Here’s what you need to know on 18 June. This article was updated at 5pm.
Deaths: A 13-day-old baby is among the latest victims of coronavirus as the UK records 135 more deaths. Read more here.
Schools: A school in Epsom, Surrey, has been forced to close its doors, and pupils and staff advised to quarantine themselves, after a catering worker tested positive for coronavirus. The school will be closed until 29 June. Read more here.
Test and trace: The government has abandoned its existing contact trading app to swap to a Google-Apple version, it has emerged. The move is a major U-turn and comes after the government insisted its model was more effective than the version by the tech firms. In the daily briefing, Matt Hancock said they had hit a “technical barrier” and the new app would “bring the best bits of both systems together”. Read more here.
New figures from test and trace suggest a fall in social distancing, as people report, on average, nearly twice as many close contacts compared to the end of May. The figures cover the first full week since the last lockdown easing. Read more here.
A quarter of those who tested positive for coronavirus since the launch of the test and trace programme have not been contacted, according to new data. A total of 14,045 people who tested positive for Covid-19 in England had their case transferred to the NHS test and trace system, and 10,192 people (73%) were reached and asked to provide details of recent contacts. Read more here.
Police in Staffordshire have warned people to be wary of scammers who are posing as test and trace staff and asking for bank details for testing kits. Genuine NHS staff will not ask for money, passwords, or to download anything. Read more here.
Vaccines: Health secretary Matt Hancock has praised the vaccination work ongoing and said the joint committee on vaccination and immunisation had published interim advice. The frontrunner option is to be produced and stockpiled in the hope it will be proved effective. He said the over-50s and those with heart and kidney disease would be among those who had priority for a vaccine.
Policy: More than half of Brits think social distancing rules should be kept at two metres, a poll has revealed. The YouGov survey found that 56% of people think the two-metre rule should stay in place, compared to just 27% who think it should be reduced to one metre. Read more here.
Finance: About 12.5 million people have taken a financial hit during the pandemic figures show. It comes with a new survey from Office of National Statistics. Read more here.
Every library, museum and gallery in Leeds could be closed as the council counts the cost of the coronavirus pandemic. The council has also said it may have to slash more than 400 jobs as the sheer extent of the cost of COVID-19 on regional government starts to emerge. Read more here.
Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed an easing of lockdown in Scotland, introducing a bubble scheme similar to that in England, allowing single people or those with young children to meet with another household. From Friday, people will be able to meet those in two other households while outside, with no more than eight people gathered at a time. Read more here.
Wales: Non-essential retail businesses in Wales will be allowed to reopen from Monday, according to the PA news agency.
Sport: One coronavirus test taken from 1,541 players and club staff in the Premier League has come back positive, it has emerged. The FA said specifics will not be released but they will confirm numbers of tests and positive results. Read more here.
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Rest of the world
Beijing has reported a decline in newly confirmed cases of coronavirus as the city continued to press stricter measures to contain a new outbreak. The Chinese capital reported 21 cases, down from 31 on Wednesday, and these were among 28 new cases recorded across the whole country. Read more here.
Latin America has become the new epicentre of the pandemic as Peru recorded 240,908 infections. There are more than four million confirmed infections across the region but health experts believe the true figure is much higher. Read more here.
Wildlife has been thriving since lockdown, as shown in a new photo series established by Explorers Against Extinction – a UK-based conservation charity. The winning image, taken by Katie Waddington, showed a beetle perched on top of a flower-bud in the countryside surrounding Katie’s home in Winchester. Read more here.
Historic Royal Palaces have been able to reopen the gardens at Hampton Court Palace and Hillsborough Castle today, after admitting the loss of visitor money had been a blow to their finances. The palaces are facing a £95million shortfall this year. Read more here.