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 34,636, an increase of 170 in the last 24 hours. These figures do not include data from Northern Ireland due to “technical issues” with collecting the data, Business Secretary Alok Sharma has announced in Sunday’s daily government briefing.
  • Boris Johnson accepts there is “frustration” at the government’s approach on easing lockdown restrictions, but insists the “complex” message is necessary.
  • Peoples’ confidence in the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis has dropped considerably, according to a survey by Opinium.
  • The poll found 39% backed the response, down from 48% a week ago.
  • More than 17,000 of the 18,000 contact tracers required have been hired, according to Michael Gove.
  • The cabinet minister also insisted “teachers will be safe in schools” when they return, in an interview with Sky News.
  • The Sunday Times Rich List has revealed 63 of the country’s richest individuals are making use of the government furlough scheme.
  • Labour leader Keir Starmer has called for a unified approach from all four nations to easing lockdown measures.
  • The government will spend up to £93m to fast track a new vaccine manufacturing centre, to ensure it is open by next summer.
  • Barack Obama has criticised the US response to coronavirus, saying many officials “aren’t even pretending to be in charge”.
  • Daily coronavirus deaths in Spain have fallen below 100 for the first time since March.