavirus.

Mr Shapps said the high turnout of Brits clapping NHS workers every Thursday evening showed people wanted to support the NHS and he said they will now have another means to show that support.


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STEPHEN GLOVER: Matt Hancock is steering a cruise ship with a paddle

STEPHEN GLOVER: Matt Hancock is steering a cruise ship with a paddle. No wonder it’s all been such a fiasco

Which of us would like to be in Matt Hancock’s shoes? The beleaguered Health Secretary faces formidable problems, and the mounting chorus of blame is principally aimed at him.

There is a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline NHS staff. If the Government should change its advice and sensibly recommend that we should all wear face masks, there won’t be enough of them.

At the new Nightingale Hospital in London — whose rapid construction spear-headed by the Army was rightly praised — dozens of coronavirus patients have been turned away because there aren’t enough nurses.

Wherever Mr Hancock looks, there are intimidating challenges, of which the greatest is testing. On April 2, his first day back after contracting the virus, he set the ambitious target by the end of this month — a week away — of carrying out 100,000 tests a day.

Wherever Mr Hancock looks, there are intimidating challenges, of which the greatest is testing

On Monday, only 18,206 tests were done out of a supposed capacity of 41,398. Mr Hancock will have to ensure that the number of tests being conducted increases by about five times within seven days.

Will he manage it? The Health Secretary stuck by the figure yesterday. So did Dominic Raab, the stand-in PM, during Prime Minister’s Question Time, when he promised an ‘exponential’ increase in testing over the next week.

Do they know something we don’t? Or are they being wildly optimistic? We’ll see. I trust that on April 30 the Government won’t take refuge in the argument that 100,000 daily tests are theoretically available. Mr Hancock’s undertaking was that this number would be carried out.

Now I realise it’s easy enough to criticise from the side-lines, and I’ve no doubt Mr Hancock and his staff are working around the clock to deliver the promised tests. They are doing their best.

But the fact remains that testing has been a fiasco. Germany, which has carried out about four times as many tests per 1,000 people, has been far more successful in curbing the disease. Rigorous and widespread testing partly explains the country’s significantly lower death rate.

We have to ask whether our flawed system will ever deliver sufficient tests, or whether some radical change is needed if Britain is going to move from near the bottom of the international testing league.

At the new Nightingale Hospital in London — whose rapid construction spear-headed by the Army was rightly praised — dozens of coronavirus patients have been turned away because there aren’t enough nurses

Let me enumerate some of the errors of recent weeks. It emerged that 17.5 million antibody tests ordered from China — those are the ones which establish whether you have had the disease — are faulty.

The Chinese are undoubtedly to blame. But we should also ask why the Government put itself in the position of being so dependent on foreign suppliers. Germany has produced millions of its own tests.

Meanwhile, there is growing evidence that the antigen test — which establishes whether people are infected — can also be dodgy. An internal memo on April 11 from Public Health England mentions ‘discordant’ — i.e. unreliable — results.

Another huge failure has been the centralised approach taken by the NHS and Public Health England, and their disinclination, now being only slowly corrected, to involve private companies and universities in testing.

This ‘command structure’ has led to drive-in centres being set up which are often some distance from the staff who need testing, and can only be accessed by car. It partly explains why less than half of capacity is being used.

Remember that a third of those infected are believed to show no symptoms. It follows that hundreds, if not thousands, of nurses and doctors are unwittingly spreading the disease in hospitals because they have not been regularly tested.

I could go on. The Mail reported yesterday that a senior Government adviser blames red tape for the slow roll-out of testing. According to him, quangos such as Public Health England and the Care Quality Commission are throwing a spanner in the works by insisting that anyone who conducts tests must be accredited.

One way and another, it is surely obvious that the system is failing, and that NHS and other frontline workers are not getting the tests they require. One terrifying new revelation is that only one in four care home staff who fear they have the virus have been tested.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Jenny Harries appeared to question whether more tests would save lives when she said that the ‘mechanism’ between greater testing and a lower death rate is ‘still not clear’

As for non-NHS or non-essential workers who want to know whether they are free of the disease and can safely go to work, they can forget it, unless they are prepared to shell out hundreds of pounds for a private test.

This is a mess — a stupendous cock-up. As a result of faulty or non-existent tests, the contagion is spreading more freely than it should, and people who have recovered from it don’t know whether it’s safe to return to work.

In fact, even if 100,000 tests a day were achieved by the end of the month, that wouldn’t be nearly enough. Germany is reportedly ramping up the number of tests it’s using, so that there will eventually be millions every week.

Pinning the blame on Mr Hancock, who is in charge of the clattering train and who has set a target he will struggle to meet, is tempting. Even his best friend could hardly claim he has covered himself in glory.

But I wonder whether the most focused minister could have done much better. I also deplore unattributed briefings from No 10 which imply that Mr Hancock may be hung out to dry if the figure of 100,000 is not reached. No one believes he dreamt it up by himself. It would be a collective failure of Government.

The problem is not so much the Health Secretary — who is competent enough and, as I say, hardworking — as the vast bureaucratic behemoth comprising the NHS, with its offshoots of Public Health England and the Department of Health.

