Here are today’s updates regarding the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK and around the world.
- The UK coronavirus death toll is now 42,647, an increase of 15 in the last 24 hours. This is the lowest daily increase since 15 March.
- There have now been 305,289 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, a daily rise of958.
- The prime minister has said he will make an announcement on the future of the 2-metre distancing rule this week. With the 2-metre rule significantly limiting the hospitality sector, many believe it is likely to be reduced.
- The world saw the largest daily increase in Covid-19 cases yesterday, according to the World Health Organization. The figures from WHO suggest 183,020 cases were recorded on Sunday.
- Key workers in Southampton will trial a new Covid-19 salvia test this week that doesn’t require a swab.
- Germany’s reproduction rate of coronavirus spiked from 1.06 to 2.88 over the course of two days, according to the Robert Koch Institute.
- The number of staff at the 2 Sisters chicken processing plant in north Wales to test positive for coronavirus has risen to 158.
- Brazil has officially passed 50,000 coronavirus deaths, as the country grapples with over 1 million cases of the virus.
- South Korean health authorities said for the first time today that the country is battling a “second wave” of coronavirus, after persistent surges around the capital Seoul.