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Newest coronavirus information as of 5 pm on Eight June

Lockdowns prevented no less than 3.1 million covid-19 deaths in Europe

An estimated 3.1 million deaths resulting from covid-19 have been prevented by lockdowns and different coronavirus social distancing measures throughout 11 international locations in Europe together with the UK, in accordance with a modelling research printed in Nature. 470,000 deaths have been averted within the UK alone, the researchers who did the research informed the Guardian

The group analysed information on reported coronavirus deaths from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK, up till Four Might. They concluded that for all 11 international locations, interventions have been efficient sufficient to drive the R quantity – a measure of how rapidly the virus is spreading – to beneath 1. The researchers additionally estimate that the lockdown launched within the UK on 23 March diminished the nation’s R quantity from 3.Eight to 0.63 between the top of March and the beginning of Might. General, the research estimates that between 12 and 15 million individuals throughout all 11 international locations had the coronavirus by Four Might, about Three to Four per cent of their mixed populations.

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Within the US, an estimated 60 million coronavirus infections have been prevented by stay-at-home orders and different coronavirus restrictions, in accordance with a seperate modelling research. It estimated that 530 million infections have been prevented throughout the US, China, South Korea, Italy, Iran and France, with 285 million estimated to have been prevented in China alone.

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New Zealand has no energetic coronavirus circumstances as of right now and virtually all coronavirus restrictions within the nation will likely be lifted from Tuesday. Contact tracing will proceed to be essential as new circumstances should still emerge, New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern informed journalists right now.

400,000 individuals are anticipated to return to work in New York Metropolis right now in building, manufacturing and retail. About 500 new confirmed coronavirus circumstances are reported day by day within the metropolis, down from a peak of virtually 19,000 day by day circumstances within the first two weeks of April. State and metropolis officers say the quantity is low sufficient for contact tracers to have the ability to monitor each one that has been involved with individuals confirmed to have coronavirus.  

Folks ought to put on face coverings in public settings together with supermarkets, places of work, faculties, on public transport and at any social or mass gatherings, in accordance with an replace of World Well being Group (WHO) tips on 5 June. The WHO additionally recommends that individuals put on face coverings if they’re residing in cramped circumstances, significantly in refugee camps and slums.

Coronavirus deaths

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The worldwide demise toll has handed 409,000. The variety of confirmed circumstances is greater than 7 million, in accordance with the map and dashboard from Johns Hopkins College, although the true variety of circumstances will likely be a lot greater.

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Lack of UK testing information: The UK authorities won’t say when it’s going to resume reporting the variety of individuals outdoors of hospitals and care properties being examined for covid-19, after greater than a fortnight of suspending publication due to double-counting.

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What to learn, watch and hearken to about coronavirus

Covid-19 Truth Checkers, a podcast from Vice, pairs up younger individuals with specialists who can reply their questions regarding the pandemic. A latest episode centered on why individuals within the UK from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds are being disproportionately affected by covid-19.

Can You Save The World? is a coronavirus social distancing recreation, the place the participant travels by way of a metropolis and positive aspects factors for saving lives by practising social distancing accurately and accumulating masks. 

What coronavirus seems to be like in each nation on Earth is a 28-minute movie from Channel Four Information exhibiting what day by day life seems to be like in each nation from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

Coronavirus, Defined on Netflix is a brief documentary collection inspecting the on-going coronavirus pandemic, the efforts to struggle it and methods to handle its psychological well being toll.

Coronavirus: The science of a pandemic: Because the demise toll from covid-19 rises, uncover how researchers all over the world are racing to know the virus and forestall future outbreaks in our free on-line panel dialogue.

A day within the lifetime of coronavirus Britain is an uplifting Channel Four documentary shot over 24 hours which exhibits how the residents of Britain are coping underneath lockdown.

New Scientist Weekly options updates and evaluation on the newest developments within the covid-19 pandemic. Our podcast sees professional journalists from the journal talk about the largest science tales to hit the headlines every week – from know-how and area, to well being and the setting.