Mr Hancock is like a captain of a vast ship — the NHS — whose crew respond laboriously, and sometimes not at all, to his instructions. It is as though he is trying to steer this enormous vessel with a paddle.

Mr Hancock is like a captain of a vast ship — the NHS — whose crew respond laboriously, and sometimes not at all, to his instructions

Last Sunday, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Jenny Harries appeared to question whether more tests would save lives when she said that the ‘mechanism’ between greater testing and a lower death rate is ‘still not clear’. Are such heterodox views widespread in Public Health England?

The question is what measures must be adopted so that the Government can finally get testing on track. Some will place faith in Boris Johnson’s return to No 10, which may be imminent. But he will have his eye on a dozen problems, and can’t be expected to sort out testing.

What is needed is someone with the Prime Minister’s authority who can be put in charge of testing, rather as Lord Deighton has just been asked to deal with the shortage of personal protective equipment, though with more powers.

Such an appointment might put Mr Hancock’s nose out of joint. But he has a great deal on his plate, and however hard he works he won’t have time to cope with all the difficulties testing is throwing up.

Of all the challenges, this is the greatest. Only thorough testing will get us out of this crisis. As he recuperates at Chequers, the PM should reflect that the success of this Government, and the recovery of our nation, depend upon it.

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'LPBW': Matt Roloff's Girlfriend, Caryn Chandler, Said She Would Absolutely Go to Amy Roloff's Wedding

We’re currently keeping up with Season 20 of Little People, Big World, and a lot is going down in both Matt and Amy Roloff’s personal lives. The two TLC stars started the show happily married, but they chose to go their separate ways years ago. Now, while Amy is working on moving off of Roloff Farms on the show, she has more exciting news to share. And that’s that she’s engaged to Chris Marek.

Amy’s busily planning her wedding now, and she’s dished on some wedding details on Facebook Live in the past. Matt and his girlfriend, Caryn Chandler, have also talked about Amy’s upcoming nuptials. And Chandler just said that she would attend Amy’s wedding if she was invited.

Amy Roloff and Chris Marek are engaged

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A lot has happened to me this past week and a half (more later)but I wanted to share again A beautiful event that happened in my life. I never had a clue or expected it. Chris and I celebrated our 3rd year anniversary of dating last Wednesday. And to my wonderful happy surprise he proposed and asked me to marry him! ❤️🎉❤️. I couldn’t believe it it! I cried, he had tears and of course I said YES! ❤️💍❤️. I’m engaged and couldn’t be happier. I love this man so much. ❤️. Of course, A day later i had to celebrate the news w/ two of my closest friends – Lisa and Debi 🎉😊🎉. I’m blessed. I’m happy. I’m so looking forward to continuing our life journey together. #ilovethisman #imblessed #journeyofamyrandchrism #amyroloffssecondact #engaged #2021

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Wedding bells will be ringing for Amy in the future. Back in September 2019, Amy told her Instagram followers that Marek got down on one knee and presented her with a ring — and, of course, she happily said yes.

“And to my wonderful happy surprise he proposed and asked me to marry him! I couldn’t believe it!” Amy wrote on Instagram. “I cried, he had tears and of course I said YES! I’m engaged and couldn’t be happier. I love this man so much.”

Since the engagement, she’s kept her fans updated on her plans. “I’m much more of a traditional person … I want the wedding and the reception,” Amy told her followers via Facebook Live in March 2020. “I would like to share that experience with [Chris].” And she also explained that she wants Marek’s family there, as he’s never been married before and his family is excited to watch him walk down the aisle for the first time.

Matt Roloff and Caryn Chandler are starting to think about marriage as well

Now that Amy’s engaged, Matt and his girlfriend are starting to think about their future together as well. Matt’s known Chandler for over a decade, as she was a manager on Roloff Farms before the romance. While their relationship is shrouded in controversy thanks to Amy’s claims in her memoir, they’ve stuck together through the tough times. And many fans have asked them when they plan on tying the knot.

“We don’t want to step on Amy and Chris’s excitement — But you never know what might happen next!” Matt told an Instagram follower regarding a future engagement. “For now @carynchandler1 and I are living a very happy and our very best life together… enjoying our kids and my grandkids. A wonderful season of life!”

Chandler and Matt spoke to Us Weekly on April 20 about their relationship, too. “We do. We don’t have any opposition to it, but it’s just so happy and comfortable and wonderful the way it is,” Matt told the interviewer about a potential engagement. “I don’t think we feel any pressure for that. And right now, we’re happy to watch Amy and Chris going through that process.”

Chandler said she would go to Amy’s wedding if invited

Matt and Chandler spoke a bit more about Amy’s wedding to Us Weekly. Matt stated he wished Amy and Marek’s wedding date wasn’t so far in the future, as he and Chandler want to get engaged and have a ceremony quickly after. And he also added that he’s “very happy” for Amy, as he thinks Marek is a great guy.

So, would Matt and Chandler attend their wedding if invited? The interviewer let the couple know that Amy and Marek intend on extending an invitation.

“Yes, I think we would at this point,” Chandler noted.

“We would?” Matt asked Chandler, unsure.

