Here are today’s updates regarding the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK and around the world.
- The UK coronavirus death toll now stands at 27,510, an increase of 739 in the last 24 hours.
- The number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in the UK is 177,454, with 6,201 new cases reported since yesterday.
- The government has said it has exceeded its own testing target of 100,000 coronavirus tests per day, with 122,347 tests counted on Thursday.
- The number of people who have recovered from the novel coronavirus has passed the 1 million mark, according to data from John Hopkins University.
- People in deprived areas are dying at more than double the rate of those in affluent areas from Covid-19, new figures from the Office for National Statistics show.
- Colonel Tom Moore has closed his fundraiser after raising close to £33 million for NHS charities. The war veteran had only originally set out to raise £1,000 by walking 100 laps of his garden.
- A second wave of coronavirus could be “more severe” than the first, the UK government’s Chief Medical Advisor Chris Whitty has warned.
- Boots pharmacies across the country will provide safe spaces for victims of domestic abuse, amid a reported surge in calls to helplines since the lockdown began.
- At least five other people had died from the coronavirus in the UK by the time the UK government reported its first death from the outbreak, according to reports in The Guardian.