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 36,914, an increase of 121 in the last 24 hours.
  • There are now 261,184 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.
  • A hospital in North Somerset has been forced to stop accepting new admissions to its A&E department due to the high number of Covid-19 patients it is currently treating.
  • A decline in household spending from the coronavirus outbreak could reduce indirect tax revenue by more than a fifth, according to a new study by the Economic and Social Research Institute.
  • Labour leader Keir Starmer has said Prime Minister Boris Johnson is treating the public “with contempt” over his defence of key aide Dominic Cummings.
  • The PM’s top adviser defended his actions at a Downing Street news conference this afternoon.
  • A lack of PPE and long waits for testing results are stopping hospitals from tackling a huge backlog in operations, the chief executive of NHS Providers has said.
  • The government has published new guidelines for elite athletes returning to contact training. Organised close contact training, such as tackling, one-on-one sparring in combat sports, coaching from inside two metres and certain shared equipment will be allowed.
  • Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has lifted the state of emergency in the country after a marked fall in new Covid-19 cases in Tokyo and other regions that were hardest-hit by the virus.
  • US President Donald Trump yesterday further limited travel from the world’s Covid-19 hotspots by denying entry to foreigners coming from Brazil, which now has the second highest number of cases after the US.
  • India has resumed domestic air travel after the country recorded its new highest daily total of 7,000 Covid-19 infections.