“I think we would,” Chandler added. “You know, time heals, and so everything is moving in a good trajectory right now. There’s no hard feelings, everybody’s working hard. We all love their grandchildren, and we’re together sometimes, and we make it pleasant, and I’m super, super happy for them. I think that this is something Amy wanted, and I’m glad for her.”

“I think we’ll probably get the invite,” Matt added. “And if we do, we’ll be sure to go and not cause any drama.”

It’s nice to see everyone in the family getting along. Tune in on Tuesdays for new episodes of LPBW!

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Matt Hancock vows 'we won't rest' after NHS mask supply row grows

Health Secretary Matt Hancock vows ‘we won’t rest’ until all NHS medics have the masks and gowns they need as hospitals wait DAYS for restocking and the nursing union tells its members they can REFUSE to treat coronavirus patients if they feel unsafe

  • Health Secretary came under pressure at news conference this afternoon 
  • Nurse union said medics could refuse to treat coronavirus patients as ‘last resort’
  • Nurse Becky Usher, 38, critically ill on a ventilator after working without a mask
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Matt Hancock vowed  ‘we will not’ rest to get vital protective equipment to NHS staff today as the main nursing union told its members they could refuse to treat coronavirus patients if they felt unsafe.

The Health Secretary came under mounting pressure at the daily news conference this afternoon as he revealed that under-pressure units face on average a two-and-a-half-day wait to be restocked with personal protective equipment (PPE).

He spoke after the  Royal College of Nursing (RCN) advised its members to refuse to treat coronavirus patients as ‘a last resort’ amid claims vital items like masks, goggles and gowns are still not reaching the frontlines.  

A spokesman for the union admitted that with-holding treatment would ‘go against every instinct’, but added that ‘their safety must not be compromised’.

One nurse, Becky Usher, 38, who works at Dewsbury and District Hospital in West Yorkshire, remains critically ill on a ventilator after treating patients without a mask.

When asked about the supply of PPE and if the government could commit to a date to deliver more PPE, Mr Hancock said: ‘It’s impossible because the quest is to get the right PPE to the right people on the front line at the right time across many millions of people across the NHS and social care.

‘I’m glad to say that effort is moving in the right direction, we now have record amounts of PPE that’s been put out into the system but until everyone gets the PPE they need then we won’t rest.’

When asked about the supply of PPE and if the government could commit to a date to deliver more PPE, Mr Hancock said: until everyone gets the PPE they need then we won’t rest.’

Becky Usher, 38, is in intensive care at Pinderfields hospital in Wakefield, Yorkshire. Experienced nurse Julie Omar has died, Worcester NHS Trust has confirmed

Ms Usher, who has a six-year-old daughter, pictured with her partner Martin Parker

The current international death toll from coronavirus

Mr Hancock said it was an ‘enormous effort’ and experts were currently trying to source more gowns.

He added: ‘They often don’t get thanks, the procurement experts because they’re not on the frontline, but by God do we need them to make sure that we can get all that PPE.’

He also  denied the Government had been too slow to stockpile PPE earlier in the coronavirus outbreak and said supplies had been ‘significant’.

He said: ‘We went into this with the stockpiles, and the challenges are logistical ones of having previously had an organisation that serves just over 200 NHS organisations and the demand for PPE and the need for it has gone up enormously and there’s now 58,000 organisations that this huge logistical operation services.

‘So it has been a challenge of logistics as much as one of supply.’

He added: ‘At the same time of course we’ve got to replenish the stockpiles that we went into this with so we did actually go in with some quite significant stockpiles but of course given the sheer quantities that we’re distributing across the system we’re using those stockpiles up.’

The Health Secretary was also asked about the speed of delivering PPE, which had been said to be two and a half days.

Mr Hancock clarified that the two and a half-day figure was an average for people who called the 24/7 PPE hotline, and that urgent cases were dealt with ‘immediately’.

Ms Usher, who has a six year old daughter,  started suffering a high temperature and sore throat after spending two days treating a patient who had had not been tested for the virus.

When she started experiencing breathing difficulties and slurring her words on Tuesday she was rushed to Pinderfields Hospital in nearby Wakefield, where she remains in intensive care. 

The mother of a six-year-old daughter suffers an irregular heartbeat which has caused multiple heart attacks since 2004.

Labour leader Keir Starmer has backed nurses demands and criticised the government, saying there is a ‘mismatch’ between what Health Secretary Matt Hancock is saying and reports from the frontline.

A third of surgeons are treating patients without sufficient protective equipment, a survey involving 2,000 frontline workers and carried out by the RCN has found. 

Business Secretary Alok Sharma insisted on Sky’s Ridge on Sunday today that PPE was being sent out to hospitals.    

‘It is right that no medical professional should be placed in this position where they have to make that choice,’ he said.

‘That for me is self-evident. That is why we are making sure we get the equipment to the front line.’ 

He added: ‘I fully accept that it is up to the Government that we fix this.’

Later, rather than admit any Government failings, he told the BBC’s Marr: ‘I’m incredibly sorry that people feel they are not able to get this equipment.’      

Business Secretary Alok Sharma told Sky’s Ridge on Sunday today: ‘It is right that no medical professional should be placed in this position where they have to make that choice.

