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 41,481, a rise of 202 fatalities in the last 24 hours.
- There have now been 292,950 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the UK, a daily rise of 1,541.
- The UK economy shrank by 20.4% in April, the largest monthly contraction on record, during the height of the coronavirus lockdown period.
- Around one in 1,700 people in England are believed to have been infected with Covid-19 at any one time between 25 May and 7 June, ONS figures show. The data shows the number is continuing to fall, having stood at one in 1,000 before then.
- Death rates for people living in more deprived areas of England are more than double those living in less deprived areas, according to ONS data.
- The death rate is also found to be higher in cities than in rural areas, the ONS data shows.
- Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said penalties could be given to people who do not cover their faces when on public transport in England from Monday.
- Issues with test and trace are mostly to do with people not answering their phones, a health minister has claimed.
- British Airways has moved with budget airlines Ryanair and Easyjet to sue the government to overturn its requirement that people arriving in Britain self-isolate for two weeks.
- A group of 450 people whose relatives have died due to Covid-19 are calling for an immediate public inquiry into the government’s handling of the crisis.
- Pupils in England will not be going back to school full time in September if the 2m social distancing rule is still in place, academy leaders say.
- Newsnight has received close to 24,000 complaints over host Emily Maitlis’ opening remarks about Dominic Cummings driving to Durham during the pandemic lockdown.
- Up to 80% of people who tested positive for coronavirus in an ONS study in England had not displayed any symptoms.