Coronavirus UK LIVE: Deaths pass 40,000 as Brits urged to avoid George Floyd protests – The Sun

CORONAVIRUS deaths in the UK have surpassed 40,000 after 357 more died in the last 24 hours.

The Department of Health confirmed 40,261 have now passed away across all settings in the UK, including care homes, hospitals and the wider community.

This comes as Matt Hancock urged Brits not to take part in protests this weekend.

The health secretary said only groups of up to six people can meet outdoors while observing social distancing of two metres.

On Wednesday, thousands of people took part in a protest in London's Hyde Park after the death of George Floyd in the US.

And there could be further demonstrations this weekend.

Speaking at today's daily press briefing, Mr Hancock said: "Like so many I am appalled by the death of George Floyd and I understand why people are deeply upset but we are still facing a health crisis and coronavirus remains a real threat.

"The reason that it is vital that people stick to the rules this weekend is to protect themselves and their family from this horrific disease."So please for the safety of your loved ones do not attend large gatherings including demonstrations of more than six people."

Follow out live blog below for all the latest news and updates.

  • OFFICIALS TO 'TACKLE INEQUALITY' IN VIRUS FIGHT

    Government officials say they're going to tackle any inequality that could be contributing to a higher rate of coronavirus deaths among people from a black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background.

    At the daily Downing Street briefing on Friday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock was asked if authorities were looking into why such groups are more at risk and what was being done to mitigate it.

    Mr Hancock says officials are probing the crisis, including looking at “socio-economic factors”.

    “Questions around deprivation, quality of housing are important as well, because we know that those living in lower quality housing find it more difficult to escape from a contagious virus like this,” he added.

    “All the way along if we find things that we can do to help reduce inequalities then we'll just get on and do them.”

  • LOVE ISLAND STAR BREAKS LOCKDOWN… AGAIN

    Dani Dyer has been caught breaking the coronavirus lockdown rules for a second time after attending a party with 14 other people.

    The Love Island star, 24, was filmed with a large group of both male and female pals as they celebrated a friend's birthday.

    Here's the full story.

  • ITALY SEES INFECTION SPIKE

    Lombardy, one of Italy's worst-affected regions, has seen a spike in infections.

    The number of new confirmed coronavirus cases in Italy as a whole jumped from 177 on Thursday to 518 on Friday, with 402 recorded in Lombardy.

    The total number of cases in Italy has now increased to 234,531, the sixth highest tally behind those of the United States, Russia, Spain, Britain and Brazil.

    The death toll now stands at 33,774.

  • PEOPLE WITH CYSTIC FIBROSIS CAN BE MONITORED FROM HOME

    Medics will be able to monitor the condition of thousands of cystic fibrosis patients remotely under “landmark” plans to introduce a new smartphone app.

    Around 4,000 people in England with the respiratory disease – considered among the most at risk of contracting coronavirus – will be able to upload data about the condition from their own homes.

    They'll do this by using a bluetooth-enabled spirometer to measure lung capacity.

    Information will be fed to doctors monitoring their condition, without the need to attend hospital appointments.

  • 'MAKE FACE COVERINGS COMPULSORY NOW'

    Good Morning Britain's Dr Hilary Jones has today blasted the government after it announced face masks would be mandatory for everyone using public transport from June 15.

    Dr Hilary said the coverings should be made compulsory now if the country is to stop a second wave of the coronavirus.

    Here's the full story.

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  • PRITI PATEL CALLS FOR PROTESTERS TO KEEP AWAY

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock has this evening called for people not to attend Black Lives Matter protests in London because of the lockdown.

    Now Home Secretary Priti Patel has tweeted: “Please for the safety of all of us, do not attend large gatherings – including protests – of more than six people this weekend.

    “As (Matt Hancock) said, coronavirus remains a real threat and people must protect themselves and their families from this horrific disease.”

  • HOL HOTSPOTS

    While the UK remains one of the countries hardest-hit by coronavirus, some holiday destinations have managed to nearly avoid the crisis altogether.

    Here's the full story on the countries where fewer cases have been reported.

  • 46,000 BRITS DIE DURING CRISIS – BUT 30 PER CENT WEREN'T CAUSED BY VIRUS

    The coronavirus crisis has killed 46,000 extra people – but 30 per cent of those deaths didn't involve the deadly virus, new figures have revealed.

    The Office for National Statistics said 12,900 of the 46,380 “excess” deaths registered between March 7 and May 1 in England and Wales were due to other causes.

    Here's the full story – and a graph showing those frightening stats.

  • ONE IN TEN CARE HOMES 'HASN'T RECEIVED TEST KITS'

    More than a tenth of care homes surveyed by a leading care provider membership body had not received coronavirus testing kits at the start of the week, it has emerged.

    The National Care Forum (NCF), which represents 120 not-for-profit care organisations, said 87 per cent of care homes it received responses on had received home testing kits as of June 2.

    But despite the high proportion receiving the kits, the NCF said there were still “significant challenges”, with 43 per cent of the care homes receiving void and inconclusive results and 12 per cent still waiting for them.

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  • AMERICAN UNEMPLOYMENT RATES DROP

    U.S. unemployment dropped unexpectedly in May to 13.3 per cent as reopened businesses began recalling millions of workers faster than economists had predicted.

    The jobless rate is still on par with those seen during the Great Depression.

    But after weeks of dire predictions by economists that unemployment in May could hit 20 per cent or more, the news that the economy added a surprising 2.5 million jobs last month is evidence that the employment collapse most likely bottomed out in April, when the rate reached 14.7 per cent.

  • HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN MASK

    Brits are being advised to wear face coverings in lots of different circumstances in public.

    From June 15, wearing a covering on public transport and on visits to hospitals will be mandatory.

    Here's how to make your own mask.

  • MCLOVIN' IT

    If you're going, ours is a quarter-pounder with cheese…

    McDonald's is adding home delivery as an option to another 500 restaurants next week.

    It comes after the fast food chain reopened 934 restaurants for drive-thru, delivery or both across the UK over the last few days.

    Here's the full story.

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  • CUMBRIA HEALTH BOSS SAYS 'DON'T BE COMPLACENT'

    The director of public health in Cumbria has warned people not to be “complacent” after new data suggested the reproductive rate of coronavirus is now around one in the North West.

    Colin Cox warned a tightening of restrictions in the area could be possible if the R value, which is the number of people an infected person passes the virus onto, increases.

    The value used by the Government remained between 0.7 and 0.9 for the UK as a whole, though the figure has a two to three-week lag, meaning it does not account for the latest easing of the lockdown.

