The UK is set to reopen casinos, bowling alleys, theatres and stadiums as it eases its lockdown on Saturday.

Boris Johnson relaxed lockdown restrictions after previously halting the process due to a slight rise in coronavirus cases.

However, officials say the increase appears to have 'levelled off', with beauty treatments, weddings and tattoos all set to return as part of the changes.

It comes after the UK's coronavirus death toll went up by 18 yesterday, with 13 hospital fatalities.

All 13 hospital deaths were in England, with none in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

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Paris declared 'red zone' with high infection risk

The French government has declared Paris and the Bouches-du-Rhone area around Marseille on the Mediterranean coast as “red” zones with a high coronavirus infection risk, according to a government decree published today.

The decree gives local authorities the power to limit the circulation of people and vehicles, to restrict the access to public transport and air travel, to limit the access to public buildings and to close some establishments where there is a high risk of infection.

The measure follows a sharp increase in COVID-19 infections over the past two weeks.

Speculation is mounting that the UK government may bring in quarantine measures for holidaymakers returning from France (Image: Philip Coburn)

Ukraine records single-day case increase record

Ukraine has reported 1,732 new coronavirus cases today, a single-day record, the national council of security and defence said.

Total cases reached 87,872, including 2,011 deaths.

The number of infections has increased sharply since June as authorities have eased some restrictions, allowing cafes, churches and public transport links to reopen.

Vietnam to buy Russian vaccine

Vietnam’s health ministry has registered to buy a Russian COVID-19 vaccine as the Southeast Asian country fights a new outbreak of the coronavirus following months of no local cases.

“In the meantime, Vietnam will still continue developing the country’s own COVID-19 vaccine,” state broadcaster Vietnam Television (VTV) said.

Vietnam has reported a total of 911 infections, with 21 deaths.

Russia said on Wednesday the first batch of the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine would be rolled out within two weeks, rejecting as “groundless” the safety concerns aired by some experts over Moscow’s rapid approval of the drug.

Weddings, tattoos and beauty treatments to return as lockdown eased

Facial beauty services, tattoos and spa treatments can resume from Saturday under the latest easing of England’s coronavirus lockdown restrictions, Boris Johnson has announced.

Wedding receptions with up to 30 guests can take place, trials of sporting events with a limited number of spectators can restart and indoor performances at theatres, comedy clubs and concert venues with socially distanced audiences can begin again.

Bowling alleys, skating rinks and casinos will also be able to reopen for the first time since March, along with indoor children’s play and soft play centres.

The Prime Minister said: “Today, we are able to announce some further changes which will allow more people to return to work and the public to get back to more of the things they have missed.

“However, as I have always said, we will not hesitate to put on the brakes if required, or to continue to implement local measures to help to control the spread of the virus.”

The gradual relaxation of curbs was dramatically halted two weeks ago as number crunchers at the Office for National Statistics “expressed concerns about a slight increase in the number of people in England testing positive” for Covid-19, Downing Street said.

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