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.