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 37,048, an increase of 134 in the last 24 hours.
  • There are now 265,227 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.
  • Scotland minister Douglas Ross has resigned from government over its handling of the row over whether Dominic Cummings broke lockdown rules.
  • The number of deaths linked to coronavirus in the UK has fallen to its lowest level in six weeks, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.
  • Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces test and protect programme will go live on Thursday.
  • Two sports events, Cheltenham festival and a Champions League game in Liverpool, “caused increased suffering and death”, according to the scientist leading the UK’s largest Covid-19 tracking project.
  • The ONS figures also show the total number of deaths involving Covid-19 is over 47,000, 10,000 more than previously thought.
  • All non-essential retail shops will be allowed reopen from 15 June, provided they are Covid-19 safe.
  • Car showrooms and outdoor markets are able to open on 1 June.
  • Severely ill UK coronavirus patients can now be treated with the Ebola drug remdesivir, the Department of Health has confirmed.
  • The World Health Organization has suspended testing of hydroxychloroquine – the drug Donald Trump said he was taking as a precaution – as a treatment for coronavirus over safety fears.
  • The WHO has also warned of an “immediate second peak” in cases if restrictions were lifted too soon.
  • There were no new Covid-19 linked deaths in the Republic of Ireland yesterday, in the same period there were 59 new cases recorded.
  • Spain will lift its 14-day quarantine for foreign travellers from 1 July, as other European countries mull ways to save the summer holiday.