Ms Usher pictured with her sister Kelly Cardwell. She said the family is heartbroken they are unable to be by her side while she is in the hospital

Ms Usher’s sister Kelly Cardwell, 42, said the family is ‘heartbroken’ as they are unable to be by her side in hospital, where she remains in a critical but stable condition.

‘The hardest part is not being able to see her and not being able to see my parents, thinking we may not ever see her again,’ Kelly said.

‘Becky is bubbly, outgoing and has a heart of gold. She is also very stubborn and a fighter. ‘She is extremely popular and has so many friends wishing her well. She will be overwhelmed with the positivity and support she’s received.’

Kelly said staff were told by the hospital, which is run by Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, that they ‘didn’t need’ protective equipment as there ‘were no patients with coronavirus’, reports the Yorkshire Evening Post.

‘I believe they do have it now, but obviously a few days too late,’ she said. 

Kelly praised her sister’s fellow NHS heroes on the frontline fighting coronavirus, which has killed at least 19 NHS workers.

‘For the other NHS angels and key workers supporting everyone through this worrying and difficult time, we can’t thank you enough for the risk you are taking to save other’s lives,’ she said.

Kelly has penned a card for her sister urging her to ‘get well soon’ (pictured above)

‘Just know how much everyone truly appreciates the sacrifice you are making each day. The staff in ICU are doing a great job and we are grateful for the support Becky is getting.’

Kelly has posted a handmade card with a big red heart inside to Pinderfields, urging her sister to ‘keep fighting’. 

Becky’s partner Martin Parker, 40, said: ‘She told me off when the paramedics arrived. Said she was fine, but I knew she wasn’t.

‘The paramedic said ‘tell him off when you get home, but you’re going to hospital’.’

‘I miss her and I love her.’

The government has come under heavy criticism for not doing enough to provide frontline staff with personal protective equipment. 

MailOnline has contacted Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust for comment. 

New Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer criticised the Government, saying: ‘It would be smart of the Government to acknowledge their ambition for equipment to be where it should be isn’t being matched, and to apologise for that and get on with it.’

Senior NHS officials have revealed that hospitals could run out of gowns for doctors after Priti Patel last night she is ‘sorry if people feel there have been failings’ over the supply of protective gear. 

Third of surgeons lack sufficient protective equipment, says survey

A third of surgeons and trainees across the UK do not believe they have an adequate supply of protective equipment to do their job safely, new research has found.

A survey of nearly 2,000 surgeons and surgical trainees, published on Sunday, also found that 57 per cent said there had been shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) at their organisations in the last 30 days.

The survey, carried out by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS), also found that 72 per cent of respondents believed widespread testing of the population would be necessary before the UK lockdown could end.

The RCS figures showed a wide regional variation in surgeons’ experience, with more than half in the Thames Valley saying they now have access to adequate PPE compared to about a third in the North West.

In London 33 per cent of respondents said they did not believe their NHS trust had an adequate supply of protective equipment.

The college warned that accessing protective equipment should not be a postcode lottery.

Its vice-president Sue Hill said there was still a lot more work to do to get an adequate supply of equipment to the front lines.

She added: ‘Things are going broadly in the right direction with fewer surgeons telling us there is an inadequate supply of PPE in their trust now, than over the past month.

‘But progress in this fast-moving crisis feels painfully slow.

‘PPE supply should not be a postcode lottery – the most acutely affected areas need more kit, fast.’ 

Memos that were leaked today warned of a ‘national shortage’ of the long-sleeved gowns that are needed to treat coronavirus patients. 

The revelation comes as the Government asked any companies which can manufacture gowns to sign up to their new plan to produce personal protective equipment. 

Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said in correspondence seen by The Telegraph that supplies of gowns could run out as soon as this weekend.   

The news came hours after Public Health England relaxed its rules and said that doctors could get away with wearing one-piece suits with a hood if gowns were not available.  

But new Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer criticised the Government, there is a ‘mismatch’ in what Health Secretary Matt Hancock and frontline NHS staff are saying about the availability of PPE.

He said: ‘This is a difficult exercise, I understand the Government is trying to rise to the challenge here but there’s a mismatch and that’s the sort of thing that Parliament needs to pursue through individual MPs putting the points to ministers.’

Sir Keir, asked if nurses should follow Royal College of Nursing guidance and effectively refuse to treat coronavirus patients if they do not have the right protective equipment and clothing, replied: ‘They’re in a position to give guidance to those in their association and they should give that guidance.’  

Home Secretary Priti Patel last night said she was sorry if anyone feels there has been failings over the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. 

In an email sent on Thursday evening, Martin Barkley, the Mid Yorkshire chief executive, said: ‘I fully recognise the huge anxiety staff feel about this issue. Every day you are coming into work, leaving your families, putting yourselves in what must feel like a vulnerable and scary position in order to do the right thing by our patients. I want to assure you the trust is doing everything it can to secure further stocks.’  

The Government has issued a plea to all industries asking that any firms which can produce protective equipment to come forward. 

Home Secretary Priti Patel has said she was sorry if anyone felt there had been failings over the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic

Memos that were leaked today warned of a ‘national shortage’ of the long-sleeved gowns that are needed to treat coronavirus patients. Stock picture

Firefighters and the Army have been brought in to improve distribution of equipment, but health officials are still concerned that there won’t be enough to go around.     

