Here are today’s updates regarding the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK and around the world.

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  • The number of people to have died in UK hospitals after testing positive for Covid-19 is now 21,678, a rise of 586 from yesterday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced.
  • A minute’s silence was held at 11am across the UK to remember key workers who have died.
  • The Scottish government has advised wearing face coverings in enclosed public spaces where social distancing remains difficult, such as in shops and on public transport. The guidance is not mandatory.
  • Figures from the Office for National Statistics show there were over 4,000 coronavirus deaths in care homes in a fortnight.
  • Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was “very worried” about the rare new disease – which “may be caused by coronavirus” – that is affecting a small number of children.
  • Oil giant BP has reported that its earnings fell by 66% in the first quarter as demand fell amid the lockdown.
  • A laboratory in Wuhan, China, which the US is investigating over suspicions the coronavirus originated there, has denied the conspiracy theory.
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