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 40,542, a rise of 77 fatalities in the last 24 hours. It’s the first time the number has risen by less than 100 since the first week of lockdown.
- There have now been 286,194 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the UK, a daily rise of 1,326.
- Churches and other places of worship are set to open for private prayer, but not public services, from 15 June, the government has announced.
- The global death toll from the Covid-19 pandemic has passed 400,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.
- More than one in six people in England could be waiting for NHS treatment by the autumn due to the pressure on resources caused by the coronavirus.
- The UK should have gone into lockdown earlier and the delay “cost lives”, according to an infectious disease expert who sits on the Sage committee. Professor John Edmunds insisted lives would have been saved had the government acted sooner.
- Brazil removed months of data on the coronavirus epidemic from public view as President Jair Bolsonaro struggled to deal with the country’s rising death toll.
- Black Lives Matter protests are “undoubtedly a risk” for spreading coronavirus, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said. Hancock made a plea for people not to gather in groups of more than six.
- Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reportedly ordered the speeding up of the construction of new hospitals and major infrastructure plans in a bid to boost spending and restart the economy.