The Guidelines of Contagion is concerning the new science of contagion and the shocking methods it shapes our lives and behavior. The creator, Adam Kucharski, is an epidemiologist on the London College of Hygiene and Tropical Medication, UK, and within the e book he examines how illnesses unfold and why they cease.

Coronavirus trajectory tracker defined, a video by John Burn-Murdoch for the Monetary Occasions, makes use of information visualisation to clarify the day by day graphs that present how coronavirus circumstances and deaths are rising all over the world.

Contagion: The BBC 4 Pandemic is a sober documentary concerning the development of a hypothetical pandemic which the BBC simulated in 2017. Fronted by science journalist and TV presenter Hannah Fry, and made with the assist of a number of the nation’s finest epidemiologists and mathematical modelers, it’s very related to right now’s covid-19 pandemic.

Earlier updates

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5 June

Estimated covid-19 infections have fallen in England

The estimated quantity of people that have had covid-19 in England has fallen in Might, in accordance with provisional outcomes from a random swab testing survey by the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics. Within the final two weeks of Might, just one in 1000, or 0.1 per cent of individuals in England, have been estimated to have had covid-19 between 26 April and eight Might that quantity was virtually 2.5 occasions greater. The survey, which didn’t embrace individuals in hospitals or care properties and was carried out earlier than further restrictions have been eased in England on 1 June, additionally discovered that individuals who labored outdoors the house had 3.5 occasions greater estimated covid-19 charges than those that labored from residence. 

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The R quantity for the UK stays on the similar degree as final week, between 0.7 and 0.9. In response to the federal government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), the determine is barely greater in England – between 0.7 and 1. It’s anticipated that any influence of latest lockdown leisure will begin to be seen on the R, a measure of how rapidly the virus is spreading, within the coming week.

A British Coronary heart Basis survey of individuals within the UK with coronary heart and circulatory illnesses discovered that half of them say they’ve discovered it more durable to get medical therapy for the reason that coronavirus pandemic started. 48 per cent of these individuals cited a scarcity of obtainable in-person appointments and 41 per cent mentioned they’d needed to postpone or cancel a deliberate check, surgical procedure or process. People’ considerations about covid-19’s influence on the well being service additionally performed a task – 42 per cent of these surveyed mentioned they didn’t need to put additional strain on the NHS, and 27 per cent mentioned they have been involved concerning the threat of getting covid-19 by going to a hospital or clinic. The ballot surveyed 11,300 adults between 5 and 13 Might, 1484 of whom have or have beforehand had a coronary heart or circulatory situation.

The Lancet retracted a research that discovered the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine could also be dangerous in covid-19 sufferers, after three of the authors mentioned they “can now not vouch for the veracity of the first information sources.” The information originated from US-based well being analytics firm Surgisphere and got here underneath scrutiny earlier this week.

The British Medical Affiliation (BMA) has referred to as for face coverings to be worn in all areas the place social distancing isn’t attainable. This follows the federal government’s announcement yesterday that face coverings will likely be necessary on public transport in England from 15 June. THE BMA additionally urged that the general public ought to undertake face coverings now, slightly than wait till the measures turn into obligatory. 

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The worldwide demise toll has handed 391,000. The variety of confirmed circumstances is greater than 6.6 million, in accordance with the map and dashboard from Johns Hopkins College, although the true variety of circumstances will likely be a lot greater.

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PARIS – arc de triomphe and an empty champs elysees An empty paris, individuals are solely allowed on the road for 1 hour a day and 1 kilometer from their home to do their buying. France will lengthen the nationwide closure launched to curb the unfold of the brand new coronavirus for a second time, which means it’s going to transcend April 15, French President Emmanuel Macron speaks for the third Monday night (8:02 p.m.) flip the inhabitants in direction of the struggle in opposition to the brand new coronavirus. In response to French media, he doesn’t present reduction to the inhabitants, however will give you extra measures and can significantly lengthen the lockdown. Macron believes that the time has come to chill out measures, because the virus shouldn’t be getting a lot weaker and he fears the worst is but to come back.

