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 41,128, a rise of 245 fatalities in the last 24 hours.
- There have now been 290,143 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the UK, a daily rise of 1,003.
- Introducing lockdown measures a week earlier “would have reduced the final death toll by at least a half”, ex-Sage member Neil Ferguson has told MPs.
- The number of people on waiting lists for NHS treatment could double to 10 million by the end of the year, the NHS Confederation has warned.
- Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland will keep the two-metre social distancing rule, even if it is reduced elsewhere in the UK.
- Boris Johnson said he wants to keep the two-metre rule “under constant review” at PMQs.
- New research by Cambridge and Greenwich Universities supports the “immediate and universal adoption of face masks” to manage the coronavirus pandemic.
- The UK will suffer the world’s largest economic hit over the coronavirus pandemic, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has said.
- The owner of the Frankie & Benny’s, The Restaurant Group, has confirmed 125 restaurants are going to close, placing thousands of jobs at risk.
- More than 500 jobs are set to be lost after Monsoon Accessorize became the latest company to enter into administration due to the coronavirus crisis.
- One in 10 charities in the UK face bankruptcy by the end of the year, a study by Pro Bono Economics shows, due to lower demand for their services and lost fundraising income.
- Sales of property in most of England have recovered to the same levels they were just before lockdown, according to property website Zoopla.
- The children’s charity NSPCC has accused ministers of “turning a blind eye” towards children suffering domestic abuse during the UK lockdown.