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 33,998, an increase of 384 in the last 24 hours.
- The number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in the UK is 236,711 with 3,560 new cases reported since yesterday.
- More than a quarter of all deaths in care homes since the start of the UK’s coronavirus outbreak have involved Covid-19, according to new data from the Office for National Statistics. Covid-19 has become the leading cause of death for males in care homes, accounting for 30.3% of all deaths.
- Fewer than 24 people are catching coronavirus each day in London, according to a report on new modelling. Research from Public Health England and Cambridge University suggests the “R” reproduction rate in London is below 0.4, the lowest in the country.
- Visitors to the UK will be asked to download the NHS coronavirus contact-tracing app currently being trialled on the Isle of Wight.
- Teachers can legally refuse to return when schools reopen unless they get the same protections against coronavirus as other frontline staff, one of the UK’s leading teaching unions has warned.
- Garden centres and household recycling centres in Northern Ireland have been approved for reopening, starting from Monday 18 May. First Minister Arlene Foster described it as “very tentative first steps toward recovery.”
- Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford has revealed his proposal for exiting lockdown today. There are no firm dates for when measures will be eased, but will done using a red, amber and green traffic light system.
- Dozens of people have been wrongly charged by police under new coronavirus laws, the Crown Prosecution Service has said. A total of 14,244 fines have been issued for alleged breaches of the law in England and Wales up to 11 May.
- Fifty-one babies are reported to be stranded in Ukraine because of the coronavirus pandemic. The babies were birthed by surrogate mothers and were due to be picked up by people from all over the world, but due to travel restrictions people have been unable to get into the country.