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Half of individuals say their sleep has been disturbed for the reason that begin of the pandemic

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Newest coronavirus information as of 5 pm on Four June

Folks within the UK are sleeping much less nicely underneath lockdown

60 per cent of individuals within the UK say they’ve skilled worse sleep for the reason that lockdown was introduced on 23 March, in accordance with a survey carried out by researchers at King’s School London and Ipsos MORI. Half of individuals surveyed mentioned their sleep has been extra disturbed than common and 39 per cent mentioned they’ve slept fewer hours per night time on common. 29 per cent of individuals mentioned they’ve slept for longer however really feel much less rested than common. Individuals who mentioned they discover coronavirus hectic or they’re dealing with monetary difficulties resulting from coronavirus disruptions have been extra prone to report experiencing worse sleep. Youthful individuals have been extra prone to report sleep modifications than older individuals, and 38 per cent of individuals surveyed reported having extra vivid desires than common. The ballot surveyed 2254 individuals within the UK aged 16 to 75 between 20 and 22 Might.

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UK transport minister Grant Shapps introduced right now that face coverings will turn into obligatory on public transport in England from 15 June. There will likely be some exemptions, for instance for individuals with respiration difficulties.

Trials investigating using hydroxychloroquine as a therapy for covid-19 have been restarted by the World Well being Group (WHO). The trials have been suspended based mostly on a research that used information from US-based well being analytics firm Surgisphere, which is now being questioned.

UK enterprise minister Alok Sharma is self-isolating at residence and has been examined for coronavirus after he fell ailing in parliament yesterday. Some MPs had beforehand raised security considerations concerning the return to in-person voting in parliament on Tuesday. In the present day, MPs have been granted an emergency debate over the choice to finish digital voting, which is able to happen on Monday. 

At the very least 80 million kids underneath the age of 1 are estimated to be lacking out on routine vaccinations due to the coronavirus pandemic, in accordance with information from the WHO and different non-governmental organisations. Many of those kids reside in South East Asia and Africa. International locations together with Nepal, Cambodia and Ethiopia are at present experiencing outbreaks of preventable lethal illnesses, together with measles, cholera and yellow fever.

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The worldwide demise toll has handed 386,000. The variety of confirmed circumstances is greater than 6.5 million, in accordance with the map and dashboard from Johns Hopkins College, although the true variety of circumstances will likely be a lot greater.

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Coronavirus and carbon dioxide ranges: Lockdowns and financial slowdowns through the coronavirus pandemic have had no seen influence on the quantity of carbon dioxide in Earth’s environment, in accordance with new information which exhibits ranges of the greenhouse fuel hit file highs final month. 

Measuring social distancing: As lockdowns carry and restrictions start to ease all over the world, a variety of quirky methods of judging a 2 metre social distance are being urged.

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Three June

NHS Take a look at and Hint system not tracing sufficient contacts of coronavirus circumstances

The NHS Take a look at and Hint system, which is designed to establish individuals who might need been uncovered to individuals who have examined optimistic for coronavirus, solely reached 38 per cent of recognized contacts of individuals recognized with coronavirus, in accordance with leaked information obtained by Channel Four Information. The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), the federal government’s official advisory group for the pandemic, say the system wants to succeed in 80 per cent to be efficient. Out of 4634 contacts supplied to NHS Take a look at and Hint by individuals who have been confirmed to have coronavirus between 28 and 31 Might, solely 1749 have been contacted.

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The World Well being Group and a number of other international locations modified their insurance policies on covid-19 therapies on the idea of knowledge from a research within the Lancet which is now being questioned, a Guardian investigation has revealed. The information used within the research have been supplied by US-based well being analytics firm Surgisphere, and urged that the anti-malarials hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine might enhance the chance of demise in covid-19 sufferers, which led to the suspension of scientific trials investigating whether or not these medicine may very well be used to deal with covid-19. However the Lancet has launched an “expression of concern” concerning the validity of the info, a step typically made earlier than a research is retracted. There are additionally considerations a couple of separate New England Journal of Medication research that additionally used information supplied by Surgisphere.

UK prime minister Boris Johnson informed MPs right now that the federal government’s present alert degree for coronavirus, a system designed to tell individuals concerning the severity of the pandemic, “does permit” easing of restrictions. This contradicts the federal government’s personal steering, which underneath the present alert degree of 4, says present restrictions should stay. The Occasions reported yesterday that Johnson hoped to scale back the virus alert degree from Four to three to justify the easing of restrictions this week, however the change was prevented by Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer for England.