One senior official involved told The Telegraph that London hospitals had been forced to negotiate directly with companies in China in a desperate attempt to get more supplies from them.  

‘The large teaching hospitals went out shopping in China, anywhere they could get their hands on these products, commissioning planes and negotiating with Chinese companies. 

‘This is some of the biggest market trading outside a trading floor that anyone has ever seen.’ 

It comes after Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed 19 NHS workers had now lost their lives after contracting Covid-19.

The Government has been dogged by criticism since the pandemic hit UK shores that not enough PPE was being made available to health workers, especially those working in social care.

Ms Patel, fielding questions at a Downing Street briefing on Saturday, said she was ‘sorry’ if people felt there had been failings regarding the supply of PPE.

After being asked twice if she would apologise to NHS staff and their families over the lack of ‘necessary PPE’, Ms Patel said: ‘I’m sorry if people feel that there have been failings. I will be very, very clear about that.

‘But at the same time, we are in an unprecedented global health pandemic right now.

‘It is inevitable that the demand and the pressures on PPE and demand for PPE are going to be exponential. They are going to be incredibly high.

Piers Morgan reacted with fury to the Home Secretary’s ‘apology’

‘And of course we are trying to address that as a Government.’

Piers Morgan reacted with fury to her ‘apology’ by tweeting: ‘Pathetic weasly words of non-apology for the Government’s shameful failure to properly protect our NHS staff.’ 

Ms Patel’s so-called apology comes as a row erupted between the government and nurses after Matt Hancock again cautioned coronavirus medics against overusing personal protective equipment.

The Health Secretary insisted there was enough protective clothing to meet demand, but urged health workers to treat the gear like a ‘precious’ resource.

His remarks, made this morning in a broadcast round, doubled down on comments made at yesterday’s Downing Street press briefing where he responded to reports from the frontline of a dire shortage of equipment.  

The Health Secretary insisted that there is enough gear to meet demand but should be treated by hospitals as a ‘precious resource’

But he was met today with a fierce backlash led by a top nurse who scolded the minister for suggestions that NHS staff were straying beyond the guidance. 

Frontline health staff are ‘dehydrated’ because they are skipping drinks in order not to waste personal protective equipment, a critical care nurse has said.

The nurse, who asked to remain anonymous, said staff felt they were being ‘lied to’ about masks, and the situation was being handled ‘horrendously’.

The health worker, from Manchester, hit back at suggestions staff were wasting equipment and said those working on her ward were afraid to take off their masks to drink, as this means they have to be thrown away, raising the risk of dehydration.

She said: ‘We are being lied to about what masks we do and don’t have, and they’re hiding ones we are running out of.

‘We can’t eat or drink enough because we can’t have water or snacks in the area and can’t take masks off.

‘And we’re too scared to drink too much when we’re out because if we need to go to the toilet then it means taking it all off again and wasting it, so we are all horribly dehydrated.’ 

Royal College of Nursing general secretary Dame Donna Kinnair also said that no amount of PPE was ‘more precious a resource than a healthcare worker’s life, a nurse’s life, a doctor’s life’.  

She told BBC Breakfast: ‘I take offence actually that we are saying that healthcare workers are abusing or overusing PPE.

‘I think what we know is, we don’t have enough supply and not enough regular supply of PPE.

‘This is the number one priority nurses are bringing to my attention, that they do not have adequate supply of protective equipment.’ 

Reports have emerged from the front line of health workers forced to treat patients in homemade protective gear made from bin bags and curtains. 

Mr Hancock yesterday assured that there is sufficient stock of face masks, gowns and gloves but admitted distributing them was proving a ‘Herculean logistical effort’. 

In the Health Secretary’s wide-ranging morning broadcast round:

  • Mr Hancock revealed that 19 NHS workers have so far lost their lives with the virus; 
  • Although the rate of hospital admissions is flattening, he begged the public to stay indoors this Easter weekend;
  • He said nobody knows if we have reached the peak of the epidemic, or when we will;
  • The minister rubbished reports that he and his team had not been observing social distancing measures;
  • Mr Hancock refused to be drawn on whether the government had been slow to initiate the lockdown.

Royal College of Nursing general secretary Dame Donna Kinnair scolded the minister for saying there had been ‘examples’ of PPE overuse

NHS England medical director Stephen Powis said he was confident there would be enough hi-tech FFP3 masks available to cover the length of the pandemic.

He also said officials were ‘working very hard’ on gown supplies, the use of which has been extended in light of last week’s updated guidance. 

Sir Ed Davey, acting leader of the Lib Dems, was critical of the Government’s response on PPE, which has seen the Army mobilised to distribute more than 760 million items across the country.

‘The lack of sufficient protective equipment is becoming a national scandal – many health and care staff clearly feel they’ve been sold down the river,’ he said. 

At yesterday’s Number 10 press briefing, the Health Secretary said that the UK supply of PPE stretch to meet demand if the ‘precious resource’ is ‘used in line with our guidance’.

Despite an overnight backlash to suggestions NHS staff have been flouting these rules, Mr Hancock doubled down on his remarks this morning.  

