Here are today’s updates regarding the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK and around the world.
- A further 346 people have died after contracting coronavirus in the UK, bringing the total death toll to 31,587.
- There are now 215,260 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United Kingdom, a rise of 3,896 from yesterday.
- Transport Minister Grant Shapps has unveiled an extensive programme to prepare the transport network for the “critical role” it will play as the UK moves to the next stage of the pandemic. There will be investment in cycle lanes to encourage commuters to ride to work instead of using public transport, as part of the effort to prevent a resurgence of coronavirus.
- There is speculation about the details of the next stage of the UK lockdown to be announced by the prime minister tomorrow. Measures being discussed in the media include a mandatory 14-day quarantine period for all travellers coming into the country, garden centres being allowed to re-open and social distancing guidelines for workplaces.
- Teaching unions have warned the government that essential safety criteria must be met before schools are opened to students.
- Local councils are warning the public to be wary of fake coronavirus safety and protection products after a surge in the sale of such goods reported by trading standards officers.
- The Coastguard recorded a total of 97 call-outs on Friday, 50% higher than the average last month with people venturing out to the seaside in defiance of the “stay home” rules.
- Nearly 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for a government inquiry into the deaths of NHS staff linked to the shortage of personal protective equipment. The action was started by started by campaign group The Doctor’s Association UK.