Eradicating coronavirus restrictions too rapidly and having to reintroduce lockdowns will likely be worse for the worldwide financial system than step by step easing restrictions, in accordance with a modelling research printed in Nature Human Behaviour right now. The research modelled three completely different situations for lifting lockdowns, together with one through which restrictions are relaxed step by step over 12 months and two the place all restrictions are lifted instantly however then reintroduced inside one yr. The researchers discovered that the influence of supply-chain losses on world GDP within the situation with gradual easing was projected to be about 10 to 20 per cent decrease than within the situations with recurrent lockdowns.

Black individuals acquired a disproportionately excessive variety of fines for lockdown breaches in London in accordance with Metropolitan police figures. Of the 973 fines issued between 27 March and 14 Might, black individuals acquired 26 per cent regardless of solely making up 12 per cent of London’s inhabitants.

Coronavirus deaths

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The worldwide demise toll has handed 381,000. The variety of confirmed circumstances is greater than 6.Four million, in accordance with the map and dashboard from Johns Hopkins College, although the true variety of circumstances will likely be a lot greater.

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Individuals who have been 80 or older when hospitalised with coronavirus have been 70 occasions extra prone to die than these underneath 40

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2 June

Covid-19 demise for extreme circumstances is 70 occasions greater in individuals over 80

Folks over 80 in England who’re hospitalised with covid-19 are 70 occasions extra prone to die in comparison with individuals underneath 40, in accordance with a report from Public Well being England. In response to the report, the chance of demise is about 3 times greater for individuals aged 40 to 49, 9 occasions greater amongst these aged 50 to 59, 27 occasions greater for these of their 60s and 50 occasions greater for these of their 70s. Nevertheless, these chances have been calculated from circumstances the place individuals had extreme sufficient signs to get examined for covid-19. The evaluation didn’t take milder circumstances into consideration.

The information additionally exhibits that black individuals are between two and 3 times extra prone to be recognized with coronavirus than white individuals, and demise charges from covid-19 are highest amongst individuals from black and Asian ethnic teams. Folks of Bangladeshi ethnicity had the very best threat of demise of any ethnic group, round twice the chance in comparison with white individuals. Folks of Chinese language, Indian, Pakistani, Different Asian, Caribbean and Different Black ethnicity had between a 10 and 50 per cent greater threat than white individuals. 

The evaluation didn’t take individuals’s occupation or pre-existing well being circumstances into consideration, which can go some option to clarify the variations in an infection and demise fee between ethnic teams. Nevertheless, different research counsel these elements don’t absolutely clarify the disparity.

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Retaining two metres away from different individuals is far more efficient at limiting the transmission of coronavirus than one metre, with the chance halving for each further half metre of distance as much as three metres, in accordance with a evaluation of 172 research printed in The Lancet. Sporting a face overlaying and eye safety can even considerably cut back the unfold of the virus.

There have been 56,308 extra deaths in England and Wales between 27 March and 22 Might than would usually be anticipated, in accordance with the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics.

The UK authorities’s presentation of coronavirus testing numbers is deceptive, unclear and obscure, David Norgrove, the top of the UK Statistics Authority, wrote in a letter to well being minister Matt Hancock right now. Norgrove mentioned the best way the federal government offered the numbers gave the impression to be designed to indicate “the biggest attainable variety of assessments, even on the expense of understanding.”

UK authorities press briefings on the coronavirus disaster will now not happen at weekends, and prime minister Boris Johnson is now set to guide the televised press conferences as soon as every week.

China took greater than every week to launch the sequenced genome of the coronavirus, in accordance with recordings of World Well being Group conferences within the week of 6 January obtained by the Related Press. Chinese language authorities additionally delayed the discharge of diagnostic assessments and different information about sufferers which was wanted to judge the coronavirus epidemic.

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The worldwide demise toll has handed 376,000. The variety of confirmed circumstances is greater than 6.Three million, in accordance with the map and dashboard from Johns Hopkins College, although the true variety of circumstances will likely be a lot greater.

