There have now been 6.1 million confirmed cases and 371,000 deaths linked to Covid-19 worldwide, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Nurseries re-open, and Primary schools Year 1 and 6 go back to school whilst outdoor markets and car show rooms are also allowed to open as soon as they are able to meet the COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect shoppers and workers.
The 2 million most vulnerable people in England, who have been ‘shielding’, are now allowed to meet up with someone from a different household.
This is happening when the daily death rate in the UK is still in three figures compared to double figures for almost every other country in Europe. The official scientific advice rates the alert level at 4 on the Government’s traffic light system which means that the virus is in general circulation and ‘is high or rising exponentially.’
The easing of the lockdown was last night challenged by the Association of Directors of Public Health who claimed the timing was “not supported by the science.” Their assessment is that they are only completely satisfied that Test one, below, of the Government’s 5 tests had been met.
- Making sure the NHS can cope and continues to have sufficient capacity
- A ‘sustained and consistent’ fall in daily
- Solid data showing the rate of infection is decreasing to ‘manageable’ levels
- Ensuring that supply of tests and personal protective equipment (PPE) can meet future demand
- Avoiding a second peak that would risk overwhelming the NHS
The House of Commons returned for the first time since lockdown though no exceptions have been made for MPs who need to continue shielding. In order to vote, MPs have form a queue of over 1 Km in length. Also, as there is a cap of 50 MPs in the Chamber, this will prevent many of them from asking questions of ministers.
Almost half of Primary schools defied the government and did not open on 1 June.
New figures released by NHS England show that 25,060 patients were moved from hospitals to care homes between 17 March and 16 April. At this time there was little testing, no requirement for this to be done before discharge and a shortage of PPE for care homes. All of this despite the very clear risk to the more elderly.
On only the second day of the resumption of parliament Business Secretary Alok Sharma went into self-isolation after falling ill while at the Despatch Box.
Number of cases and deaths (Source gov.uk website)
As of 9am on 3 June, there have been 4,786,219 tests, with 171,829 tests on 2 June.
279,856 people have tested positive.
As of 5pm on 2 June, of those tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, across all settings, 39,728 have died.
The number of deaths rose by 359 in the last 24 hours, taking the official UK total to 39,728.
A World Health Organisation reports that 332 new daily deaths were officially reported by the 27 EU countries in the most recent period to 3 June whilst, in the same period, the UK recorded 324 deaths, according to the WHO situation report.
There have now been 40,261 deaths from coronavirus with 357 new deaths since yesterday and 283, 311 confirmed cases. The UK is only the second country, after the US, to pass this tragic landmark.
It was reported that The NHS test and trace system for Covid-19 is not expected to be “world class” until at least September, an executive of the scheme reportedly told staff. Chief operating officer Tony Prestedge admitted during a webinar that the programme would be an “imperfect service at launch” that will “improve over time”.
An analysis by Cambridge University for Public Health England says the R infection rate is estimated to be above 1 in the North West and hovering near that number in the South West.
The R value for the whole of the UK has risen slightly to between 0.7 and 1. An R rate above 1 means the infections could continue to rise.
Quarantine measures came into force today for arrivals to the UK with anyone entering the UK must now self-isolate for 14 days though, bizarrely, they will be able to go to the shops and travel on public transport.
Dentists can begin taking appointments and open their doors to patients again.
Coronavirus has spread to 188 countries, infecting 6.9 million people and has cost more than 400,00 lives.
New Zealand’s coronavirus lockdown set to be completely lifted after it successfully eliminated the killer bug. The country has no active cases for the first time since the virus arrived there.
Professor Clifford Stott, the member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) warned of the possibility of summer riots caused by a combination of inequality, anger at the police, enforcement of coronavirus restrictions and public anger over the handling of the Dominic Cummings affair. He also warned of trouble escalating if localised lockdowns brought tougher rules for people living in poorer areas than in affluent neighbourhoods.
The Government abandons its plans to have a wider opening of schools.
Epidemiologist Neil Ferguson, former member of the scientific advisory group SAGE, told MPs that Britain’s coronavirus death toll could have been halved if lockdown had been introduced a week earlier. Britain’s death toll is currently the second highest in the world.
The pressure mounts for reducing the social distance rule. Scientists advise that we keep the 2 metres social distancing rules whilst some businesses and backbench Tories want it reduced. The question is health or wealth! Scientists advising the UK government say that spending 6 seconds at a distance of 1 metre from someone is the same as spending 1 minute at a distance of 2 metres. The risk of being infected is estimated to be 13% within 1 metre, but only 3% beyond that distance.
As from today single adults can form a “support bubble” with one other household. This change to the lockdown measures aims to help combat loneliness, but does not apply to those who are shielding.
Face masks become compulsory from today on all public transport and all other non-essential retail can re-open. Anyone travelling by bus, train, ferry or plane in England must wear a face covering.
Some secondary pupils in England due to take exams next year will start returning to school from today. Guidelines only permit a quarter of the chosen year groups, Years 10 and 12, to be on site at a time
Shielding of the most vulnerable set to continue
Scientists revealed a major breakthrough in the treatment of coronavirus which has the potential to save thousands of lives after a British research team concluded that it reduces the mortality rate. From tomorrow the cheap and common drug dexamethasone will be rolled out across the NHS.
The premiere league football season re-started behind closed doors with Aston Villa and Sheffield United producing a scoreless draw and Manchester City beating Arsenal 3-0.
It is increasingly clear that hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs, child poverty is forecast to rise by 600,000 and families are turning to food banks in record numbers. Despite this Boris Johnson has taken the extraordinary decision to spend nearly £1million on repainting his ministerial jet.
The UK’s coronavirus alert level has been downgraded from four to three
It is now clear that you are more likely to die form Covid-19 if you are:
- from black and ethnic minority communities
- from deprived areas
- in low-paid or low-skilled occupations
- with underlying health conditions
There is an urgent need to address health inequalities, and all inequalities.
Johnson announces a wide range of easing of current restrictions which will start on 4 July.
New official figures show that the number of excess deaths since the coronavirus outbreak began has passed 65,000, whereas the official recorded deaths attributed to the virus is 42,927 deaths with 306,210 infections.
Boris Johnson tells people to stop ‘taking too many liberties’ on lockdown easing. After a major incident was declared on the south coast yesterday due to large crowds on the beaches, the he warned the public that the “the virus is still out there”. Bournemouth became the focus of the breakdown in lockdown though there problems in several parts of the country.
A spike of infections in Leicester brings a new lockdown of the city. In the previous week, 10% of all new cases in England were in Leicester.
Boris Johnson unveils plans to spend billions of pounds to mitigate the economic impact of coronavirus later with investment in hospitals, schools and homes to create jobs and stimulate growth.
Across the world the Coronavirus Cases and deaths are at the end of June are shown below.