At least 312,654 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the UK, including 43,730 fatalities. Face coverings are compulsory for people using public transport in England. The government have released a strategy document "Our Plan to Rebuild" setting out how the UK will gradually ease lockdown measures. Alert level 3. Further easing of restrictions from 4 July.
30 June: 689 new cases and 155 deaths were reported bringing the total to 312,654 and 43,730 deaths. Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced the UK's first local lockdown on Monday after Leicester city council reported 944 positive tests in the two weeks to 23 June - about one in 16 of the total UK cases during that period. In Leicester, non-essential shops have shut and schools will be closed to most pupils from Thursday and pubs and restaurants will remain closed. Measures will last for at least two weeks and apply to the city centre and a number of suburbs.
23 June: 874 new cases and 171 deaths were reported bringing the total to 306,210 cases and 42,927 deaths. The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson announced that some restrictions will be lifted from 4 July. Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will be allowed to reopen. The 2-metre social distancing rule will be replaced with a 1-metre-plus rule that will allow people to stay just 1 metre apart, provided other mitigating measures are in place. This evening's press conference will be the last of the daily press conferences. Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish first minister, and Mark Drakeford, the Welsh first minister, have both stressed that they are retaining the 2-metre social distancing rule. Schools in Scotland will reopen in August.
20 June: 1,295 cases and 128 deaths were reported bringing the total to 303,110 and 42,589 deaths. The Joint Biosecurity Centre recommended the Covid-19 alert level should move to level 3 - Covid-19 is in general circulation, from level 4 - Covid-19 epidemic is in general circulation; transmission is high or rising exponentially. “There has been a steady decrease in cases we have seen in all four nations, and this continues,” the chief medical officers of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland said. “It does not mean that the pandemic is over. The virus is still in general circulation, and localized outbreaks are likely to occur.”
16 June: 1,279 new cases and 233 deaths were reported bringing the total to 298,950 cases and 41,696 deaths. Dexamethasone has been immediately approved in the UK to treat all hospitalised COVID-19 patients requiring oxygen, including those on ventilators. This follows a statement from the chief investigators of the RECOVERY trial regarding the outcomes of patients given dexamethasone (see news story).
12 June: Cases continue to decline with less than 2,000 new cases a day reported since the beginning of June. In the last 24 hours there were 1,541 new cases and 202 deaths bringing the total to 292,950 cases and 41,481 deaths. A study has been launched to monitor the prevelence of COVID-19 in schools. The new voluntary coronavirus (COVID-19) study will assess and monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 among pre-school, primary and secondary school pupils and teachers. As lockdown restrictions are eased, the government has announced that people in England can set up support bubbles from tomorrow. In England, single adults living alone or single parents whose children are under 18 can form a support bubble with one other household. The second household can be of any size. Face coverings will be compulsory on public transport and in hospitals from Monday.
5 June: This week has seen a return to school for nursery and pre-school children plus reception, Year 1 and Year 6 in England. Wales has announced a return to school for all pupils from 29 June. Pupils in Scotland will return at the start of the Autumn term on 11 August. In Northern Ireland pupils preparing for exams and those about to move to post-primary schools will go back in late August, with a phased return for the rest in September. Lockdown measures have eased slightly, from 1 June people can spend time outdoors in groups of up to six people from different households, they must follow social distancing guidelines. New quarantine rules will be implemented on Monday, anyone arriving in the UK will be enforced to self quarantine for 14 days.
The number of new cases and deaths continues on a downward trend, there have been 1,650 new cases and 357 deaths reported in the last 24 hours bringing the total to 283,211 cases and 40,261 deaths.