Here are today’s updates regarding the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK and around the world.
- Across all settings in the UK, 36,042 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died. It represents a 338 increase since yesterday.
- Over 2 million people have now been tested, including 128,340 tests yesterday. Of the 2,064,329 people who have been tested in total, 250,908 have tested positive.
- More than five million people have been infected with the novel coronavirus around the world, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.
- The head of the World Health Organization has warned that there is “a long way to go in this pandemic” after the largest daily rise in global cases was recorded yesterday.
- First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a four-phase “route map” for the Scottish government to lift some lockdown restrictions.
- England is seeing 61,000 new cases a week, the Covid-19 Infection Survey estimates – far higher than the number of positive tests announced daily by the government.
- The estimated number of people with Covid-19 “has stayed relatively stable”, said the Office for National Statistics, which leads the Covid-19 Infection Survey. The number of people infected at any time in the two weeks to 17 May was 137,000.
- The government has agreed a deal with large pharmaceutical company Roche to supply coronavirus antibody tests, with NHS and care workers to get priority.
- The pattern of coronavirus infections and deaths among London’s bus drivers and other transport staff is to be examined in a new study after 33 staff members lost their lives.
- Budget airline EasyJet will resume flights from a number of UK airports from 15 June.
- British drugmaker AstraZeneca has received more than $1 billion (£819 million) in US funding to develop a Covid-19 vaccine that is being created by University of Oxford. AstraZeneca said it already has supply agreements for 400 million doses.
- Frontline health workers in the UK can participate in a medical trial to see if the malaria drug touted by US President Donald Trump is capable of preventing a coronavirus infection. Testing to see if either chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine is suitable to prevent Covid-19 is open to staff in Brighton and Oxford.
- People could be prevented from drinking at the bar when pubs reopen as plans for the phased ending of the lockdown are being considered.
- Greece is expected to reopen its borders to overseas travel from 1 July, but their tourism minister has said he does not believe the UK will be on the first list of countries allowed back in.