good morning. welcome to bbc news, with the latest headlines. the prime minister is expected to explain the government's approach to easing the lockdown when he leads the downing street briefing for the first time since returning to work, but it's unlikely he'll confirm when changes will happen. i think the british people would expect us to be cautious. they've been prepared to make huge sacrifices to get us this far and i think the government owes it to them to get this right. it's the deadline for the health secretary's target of 100,000 tests a day as nhs trusts in england urge ministers to improve their testing strategy. what we need to know is, what are we going to do in terms of the testing
regime over the next six, eight, ten, 12 weeks as we come out of lockdown and ensure that we protect patients in hospitals, ambulances and health trusts. lloyds banking group reveal a massive 95 % drop in pre—tax profits, due to the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus. germany will examine easing of lockdown restrictions — small shops are reopening — but is warning against worldwide travel is extended until ilijune. a major milestone for south korea as it records no new local cases of covid—i9. it had been one of the worst affected countries. and a birthday flypast as captain tom moore, who has raised nearly £30 million for the nhs, turns 100. iam one i am one of the few people here who have seen a hurricane and spitfire
flying past in anger. fortunately today, they are all flying peacefully. the prime minister, boris johnson, will discuss his approach to any easing of the lockdown when he meets his cabinet ministers this morning, before leading the uk's daily coronavirus briefing for the first time since recovering from the disease. we'll hear more about that in a moment but first in other developments here, and around the world. today is the deadline for the government to reach its target of 100,000 coronavirus tests a day — although the actual number of tests carried out may not be available until the weekend.
lloyds banking group says its pre—tax profits are down 95% in the first quarter due to the impact of the virus on loans. those profits are down from £1.6 billion last year to 7a million. and in the rest of the world, south korea recorded no new domestically—transmitted cases of covid—19 for the first time since mid—february. it says all four new cases in the country were imported. germany is examining easing lockdown restrictions and has warned its economy could shrink by a record 6.3% this year due to coronavirus. it began easing lockdown last week, allowing smaller stores to open if they adhere to social distancing and hygiene rules. and captain tom, who has raised almost 30 million pounds for the nhs, is celebrating his 100th birthday. he's been made an honorary colonel
and been treated to an raf flypast. much more on captain tom soon but first this report from dan johnson which examines how the uk now has the third highest death rate in the world. it is becoming clear our care homes have endured an undercurrent of coronavirus deaths. previously unseen, but at least now properly counted in the figures. there were another 755 deaths reported across the country in the last 2a hours. with a backdated care home deaths now included, the national total shows more than 26,000 people have died so far in this epidemic. for weeks, care home managers have pleaded for protective equipment and called for proper testing of staff and residents, which is now in place. i do think that there is a tsunami of deaths that we probably, we may have been able to avoid should we have had this testing an awful lot earlier.
"testing" has been the watchword throughout this crisis. we have a simple message for all countries — test. . .test. . .test. from the world health organization to the prime minister... this is how we will unlock the coronavirus puzzle, this is how we will defeat it in the end. there were targets... we will massively scale up our testing capacity in the weeks ahead so we hit 25,000 tests a day. ..then new ones. i am now setting the goal of 100,000 tests per day by the end of this month. that is the goal and i am determined that we will get there. and this afternoon, we will hear from the prime minister, only back at work this week and now a new dad. he is expected to give some hint of the way out of the lockdown we're all living under, but alongside
a reminder of the government's own tests that must be met first. dan johnson, bbc news. well, the prime minister will be leading the downing street briefing this afternoon. no doubt he'll be questioned closely on the lockdown. 0ur political corrrespondent leila nathoo is in westminster. looking out the interviews and briefings around the morning, if anyone is waiting for the prime minister to give a lot of detail on how getting out of the lockdown will look, it seems they will be waiting for a while yet. i think that's exactly right. you heard from boris johnson on the steps of downing street on monday saying this was not the moment to give up, it was the moment of maximum risk and it was not the time to throw away all the achievements that had been made so far, soi achievements that had been made so far, so i don't think we're going to see the way out illustrated later today when we see borisjohnson see the way out illustrated later today when we see boris johnson for the first time in about a month at the first time in about a month at the podium in the government daily briefing this evening, but i think we will get a bit more of an idea of
the detail behind those five tests that the government have set out, the tests that need to be met before lockdown restrictions are eased. the nhs not being overwhelmed, the daily death rate, the infection rate coming down a bit more, more about the art number that if you have one person with coronavirus, how many more people do they go on to infect. that number needs to be kept below one. there has been a lot of pressure on boris johnson one. there has been a lot of pressure on borisjohnson to set out the thinking, the workings, if you like, what factors will guide the government when they do come to make this decision. pressure from tory mps who are nervous about the impact on the economy and pressure from labour mps to publish an exit strategy and also pressure because the scottish and welsh administrations have published documents setting out a decision—making framework but i don't think we are going to get much detail or flesh don't think we are going to get much detail orflesh on the don't think we are going to get much detail or flesh on the bones and that was certainly the message from the justice secretary, that was certainly the message from thejustice secretary, robert buckland, this morning.
thejustice secretary, robert buckland, this morningli thejustice secretary, robert buckland, this morning. i don't think you will hear specific detail. that would be premature, frankly. what is important is the principle is that we set out in the five tests that i think people know about with regard to the capacity of our nhs to meet any crisis, and also the need to make sure we have a sustained decline in deaths and infections as well and all the necessary preventative measures in place. the evidence is being gathered and looked at by the sage committee and they are meeting daily, and they will be reporting to the prime ministerand will be reporting to the prime minister and two cabinet with emerging information. and it's on the basis of that information that we can then make decisions about what the future will look like, but as i've said, i think the british people would expect us to be cautious. they have been prepared to make huge sacrifices to get us this farandl make huge sacrifices to get us this farand i think make huge sacrifices to get us this far and i think the government owes it to them to get this right.
let's talk next about testing and there has been some criticism of the government testing target this morning but clearly today, the end of today effectively, was the target for reaching 100,000 tests per day. it looks unlikely to be met, although we won't have all of the data for a few days. why is that? well, this target was set by matt hancock at the start of the month saying he wanted to get testing capacity hugely increased to get a huge infrastructure in place to get to 100,000 tests per day. there have been various figures bandied about before. borisjohnson been various figures bandied about before. boris johnson had been various figures bandied about before. borisjohnson had used the figure 250,000 tests per day, that was an aspiration he was aiming for. what we have seen over the past month is that testing capacity has gradually increased and then there was a period where capacity had increased but the number of tests carried out was only settling at about half the amount that could be carried out so there seem to be a