    A separate report from Public Health England (PHE) and Cambridge University, which estimates what the value is currently, put the North West on 1.01 and the South West on 1.00.

    Mr Cox said: “For the north west, the median R number is marginally above 1, showing the epidemic could potentially still be growing.

    “This really underlines the importance of people maintaining social distancing and continuing to follow Government guidance.”

  • WUHAN 'CLEARS ALL SYMPTOMATIC CASES'

    Wuhan has cleared all hospital cases of Covid-19 where patients have exhibited symptoms.

    State newspaper Global Times said “the last three Covid-19 patients in Wuhan have recovered and been discharged from hospital” – a development that has been met on Chinese social media with mass praise.

    At its peak, there were more than 50,000 confirmed cases in the city, the original epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.

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  • 'TRUMP-BACKED CURE' TRIALS HALTED

    A major study into an anti-malarial drug hailed by President Donald Trump has been halted after researchers found it to be ineffective against the coronavirus.

    The Recovery trials led by the University of Oxford had been looking at potential Covid-19 treatments which included the use of hydroxychloroquine.

    After reviewing data yesterday, the chief researcher has now put an immediate stop to the testing of the drug in hospital patients.

    Here's the full story.

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  • RENTERS CAN'T BE EVICTED FOR ANOTHER TWO MONTHS

    The ban on renters being evicted during the coronavirus pandemic has been extended for two months, the Housing Secretary has said.

    Robert Jenrick promised that “no-one will be evicted from their home this summer” as he announced evictions from private and social accommodation will not take place before August 23.

    It takes the moratorium on evictions to a total of five months.

  • NEW COVID INFECTIONS DROP

    The number of people with Covid-19 in England has fallen to around 5,600 new infections a day from around 8,000 reported last week, figures show.

    The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published data on how many people at any one time are infected with Covid-19 based on swab results from households across the country.

    The ONS said “modelling of the trend over time shows evidence that the number of people in England testing positive has decreased in recent weeks”.

  • HAIR SALONS TO OPEN ON JUNE 15 – BUT NO HAIR CUTS UNTIL JULY

    Hairdessers can open up salons on June 15 for customers to pick up click and collect orders.

    However, they won't be able to offer treatments or services – and customers won't be allowed inside.

    It's unlikely that people will be able to get their hair cut until at least July 4.

    Here's the full story.

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  • FEMALE PRISONERS ARE STRUGGLING WITH LOCKDOWN

    Self-harm has increased among women prisoners during the coronavirus pandemic and some are being released without anywhere to go, inspectors have said.

    Inspectors said they were troubled by the impact of new restrictions at three women's prisons – Bronzefield, Eastwood Park and Foston Hall.

    The restrictions were aimed at helping to control the spread of the virus but the inspectors were concerned about the suspension of specialist support for some of the most vulnerable women.

    Peter Clarke, the Chief Inspector of Prisons, said: “We found that self-harm had increased from the high levels seen prior to the restrictions being implemented.”

    An inspectors' report noted: “Despite the work of staff, the very restricted regime meant prisoners at risk of self-harm felt isolated from others and craved more human contact.”

  • WHO RECOMMENDS MASKS IN PUBLIC

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it's now “advising governments” to encourage people to wear fabric face masks in public.

    The WHO had previously said there was not enough evidence to support the use of masks by healthy people in public.

    It had said that medical masks should be worn by those who were sick, as well as those caring for them.

    “We have evidence now that if this is done properly it can provide a barrier for potentially infectious droplets,” Dr Maria van Kerkhove told Reuters in an interview.

    “And we specify a fabric mask – that is, a non-medical mask.”

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  • 'VIRUS MAKES BLM PROTESTS UNLAWFUL'

    Some of the most important stories of the week have been about the Black Lives Matter rallies in London.

    And this morning, Met Police's deputy assistant commissioner Laurence Taylor warned future mass gatherings protesting the death of George Floyd would be “unlawful”.

    That's because of the current coronavirus restrictions in place.

    He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: “The health protection regulations are really clear that it is unlawful.

    “The Government said that for health reasons people should not be meeting in groups of six, so we would strongly encourage people not to come out and gather in these large numbers because they are putting themselves and others at risk.”

    He said anyone who gathers in large groups is “potentially risking their health and also risking taking the virus back to their families”.

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  • VIRUS 'PEAKED DAYS BEFORE LOCKDOWN STARTED'

    Coronavirus infections peaked “days before lockdown started” suggesting that strict isolation measures were not the reason for a decline in cases and deaths.

    A new study from the University of Bristol found that the majority of people who died during the peak of the virus would have been infected around five days before lockdown measures were introduced.

    Here's the full report.

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  • TEENS HELD ON SUSPICION OF 'RIGHT-WING TERRORISM'

    Some non-Covid news tonight ahead of the planned Black Lives Matter protests this weekend.

    Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of right-wing terrorism offences.

    A 16-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man were held at separate addresses in north-west London at around 5.10am on Friday.

    Scotland Yard said both were arrested under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000, which gives officers the power to arrest people suspected of terrorism-related offences without a warrant.

    The teenagers are being held in custody at a south London police station and the addresses are being searched.

  • HANCOCK DONATES PLASMA TO PATIENTS IN HOSPITAL

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed during the daily conference that he had donated blood plasma with antibodies for coronavirus.

    That's because the UK is currently conducting clinical trials into plasma.

    It's being used to treat hospital patients who are currently ill with the disease.

    NHS Blood and Transplant is asking people who have recovered from the deadly virus to donate their blood so they can assess its effectiveness in trials.

    There are currently 40,000 antibody tests being carried out every day.

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UFC 250 – Nunes vs Spencer: UK start time, live stream free, TV channel, fight card and prelims

THE UFC is back in full swing – and it's time for Amanda Nunes to take centre stage.

Two-weight champion Nunes – known as The Lioness – tops a packed card as the UFC continues it's frantic post-lockdown schedule.

Widely regarded as the greatest female mixed martial artist of all time, the Brazilian puts her featherweight crown on the line against Felicia Spencer in Las Vegas.

After a successful return to Sin City with Fight Night last weekend, Dana White is set to serve up another MMA feast for all you sport-starved fans around the world.

When is UFC 250?

  • Nunes vs Spencer tops the bill at UFC 250, which will be held at the UFC APEX.
  • Fight night is set for Saturday, June 6.
  • Things will get underway with the prelims around 1am BST, with the main event expected sometime after 5am on this side of the pond.

Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on?

