Here are today’s updates regarding the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK and around the world.
- A further 428 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK, bringing the country’s death toll to 33,614.
- There are now 233,151 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the UK, a rise of 3,446 since yesterday.
- An antibody test to show whether someone has had Covid-19 has been approved by Public Health England – who say the test is “100% accurate”.
- Some 148,000 people in England have been infected with coronavirus in the last two weeks, according to a new study by the Office for National Statistics.
- New statistics from NHS England show 26% of people who died with coronavirus in hospitals in England had diabetes.
- The government is spending £2 billion on upgrading Britain’s roads and railways, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced during today’s Downing Street briefing. He said the current quiet time allows for “fixing the nation’s infrastructure,” including repairs to around 11 million potholes.
- More than 440,000 people successfully applied for self-employment income support grants on the day the scheme launched. Claims totalled more than £1.3 billion, HM Revenue & Customs said.
- Mike Ryan, the World Health Organization’s emergencies director, has warned that coronavirus “may never go away.”
- NHS figures show A&E attendances at hospitals in England dropped 57% in April. NHS England said the fall was “likely to be a result of the Covid-19 response.”
- One of the government’s chief scientific advisers has revealed at least 95,000 people have entered the UK from overseas since the coronavirus lockdown began.
- The UN have warned that a mental health crisis is possible due to Covid-19, saying: “The mental health and wellbeing of whole societies have been severely impacted by this crisis.”
- Up to 100 children in the UK have been affected by a rare inflammatory disease linked to the novel coronavirus.
- New Zealand lifts most of its lockdown measures after several days without any newly reported coronavirus cases.