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 30,076, an increase of 649 in the last 24 hours, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has said. The figure represents people who have died after testing positive for coronavirus.
- Testing was below the 100,000 mark for the fourth successive day, as 69,463 tests were carried out on 5 May. A total of 201,101 people have tested positive to date.
- Boris Johnson has taken part in his first prime minister’s questions since recovering from Covid-19. Speaking in the House of Commons, the prime minister set a new target of 200,000 coronavirus tests per day “by the end of the month”. Downing Street sources later clarified that this number refers to testing capacity.
- Neil Ferguson, the scientist whose modelling helped shape the UK’s coronavirus lockdown strategy, has quit the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) after flouting social distancing measures by receiving visits at his home.
- Heathrow airport is trialling temperature checks to reduce the risk of passengers spreading Covid-19. The first trial will begin within weeks and will involve using cameras which are capable of monitoring a person’s temperature.
- US President Donald Trump has announced a “different group” will replace the White House coronavirus taskforce later this month.
- Youth unemployment could rise by 600,000 this year because of the pandemic, according to the Resolution Foundation.
- Rory Stewart has quit the race to become mayor of London, saying campaigning became impossible amid the pandemic.
- The UK’s construction industry has suffered its worst ever monthly contraction. Although building sites have been allowed to stay open, the vast majority have shut to avoid putting workers at risk.