  • You can watch all of UFC 250 on BT Sport 1.
  • The event is NOT a PPV card in the UK and can be accessed by all BT subscribers.
  • If you have BT Sport or BT Broadband, you can stream by downloading the official app on your mobile, tablet, PC or games console.
  • All of the action will also be available through UFC Fight Pass.

How can I watch for free?

EE phone customers can get a three-month trial to BT Sport absolutely free.

Simply text SPORT to 150 – you can opt out at any time.

The trial allows you access to BT Sport mobile, which supports casting to your TV and is streamed in full HD.

Full card

Main Card (from 3am BST on BT Sport 1)

  • Amanda Nunes (champion) vs Felicia Spencer – UFC Women's Featherweight Championship
  • Raphael Assunção vs Cody Garbrandt – bantamweight
  • Aljamain Sterling vs Cory Sandhagen – bantamweight
  • Neil Magny vs Anthony Rocco Martin – welterweight
  • Eddie Wineland vs Sean O'Malley – bantamweight

Prelims (from 1am BST on BT Sport 1)

  • Alex Caceres vs Chase Hooper – featherweight
  • Ian Heinisch vs Gerald Meerschaert – middleweight
  • Cody Stamann vs Brian Kelleher – bantamweight
  • Charles Byrd vs Maki Pitolo – middleweight

Early Prelims (On UFC Fight Pass)

  • Jussier Formiga vs Alex Perez – flyweight
  • Alonzo Menifield vs Devin Clark – light heavyweight

Main event odds

  • Nunes to win – 1/7
  • Draw – 30/1
  • Spencer to win – 9/2

*All odds from Ladbrokes and correct at time of publication.

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Almost 7% of UK population has had Covid-19

Britain reveals 213 more COVID-19 deaths in preliminary figures as study claims 7% – 4.5million people – in UK have ALREADY had disease but only one in FIVE have symptoms

  • Regular swab testing has found that 79 per cent of positive results have come from people with no symptoms
  • Statisticians say around 133,000 people are thought to have the virus currently, with 54,000 new per week
  • They describe the outbreak as ‘relatively stable’ and its size has decreased on that measure since last week 
  • NHS England said another 185 people had died of Covid-19 in its hospitals between April 10 and May 27
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Another 213 people have died of the coronavirus in hospitals in Britain, officials announced today, pushing the total number of fatalities to 37,673 as a blood-testing survey suggests seven per cent of people have had the virus.

NHS England said another 185 people had died in its hospitals between April 10 and May 27, while a further 14 people died in Wales, 12 in Scotland and two in Northern Ireland. Care home deaths will be announced later.  

Separate data, released today for the first time, shows that one in every 14 people in the UK – around 4.5million people – have already had coronavirus, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The government body today released the first results of its blood testing scheme, which found 60 people out of 885 (6.78 per cent) tested positive for Covid-19-specific antibodies in their immune systems.

It suggests that 4.5million people across the UK have been exposed to the virus – a similar estimate to the 15 per cent of Londoners and five per cent elsewhere announced last week by Health Secretary Matt Hancock. 

Ongoing swab testing shows that 0.24 per cent of the population is currently infected with the disease. This a drop of 0.01 per cent from last week’s update and suggests about 133,000 people are carrying the virus.

ONS officials said it was possible this number was as low as 62,000 or as high as 250,000 – the tests are based on small samples of the population so have to account for a margin of error.

They described the outbreak as ‘relatively stable’ – the same description as last week – and added that about 54,000 people are becoming newly infected each week, down from 61,000 last week. 

More worryingly, the ONS revealed that of the people testing positive for Covid-19 in its nationwide scheme, only 21 per cent actually had symptoms at the time their positive sample was taken. This proves the virus is still spreading silently through the population and potentially tens of thousands of people have no idea they’ve got it. 

In other developments to Britain’s coronavirus crisis today:

  • A Durham Police investigation found Dominic Cummings did not break lockdown rules with his 260-mile trip to find childcare – but he might have breached guidance when he travelled 60 miles to Barnard Castle;
  • The government’s contact tracing site crashed on launch this morning amid complaints it has been a ‘complete shambles’, with workers paid £10 an hour to sit at home and do nothing on its first day;
  • Nicola Sturgeon declared that lockdown is easing in Scotland – groups of up to eight people allowed to mix in parks and gardens. Boris Johnson is due to make tweaks to the draconian coronavirus curbs this afternoon;
  • Matt Hancock performed a U-turn on the prospect of Britons being able to take summer holidays abroad this year as he suggested they may now be possible – despite saying they were ‘unlikely’ earlier this month;
  • The RNLI came under fire following the deaths of three people at Britain’s beaches over the Bank Holiday weekend after it suspended coastal patrols because of the coronavirus crisis;
  • April was the deadliest month on record in England and Wales, according to shocking official figures that showed 88,000 people died across the two countries – double the 44,000 recorded last April;
  • Sandwich and coffee chain Pret A Manger will reopen more than 200 sites for takeaway and delivery from next Monday, with new social distancing measures in place.


The ONS has based this week’s statistics on swab tests carried out on 18,913 people across 8,799 households in England and Wales. It found that 36 people tested positive for the virus from 27 separate households. 

Although people who had symptoms were more likely to test positive (6.78 per cent vs 0.38 per cent), the ONS found that only 21 per cent of all the people who have tested positive so far had symptoms at the time of the swab.

APRIL 2020 HAD TWICE AS MANY DEATHS AS APRIL 2019 AND WAS DEADLIEST MONTH ON RECORD

April was the deadliest month on record in England and Wales, according to shocking official statistics released today that lay bare the true toll of the coronavirus crisis.

Data shows 88,153 people died last month across the two countries – more than double the amount recorded last April (44,123) or before the outbreak spiralled out of control in February 2020 (43,653). The figure, released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), shows the arrival of Covid-19 on British shores led to people dying at twice the rate they would in a normal month.

In London this effect was even worse, with startling figures showing the number of people who died in April was triple what it was in the same month last year.

Counting people who had coronavirus listed as their official cause of death, the number of fatalities nationwide in April was 27,764. But experts say the true death toll of the infection is considerably higher because many patients will have been undiagnosed or their cause of death inaccurately recorded.

The ONS statistics published today show the number of people who have died of any cause, month by month.

In January this year, 56,706 people died in England and Wales, which was high but not unheard of for winter. That was followed by 46,653 in February and 49,723 in March.

April, however, brought a huge spike to 88,153 – 0.15 per cent of the entire population.

The first death from coronavirus in an NHS England hospital happened on March 2 and there were 3,857 during that month. There were 17,774 in April. 

