DEATHS in the UK are at 41,736 after 36 more people died across the country .
Meanwhile, face masks today became mandatory on public transport and shops reopened as the government urged Brits to hit the high street in a bid to save the economy.
Swathes of shoppers were seen lining high streets across the country with some shopaholics even queuing over night at one Primark store in Birmingham.
Speaking to The Sun yesterday the PM said: “Shops across England have been working hard to make their stores Covid-secure and ready to reopen from Monday, when they will lift their shutters, switch on the lights and open their doors again.
“We can all do our bit to help breathe life back into our high streets and I applaud The Sun’s Bounce Back Britain campaign for encouraging people to do just that.”
It also became mandatory for everyone to wear a face mask or covering on public transport in a bid to lessen the spread of infection.
BEIJING COMMUNITIES UNDER LOCKDOWN DUE TO NEW COVID CLUSTER
Certain Beijing communities have gone into lockdown due to a new cluster of coronavirus cases.
Chinese state media outlet Global Times reported an extra 27 cases in the capital, bringing the number of new cases in Beijing to 106 over the past five days.
Prior to the current outbreak, Beijing had reported no new cases of the virus for 56 consecutive days.
To date, there have been more than 83,000 confirmed cases of the virus across China.
UK VACCINE TRIALS START THIS WEEK
Scientists in the UK will start testing another possible COVID-19 vaccine on humans this week.
The clinical trial of 300 people will be overseen by researchers at Imperial College in London and will look to see whether their jab produces an effective immune response against the virus.
Healthy participants aged 18 to 70 will receive two doses of the vaccine over the coming weeks.
If successful, researchers hope the test can then be upscaled to more than 6,000 volunteers.
The research has been funded by £40.3m from the UK Government, as well as £5m of other donations.
AIRLINES SAY THEY WILL RAMP UP MASK ENFORCEMENT
Major US airlines will ramp up their enforcement of face-covering policies, according to Airlines for America, an industry association.
Passengers who refuse to wear facial coverings could have their flying privileges revoked after airlines joined together on the matter, which the US government does not mandate.
Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines, said in a statement that they would be implementing the policy.
The statement added that the measures are set to be in place throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
Once passengers are on board, however, there may be little airline staff can do to enforce the policy if someone removes their mask.
OSCARS REARRANGED FOR FIRST TIME IN DECADES
Film’s biggest night has been rescheduled for the first time in 40 years, as the 93rd Oscars will no longer take place on February 28, 2021.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Monday that the event will instead be moved to April 25, 2021, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It is the first time in 40 years that the awards show has had to be rescheduled.
The last time the Oscars were postponed was in 1981, when the ceremony was delayed 24 hours because of an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.
The eligibility window for entrants will also be extended, with those looking to enter now eligible to apply until February 28, 2021.
US STATES COULD GO BACK INTO LOCKDOWN AS CASES SPIKE
Governors are threatening to put their states back down as cases soar in 27 states.
In Arizona and Florida restaurants and bars have already been re-closed after staff caught coronavirus.
New York governor Cuomo threatened “Don’t make me come down there” after a video of flouters outside a bar surfaced online.
He also highlighted penalties against establishments and individuals breaching coronavirus safety measures.
The Trump administration has all but closed its task force in recent weeks, with Trump today blaming the volume of tests for the growing cases in the US.
We have received 25,000 complaints of reopening violations.
Bars or restaurants that violate the law can lose their liquor license.
People with open containers in the street can be fined.
Police & protesters not wearing masks can be fined.
Local gov’t must enforce the law.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 14, 2020
UNEMPLOYMENT SET TO HIT THREE MILLION DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
Unemployment is set to hit the highest level since the 1980s as the impact of coronavirus hits home.
Thousands of companies have been forced to close due to coronavirus that has all but destroyed major British industries and seen thousands losing their jobs as major firms like Jaguar Land Rover and BA struggle to stay afloat.
The Institute for Employment Studies expects the total jobless figure to mid-May will be between 2.6million and 2.8million.
IES chief Tony Wilson told The Sun: “If you rolled that forward to today I think that means there’s three million unemployed. I think it’s a given we’re at that level.
“That would be the highest unemployment we’ve had since the 1980s and it will be pretty close to the highest we’ve ever had.
“Young people dominate in a lot of the jobs that have been lost in the sectors that have been shut down.
Unemployment set to hit THREE MILLION — the highest figure since the 1980s
APPLE AND GOOGLE TOLD TO MAKE SURE HEALTH APPS DON’T COLLECT USER DATA
The New York Attorney General has asked Apple and Google to ensure that their health tracing apps don’t collect data.
In letters to the tech giants, AG Letitia James asked for better privacy protections by third-party apps and clear notifications that differentiate those apps from government-run versions.
She requested only apps affiliated with federal or state public health agencies be able to collect sensitive, personal health information
According to the Washington Post she wrote: “As businesses open back up and Americans venture outdoors, technology can be an invaluable tool in helping us battle the coronavirus.
“But some companies may seek to take advantage of consumers and use personal information to advertise, mine data and unethically profit off this pandemic.”
