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The number of people who have died from coronavirus in the UK has passed 30,000
Robert Jenrick confirmed the news in today's coronavirus daily briefing.
The tragic news comes after the UK government announced that its new hopes to roll out the 'test, track, and trace' system across the whole of the United Kingdom by the middle of May.
During the daily coronavirus briefing on Monday (4 May), Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the system - which began testing on the Isle of Wight this week - involves contact tracing and tracking via a smartphone app upon which people who have developed symptoms of Covid-19 can register that.
The phone app will then use 'proximity information' logged securely on the devices, and Bluetooth signal to register people's interactions, in order to trace any contacts that the symptomatic person may have been involved in.
In a twist on his usual slogan, Hancock urged the people within the testing area of the Isle of Wight to: "Stay at home, install the app, protect the NHS and save lives."
The government and local authorities have been reaffirming their message in recent weeks as police and councils have had to deal with a number of incidents of people flouting the lockdown measures.
Earlier this week, police in Middlesbrough had to break up a barbecue and bingo party involving 20 to 25 people, reminding others that the UK Government's lockdown rules have not been relaxed in any way.
At around 3pm on Monday 4 May, several police units attended the scene at the junction of Marshall Avenue and Millbrook Avenue, Brambles Farm, where people had come together for a large street party.
Cleveland Police confirmed that around 20-25 people had been in the street having a party.
Two men, both aged 20, were arrested on suspicion of public order offences and a number of people were issued with warnings for breaching Covid-19 regulations.
As well as this, Wigan Council had to issue a written warning to barbers and salons in the borough after adverts were spotted on social media offering haircuts in people's homes and gardens.
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