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 40,261, a rise of 357 fatalities in the last 24 hours.
- There have now been 283,311 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, a daily rise of 1,650.
- Plans to make face coverings mandatory on public transport in England from 15 June do not go far enough, the British Medical Association have said.
- The UK has halted a large trial into the use of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in patients with coronavirus after initial results showed no evidence of benefit.
- The NHS Test and Trace system set up to try and control the spread of coronavirus will not be world-class until September or October, according to leaked comments from a senior official.
- Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged world leaders to renew their “collective resolve” to find a coronavirus vaccine yesterday. The PM said up to eight million lives will be saved thanks to the £7bn raised at the Gavi vaccine alliance summit event.
- Cancelled cardiac surgeries in England due to coronavirus are putting thousands of people with heart problems at an increased risk, according to the British Heart Foundation.
- British Airways’ chief executive has hinted the company may take legal action against the government over its plan for a 14-day quarantine for travellers coming into the UK. Willie Walsh said there had been no consultation with the industry prior to the legislation being brought in.
- Premiership Rugby has confirmed it plans to restart games on 15 August