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 36,675, an increase of 282 in the last 24 hours.
- Boris Johnson is facing calls to dismiss his chief aide, Dominic Cummings, following reports he travelled 264 miles during lockdown. A joint investigation by the Guardian and Mirror newspapers revealed that police allegedly spoke with Cummings after he visited his parents’ home in Durham whilst he had coronavirus symptoms in March. No 10 has insisted Cummings‘ travel was “essential,” as he did so “to ensure his young child could be properly cared for.” Cummings defended the journey himself, saying: “Who cares about good looks? It’s a question of doing the right thing.”
- South America is a new epicentre of the pandemic, WHO Emergencies Program Director Mike Ryan says.
- China recorded no new coronavirus cases yesterday on the mainland for the first time since the pandemic began
- The majority of people believe returning to work will put their family at risk, according to a survey by the GMB union. The study of 3,500 workers found that four in five voiced concerns about going back to work.
- Businesses in the travel industry have criticised the quarantine for people arriving in the UK as “ineffective and unenforceable.” From 8 June, those arriving in Britain will be legally required to self-isolate for two weeks or face fines of up to £3,200.
- Muslims around the world are being urged to celebrate Eid al-Fitr at home amid the pandemic with many mosques set to host virtual prayers.