Regionally the biggest increase in deaths between April last year and April this year happened in London, where it rose 197 per cent from 4,102 to 12,175.

It also more than doubled in the West Midlands, which is centred around Birmingham, from 4,527 to 9,932 (119 per cent). And in the North West, including Lancashire, Cumbria and Manchester, it rose by 112 per cent from 5,835 to 12,354. Other regions saw substantial increases but their numbers less than doubled.

The absolute most deaths happened in the South East, which includes Surrey, Hampshire and Kent, where 12,823 people died in April. This was a 90 per cent increase on 6,765 people in April 2019. 

This is possible because there’s a much smaller group of people who have the symptoms – a new cough, high temperature, or changed sense of taste or smell – so every positive test is a greater increase in the proportion. 

It suggests that a staggering 79 per cent of people infected with the coronavirus did not show any typical signs of illness at a moment when they tested positive and thus would have been unknowingly infectious if out in public.  

A separate set of data, not published before, was based on 885 blood tests to look for signs of coronavirus-specific antibodies in members of the public.

Antibodies are substances produced by the immune system when it fights off a certain infection; they are only present in people who have had a disease or the vaccine for it, and can be used to see who has had the illness in the past. 

The tests for it have been analysed by researchers at the University of Oxford and the University of Manchester from people who have donated blood since April 26.

Their finding that 6.78 per cent of the sample had the antibodies suggest the same rate of infection has been experienced across England and Wales, at least. It is reasonable to scale that to the entire of the UK, suggesting around 4.5million people have been infected.

Last week, Matt Hancock announced that similar testing by Public Health England had suggested 17 per cent of people in London had been infected, along with five per cent of the rest of the country.

The true size of Britain’s outbreak remains a mystery because of the controversial decision to abandon swab testing in the general population early on in the crisis before it spiralled out of control, meaning millions of cases were never recorded. 

It also means Britain’s coronavirus mortality rate is very high and not an accurate reflection of how deadly the virus really is.

For example, the Department of Health’s death toll – which is much lower than the true number because it only includes lab-confirmed cases – stands at 37,460. But only 267,000 have cases have been diagnosed – giving it a death rate of around 14 per cent.

Antibody studies, also known as seroprevalence research, are considered critical to understanding where an outbreak is spreading and can help guide decisions on restrictions needed to contain it.

And blood samples taken from around the world have suggested the true infection-fatality rate is between 0.2 and 0.8 per cent. For comparison, flu kills around 0.1 per cent of all cases.  

Other shocking statistics revealed today showed that April was the deadliest month on record in England and Wales.

A total of 88,153 people died last month across the two countries – more than double the amount recorded last April (44,123) or before the outbreak spiralled out of control in February 2020 (43,653). The figure, released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), shows the arrival of Covid-19 on British shores led to people dying at twice the rate they would in a normal month.

In London this effect was even worse, with startling figures showing the number of people who died in April was triple what it was in the same month last year.

Counting people who had coronavirus listed as their official cause of death, the number of fatalities nationwide in April was 27,764. But experts say the true death toll of the infection is considerably higher because many patients will have been undiagnosed or their cause of death inaccurately recorded. 

Last week, Matt Hancock announced that testing by Public Health England had suggested 17 per cent of people in London had been infected, along with five per cent of the rest of the country. This put the death rates, at the time, at about 1.39 per cent outside of London and 1.12 per cent within the city

HOW MANY BRITS HAVE REALLY HAD COVID-19? AND WHAT IS THE TRUE MORTALITY RATE?

The true size of Britain’s outbreak remains a mystery because of the controversial decision to abandon mass-testing early on in the crisis before it spiralled out of control, meaning millions of cases were not recorded. 

It also means Britain’s coronavirus mortality rate is very high and not an accurate reflection. 

For example, the Department of Health’s death toll – which is much lower than the true number because it only includes lab-confirmed cases – stands at 37,460. But only 267,000 have cases have been diagnosed – giving it a death rate of around 14 per cent.

Antibody studies, also known as seroprevalence research, are considered critical to understanding where an outbreak is spreading and can help guide decisions on restrictions needed to contain it.

And blood samples taken from around the world have suggested the true infection-fatality rate is between 0.2 and 0.8 per cent. For comparison, flu kills around 0.1 per cent of all cases. 

HALF OF BRITS ‘HAVE HAD IT’, OXFORD STUDY SAYS

Leading scientists have been left to guess about exactly how many Britons have been struck down with Covid-19, using mathematical-based formulas to estimate the spread of the virus in the UK. 

One controversial Oxford University study – which has since been  – suggested up to half of Britain has had the disease, which would suggest around 33million people had been infected. 

But this would also suggest that the mortality rate in Britain is around 0.15 per cent, much lower than most estimates made by scientists who have closely watched the pandemic.

12% OF ENGLAND HAVE HAD IT, PHE STUDY CLAIMS

Another estimate, calculated by experts at Cambridge University and Public Health England, suggested 12 per cent of England had antibodies – 6.5million people. It claimed the rate was highest in London (20 per cent).

The data – given to the Scientific Pandemic Influenza sub-group on Modelling – suggested that Covid-19 kills around 0.63 per cent of people it infects – a similar figure to other estimates from around the world. 

17% OF LONDON HAD COVID-19, HANCOCK SAYS 

Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed last Thursday that almost one in five people in London – 17 per cent – have already developed Covid-19 antibodies, adding to evidence that the capital was the UK’s epicentre.

Meanwhile the rate across the rest of the UK appeared to be around five per cent – around 4.38million people in total. This sum is based on 1.53million estimated cases in London and 2.85million elsewhere. 

The figures suggested that the death rate in London was considerably lower – around 0.62 per cent at the time – than it was in the rest of the UK, where it appeared to be closer to 1.39 per cent.

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Coronavirus UK LIVE: Dominic Cummings defended as death toll hits 36,793 and diabetics told to shield after lockdown – The Sun

PRIME Minister Boris Johnson has defended his top aide Dominic Cummings and refused to ask him to resign.

Mr Cummings travelled to his parents in Durham in late March, before being spotted out at a nearby beauty spot on April 12, when he claimed to be self-isolating with coronavirus.

Mr Cummings was later reportedly seen in Houghall Woods with his wife Mary Wakefield on April 19, despite being in Downing Street a few days earlier.

Witnesses say they were shocked when they saw the senior aide 260 miles from his London residence despite the Government message at the time being to remain at home.

Speaking at Sunday's Downing Street press conference, Boris Johnson insisted he had taken the allegations extremely seriously.

He said: "It’s because I take this matter so seriously that I've had extensive face to face conversations with Dominic Cummings.

