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 40,465, a rise of 204 fatalities in the last 24 hours.
- There have now been 284,868 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, a daily rise of 1,557.
- The World Health Organization has changed its advice on face coverings, saying people should wear one in public to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have revealed they have been volunteering with mental health charity Shout85258 during the lockdown.
- Coronavirus R rate, the rate at which coronavirus spreads, is at one or just above in the north-west and south-west of England, leading to fears lockdown has been lifted to early.
- Some care home patients who pay their own bills are being charged more than £100 extra a week due to coronavirus costs, Age UK has said.
- NHS Trust bosses say they were not consulted by government over changes to the use of face coverings and visitor policy in English hospitals.
- Pubs and restaurants will be given accelerated permission to serve food and drink outside under new government plans, it has been reported.
- The plans will also see some shops open on a Sunday.
- Ministers have urged people not to attend Black Lives Matter protests in the UK because of fears over the potential spread of Covid-19.
- Pictures from the events indicate the advice fell on deaf ears.
- The government’s failure to deal with the disproportionate numbers of people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds dying of coronavirus risks fuelling tensions of racial injustice in Britain, BAME MPs warn.
- Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro has threatened to walk away from the WHO as deaths in the South American country pass 35,000.