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 28,131 an increase of 621 in the last 24 hours.
  • The number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in the UK is 182,260 with 4,806 new cases reported since yesterday.
  • The drug remdesivir, initially developed to fight Ebolahas been approved to treat Covid-19 patients in the United States.
  • trial to see if plasma from recovered coronavirus patients can help combat the virus has started in the UK.
  • The government is considering asking commuters to check their temperature before leaving home when lockdown restrictions are eased, according to a report in The Times.
  • IVF clinics across Britain are set to reopen from 11 May after a suspension on all services was lifted.
  • More than 70% of critical care patients are men, Office for National Statistics figures revealed on Friday.
  • The Crowne Prosecution Service is reviewing every charge brought under the current coronavirus laws, after a number of wrongful convictions were highlighted.
  • Singapore is set to relax some of its lockdown restrictions after the number of cases from a second wave of the virus subsided.
  • People in Spain have been allowed outside to exercise for the first time since 15 March as the government begin to ease lockdown restrictions.
  • The Irish government has published a five-stage plan to bring the country out of lockdown. If all goes to plan most will big back to semblance of normality by 20 July.