“When he had no alternative, I think he followed the instincts of every father and every parent.

"Though there have been many other allegations about what happened when he was in self-isolation, thereafter, some of the palpably false.

"I believe that in every respect that he has acted responsibly and legally and with integrity and with the overwhelming aim of stopping the spread of the virus and saving lives."

Meanwhile, diabetics could be told to shield at home beyond lockdown as the UK death toll rose to 36,793 with 118 more deaths.

Follow our coronavirus live blog for all the latest news and updates…

  • BA CREW PICTURED WITHOUT PPE

    Social distancing was non-existent on a British Airways flights yesterday, with dozens of passengers within inches of each other on touchdown.

    There was the usual scramble for the exit on arriving at Heathrow airport with no attempt to keep flyers’ apart.

    A photo sent to The Sun showed people apparently oblivious to coronavirus lockdown rules as they arrived in the UK from Amsterdam. Crew were also not wearing gloves or face-masks.

    One airline source said of BA Flight 431: “Everyone seems to have given up on social distancing. We’re calling it the ‘Dominic Cummings effect’.

    “There was no hesitation whatsoever among the passengers. In recent weeks staff have been doing their best to keep people apart, but there is no effort now.

    “It’s shocking how quickly we appear to have returned to normal.”

    For the full story, click HERE.

  • BORIS JOHNSON SAYS SHOPS COULD REOPEN

    The Prime Minister has hinted shops could reopen and families may be able to be meet up in social “bubbles” as further lockdown measures are set to be eased next week.

    Boris Johnson has said Britain is heading into “step two” of his plan to get the country moving again.

    Mr Johnson suggested last night that lockdown measures could be eased further as he spoke during the Downing Street press conference.

    He confirmed the country appears to be “in a position to move to step two” on his road map back to some kind of normality amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    The second stage is hoped to begin on June 1 – next Monday – if the government is satisfied with the progress made in controlling the pandemic.

    For the full story, click HERE.

  • BELGIUM WILL NOT RETURN TO LOCKDOWN

    Belgium's interior minister announced that the country will not return to strict lockdown measures even if there is a second wave of Covid-19 cases.

    The country of 11.5 million was closed down in mid-March, with only shops and pharmacies open.

    Pieter De Crem told VTM: “The first lockdown has taken care of the situation in which we have ended up.

    “These were exceptional circumstances, but we never had Italian or Spanish conditions.

    “If there was a second wave, then I think we will find ourselves in a different situation, namely with testing and tracing.

    “But I think we can rule out that we will have to go back to tough measures.”

  • AIR-FILLED HIPPO SUITS SELLING OUT

    Hundreds of air-filled hippo suits are flying off the shelves as shoppers in the US are using them as protective suits to hug loved ones.

    Sales of the outfits skyrocketed after one girl put the suit on to visit her mum living in a care home.

    Both comical and heartwarming, a clip shows the woman in the hippo suit greeting her mum with open arms outside Fox Trails Senior Living Home in Virginia, USA.

    The woman's mum can be heard saying: “This is so wonderful!” as she cuddled her daughter for the first time since lockdown.

    Costume retailer HalloweenCostume.com said they sold 75 hippo suits in 2019, but this year they have sold 450 so far as people use them to give loved ones as squeeze.

  • DAVID ATTENBOROUGH CALLS FOR RENEWED FOCUS ON CLIMATE CHANGE

    Sir David Attenborough said climate change has been “wiped off the front pages” by the coronavirus outbreak.

    The 94-year-old broadcaster suggested the outbreak could be a result in increased co-operation between countries – something that would help in the battle against climate change.

    Speaking on So Hot Right Now podcast, he said: “The trouble is that right now the climate issue is also seen as being rather in the distant future because we’ve got the virus to think about.

    “And so what are the papers full of? The virus. Quite right, that’s what I want to know about, too.”

    “But we have to make sure that this issue, which was coming to the boil with the next COP meeting in Glasgow, has suddenly been swept off the front pages. And we’ve got to get it back there.”

  • FIRE BRIGADES UNION HIT OUT AT MPS OVER CUTS

    Firefighter bosses said they cannot be thanked for the hard work they have done during the coronavirus pandemic with further cuts.

    The Fire Brigades Union wrote to Boris Johnson demanding a halt to further budget cuts as they “prepare for the next national emergency.”

    Matt Wrack, general secretary for the union said firefighters are “absolutely staggered” by the proposed cuts to the service at a time when they going above and beyond the call of duty.

    He said: “We are firefighters volunteering to drive ambulances, to move bodies, to move face masks into the health service.

    “I think for us the pandemic shows a woeful lack of preparation in public services, and a key part of that is we've lost hundreds and thousands of jobs in frontline public services in the past decade, including in the fire and rescue service.”

  • SOUTH KOREAN PUPIL TESTS POSITIVE

    Several schools in Seoul, South Korea, have closed down after a Kindergarten student contracted Covid-19 from his teacher.

    The news of the six-year-old boy's illness came just two days before the second phase of the country's return to school.

    The art teacher, who tested positive on Sunday had taught 35 students at Young Rembrandts, a private art school in Magok of Ganseo.

    Ten nearby Kindergartens and five elementary schools will remain closed for two days so they can be disinfected.

  • GOOD MORNING BRITAIN SLAM CUMMINGS

    Presenters Charlotte Hawkins and Ben Shephard hit out at shamed Dominic Cummings on GMB this morning.

    The duo said how they had received dozens of emails from viewers insisting that lockdown was “over” after the lack of discipline that Cummings has faced from his actions.

    One viewer's email was read out: “Dominic Cummings' actions and Boris Johnson's absolute backing of them have really upset me.

    “His excuse was that he was just being a good, noble, understanding father is just a slap in the face for all those who missed their parents' funerals, to those who couldn't see their child in hospital, to anyone frightened and alone that did obey the law.”

  • 'WOBBLE ROOMS FOR NHS STAFF'

    The millions raised by Sir Tom Moore are being spent on health and wellbeing areas for NHS staff.

    Known as 'wobble rooms', the calming spaces will have massage chairs, tablets for staff to keep in touch with their loved ones, sleep pods, kettles, microwaves and fridges.

    The rooms are for staff to unwind after a long shift or just to take a moment to look after their mental health.

    Elaine Manderson, 48, lead nurse for critical care at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in west London said Sir Moore's donations have been “incredibly uplifting”.

  • BACK TO SCHOOL

    Mike Tindall has today revealed he and wife Zara will be sending their daughter back to school on June 1.

