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 34,796, an increase of 160 in the last 24 hours.
- There are now 246,406 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, a rise of 2,684 since yesterday.
- The loss of taste and smell has been added to the UK’s official list of coronavirus symptoms, and people are advised to self-isolate if they experience either.
- Everyone over the age of five is now with symptoms is now eligible for a coronavirus test, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed.
- Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary has described the 14-day quarantine for passengers flying into the UK as a “nonsense”.
- Around 500 people will benefit from an experimental NHS Covid-19 treatment using the plasma donated from recovered patients.
- Many European countries have begun to ease lockdown measures, including Italy and Spain, two of the continents worst affected countries.
- Experts have warned people not to have “false expectations” over a vaccine, which is unlikely to be available before the end of the year.
- Premier League clubs have unanimously voted for players to return to group training.
- UK ministers had announced they are hoping to have 30 million doses available by September.
- Celtic have been crowned champions of Scotland after the football season was officially cancelled.
- Railway stations around the country remained quiet today, despite many people expected to go back to work.
- New social distancing measures were introduced at many stations.
- Over 100 coronavirus infections in South Korea have been traced back to a single fitness class, according to researchers.