Here are today’s updates regarding the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK and around the world.
- The UK coronavirus death toll is now 42,927 following 171 deaths in the past day. An additional 109 earlier deaths have also been confirmed and added to the overall total.
- In total, 306,210 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK.
- A number of businesses, including pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers, will be allowed reopen in England from 4 July, the prime minister has announced.
- Gyms, nightclubs and nail bars are among the outlets that will still be required by law to remain shut.
- Boris Johnson also announced social distancing requirements will be “one metre plus” from the same date. The 2-metre rule will remain in place where possible.
- People in England will also be able to meet indoors with another household and stay overnight, providing social distancing is followed.
- The Downing Street coronavirus press conferences will no longer be held daily, the government has announced. Instead, briefings will only take place when “significant announcements” are made.
- The UK economy showed signs of growth again in June as key measures of economic health hit a four-month high, according to IHS Markit’s flash purchasing managers’ index.
- Men who have fought off Covid-19 have been asked to donate plasma to treat sick patients as they produce more antibodies than women who had the virus.
- Men’s world No. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic has tested positive for Covid-19, becoming the fourth player from the Adria Tour to contract the virus.