    The former England former rugby player said the “novelty” for his daughter to be taught by him had worn off after a week and a half.

    He joked to Good Morning Britain: ” The first week was brilliant because it's a different environment and she was excited to be home.

    “Then once that effect has work off it's just a dad teaching you again, like yeah whatever I can walk off or go outside or turn the TV on in other room.”

    He said he had been homeschooling in the morning with Zara picked it up in the afternoon.

  • ANIMAL AGONY

    A zoo dubbed the worst in Britain is threatening to put down its animals because of a cash crisis.

    Borth Wild Animal Kingdom in West Wales is shut for the lockdown and the married couple who run it fear they only have enough money for a week more to feed more than 300 animals.

    Tracy and Dean Tweedy say their money is running out to care for their stock – and would consider euthanising their animals as a last resort.

  • STAY AT HOME

    Diabetics may have to stay at home to shield against the coronavirus once lockdown is lifted.

    Research has shown that sufferers are at a significantly greater risk of dying if they catch the Covid-19 virus.

    Prof Peter Horby, the chairman of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag), said diabetes was being considered as part of an “active review” of the most vulnerable groups.

    Earlier this week it emerged that almost one in three people who have died from coronavirus in hospital had diabetes.

  • WILLIAMSON SUPPORTS CUMMINGS

    Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has today he “absolutely” believes Dominic Cummings after the adviser told the PM he did not break the coronavirus lockdown.

    He told Sky News this morning: “If he's made it clear to the Prime Minister, I absolutely believe that assurance.

    “I wouldn't expect someone not giving the categorical truth.”

    He said the government was now “absolutely focused in terms of the next stages” of bringing the country out of lockdown.

  • CUMMINGS ROW

    The Bishop of Manchester David Walker has called for the sacking of Dominic Cummings.

    The Bishop wrote: “Deeply grateful for my colleagues who have said what I feel too.

    “Unless very soon we see clear repentance, including the sacking of Cummings, I no longer know how we can trust what ministers say sufficiently for @churchofengland to work together with them on the pandemic.”

    The top Downing Street aide was given his full support from Boris Johnson after allegations he had broken lockdown rules.

  • FAMILY'S AGONY

    The husband of the station worker dead of Covid-19 after being spat on has told of his fury for the first time.

    Lusamba Katalay wept as he told how the loss of Belly Mujinga, 47, has destroyed the whole world for him and his 11-year-old daughter.

    His angry and anguished words come days after detectives quizzed and released a man aged 57.

    He said: “I don’t know how I’d react if I saw the man who did this.

    “I’m normally reasonable but I’m so devastated right now I might lose it and attack him, I just don’t know. And my anger won’t bring her back.”

  • POLICE SWOOP

    Met Police officers last night swooped on a man “about to stab a member of the public” in Harlesden.

    The force said the cops had been doing proactive patrols when they came across the chaotic scenes.

    They said: “He became violent, coughing on officers & claiming to have COVID-19, which will not be tolerated.

    “He has now been charged & remanded.

    “A life saved & another knife off the streets.”

  • PATIENTS STOP BEING INFECTIOUS AFTER 11 DAYS, STUDY FINDS

    COVID-19 patients cannot infect others after 11 days of being sick even if they still test positive, groundbreaking research has found.

    Scientists in Singapore discovered that a victim becomes contagious around two days before they begin developing symptoms.

    Patients are then able to transmit the bug for between seven and ten days after they begin feeling ill.

    However, the experts found that the new coronavirus “could not be isolated or cultured after day 11”, reports The New York Post.

    The scientists from Singapore's National Center for Infectious Diseases and the Academy of Medicine studied 73 people who were suffering from Covid-19.

    Patients who still displayed symptoms after 14 days could be picking up parts of the respiratory disease that cannot be passed to others.

  • AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS AND BUSINESSES REOPEN

    Australian states are pressing ahead with a three-stage plan to remove most social restrictions imposed by July.

    In New South Wales, which includes the city of Sydney, children returned to full-time face-to-face learning on Monday, allowing many parents to return to offices.

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said the reopening of schools is essential for revive Australia's economy.

    The PM is also pressing locals to begin holidays locally to help support Australia's tourism sector.

    International borders are still likely to remain closed for months.

  • GLOBAL DEATH TOLL PASSES 340,000

    The global death toll from coronavirus has passed 340,000.

    The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases stands at 5,344,539, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.

    There have been 342,695 deaths officially linked to coronavirus around the world.

  • CUMMINGS SLAMMED BY SCIENTISTS WHO COULDN'T BE AT HIS DAYING DAD'S SIDE

    Neuroscientist Dean Burnett, 37, said he was “mind-sappingly enraged” over accusations the government’s chief aide had broken the restriction rules to visit his parents in Durham.

    Mr Burnett, 37, said: “I wasn’t there for MY FATHER’S DEATH from covid19! And haven’t seen any friends or family since. Because of lockdown. I could never live with inflicting this pain on others.”

    Speaking to The Mirror, he slammed the actions of Mr Cummings as “vile selfishness” and added: “When my dad Peter contracted Covid-19, I couldn’t see him. When he went to hospital, I couldn’t visit him. And when he passed away, I couldn’t be there.”

  • FRONTLINE DOCTOR VOWS TO RESIGN IF CUMMINGS KEEPS JOB

    An NHS doctor working in a coronavirus intensive care unit has said he will resign by the end of the week if Dominic Cummings has not done so by then.

    Dr Dominic Pimenta, a cardiology registrar, tweeted a picture of himself wearing the protective equipment he has needed for the past two months, saying: “This stuff is hot and hard work” adding “haven't seen my parents since January”.

    Dr Pimenta said the Prime Minister's senior aide, who has been accused of breaching Covid-19 lockdown rules, “spits in the face of all our efforts”.

    He said he will announce his decision to quit by the end of the week if Mr Cummings is still in his position, adding he “wouldn't be surprised” if other NHS staff did the same.

  • BRITS FLOCK TO BEAUTY SPOTS DESPITE PLEAS TO STAY AWAY

    Sunny weather drew out cooped up families as they headed to Birling Gap near Eastbourne – packing out car parks this bank holiday weekend.

    Cars were seen lining up and down the road near the beauty spot after the government gave the green light for travel for unlimited exercise and day trips.

    And with the prospect of no work for most tomorrow, Brits appear to be making the most of their Sunday.

    Families were spotted enjoying ice lollies in Cambridge while others soaked up the sun in Bournemouth and Brighton.

