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

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  • The UK coronavirus death toll now stands at 28,446, an increase of 315 in the last 24 hours.
  • The number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in the UK is 186,599, an increase of  4,339 since yesterday.
  • The prime minister has revealed doctors were prepared to announce his death whilst he was in intensive care with Covid-19. Speaking in an interview, Boris Johnson said he was given “litres and litres of oxygen” to keep him alive.
  • An NHS app, which will trace the spread of the coronavirus, will be trialled on the Isle of Wight next week. The app will alert people who have been in contact with an infected person and ask them to self-isolate.
  • According to a report, primary schools will be prioritised for reopening with pupils returning as early as 1 June.
  • Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said when the prime minister details plans for lifting the UK lockdown it’s not going to be “business as usual.” Shapps also said working hours could be staggered when the lockdown is eased in order to prevent public transport from being overwhelmed.
  • The Wyre Forest District Council is warning people over a scam email which claims to be from the government informing businesses about how to get access to grants.
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