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 29,427, an increase of 693 in the last 24 hours.
- The number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in the UK is 194,990, with 4,406 new cases reported since yesterday.
- The UK’s coronavirus death toll is now the highest in Europe, ONS figures show. The ONS figures are based on mentions of Covid-19 on death certificates, regardless of whether the deceased had tested positive for coronavirus.
- The number of people known to have died from Covid-19 around the world has passed 250,000 while the number of confirmed cases has surpassed 3.5 million. The virus is known to have spread to more than 210 countries and territories.
- A coronavirus contact-tracing app, developed by the NHS, will be trialled on the Isle of Wight today. The app will attempt to trace people users have come into contact with who later test positive for coronavirus.
- A review is to be carried out into how factors such as ethnicity, obesity, and gender can affect people’s vulnerability to COVID-19, Public Health England says.
- Almost a quarter of UK employees were furloughed in two weeks, figures show. The figures, released by HMRC, show a total of 6.3m jobs have been subject to furlough. Under the government’s job retention scheme, workers have been paid 80% of their wages up to £2.5k a month.
- The World Health Organisation says the US has not provided any evidence to support the “speculative” claim that Covid-19 originated in a Wuhan lab.