  • TRAPEZE ARTIST TRAPPED IN SPAIN, FALLS AND DIES DURING LOCKDOWN

    Guadalupe Videla, 29, from Uruguay, smashed her skull on the ground in a freak accident in the town of Beasain, in the north of the country.

    The gymnast plunged around five feet and missed the safety mat by inches.

    She was rushed to hospital but died hours later.

    The accident that led to her death occurred as she was practising for a new show with other acrobats.

    Circus director Pele Rossi insisted Guadalupe may not have died if she had fallen from a greater height.

    He said: “If she had been higher up when she fell she would have had time to twist round.”

    Guadalupe had been stranded in the town, east of Bilbao, since the middle of March with the Il Circo Italiano circus company she has recently joined.

  • U.S. IMPOSES BAN ON TRAVEL FROM BRAZIL

    The White House announced it is prohibiting foreigners from traveling to the U.S. if they had been in Brazil in the last two weeks.

    White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the new restrictions would help ensure foreign nationals do not bring additional infections to the US.

    The decision follows comments the national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, made to CBS: “We hope that’ll be temporary, but because of the situation in Brazil, we’re going to take every step necessary to protect the American people”.

    Brazil became the world number two hot spot for coronavirus cases on Friday, second only to the US.

    The South American nation has recorded over 347,000 infections, while the US has over 1.6 million.

  • JAPAN CONSIDERS SECOND EXTRA BUDGET OF 100 TRILLION YEN

    Japan's government is considering compiling a second extra budget for the current fiscal year worth over 100 trillion yen ($929.45 billion).

    The additional funds would be to combat the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Monday.

    The budget will include 60 trillion yen for expanding low-interest rate loan schemes for firms hit by the pandemic, and 27 trillion yen for other financial aid programmes, the paper said.

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UK coronavirus death toll grows by 157 in 24 hours in England alone as 12-year-old among latest victims – The Sun

CORONAVIRUS fatalities in the UK have risen to at least 36,550 after 157 more deaths were recorded in the past 24 hours.

The youngest victim was aged just 12, Government officials say.

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The refers to those who have died in all settings – including care homes, hospices and the wider community.

Those whose deaths were reported today were aged between 12 and 100.

Seven of the 157 patients, who were aged between 57 and 88, had no known underlying health condition.

In Scotland, 16 further deaths were confirmed, taking the total to 2,261.

A further six people have died with Covid-19 in Wales, bringing the total to 1,260.

One person died in Ireland.

Yesterday, Government officials confirmed another 351 people had died across the UK, while on Thursday, 338 more deaths were logged.

However, data suggests Britain's overall death toll from the virus is far higher than the total reported by the Government so far – and has already passed 45,000.

The number of cases are falling across the country, despite more people being tested for the killer bug.

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UK weather forecast – Britain to bake in 24C scorcher TODAY as Spanish plume hits country before thunderstorms strike – The Sun

BRITS are set to bask in scorching 24C temperatures today as a wave of warm air from Spain sweeps across the country.  

Sunshine and clear skies are forecast across the week, though storms and showers are set to kill the mood on Thursday.

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Met Office weather maps show temperatures hitting 24C in London today, with similar sunny conditions throughout the south east.

These are caused by a wave of warm air sweeping in from Spain and France, which will keep the weather hot and dry until Thursday, when storms and showers are expected.

A spokesman from the Met Office said: "Scotland and North-West England could see a drizzly start on Tuesday, though this will fizzle out.

"Otherwise temperatures are well above average with temperatures of around 24 to 25C in the capital."

Meteorologist Nicola Maxey added that the warm weather could be here to stay.

She said: "We are slowly seeing day-on-day warming and we are seeing temperatures pick up.

"By the time we get to the middle of next week, temperatures will be in the 20s and we could even start seeing them up towards the mid-20s.

"We will be seeing the return of warmer weather and temperatures above average for this time of year."


While Wednesday is set to be warm and dry across the country, storms and heavy showers could disrupt the week of sun on Thursday.

These could also keep the maximum temperature a little bit lower than earlier in the week, with the East of England thought to be particularly badly hit.

Although some rain and showers is predicated in the north, the rest of the country should remain mainly dry heading into the weekend.

The outlook for Sunday to Tuesday will be "increasingly warm with long sunny periods", the Met Office predicts.

Similar predictions were echoed by the national weather service's long range report, which said: "Temperatures look to take an upward trend over the next two weeks with most areas becoming warm, especially in the south and east.

"Most places should remain largely dry with plenty of brightness or sunshine as well as light winds."


The conditions are a relief from the cold snap experienced last week with overnight temperatures on Thursday plummeting well below zero in some areas.

Katesbridge in Northern Ireland saw its lowest temperature ever recorded in May on Thursday morning at minus 6.1C, The Met Office reported.

The change in temperature will be a good excuse for Brits to make the most of unlimited exercise and sunbathing opportunities in public parks and beaches.

The UK has seen some great weather in the past few weeks, despite lockdown restrictions limiting Brits to leaving the house for essentials only.

And with many beauty spots reopening across the country, people will be heading to beaches and natural parks to enjoy the sunshine on next week's Bank Holiday weekend.

Under new Government guidelines, Brits can now travel anywhere in England by car with members of their own household – so long as they return on the same day.

They must also ensure they keep 2m apart from others at all times.

According to the Met Office's long range weather forecast, sunny weather could remain right up until June 11.

A spokesperson said: "Although with low confidence, this period looks to stay largely dry and fine with bright or sunny spells for many."


 

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Ryanair cuts 250 jobs at UK and Europe offices after coronavirus slashed flights – The Sun

RYANAIR has today announced it is cutting 250 jobs at UK and Europe offices after coronavirus forced the airline to slash flights.

It comes as the airline announced it was planning to restore 40 per cent of flights by July 1.

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Ryanair’s People Director Darrell Hughes said: "This is a very painful time for Ryanair, our crews and our people supporting operations from our Dublin, Stansted, Madrid and Wroclaw offices.

"While we expect to re-open our offices from 1 June next, we will not require the same number of support team members in a year when we will carry less than 100m passengers, against an original budget of 155m.

"Regrettably, we will now have a small number of compulsory redundancies in Dublin, Stansted, Madrid and Wroclaw to right size our support teams for a year when we will carry less than 100m passengers due to the Covid-19 crisis.

"These job losses were communicated to individual team members this week, and they will not be returning to work in our Dublin, Stansted, Madrid or Wroclaw offices when they reopen on 1 June next."

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When is Mother’s Day in the UK and why does the date change? – The Sun

MOTHER'S Day is time for sons and daughters to celebrate their mothers, but the changing date catches many people out.