He told BBC Radio 4: ‘It is really important that people don’t overuse PPE either.

‘I don’t want to impugn blame on people who have used more PPE than the guidelines suggest because I understand the difficulties in the circumstances.

‘What I would say it is very important to use the right PPE and not overuse it.

‘Of course there have been examples but I don’t want to stress that because I also understand the circumstances in which people might have used more PPE than was strictly necessary according to the guidelines.’ 

New Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer also weighed in to condemn Mr Hancock’s remarks as ‘insulting’.  

He added: ‘It is quite frankly insulting to imply frontline staff are wasting PPE.

‘There are horrific stories of NHS staff and care workers not having the equipment they need to keep them safe.

‘The Government must act to ensure supplies are delivered.’

Nurses in PPE clap on a video at the coronavirus ward at West Cumberland Hospital

It comes as the UK recorded another 980 coronavirus-related deaths on Friday, bringing the national death toll to 8,958

The row comes as the Government is urging the public to stay at home over Easter, after the UK recorded its highest daily death toll from coronavirus since the outbreak began.

The latest figures from the Department of Health and Social Care showed that as of Thursday there were 8,958 hospital deaths from the disease – an increase of 980 on the previous day.

Mr Hancock also said it was still too early to determine whether the peak of coronavirus infections in the UK had been reached.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘The good news is we have seen the number of hospital admissions starting – starting, I stress – to flatten out.

‘You can see (from the Government’s charts) that instead of going up exponentially, as they would have done if we had not taken the measures, that they are starting to come down and flatten.

‘We haven’t seen that enough to have confidence to make changes.

‘The answer to your question, about have we reached the peak, is nobody knows.’

Asked about the chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, saying the UK was two weeks away from the peak, Mr Hancock added: ‘Our judgment is that we are not there yet and that we haven’t seen a flattening enough to be able to say that we have reached the peak.

Mr Hancock swatted away accusations that the UK had been to slow in initiating the lockdown.

He said that comparisons with Italy, which enforced social isolation weeks before Britain, were useless as Rome was far ahead of this country in the explosion of cases. 

The Health Secretary sadly confirmed that 19 NHS workers have died from coronavirus.

Mr Hancock told BBC Breakfast on Saturday: ‘My heart goes out to their families, these are people who have put themselves on the front line.

‘The work is going on to establish whether they caught coronavirus in the line of duty while at work or whether, like so many other people, caught it in the rest of their lives. 

‘It is obviously quite difficult to work that out. What matters is we pay tribute to their service.’

Mr Hancock also rubbished reports that he and his team of advisers had not been observing social distancing measures in their meetings. 

He insisted he had been working at home where possible, but when he needed to go into the office, he had spread out the chairs to avoid person-to-person contact.  

Police have also revealed that 1,084 on-the-spot fines have been issued for breaches of coronavirus regulations in England and Wales.

Martin Hewitt, chairman of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said only a ‘small minority’ had failed to follow the Government guidance.

Mr Johnson announced a lockdown three weeks ago that banned travel outside of the home, except for exercise, to shop for essential goods, to go to a job that cannot be done from home or to provide care.

The fines were issued from across 37 forces, Mr Hewitt said, with a 21% fall in overall crime.

The announcement came after some forces were criticised for being heavy-handed in using beefed-up enforcement powers, with backlash on social media against the use of drones to patrol beauty spots and officers seen monitoring supermarket aisles.

‘Across all of those forces, that is an average of less than 84 a day,’ Mr Hewitt told the press briefing.

‘This shows that the overwhelming majority of people are abiding by the rules and are staying at home to protect the NHS and save lives.’

Mr Hewitt said police will publish enforcement data every fortnight during the crisis and defended forces that had ‘made mistakes’, saying they had ‘quickly sought to correct them’.

Ministers have so far ruled out putting a date on when the restrictions on movement and social contact will be curbed, with Mr Hancock and Ms Patel stressing the need for people to remain at home even during the good bank holiday weekend weather.

The news came after the Department of Health said a total of 9,875 people had died in hospital in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus as of 5pm on Friday, up by 917 from the same point on Thursday.

Mr Johnson is continuing to recover following his discharge from the intensive care unit at St Thomas’ Hospital where he was treated for coronavirus.

Ms Patel said the Cabinet supported the PM taking time to rest.

‘The message to the Prime Minister is that we want him to get better and he needs some time and some space to rest, recuperate and recover,’ she said.

Number 10 has refused to be drawn on how long he is expected to remain in hospital. 

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Matt Hancock blasts sunbathers for flouting coronavirus lockdown

‘It is not a request, it is a requirement’: Health Secretary Matt Hancock blasts sunbathers for flouting coronavirus lockdown rules as he says it is ‘quite unbelievable’ a ‘small minority’ of people are refusing to stay at home

  • Matt Hancock today took aim at a ‘small minority’ of people breaking lockdown
  • Health Secretary said it is ‘quite unbelievable’ people are not staying at home
  • UK’s green spaces and beaches filled up with people yesterday sparking fury  
  • Mr Hancock said it will be ‘hard’ to hit 100,000 coronavirus tests by end of April
  • He also insisted Boris Johnson is ‘okay’ despite still being in virus self-isolation 

Matt Hancock today blasted sunbathers for breaking coronavirus lockdown rules as he said it is ‘quite unbelievable’ that a ‘small minority’ of people are refusing to stay at home. 

