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 35,704, an increase of 363 in the last 24 hours.
- Prime Minister Boris Johnson, speaking in the House of Commons, said 181 NHS staff and 131 care workers have died from coronavirus.
- Over 1,000 primary schools in England are not expected to open to more pupils on 1 June, after 18 councils said they will not force schools to follow the government’s plan.
- Rolls-Royce has said it plans to cut 9,000 jobs, nearly a fifth of its workforce, warning that the aviation industry will take “several years” to recover. Rolls-Royce, who make plane engines, employs around 52,000 people worldwide.
- Captain Tom Moore will be knighted after raising nearly £33 million for NHS charities by walking 100 laps of his garden. The 100-year-old war veteran was recommended for the knighthood by Boris Johnson, who described him as a “true national treasure.”
- There are doubts the UK’s coronavirus contact tracing app will be ready before June. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said last week that the app would be “rolling out in mid May,” but NHS sources have said the app, which is currently being trialled on the Isle of Wight, would not be ready until next month.
- British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has had her temporary release from an Iranian prison extended for a second time, her MP said.
- Home Secretary Priti Patel has said she is “looking to double sentences” of those who cough on police officers or assault emergency workers during the pandemic.