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 41,279, a rise of 151 fatalities in the last 24 hours.
- There have now been 291,409 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the UK, a daily rise of 1,266.
- Boris Johnson plans to scrap the two metre rule by September at the latest so that schools can reopen fully for the start of the school year, according to the Telegraph.
- The UK coronavirus death toll could have been halved if the government had implemented the lockdown a week earlier, Neil Ferguson, a scientist who was advising the government at the time, has said.
- Urgent cancer referrals in England dropped 60% in April, figures by NHS England show. There were 79,573 referrals in April 2020, down from 199,217 in April 2019. Experts have suggested coronavirus fears could have caused the fall in referrals.
- The World Health Organization has warned the spread of coronavirus is “accelerating” in Africa, which now has around 200,000 confirmed cases.
- Adults living alone or as a single parents will be allowed to form a “support bubble” with another household, Boris Johnson announced last night.