POLICE LAUNCH URGENT APPEAL FOR PARENTS TO COLLECT GIRL FOUND ALONE IN WEMBLEY
Do you recognise this girl found by the MET police in Wembley?
Police launch urgent appeal after girl found wandering streets is unable to tell cops her name or address
TRIBUTES POUR IN FOR NHS HERO WHO DIED OF CORONAVIRUS TODAY
Rizal Manalo, 51, originally from the Philippines, died today while being treated in the intensive care unit of Glan Clwyd Hospital in North Wales.
He leaves behind wife Agnes and two children, Nicole, 21, and Dylan, 16.
Agnes described her husband as a “hard-working person who loved his job dearly” as well as a “good husband and a loving father to his children”.
“He protected and cared for us,” she said.
Nurse, 51, tragically killed by coronavirus after spending weeks in intensive care unit
RESTAURANT BOSSES WANT SUPPORT EXTENDED FOR DURATION OF SOCIAL-DISTANCING RULES TO PREVENT JOB LOSSES
Bosses at restaurant chains including Itsu, Pret A Manger and Wagamama’s have urged the Prime Minister to increase support for the UK’s dining sector to prevent mass redundancies.
The letter to Boris Johnson, signed by 90 restaurants, also calls for major tax breaks and financial support until the social-distancing rules have gone.
They wrote: “Without Government support to help restaurants to generate revenue and cover costs, tens of thousands of restaurants may be forced to permanently close their doors in the coming months.”
The owners warned job losses can still be expected.
They wrote: “This crisis is far from over and the potential consequences are deeply concerning. A huge number of restaurants across the country are facing the prospect of bankruptcy.”
WORLDWIDE CASES PASS 8 MILLION MARK
There has now been over 8 million reported cases of coronavirus globally since the outbreak in December.
Other measures, like Worldometer are recording it at 8,090,384. Johns Hopkins has it at 8,001,138.
Over 0.1 per cent of the world population has been officially recorded as having had the virus.
The UK makes up 3.73 per cent of global cases. The US accounts for just over a quarter.
ONE IN FIVE ‘HAS UNDERLYING CONDITION THAT INCREASES SEVERE COVID-19 RISK’
One in five people has an underlying health condition that could increase their risk of severe coronavirus if infected, a new global study suggests.
Using data from 188 countries, a modelling study estimated 1.7 billion people, 22 per cent of the world population, has at least one underlying health condition that puts them at increased risk.
Researchers say that although estimates give an indication of the number of people who should be prioritised for protective measures, not all of these individuals would go on to develop severe symptoms if infected.
According to the study, 4 per cent of the world’s population, 312million people, would need to be hospitalised if infected.
NEW HOPE FOR CORONAVIRUS VACCINE
Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac’s has created a shot that triggered an antibody response in more than 90 per cent of patients during its early trails.
CoronaVac uses a dead strain of the coronavirus to trigger antibodies.
So far, 743 healthy participants between ages 18 to 59 have either received shots on two schedules or a placebo. No one has suffered side effects according to the company’s press release.
The company is now planning to submit its full Phase 2 findings and will apply for Phase 3, which, if successful will allow it to be released to the public.
SADIQ KHAN: FACE MASKS TO BE WORN FOR THE NEXT YEAR
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has said that wearing masks will be something we will have to do for at least a year.
He told LBC tonight: “This is part of the new normal.
“For the foreseeable future, I believe for the next year or so, wearing face coverings is going to become the norm rather than the exception.”
COVID-19 CAN LEAVE YOUR LUNGS UNRECOGNISABLE AND IT DOESN’T ACTUALLY KILL CELLS
Coronavirus created such massive damage in those who spent more than a month in hospital that it resulted in “complete disruption of the lung architecture” according to one of the UK’s top cardiovascular scientists.
Professor Mauro Giacca, who works at King’s College London told the House of Lords that autopsies of patients who had died after two months of fighting the virus had shown things he had rarely seen in his career.
He said: “What you find in the lungs of people who have stayed with the disease for more than a month before dying is something completely different from normal pneumonia, influenza or the Sars virus.
“You see massive thrombosis. There is a complete disruption of the lung architecture – in some lights you can’t even distinguish that it used to be a lung.
“There are large numbers of very big fused cells which are virus positive with as many as 10, 15 nuclei.
“I am convinced this explains the unique pathology of Covid-19.
“This is not a disease caused by a virus which kills cells, which had profound implications for therapy.”
WETHERSPOON’S PLANS TO REOPEN IN JUNE
‘Spoons has announced it plans to reopen its 900 pubs “in or around June”.
The announcement has had a mixed response – Justice Secretary Robert Buckland called hte plan “a mistake” that would “create confusion for the public”.
‘Spoons chairman Tim Martin has courted controversy during coronavirus after the company refused to pay its 40,000 staff after shutting on March 20 until it got the appropriate government bailout, telling workers to get a job at Tesco instead.