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UK contact tracing plans criticised: The UK authorities has been criticised for lifting some coronavirus lockdown restrictions with out contact tracing measures absolutely in place to cope with any ensuing covid-19 outbreaks.

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Furnishings retailer Ikea in Belfast opened for the primary time for the reason that lockdown started right now.

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1 June

Restrictions eased in England regardless of warnings from public well being administrators

The NHS Take a look at and Hint programme shouldn’t be sturdy sufficient to assist the UK authorities’s easing of coronavirus restrictions and forestall a resurgence of virus circumstances, in accordance with an article printed yesterday by the Affiliation of Administrators of Public Well being (ADPH), a physique that represents public well being administrators, specialists who oversee public well being actions in UK native authorities. The ADPH says restrictions shouldn’t be eased as a result of the day by day demise toll shouldn’t be persistently falling, significantly in care properties. Additionally they say that easing restrictions too rapidly will make it laborious to calculate the R quantity for the illness, a measure of how briskly coronavirus infections are spreading.

The easing of restrictions in England from right now contains individuals being allowed to fulfill open air in teams of as much as six, whereas sustaining a two metre distance between individuals from completely different households, in addition to the reopening of automobile showrooms and outside markets.

Pupils in reception, Yr 1 and Yr 6 in England have been allowed to return to high school right now, however 46 per cent of fogeys and carers could have stored their kids at residence, a survey of main college leaders by the Nationwide Basis for Academic Analysis suggests.

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The overall variety of confirmed coronavirus circumstances all over the world has handed 6.2 million, and greater than 373,000 individuals are confirmed to have died from the illness.

The UK authorities has not launched information about how many individuals are examined for coronavirus since 22 Might. The official numbers, which say there have been 115,275 assessments carried out on 30 Might with a capability for 205,634 assessments, additionally “double rely” by together with nasal swabs and saliva assessments on the identical particular person.

Solely 197 circumstances of influenza virus have been confirmed in Australia this Might, in comparison with 30,567 in the identical month final yr, in accordance with Australia’s Division of Well being. This large lower in flu circumstances could also be resulting from social distancing measures launched to restrict the unfold of coronavirus. Australia’s flu season normally peaks throughout its winter months, from June to August.

There’s just one particular person with energetic covid-19 in New Zealand, in accordance with the newest figures from New Zealand’s well being ministry.



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UK contact tracing plans criticised: The UK authorities has been criticised for lifting some coronavirus lockdown restrictions with out contact tracing measures absolutely in place to cope with any ensuing covid-19 outbreaks.

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14 per cent of individuals within the UK mentioned they’ve had associates or household go to them at residence, in accordance with a survey carried out between 20 and 22 Might by researchers at King’s School London and Ipsos MORI. Solely 5 per cent of individuals reported having damaged lockdown restrictions on this approach in the same survey carried out between 1 and three April.



The ballot surveyed 2254 individuals within the UK aged 16 to 75. Of those, 92 per cent of individuals mentioned they’re sustaining a two metre distance from different individuals in public areas in accordance with authorities tips and 38 per cent are sporting a face masks or overlaying outdoors. 



The survey discovered that 40 per cent of individuals suppose they may catch the coronavirus by the top of the yr. 35 per cent of individuals mentioned that they had delayed in search of medical recommendation or therapy for non-coronavirus circumstances and 17 per cent mentioned they’d needed to delay or cancel therapy resulting from disruptions brought on by the pandemic. Nearly half of these surveyed – 48 per cent – reported feeling extra anxious and depressed than common.



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The UK authorities’s coronavirus alert degree stays at 4, which corresponds to excessive or rising virus transmission, a Downing Road spokesperson informed journalists right now. Additional easing of restrictions in England is about to start on Monday, regardless of the authorities’s personal tips suggesting that an alert degree of Four warrants continuation of “present social distancing measures and restrictions.” There have been 1887 optimistic assessments for coronavirus within the UK on 27 Might.



Greater than 200 faculties which had reopened in South Korea on Wednesday have been pressured to shut once more right now resulting from a brand new outbreak of coronavirus. The nation reported 79 new circumstances on Thursday, the very best quantity in two months.

