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 36,393, an increase of 351 in the last 24 hours.
- There have now been 254,195 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, a rise of 3,287 since yesterday.
- UK government borrowing rose by a record £62.1bn in April as the government went to financial markets in order to finance their furlough scheme and extend loans to businesses.
- A mortgage holiday for people struggling to make repayments will be extended until October, the Treasury has announced. More than a million Britons have delayed mortgage payments since the lockdown was imposed.
- Researchers at Southampton University have begun recruiting volunteers for the next phases in clinical trials they hope could led to an effective coronavirus vaccine this year.
- Labour leader Keir Starmer has called for an increased investment in mental health services due to the likely impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Schools in Northern Ireland will open for some pupils in August, Education Minister Peter Weir has said.
- A potentially “game-changing” spit test is to be trialled on 5,000 police and army personnel amid concerns over the invasive nature of the current coronavirus test.
- Coronavirus antibody tests will be available in the UK from next week, with NHS staff and care workers first in line.