Here are today’s updates regarding the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK and around the world.

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  • The UK coronavirus death toll now stands at 38,161, a rise of 324 fatalities in the last 24 hours.
  • There have now been 271,222 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, a rise of 2,095 since yesterday.
  • Employers must start paying towards their furloughed staff from August onwards, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced.
  • Scotland now allows groups of up to eight people from two households to meet outdoors while maintaining social distancing as it eases lockdown restrictions.
  • Wales has announced lockdown easing coming into place on Monday. New rules allow for meeting with people from another household within five miles, while staying outdoors and maintaining social distancing.
  • ONS data shows that 18 councils in different areas of England have yet to pass the peak of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • New rules allowing up to six people to meet up outdoors do not apply until Monday in England, Downing Street has warned.
  • The majority of people never show symptoms after contracting coronavirus, new ONS figures show.
  • Care home residents account for over half of Covid-19 related deaths in Northern Ireland, official figures show.
  • NHS Seacole Centre in Surrey, the first hospital in the UK dedicated to helping Covid-19 patients recover from long-term effects of the virus, has received its first patients.
  • Pubs and restaurants that have outdoor areas such as beer gardens are likely to be the first to be allowed to reopen but not until July at the earliest, Environment Secretary George Eustice has said.
  • A fresh warning of coronavirus-related scams has been issued by Actionfraud as victims are found to have lost £4.6m during the lockdown.
  • The UK car industry continues to struggle amid the coronavirus pandemic, with just 197 cars made in April.
  • The National Trust will be reopening around 29 gardens and parks in England and Northern Ireland from 3 June, with only a third of the usual number of visitors allowed to enter at one time.
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