Here are today’s updates regarding the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK and around the world.
- A further 627 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK, bringing the country’s death toll to 32,692.
- There are now 226,463 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, a rise of 3,403 since yesterday.
- The government’s furlough scheme has been extended by four months until October, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced today.
- Deaths in care homes made up 40.4% of the overall number of Covid-19 fatalities across England and Wales in the week to 1 May, according to the latest data from the ONS.
- Northern Ireland published its roadmap out of lockdown today and will allow groups of four to six people, who do not share a household, to meet outdoors.
- Ryanair has announced it plans to “get Europe flying again” by restoring 40% of its flights by 1 July.
- Five Covid-19 patients in the Russian city of St Petersburg have died after a hospital suffered a ventilator fire, according to reports. It is the second fatal fire reported in Russian hospitals in a matter of days.
- New government guidance has been published on how to travel safely during the Covid-19 pandemic, with advice to avoid using public transport where possible. “Consider if your journey is necessary and if you can, stay local,” the guidance states.
- In South Korea, 101 people have tested positive for coronavirus after a cluster outbreak linked to a nightclub district in the capital, Seoul.