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 37,837, an increase of 377 in the last 24 hours.
- There have now been 269,127 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, a rise of 1,887 from yesterday.
- Test and trace begins across England today. Anyone who comes into close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus will be told to self-isolate. Health Secretary Matt Hancock believes the “vast majority of people” will follow instructions to self-isolate if told to so.
- First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that people in Scotland will be allowed to meet with one other household outside from tomorrow. The easing of restrictions will allow people to meet friends and family, but they cannot gather in groups of more than eight.
- An investigation by Durham police has found the trip Dominic Cummings, the prime minister’s senior adviser, made to Barnard Castle on his wife’s birthday may have been a “minor breach” of coronavirus lockdown guidelines. The force said no further action will be taken against Cummings.
- The Premier League is set to return in just three weeks. The official date agreed upon is 20 June, however, there have been reports Manchester City vs Arsenal and Aston Villa vs Sheffield United are set to go ahead on 17 June.
- EasyJet plans to reduce its workforce by up to 30% due to the coronavirus pandemic, the airline said.
- The US has recorded more than 100,000 deaths from coronavirus, according to figures by Johns Hopkins University.