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 37,460, an increase of 412 in the last 24 hours.
- There have now been 267,240 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, a rise of 2,013 from yesterday.
- Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said local lockdowns will be used to tackle regional flare-ups in England once restrictions are eased. Hancock, speaking at yesterday’s daily briefing, said the local lockdowns would be part of the NHS track and trace system. He will provide more details today.
- Prime Minister Boris Johnson is being questioned by MPs, following growing calls for his senior adviser, Dominic Cummings, to resign.
- Refuge, the charity which runs the domestic abuse helpline in the UK, has said visits to its website have “spiked again significantly” in the last two weeks.
- Latin America has become the centre of the global pandemic, with more daily reported cases than Europe and the US, the head of the Pan American Health Organization has warned.
- Martin Poole, the Church of England vicar who last night asked the health secretary whether the government would review fines given to people travelling during lockdown for childcare purposes, is “disappointed” to learn that advisers said an official review had not been promised – after Hancock said the government would “look at” the issue.