Inside the post-lockdown Wetherspoons that shows the future of Britain’s pubs
PIGGY BANKS RAIDED
An analysis by Moneyfacts has found that the average savings rate has hit the lowest on record at just 0.27 per cent per year due to coronavirus.
This gives savers an annual return of just £2.70 on £1,000. It the lowest rate since comparable records began in 2007.
For comparison, the average rate fell to a low of 0.67 per cent at the height of the financial crisis in May 2009.
JAGUAR LAND ROVER TO SLASH ANOTHER 1,100 JOBS
Jaguar Land Rover is cutting another 1,100 jobs as they revealed that the coronavirus has cost the car manufacturer a whopping £2billion.
The latest job cuts are in addition to 5,000 roles that Jaguar already said it would cut last year.
Coronavirus has decimated global sales, losing a third of sales in the final three months of the financial year.
13,000 of its staff are currently on furlough.
ONE OF THE UK’S OLDEST THEME PARKS PERMANENTLY SHUTS AFTER 99 YEARS DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
One of the UK’s oldest theme parks, Wicksteed park in Kettering, Northamptonshire, has gone into administration after 99 years due to lockdown pressure.
The park was opened by Charles Wicksteed in 1921 and has the oldest log flume in the UK, opened in 1926.
His grandson and trust chairman, Oliver Wicksteed said “we are all devastated” as he announced the loss of 48 permanent staff jobs and 67 part timers, following months of “uncertainty and difficulty”
The trust are hoping to reopen next spring to celebrate their centenary.
PRIMARK WORKER REVEALS FIRST DAY CHAOS WAS ‘HELL’
A Primark employee has slammed the idea of social distancing after the first day as she describes her first day back to work as “hell”.
She reported customers getting in line as early as 6am when the stores didn’t open until 10, ignoring un-policeable social distancing rules and compared the lines to a Beyonce concert.
Primark said they were “closely following” all government safety advice including social distancing, personal protection for employees and customers and increased in-store cleaning.
SCOTLAND CALLS FOR CORONAVIRUS UNEMPLOYMENT SUPPORT TO BE EXTENDED
Scotland’s Economy Secretary has written to the UK Government calling for coronavirus employment support to continue beyond October.
Fiona Hyslop wants Chancellor Rishi Sunak to either extend the schemes for furloughing workers and helping the self-employed, or to introduce sector-specific support, warning hundreds of thousands more jobs will be lost without it.
HMRC figures published last week show 628,000 jobs have been furloughed via the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in Scotland as of May 31, while there were 146,000 claims for Self Employment Income Support in the same period.
The UK Government will start scaling down the furlough scheme from August, moving toward 60 per cent furlough by October, after which the support schemes wrap up.
IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON TO START VACCINE TRIALS THIS WEEK
Scientists at Imperial College London will start immunising the public with their experimental coronavirus shot this week.
300 healthy people will be immunised with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Imperial, which has been backed by £41million in government funding.
The potential vaccine has only been tested in animals in the lab, where it produced much higher levels of antibodies than would normally be seen in infected people.
THREE QUARTERS OF DISABLED CHILDREN ‘ABANDONED’ BY UK SOCIAL SERVICES DURING LOCKDOWN
A damning report by Disabled Children’s Partnership has shown that 76 per cent of parents of disabled children said that support has stopped altogether since lockdown.
The colossal loss of vital support has left their heroic non-disabled siblings footing the desperately needed.
Only eight per cent of families said support had stayed the same.
The DCP report concludes that parents are reporting an increase in care responsibilities for parents and siblings, leaving them “feeling exhausted, stressed, anxious and abandoned by society.”
“In many cases, the support families previously received has now stopped.”
The 4,000 parents surveyed expressed concern over their child’s mental health as a result of lockdown.
30 per cent said their disabled child’s emotional and mental health is a lot worse and nearly a third (32 per cent) of parents said that their own mental health is a lot worse.
PRISON CORONAVIRUS CASES CONTINUE TO RISE ACCORDING TO LATEST MOJ FIGURES
500 prisoners in England and Wales have so far tested positive for coronavirus across 80 of our 117 prisoners.
Just over 0.6 per cent of prisoners are believed to be or have been infected throughout Britain’s battle with the disease.
There were 965 infected prison staff recorded across 105 prisons.
There are around 79,700 prisoners across 117 prisons in England and Wales, and around 33,000 staff working in public sector prisons.
PUBS, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS TO REOPEN ON JULY 3 IN NORTHERN IRELAND
Pubs, restaurants and hotels are to open in Northern Ireland at the start of July, in a major stride out of coronavirus lockdown.
Ministers in the Stormont Executive agreed to the move at a meeting earlier today.
From June 26, caravan parks, campsites and self-contained tourist accommodation will be able to reopen.
A week later on July 3, hotels, restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, pubs and bars will be able to welcome customers back.
Indoor pubs and bars opening on that date will have to primarily function as restaurants and offer substantial meals with table service.
The food prerequisite does not apply to alcohol being served outside in beer gardens, though table service is again compulsory.
Museums and galleries can also reopen on July 3, but hotel leisure and spa facilities will have to remain closed.