This year, Mother's Day was celebrated on March 22 in the UK. But why does the date change every year, and what dates do other countries celebrate Mother's Day?

When is Mother's Day?

Mother's Day fell on Sunday, March 22 this year.

Known by its religious name, Mothering Sunday, it has become more commercialised over the years.

In 2021, it will fall on March 14.

Why does the date of Mother's Day change each year?

Mothering Sunday in the US is an annual holiday held on the second Sunday in May, so the date slightly varies each year.

In the UK, the date is linked to Easter, which is different each year as it is determined by the lunar calendar.

The UK's Mother's Day always falls on the fourth Sunday during the period of Lent, when people typically give up things like certain foods or bad habits for the days leading up to Easter.

What is Mothering Sunday?

Mothering Sunday is a celebration held to honour mothers and maternal figures.

The day has evolved into an occasion for children to honour and give presents to their hardworking mums.

In the UK, it was originally linked to religion but has since lost a lot of its connections to the church and is mainly a family day.

Why does the UK have a different Mother's Day to the US?

In the UK, the original event had nothing to do with mothers at all and it was a day for Christians to visit their "mother" church.

In the past, domestic servants were given the day off to return to their hometown and worship with their families.

On their way home, these youths would pick wild flowers to place in the church – or give to their mums.

The US event was launched separately and was not linked to religion but was dedicated entirely to mothers.

When is Mother's Day in other countries?

Around the globe, Mother's Day is celebrated on different days ranging from February to December.

In many countries, the days' success is often commercially driven, with businesses taking inspiration from the US who founded the day.

However, the origins of Mother's Day, for some, are rooted in history and religion.

Here's when Mother's Day is celebrated across the globe in 2020:

  • US – May 10
  • Australia – May 10
  • Ireland – March 22
  • France – June 7
  • Spain – December 8
  • Portugal – May 3
  • Middle East – March 21
  • Hungary – May 3
  • Germany -May 10
  • Austria -May 10
  • Switzerland – May 10
  • Greece and Cyprus -May 10
  • Israel – February 25
  • Russia – March 8
  • Ukraine – May 10

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Pockets of UK where Coronavirus infections spike after lockdown eases face tighter restrictions, minister says

THE government has said it will "make interventions" in "micro communities" if they see local infection spikes.

Under the Prime Minister's blueprint to end lockdown, the whole nation will see the tough restrictions gradually eased at the same time, with the end of May targeted.

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However the government today admitted they could be quickly re-imposed on certain areas that see a rise in coronavirus cases.

Speaking at the daily Downing Street press conference, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said: "Our strong preference is that our whole country moves as one.

"But if it's required for us to make interventions in smaller, sort of micro-communities, where you're seeing the virus take hold again, then that will be something that we consider as other countries around the world have done where they've implemented effective track and trace systems.

"But that's quite different from making major changes to lockdown measures in one part of the country to another and our strong preference is for the whole country to move as one."

The plan to "hit hard" any Covid-19 hotspots that erupt when the lockdown is lifted has been dubbed a "whack-a-mole" strategy within Whitehall.

The move to single out specific towns has infuriated the nation's nine regional mayors.

Fears deepened of longer lockdowns for some towns as it emerged the crisis in London – where the outbreak started – could be over sooner than in other parts of the UK.

There are now less people being treated in hospital with Covid-19 in the capital than in the North West.

We reported how the mayors mounted a joint protest to Mr Johnson during a conference call with him last week.

They argued that leaving some pockets of the country unable to keep up with others in the national recovery would be "unsustainable" as well as "deeply divisive and unfair".

It comes as the PM said social distancing restrictions will start to be lifted from Monday.

The three-week review of lockdown restrictions must take place tomorrow but Mr Johnson won't set out changes until Sunday.

More than one form of daily exercise is expected to be among the first signs of easing.

Earlier, Matt Hancock, the health secretary, indicated outdoor cafés could soon open.

He told Sky News: "There is strong evidence that outdoors the spread is much, much lower, so there may be workarounds that some businesses, for instance cafés, may be able to put into place."

Mr Johnson has promised plans for socially distanced work, travel and schooling as part of the "roadmap" out of the nation's virtual house arrest.

A total of 30,076 people in the UK have now died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community, up by 649 from Tuesday.

On Tuesday, the number of deaths recorded in the UK passed Italy's total, becoming the highest in Europe.

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Former Chancellors warn UK economy may never fully recover from coronavirus crisis – The Sun

BRITAIN'S economy might never recover fully from the coronavirus crisis and Britain will not enjoy a “V-shaped bounce,” three former Chancellors have warned.

Labour’s Alistair Darling, who was Chancellor during the last recession, said whether the economy recovers at all will “depend on decisions the Government takes in the next three to four weeks.”

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He added: “The decisions we take in the next few weeks are going to be critical.”

In a worrying prediction he predicted the best we can hope for is the economy mirroring an L-shape – adding: “Perhaps with the last bit curving up”.

Lord Darling predicted the economy will take much longer to recover from the coronavirus crisis than the 2008 financial crisis. The economy didn’t start growing again after that recession until 2010.

Suggesting that we might have to wait until the mid-2020s to see the economy bounce back after the coronavirus crisis, the ex-Chancellor told a webinar hosted by the Tony Blair Institute: "I’m afraid this is much, much worse because we’re not yet in control of events."

His gloomy outlook was echoed by two former Tory Chancellors, who warned that the economy will take years to recover fully.

Ken Clarke, who was Chancellor in the 1990s, told the Evening Standard: "The next two or three years will be taken up with getting the economy back on its feet.

"There won't be a V-shaped recovery. Some sectors may bounce back but it will take time and we will have an economy saddled with high debt."

"A return to normality is going to take quite a considerable length of time, not least as well because it depends what the state of the global economy is."

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His predecessor Norman Lamont warned of mass job losses, with companies “finding they can operate with fewer people,” while some businesses will disappear completely.

He told the Evening Standard: "The economy will be changed and there will be scars."

Meanwhile, Britain’s biggest banks such as Lloyds, HSBC and Barclays were criticised for failing to help out crippled economies yesterday after it emerged that only half of coronavirus loans have been approved.

Six in ten of the loans approved so far have been from Natwest.

The majority state-owned bank has handed out about 15,000 of the 25,262 loans under the Government’s Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.

The FSB’s Martin McTague blasted the other major banks, who he said had “found it extremely difficult to respond to the pressure they’re under”.

British Chambers of Commerce boss Adam Marshall piled further pressure on the Chancellor to allow firms to furlough staff part-time as they start to return operating.

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