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 40,597, after 55 fatalities were reported in the last 24 hours.
- There have now been 287,399 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the UK, a daily rise of 1,205.
- Scottish hospitals have recorded no new deaths linked to Covid-19 for second day in a row.
- All people arriving in the UK must self-isolate for 14 days and tell authorities where they will do so under new rules that come into force from today.
- Changes to lockdown measures come into place in Northern Ireland today. Among the new rules, vulnerable people who have been shielding will now be able to meet a person from another household outdoors while observing social distancing guidance.
- The Republic of Ireland is entering the second phase of lockdown easement, with high street shops allowed to reopen. Group meetings indoors and outdoors as well as less restriction on travel are among the other changes applicable from today.
- New Zealand is set to lift almost all its coronavirus restrictions at midnight local time as it reports there are no active cases of the virus in the country.
- Ministers have reportedly targeted 22 June for pubs and restaurants to be allowed to serve customers outdoors in a bid to boost the hospitality sector. Boris Johnson previously announced plans for reopenings to happen on 4 July.
- Legendary settings that helped launch some of the world’s biggest music acts are “at risk of imminent closure” due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Music Venues Trust has warned.