Brazil reported a brand new day by day file of 26,417 confirmed new coronavirus circumstances on Thursday, in accordance with the nation’s well being ministry. There have been greater than 438,000 coronavirus circumstances confirmed in Brazil to date, the second-highest variety of any nation, after the US.



The covid-19 demise toll for Moscow, Russia, has been revised from 639 to 1561. The revised determine contains 169 circumstances the place assessments had initially been damaging however the place autopsy examinations confirmed coronavirus as the reason for demise. It additionally contains greater than 700 individuals who died of different causes that have been made worse by a confirmed coronavirus an infection.

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The worldwide demise toll has handed 361,000. The variety of confirmed circumstances is greater than 5.Eight million, in accordance with the map and dashboard from Johns Hopkins College, although the true variety of circumstances will likely be a lot greater.

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Govt Chair of NHS Take a look at and Hint, Baroness Dido Harding in No 10 Downing Road.

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28 Might

England’s check and hint system gained’t be absolutely operational till finish of June

England’s check and hint system, which is designed to establish individuals who might need been uncovered to individuals who have examined optimistic for coronavirus, gained’t be absolutely operational till the top of June, Dido Harding, who’s main the NHS Take a look at and Hint scheme, informed MPs right now. UK prime minister Boris Johnson mentioned final week that the system could be in place and capable of monitor 10,000 individuals a day utilizing textual content, cellphone and e-mail by 1 June. Harding additionally described the NHS covid-19 contact tracing app, which was meant to launch on 15 Might however was delayed till 1 June, as “the cherry on the cake slightly than the cake itself.”

In England, individuals will likely be allowed to fulfill in public locations and personal gardens in teams of as much as six beginning on Monday, and in Scotland, teams of as much as eight individuals from two completely different households will likely be allowed to fulfill open air from tomorrow. Northern Eire allowed teams of as much as six individuals to fulfill outdoors from 18 Might. Folks from completely different households will nonetheless be required to maintain a distance of two metres.

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There have been greater than 100,000 deaths from covid-19 within the US for the reason that outbreak started, in accordance with Johns Hopkins College, the biggest variety of any nation. The variety of day by day new confirmed circumstances has been rising during the last week in 18 states, together with California, Florida and Louisiana. In New York, the nation’s worst-hit state with greater than 369,000 circumstances in complete, the variety of day by day new circumstances has fallen to round 1,200, down from a peak in early April of over 10,000 a day.

An evaluation by the Monetary Occasions suggests the UK had the second highest fee of coronavirus deaths amongst 19 international locations with comparable information. The UK registered 59,537 extra deaths than would usually be anticipated to happen for the reason that week ending 20 March, a demise fee of 891 per million individuals, greater than Italy and the US, and second solely to Spain. The FT evaluation additionally discovered a hyperlink between international locations that locked down earlier of their outbreaks and decrease demise tolls.

Boris Johnson’s senior aide Dominic Cummings might need breached the UK’s coronavirus restrictions when he drove to Barnard Fortress in April, however the incident doesn’t warrant additional motion, Durham police mentioned in a press release right now.

An estimated 133,000 individuals in England outdoors hospitals and care properties had covid-19 between 11 and 24 Might, in accordance with outcomes from a random swab testing survey in England by the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics. The determine is down barely from 148,000 between 27 April and 10 Might.

UK well being minister Matt Hancock responded right now to a letter from the UK Statistics Authority to make clear that the federal government’s goal of 200,000 coronavirus assessments per day by Sunday doesn’t discuss with the variety of assessments truly carried out. As a substitute it refers back to the testing capability.

The variety of passengers arriving within the UK by airplane in April was 99 per cent decrease than it was in the identical month final yr, in accordance with a Dwelling Workplace report printed right now. 112,300 passengers arrived within the UK by air in April this yr, down from about 3.Eight million in March and seven.1 million in January. 

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The worldwide demise toll has handed 356,000. The variety of confirmed circumstances is greater than 5.7 million, in accordance with the map and dashboard from Johns Hopkins College, although the true variety of circumstances will likely be a lot greater.


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