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 41,736, a rise of 38 fatalities in the last 24 hours.
- There have now been 296,857 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the UK, a daily rise of 1,056.
- Many non-essential retail shops reopened in England this morning after being closed for 12 weeks.
- Long queues were reported across the country as some responded to the prime minister’s plea to “shop with confidence”.
- England should not relax anymore lockdown restrictions until the contact-tracing programme is proven to be “robust and effective,” the World Health Organization has warned.
- Scientists advising the government have reportedly being told to stay quiet about their personal opinion over whether the two-metre social distancing rule should be relaxed, according the The Telegraph.
- Passengers who do not wear face coverings on public transport in England from today face a fine of £100 and being removed from services.
- Fears of a second wave of coronavirus in China are growing as 36 more cases are confirmed. They are all linked to a popular food market in Beijing.
- Several districts in the Chinese capital have re-entered lockdown, closing schools and setting up security checkpoints.
- France and Germany are among a host of European countries to reopen their borders today.
- French President Emmanuel Macron declared a “first victory” against the coronavirus crisis as he significantly eased restrictions in the country.