Here are today’s updates regarding the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK and around the world.
- The UK coronavirus death toll is now 42,461, an increase of 173 in the last 24 hours.
- There have now been 301,815 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, a daily rise of 1,346.
- Britain’s coronavirus alert level has been reduced from four to three after agreement from all chief medical officers.
- The timetable for lockdown rules lifting in Wales has been set out, with non-essential shops to reopen this coming Monday, and schools a week later. The five-mile “stay local” rule is set to end on 6 July, and First Minister Mark Drakeford has told self-contained holiday accommodation to prepare.
- New rules come into effect in Scotland today, where up to eight people from three households are now allowed to meet outdoors. Vulnerable people who have been shielding are also given new freedoms in changes announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
- UK borrowing rose to £103.7 billion over the April and May period, as debt exceeded GDP last month for the first time in more than 50 years.
- South Asian people are the group most likely to die in hospital from coronavirus, according to a study across 260 hospitals in England, Scotland and Wales.
- Black men suffered the highest coronavirus death rate in the UK at the height of the pandemic, new ONS data shows.
- Retail sales jumped 12% month-on-month, ONS figures for May show, when some garden centres and hardware stores were allowed to reopen. However, sales compared to February were down an unprecedented 13.1%.