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 39,045, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced today.
  • There have now been 276,332 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, a rise of 1,570 since yesterday.
  • Car showrooms and open-air markets have been allowed open in England from today as lockdown measures are eased.
  • Groups of up to six people can also meet outside in England from today.
  • Health officials have warned the easing of the lockdown in England is “not supported by the science.” The Association of Directors of Public Health said “the public is not keeping to social distancing as it was.”
  • Coronation Street will resume filming next week, with older cast members and those with underlying health issues remaining absent from set.
  • Millions of students in Reception, Years 1 and 6 are expected to return to school in England today for the first time since March.
  • Primark is to open all its stores in England on 15 June, with stores in Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland expected to follow later this month.
  • The return of the Ashes series in rugby league after a 17-year absence has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • A study in published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent psychiatry has warned the Covid-19 pandemic will prompt widespread depression and anxiety among children that could last for years.