The Health Secretary said the government’s guidance for people not to go outside apart from in very specific circumstances was ‘not a request, it is a requirement’. 

His intervention comes after a south London park was shut indefinitely yesterday after 3,000 people visited ‘despite clear advice’ not to as green spaces and beaches across the UK filled up in defiance of Boris Johnson’s plea to stay indoors.

Mr Hancock told Sky News: ‘This point about holding our resolve is so important. The vast majority of people are following the public health advice which is absolutely critical and staying at home. 

‘But there are a small minority of people who are still not doing that. It is quite unbelievable frankly to see that there are some people who are not following the advice.’

The government has said that people should only leave their home for food, for medicine, for exercise or to get to work if they absolutely cannot work from where they live. 

Mr Hancock said staying at home is ‘the best way to control the spread of this virus and the fastest way to get us out of this’ as he said the guidance is ‘absolutely clear’ that people should not be out sunbathing in public. 

He said: ‘Of course I understand how difficult this is but the problem is that when you go out it is not only that you might directly interact with somebody closer than two metres, it is also that you can spread the virus through touching something which somebody else then touches. You could pick it up that way. 

‘We are crystal clear in the guidance on what people should and shouldn’t do. That guidance is backed up in law. It is not a request, it is a requirement in law and people need to follow it.’

Meanwhile, Mr Hancock admitted this morning that hitting his promise of 100,000 coronavirus tests by the end of April will be ‘hard’. 

He said that all the people involved in ramping up testing will have to ‘put their shoulders to the wheel’ to hit the target. 

He also insisted Mr Johnson is ‘okay’ despite still being in coronavirus self-isolation, with the Health Secretary saying the PM ‘has very much got his hand on the tiller’ of the crisis.  

Matt Hancock today took aim at sunbathers flouting coronavirus lockdown rules as he said it was ‘unbelievable’ a ‘small minority’ of people are not staying at home 

The Queen will tonight deliver a rallying cry to the nation in which she expresses hope that the ‘quiet, good-humoured resolve’ of the British people will help to overcome the coronavirus crisis

The nation will tonight hear from the Queen as the monarch delivers an address in which she will urge Britain to prove that this generation is ‘as strong as any’. 

There are fears the current warm weather could tempt people to flaunt social distancing measures and the government will be hoping the Queen’s address will persuade people to stick to the rules, especially as the sun shines.

Lambeth Council tweeted yesterday to say that Brockwell Park had been shut because of the ‘unacceptable’ behaviour of some people. 

Mr Hancock today said the end of lockdown measures ‘depends on how people behave’ as he urged everyone to stay at home. 

He told Sky News: ‘Every single person watching this programme can do their bit to get us out of this faster and they do their bit by following the social distancing rules.’  

It came as it emerged that Mr Hancock and Chancellor Rishi Sunak are locked in a battle over when to lift the economically devastating lockdown. 

Mr Sunak has made ‘robust’ representations to the Health Secretary, arguing that unless a path is mapped now for a swift return to normal economic activity it could cause lasting damage to the country.

Government critics of Mr Hancock argue his ‘careerist’ fear of being personally blamed for a collapse in the NHS is blinding him to the dangers of a protracted lockdown.

But allies of Mr Hancock hit back last night, saying: ‘He is just doing his job, which is to protect the NHS.’ 

A formal decision about the extension of the strict social distancing rules cannot be made until Good Friday – the earliest point at which its effects would register on the infection figures. 

However, with more than 700 extra deaths recorded yesterday, an extension for at least another three weeks after Easter is seen as a formality. 

Mr Hancock today dismissed the claims regarding his relationship with Mr Sunak as he said: ‘We are working very closely together and what matters is that we can get out of this as fast as possible and to do that we have to make sure that as many people as possible follow the rules so that we can slow the spread.’ 

The Queen will tonight deliver a televised message in which she will recognise the pain felt by many families living through this ‘time of disruption’.

She will personally thank front-line NHS staff, care workers and others carrying out essential roles for their efforts, in what is expected to be a deeply personal message reflecting her experience in other difficult times.

The UK death toll yesterday rose by 708 – bringing the number of coronavirus-related hospital deaths to 4,313 as of 5pm on Friday, up from 3,605 the day before. A five-year-old child was among the victims. 

The Queen will say in her address to the country and Commonwealth: ‘I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge.

‘And those who come after us will say that the Britons of this generation were as strong as any.

‘That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet, good-humoured resolve and of fellow feeling still characterise this country.’

A South London park has shut indefinitely after 3,000 people visited earlier today ‘despite clear advice’ as green spaces and beaches fill up across the UK in defiance of Boris Johnson’s plea for Brits to stay indoors. Pictured: Crowds in Regents Park yesterday

Chancellor Rishi Sunak (pictured) has made ‘robust’ representations to Health Secretary Matt Hancock, arguing that unless a path is mapped now for a swift return to normal economic activity it could cause lasting damage to the country

She will acknowledge the ‘grief’ some have experienced, the ‘financial difficulties’ many face, and the ‘enormous changes’ the country is enduring, after almost two weeks of lockdown to tackle the spread of Covid-19.

