Coronavirus UK LIVE: Air bridges confirmed TODAY as experts warn travel could spark another rise and deaths hit 43,297
BRITS are set for a huge holiday boost today as it is expected the first air bridges will be confirmed.
France, Spain and Italy are among the first countries to agree to travel corridors from Monday, which would allow people to travel abroad safely without the need to quarantine on holiday or upon return.
But World Health Organisation doctor Dr David Nabarro warned on BBC's Today programme: "We're right at this delicate phase where we can actually push this virus right down, suppress it, and get on with life and have a good life.
"But if we are just a little bit careless and we get one of these major what we call 'spreader events' where a lot of people get ill and then suddenly our health services get overwhelmed again."
Meanwhile, Grant Shapps confirmed driving theory tests will start again on July 4, while practical assessments can also resume from July 22.
It comes as the coronavirus death toll in the UK stands at 43,297 after 67 people died in hospitals across England.
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67 MORE DEATHS IN ENGLISH HOSPITALS
There have been 67 more coronavirus deaths in hospitals in England.
The total toll for the UK currently stands at 43,297.
ENVIRONMENT SECRETARY SAYS LOCKDOWN ISN’T LIFTING TOO EARLY
George Eustice said he did not think that lockdown was being lifted too quickly and reiterated that local lockdowns could be put in place if infections rise in an area.
He told BBC Breakfast: “I think we always did this in phases, it was always a case of that third phase coming up next week starting on July 4 with the restaurants and pubs that was always going to be the most difficult to achieve because these are by their nature quite social venues.
“We will watch that and monitor the situation very carefully, and where necessary we will localise lockdowns delivered through the Test and Trace system.”
NO SCOTTISH COVID WEEKDAY DEATHS
There have been no deaths of people who tested positive for coronavirus registered in the past 24 hours in Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.
She said this falling on a weekday is significant because zero deaths of positive patients have only previously been recorded around the weekend when registration figures tend to be artificially low.
Speaking at the Scottish Government's coronavirus briefing, the First Minister said this is the first time it has happened on a weekday since before lockdown and means deaths under this measure remain at 2,842.
The proportion of coronavirus tests in Scotland that are positive are now “well below” 1%, she added, and were at 0.3% on Thursday.
Ms Sturgeon said 18,213 people have tested positive for the virus across Scotland, up 17 from 18,196 on Thursday.
She said the percentage of positive tests is “one of many signs of the progress we are making”.
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DJOKOVIC’S COACH ALSO TESTS POSITIVE
Novak Djokovic's coach, former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, has confirmed he has tested positive for coronavirus.
The Croatian, who triumphed at the All England Club in 2001, had come out in defence of the Serbian over his organisation of the ill-fated Adria Tour. The event had to be cancelled after one of the participants, Grigor Dimitrov, confirmed he had tested positive.
Ivanisevic defended Djokovic, who has also since tested positive, telling the New York Times everyone attacking the 33-year-old was “smart now” but that the event had been given government approval.
Now the 48-year-old coach has tested positive too, confirming the news on Instagram.
Ivanisevic wrote: “Unfortunately after two negative tests in the last 10 days, I have just found out I have tested positive for Covid-19.
New analysis shows that during the lockdown there were fewer car crashes but collisions did become deadlier.
In London, nine people died in traffic collisions in April, about the same as past years, according to data from Transport for London.
Andy Cox, a detective superintendent who investigates fatal and serious road collisions for London's Metropolitan Police, said: “They don't think anything will happen to them and they are not considering their fellow road users and the wellbeing of them.
“It's totally unacceptable. We need to recognize that speed is the biggest factor in fatal collisions and serious, life-changing collisions.”
Cox said that speeding offenses increased 187 per cent in London during the lockdown compared to the same period a year ago and extreme speeding offenses increased even more – by 236 per cent..
The number of miles traveled in the British capital declined by 69 per cent from February to April, according to data provided by INRIX.
UP TO LOCAL AUTHORITIES
A Downing Street spokesman today said that it was up the local authorities to work with Public Health England and emergency services to control the chaotic scenes at the beaches.
During a Westminster briefing he said: “Everyone should be able to enjoy the sunshine, and we understand that people want to enjoy public spaces, but it is important we don't undo the hard work of the British public in reducing the transmission of this virus.
“It is a matter for local authorities to manage numbers, alongside emergency services and Public Health England.
“As we saw yesterday they are best placed to make those decisions on a case-by-case basis.
