Here’s what you need to know on 5 June. This article was updated at 5pm.
Deaths: The number of people who have died across the UK after contracting coronavirus has risen by 357 in 24 hours – taking the official tally over 40,000 for the first time. The total is now 40,261. Read more here.
The Crown Prosecution Service has been asked to review evidence into the coronavirus-related death of railway worker Belly Mujinga, who died after she was spat on at work. British Transport Police (BTP) said the case is not being reopened but it has invited the CPS to conduct an independent review of the available evidence, and whether there were any further lines of inquiry. Read more here.
Policy: People should be wearing face coverings now and not just on public transport according to the British Medical Association. The BMA says they should be worn anywhere where social distancing is not possible. Read more here.
It will be mandatory for NHS staff to wear face masks from 15 June, the health secretary announced in the daily coronavirus briefing. All hospital visitors and outpatients will need to wear face coverings from the same date.
Robert Jenrick, the housing secretary, has announced a two-month extension to the Government’s halt on evictions from social and private rented properties. He tweeted: “We are suspending evictions from social & private rented accommodation by a further two months. Eviction hearings will not be heard in courts until the end of August and no-one will be evicted from their home this summer due to coronavirus.”
Testing: An average of 53,000 people in England had COVID-19 any one time between 17-30 May, marking a decrease in positive tests in recent weeks. New data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows a fall in the number of cases compared to 11-24 May, when 133,000 people in England had the virus at any given moment. Read more here.
Test and trace: Police are planning their own test and trace over concerns the government’s version could put them in danger. Police forces are concerned strict application of contact tracing rules could see entire stations or units having to shut down, and that contact tracing could compromise sensitive information. Read more here.
Experts have warned the test and trace scheme will be useless if tests take more than 48 hours to come back. Up to 20,000 coronavirus tests a day are taking longer than two days to provide results. Read more here.
Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon has said she did not visit her family in the first weekend of lockdown rules easing, because she didn’t want to add to road traffic. The First Minister admitted it could have caused a family dispute if she had gone out because her parents live close to her sister, and you can only visit one household a day. Read more here.
Wales: Police in Wales have turned away more than 1,000 cars from a beauty spot in just two days, prompting them to urge English visitors to check the country’s lockdown rules. Dyfed-Powys Police said they have stopped tourists from as far as London who had travelled to a picturesque area in the Brecon Beacons known as “waterfall country” last weekend. Read more here.
Finance: More than 800 jobs are at risk after the UK arm of lingerie retailer Victoria’s Secret tumbled into administration. The retailer, which has 25 stores across the UK, confirmed that it has hired administrators from Deloitte after being impacted by the coronavirus lockdown. Read more here.
British Airways owner IAG is considering taking a legal challenge against the planned blanket 14-day quarantine for travellers to the UK. In an interview with Sky News, chief executive Willie Walsh said that the quarantine, which is set to come into force from next week, would “torpedo” its plans to resume flights in July. Read more here.
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Rest of the world
Brazil has overtaken Italy as it reported a daily record of 1,473 fatalities, taking its death toll to more 34,021. The countries with higher death tolls than Brazil are the US, which has the most number of fatalities, followed by the UK. Read more here.
South Africa has reported a record jump in coronavirus cases after easing the lockdown. South Africa recorded 3,267 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, the biggest jump since the pandemic began. Read more here.
A restaurant in Hong Kong has found its guidebook on how to deal with reopening after the pandemic has become a hit with eateries around the world. The author explained the chain had an advantage, describing having “SARS PTSD” from the last virus outbreak. Read more here.
Several football matches will be free to watch as the Premier League returns on 17 June. Bournemouth versus Crystal Palace on 20 June, as well as Everton’s visit to Norwich on 24 June will be on the BBC. Read more here.