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 39,369, an increase of 324 in the last 24 hours.
  • There have now been 277,985 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, a rise of 1,613 since yesterday.
  • The total number of UK coronavirus deaths is nearly 50,000, according to data from the Office for National Statistics.
  • In more positive news, the data also showed excessive deaths were at their lowest levels since March.
  • Reducing the two metre social distancing rule could double the chance of infection, according to a new study published in the Lancet.
  • UK house prices fell by its largest margin in 11 years in May as the coronavirus pandemic hammered the market.
  • A report into how the BAME community has been affected by Covid-19 has been published by the government.
  • It found people of a Bangladeshi ethnicity were twice as likely to die from the virus compared to someone of white British ethnicity.
  • Those of Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, Other Asian, Caribbean and Other Black ethnicity had between 10 and 50% higher risk of death.
  • Some primary schools in England reopened yesterday, but attendance varied across the country with parents still wary of the risk of infection.
  • Charity Oxfam has asked people to call ahead before donating goods at its shops due to a limited amount of storage space.
  • Bar and restaurants have reopened in France as the country officially enters Phase Two of its lockdown easing.
  • The Formula 1 season will start on 5 July in Austria with the first eight races all to take place in Europe, including one at Silverstone.