With hundreds of thousands answering the call for NHS volunteers and others supporting vulnerable people in their communities, the monarch will say she hopes in the future everyone will be able to feel ‘pride’ in how they rose to the challenge.

Commenting on the difficulties facing the nation, the Queen, 93, will say: ‘I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time.

‘A time of disruption in the life of our country: a disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all.’

In reference to the warm weather, the Queen will thank those who are following the official guidance to stay at home to protect the vulnerable.

The televised address will be a rare event, with the head of state only making three previous appearances during troubled times.  

Speeches were broadcast after the Queen Mother’s death in 2002, ahead of Diana, Princess of Wales’s funeral in 1997, and about the first Gulf War in 1991.  

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Matt Hancock demands Premier League stars do their bit over coronavirus and 'take a pay cut'

MATT Hancock has demanded Premier League stars do their bit over coronavirus and "take a pay cut".

Several clubs are making staff take massive pay cuts, but refusing to cut the multi-million pound salaries of their players during the crisis.

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This includes a host of top clubs such as Tottenham, Newcastle, Bournemouth and Norwich .

Speaking this evening, the Health Secretary warned football clubs everyone needs to do their bit in the battle against the virus.

He said: "That means Premier League footballers too.

"The first thing they can do is make a contribution, take a pay cut and play their part".

His comments come as the powerful Commons Culture committee blasted clubs for living in a “moral vacuum” by taking advantage of the Government’s taxpayer-funded job retention scheme.

The clubs have placed a number of their non-playing staff on leave, meaning 80 per cent of their wages will be paid by the taxpayer, while so far continuing to pay their players their full multi-million pound salaries in what has been described a ‘two-tier’ system.

The Government scheme is designed to persuade employers not to lay off their staff during the shutdown and to keep workers attached to their place of work so they can restart immediately after the restrictions are lifted.

The state will cover 80 per cent of the wages of furloughed staff during the lockdown period – up to a maximum of £2,500 per month.

Newcastle was the first Premier League club to announce it would take advantage of the job retention scheme, placing all of its non-playing and coaching staff on leave.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, who earns around £3 million a year, also announced that the club’s 550 non-playing employees will see their wages cut after saying he will be applying for the Government's furlough scheme.

In contrast to the Premier League, players at Championship club Leeds United have already volunteered to take a wage deferral while Birmingham City players who earn more than £6,000 have been asked to take a 50 per cent pay cut for the next four months.

And in Spain, Barcelona players have agreed a 70 per cent pay cut while in Italy Juventus players and manager Maurizio Sarri have had their pay frozen for four.

Culture committee boss Julian Knight has written to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak to propose imposing a levy on Premier League clubs that have not cut their players’ salaries by April 7.

Mr Knight wrote: “The purpose of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is not to support the economics of Premier League clubs, who should play their part in dealing with this crisis and set a good example.

“Lessons should be learnt from European clubs including Bayern Munich, Juventus and Barcelona where players have all agreed to take pay reductions If PL clubs insist on maintaining this current two-tier strategy, they should face sanctions.

"It sticks in the throat. This exposes the crazy economics in English football and the moral vacuum at its centre."

Mr Hancock's comments came as he pledged to test 100,000 Brits a day for coronavirus after the shambles of recent days – but it won’t be for weeks to come.

As the Health Secretary’s voice croaked after he came back from fighting the virus himself, he revealed a new plan to tackle the deadly bug with a huge ramping up of tests.

Another 569 people were confirmed to have died of Covid-19 this afternoon – taking the UK total to more than 2,900.

His five point plan to get to 100,000 tests a day by the end of April included:

  1. A vow to carry out 25,000 swab tests a day in NHS hospitals and PHE labs to test patients for Covid-19, by the end of April – up from 10k a day now
  2. Creation of new swab testing capacity with help of commercial partners including Amazon, Boots and universities in new labs and testing sites for NHS staff and their families
  3. ‘Game-changing’ antibody tests to tell if people have had coronavirus, and are immune to it. Finger-prick blood test takes as little as 20 minutes, and Government is working with nine companies to test whether they work. But could take up to 28 days to show best results
  4. Virus surveillance, using the antibody test to understand the rate of infection and how the virus is spreading across the UK. Key to helping us exit the crisis.
  5. Build the British diagnostic industry “at scale” – with the pharmaceutical industry, including major drugs firms Astra Zeneca and GSK

All NHS staff will be able to have a test by the end of the month, he promised.

“That is the goal and I’m determined were going to get there,” Mr Hancock insisted.

Mr Hancock gave a "shout out" to all the health and care staff and the hard work they have been doing to save lives – hailing the Clap For Carers which took place last Thursday – backed by The Sun.

He added: "I think so many of us felt so emotional when that happened last week and the whole country responded like it did.

"I know it's something The Sun has been leading the charge on and I pay tribute to your work in making sure that every single health and social worker across the NHS and across social care and other public servants know they are valued for the work they are doing, sometimes very dangerous work, to tackle this virus."

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