“We have been clear that should we see case numbers increase we will introduce local lockdowns.”
When asked if the Government would close the beaches, he said it was up to local authorities to manage it.
He said: “It is for local authorities to manage numbers.
“I believe Matt Hancock, when he spoke, was referring to the powers to impose localised lockdowns which we have been clear throughout may need to be the case if we see case numbers rise in a particular area.”
MEAT FACTORY OUTBREAK
The First Minister of Wales confirmed today that there are 166 confirmed cases linked to the outbreak at Rowan Foods in Wrexham.
More than 1,000 people have been tested.
Today's figure rose by 60 after yesterday it was announced there were 106 cases linked.
Mark Drakford said today: “The latest information I have seen says there are 204 cases at the 2 Sisters plant, 166 cases at the Rowan Foods plant in Wrexham and 33 cases at the Merthyr Tydfil plant.
“Updated guidance for this sector will be published later today.
“A rapid review will also be carried out into the whole sector.
“These outbreaks are a sobering reminder that coronavirus has not gone away.”
SCOTLAND DEATH TOLL
Scotland has recorded no further coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours.
The last time this happened on a weekday was on March 20.
It means the death toll in Scotland under this measure remains at 2,482.
The First Minister said 18,213 people have tested positive for the virus in Scotland.
Bournemouth residents have described the “mayhem” as tens of thousands of sun-seeker descended on Bournemouth beach yesterday “with no idea of social distancing”
The town was forced to declare a “major incident” yesterday.
One resident said people were using the gardens of her apartment block as a loo.
Pat Munday, 73, also described how cars were double-parking and blocking driveways as well as preventing emergency vehicles from getting through.
She said: “It was just mayhem, people just want to have a good time but they just don't give a monkey's about others.
“It's a shame, it's such a beautiful part of the country but people just need some control, people have lost all sense of respect – when they urinate in your garden, it's the pits.”
SUPER SATURDAY WILL BE PUBMAGEDDON
Cops yesterday blasted the decision to reopen pubs on a Saturday — calling it a “countdown to carnival”.
After four months without drinking in pubs, forces said they were bracing themselves for “two weeks of New Year’s Eves” when doors open on July 4.
They expect drunken violence and disorder to breakout on what has been dubbed “Super Saturday”.
Police believe social distancing rules which mean many people won't be allowed in pubs will cause tensions to flare up if drinkers are turned away at boozer doors.
COPS SAY PEOPLE MUST ‘TAKE MORE RESPONSIBILITY’ AS LOCKDOWN EASED
Police chiefs have said people must take “more personal responsibility” when Covid-19 lockdown measures are further eased on July 4 as fines for breaches dropped to their lowest level.
Tickets handed out in the two weeks to June 22 fell to just 189 from a high of 5,280 in the fortnight to April 27, according to provisional data released by the National Police Chiefs' Council on Friday.
PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN ‘STANDOFF’ WITH COUNCIL
Two primary schools are in a “stand-off” with a county council after their plans to get children back to school were rejected.
Angry parents have started a petition and planned to gather outside school gates on Friday in protest.
Kingslea and Heron Way primary schools in Horsham, West Sussex, said there had been “unwavering support from the whole school community” for their plans to bring back Years 2 to 5 this coming Monday.
However at the last minute the plans had to be postponed, after West Sussex County Council raised an objection.
The schools would be open to possible litigation issues if they pushed ahead.
89 PER CENT OF PEOPLE CONTACTED IN FIRST WEEK OF TEST & TRACE
During the first three weeks of Test and Trace, 113,925 people who had been identified as recent close contacts of people who had tested positive for Covid-19 were reached through the tracing system.
This was 89 per cent out of a total of 128,566 identified contacts.
The remaining 14,641 were identified as close contacts but were not reached.
WHAT'S THE R RATE ACROSS ENGLAND?
TUI CANCELS FLORIDA HOLIDAYS
Tui has cancelled all holidays to Florida for its customers in the UK and Ireland up to the end of November “due to the ongoing uncertainty around international travel restrictions and the unprecedented impact of Covid-19”.
The firm said in a statement: “The decision has been made following new health and safety measures implemented at Walt Disney World to ensure the safety of its guests.
“These changes would significantly impact the holiday experience for many Tui customers who plan their magical and often once in a lifetime Florida holiday.”
DROP IN NORTHERN IRELAND COVID DEATHS
The weekly coronavirus death toll in Northern Ireland has recorded a drop.
Statistics published by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (Nisra) show that 12 deaths involving Covid-19 occurred in the week to June 19.
