Here are today’s updates regarding the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK and around the world.
- The total number of deaths of people with coronavirus in the UK is 26,097, Public Health England has said. This is a rise of 4,419 since yesterday. Fatalities in care homes and in the community are now included in the daily coronavirus death toll, which previously only included hospital data.
- Millions of people in England are now eligible for coronavirus tests after the government widened the criteria for who can apply. Testing has been expanded to all care home residents and staff, regardless of symptoms, and people over 65 and those who leave home to work, if they are displaying symptoms.
- Almost 18,000 more people with cancer could die over the next year because of the impact coronavirus has had on hospitals, research suggests.
- Exit strategy guidance from Sage will come “in the next week or so”, Dominic Raab said at Prime Minister’s Questions.
- A further 3,000 frontline health and care workers and their families will get an automatic one-year free visa extension.
- Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has said schools will reopen in a “phased manner,” but no date has been set for when that will be.
- Spain has announced a four-phase plan to lift its lockdown and return to normality by the end of June.
- The US now has over one million coronavirus cases, accounting for around a third of the global tally.
- The Ministry of Defence is exploring whether Citriodiol, an ingredient found in insect repellent, can also be used against a strain of coronavirus that causes Covid-19.