Here are today’s updates regarding the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK and around the world.
- A further 494 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK, bringing the country’s death toll to 33,186.
- There are now 229,705 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, a rise of 3,242 since yesterday.
- The UK economy shrunk by 2% in the first quarter of 2020 as the financial impact of coronavirus begins to take hold.
- Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said it is now very likely the country is facing a “significant recession”.
- Lockdown restrictions in England have been slightly relaxed, with more people encouraged to go to work if it is safe to do so.
- People in England are also allowed unlimited outdoor exercise and meet one friend in the park. The rules do not apply to Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.
- Estate agents in England have reopened as house viewings and moves are now allowed.
- A genetic study to try understand Covid-19 has begun in the UK, with more than 2,000 survivors of the virus donating their DNA already.
- Package holiday company Tui has warned it may have to cut up to 8,000 jobs, as its losses pile up due to the pandemic.
- Fresh guidelines from the College of Policing and the National Police Chiefs’ Council say police are unable to legally enforce social distancing in England.