The previous week, Nisra recorded 20 deaths.
While published with a week lag, the Nisra figures give a fuller picture of Covid-19 deaths than the daily figures released by the Department of Health, which focus primarily on hospital deaths.
UV AT ALL-TIME HIGH AFTER DROP IN POLLUTION DURING LOCKDOWN
The UK is facing its highest UV levels ever this week due to a drop in pollution from the coronavirus lockdown.
Air pollution has dropped off with the pandemic, with many flights being cancelled
Such pollution would usually stop strong UV levels getting through.
This week levels of UV in the UK are expected to reach 9 in some places, the highest UV level is 11.
LIVERPOOLFANS URGED TO CELEBRATE LEAGUE WIN ‘SAFELY’
Police have urged Liverpool fans “to do the right thing” and celebrate safely after their team won the Premier League title.
Jubilant fans gathered in their thousands outside Anfield stadium on Thursday night following Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Manchester City, which secured the Reds the title with seven games to go.
BRITS ‘UNWILLING TO COOPERATE WITH CONTACT TRACERS’
WHO’s Dr David Nabarro said there was “a real reluctance among some British people” to cooperate with contact tracers.
Speaking to the Today programme, he said: “When I saw the early figures I thought 'this is a great start but there's more to be done'. Then I've seen actually the numbers have stayed pretty static for the last three weeks.
“And if I was in charge of the contact-tracing system I would be really asking myself why is it proving so hard to find all those who have got the disease and to get to their contacts?
“It does appear there is still a real reluctance among some British people to be open about their contacts and perhaps they feel it's an intrusion into their privacy.
“And I say here and now when you're trying to get rid of this virus contact tracing is absolutely critical. It's the only way to do it. And we have that information now from all over the world.
“So if you're in any doubt please do cooperate on this contact-tracing issue because it is key to getting down to the low levels that we need for life to recover and people to go about their lives as they wish to.”
MORE THAN 500 PRISONERS INFECTED
More than 500 prisoners in England and Wales currently have confirmed symptoms of coronavirus, according to the latest figures.
The Ministry of Justice said there were 510 live cases as of June 19 and all had tested positive for the virus. Of those, 500 were in adult prisons and 10 in youth jails.
The latest available data, published in a weekly report for the first time, also showed 23 prisoners and 21 offenders being supervised by probation had died during the pandemic with Covid-19 being the suspected cause.
So far, 175 inmates have been freed early as part of efforts to protect those most vulnerable to catching the virus.
AIR BRIDGES ANNOUNCED TODAY: WHICH ONES ARE GOING AHEAD?
EUROPE’S VIRUS RECOVERY IS ‘TOUCH AND GO’
Dr David Nabarro, a World Health Organisation Covid-19 special envoy, said it is “touch and go” that local virus outbreaks can be controlled.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, he said: “I'm pretty confident that most European countries are going to do well.
“We've seen for example in Poland, Germany, Spain, a really effective response to these kinds of resurgences but it is touch and go.
“I really think that Chris Whitty's (England's chief medical officer) point that 'the virus is still in general circulation' is important.
“So let's hope that we are able to prevent these small clusters and little outbreaks from becoming overwhelming as we had earlier this year.”
SAVINGS OF £7.8 BILLION IN LOCKDOWN
A new study has found that people have saved a combined £7.8 billion during lockdown after having to cut out luxuries such as the hairdressers and trips out.
SunLife’s Finances After 50 Report revealed that over 50s spend monthly around £29 on health and beauty, £56 on eating out, and £29 on days out.
Like everyone else in the UK, since 23 March, over 50s haven’t been able to spend the way they usually would.
And according to data, not being able to do things like have a hair cut, go out for meals or take trips to the cinema has potentially saved over 50s £316 each over the past few months.
‘POLICE COULDN’T COPE’ WITH BOURNEMOUTH BEACH
Local MP Tobias Ellwood, speaking from Bournemouth beach, said: “This place was deluged and social distancing went out the window and that's why a major incident was declared, because the local authority and indeed the police couldn't cope.”
He told BBC Breakfast: “The beach should have been closed down, or at least shut down to prevent further people from entering it.
“We need to learn from this and recognise that if we're going to be serious about tackling this pandemic then we need to be swifter in being able to provide support to local authorities who are unable to cope.”
Environment Secretary George Eustice said there was a “quid pro quo” that any new easing of the lockdown comes with a responsibility to respect any social distancing and other virus mitigation measures.
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