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Coronavirus map LIVE: UK records 67 new deaths as pubs reopen and lockdown eases

The Department of Health and Social Care said 44,198 people had died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Friday. The figure is up by 67 from the previous day.

It comes as the pubs in England can reopen from today followings months of closure as lockdown restrictions are lifted.

Hairdressers, restaurants, bars and cinemas have been allowed to welcome customers on so-called Super Saturday, which has seen the biggest relaxation of rules yet.

But Ministers have urged the public not to get carried away with the new freedoms.

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Coronavirus Live: UK's total reduced by 30,000

The UK’s coronavirus death toll has risen by 67 (Image: GETTY)

Saturday, July 5

00.03am update: WHO abandons hydroxychloroquine COVID-19 tests The World Health Organisation (WHO) has abandoned tests into whether anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine should be used in hospitals to treat coronavirus. 

President Trump has repeatedly praised hydroxychloroquine and in May claimed to be taking it himself to combat the threat from COVID-19. 

However according to the WHO's study there is no evidence the drug reduces mortality. 

James Bickerton takes over live reporting from Katie Harris 

Friday, July 4

10.30pm update: Minute’s silence held in remembrance of coronavirus victims

A minute's silence has been held in remembrance of those who have died during the coronavirus pandemic.

People were asked to observe the silence and light a candle on Saturday night as public buildings - including Downing Street - were lit up in blue at 9pm.

9.45pm update: Acting Lib Dem leader calls for Farage to be investigated over pub visit

Acting Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey has called on police to investigate whether Nigel Farage has broken quarantine rules.

Sir Ed has written to the chief constable of the Kent constabulary questioning whether the Brexit Party leader had breached coronavirus guidelines after he tweeted from a pub on Saturday.

Mr Farage insisted he had been back from a trip to the US for two weeks and had tested negative for Covid-19.

9.15pm update: Texas coronavirus cases rise by 8,258

The number of coronavirus cases in Texas jumped by 8,258 on Saturday, the state’s health department has said.

The increase is the biggest daily rise since the pandemic started.

8.30pm update: Pub owners call for tax reductions

Pub owners have called for greater tax reductions to help their businesses survive as many opened their doors to customers today for the first time since March.

Industry leaders said further financial support, including cuts to beer duty and VAT, was needed to help pubs and breweries stay afloat over the coming months.

Their call comes ahead of the Government's summer statement on Wednesday, where Chancellor Rishi Sunak is due to outline plans to support the UK's economy which has been badly hit by the pandemic.

8pm update: Majority think pubs and restaurants opened too soon – poll

More than half of people think the hospitality sector has been reopened too soon, according to a new poll.

Some 52 percent believe outlets like pubs and restaurants are going back into business early, the Opinium survey suggests.

The poll shows that 73 percent expect a second outbreak of Covid-19 this year.

The survey also finds that 53 percent think the easing of the lockdown is happening too fast.

7.15pm update: WHO reports record daily increase in global coronavirus cases

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported a record daily rise in global coronavirus cases, with the total up 212,326 in 24 hours.

The biggest increases were from the US, Brazil and India.

The previous WHO record for new cases was 189,077 on June 28.

pubs reopening

Pub owners have called for greater tax reductions to help their businesses survive as many opened their doors to customers today for the first time since March (Image: GETTy)

6.35pm update: Florida coronavirus cases rise by record 11,458

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Florida rose by a record 11,458 on Saturday, the state’s health department said.

It comes a day after seven other states also reported record rises in cases of Covid-19.

North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alaska, Missouri, Idaho and Alabama all registered new daily highs on Friday.

6.20pm update: Starmer blasts Government’s messaging on lockdown easing

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer told Times Radio: "The messaging has been all over the place.

"You have had some Government messaging saying go out and have a drink, other messaging saying be responsible, be cautious - the messaging, I think, has been very poor over the last few weeks. Today is a massive day, and it is a real test.

"We have supported the easing of restrictions and we have supported the Government on that.

"But, we have been very mindful of the risks, so we are saying be very cautious the virus hasn't gone away.

"My message, really, to the Government is, this is a big test for you.

"We are supporting you in easing restrictions, but you absolutely have to be on top of the risks.

"And that means that things like test, track and trace really have to work. And there has to be a much better way of dealing with local outbreaks."

5.50pm update: Ireland coronavirus death toll rises by one

Ireland has recorded one further coronavirus death.

There has now been a total of 1,741 related deaths in the country, the National Public Health Emergency Team said.

Stanley Johnson

The Prime Minister's father Stanley Johnson has defended his decision to travel to Greece (Image: PA)

4.55pm update: PM’s father defends travelling to Greece

The Prime Minister's father Stanley Johnson has defended his decision to travel to Greece and post about the trip on social media.

He said: "I didn't put them up... in a spirit of defiance, or anything like that."

Referring to his residence in Greece, Boris Johnson’s father said: "I came here to have a quiet time, to organise the house.

"I think I'm going to go back on July 10. So, I have just got one week to get everything organised. Got a whole lot of instructions about how to make the place Covid proof."

4.15pm update: Farage enjoys first pint in pub after lockdown

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has shared a picture of himself enjoying a drink in the pub following the latest easing of the coronavirus lockdown.

The Brexiteer said: "12 o’clock, first customer in. Love it."

3.25pm update: Up to half of pubs have not reopened today – Camra chief

The national chairman of the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) Nik Antona said: "I think it's going to be difficult for pubs. They are opening up under uncertain circumstances. They don't know if they're going to get their customers back.

"The Government have not really been helpful with their guidance, leaving it to the last minute in a lot of cases.

"What you are finding is, some of the pubs haven't even bothered opening today - they want to see what's going to happen.

"Across the country I've seen figures of up to 50 percent of pubs actually not opening today."

2.43pm update: 39 new deaths in England 

NHS England has reported a further 39 new deaths from COVID-19 today. 

The total deaths in hospital now stands at 28,871. 

2.34pm update: No new deaths in Scotland 

As of 2pm today, 275,751 people in Scotland have been tested for the coronavirus. 

The death toll remains at 2,488 while there have been 18,287 cases. 

2.27pm update: Five more deaths in Wales 

Public Health Wales has revealed a further five deaths from COVID-19.

The total number of deaths now stands at 1,530. 

1.48pm update: Keir Starmer celebrates haircut

The Labour leader has shared a photograph of himself receiving a haircut as barbers reopened today. 

"My barber Chris told me this morning coronavirus has been the biggest challenge his business has ever faced.

"The virus has not gone away.

"We need targeted support for businesses and the furlough scheme extended for those parts of the economy most at risk."

1.09pm update: Rail services to be ramped up 

Rail services across Britain will be ramped up from Sunday as demand for public transport is expected to grow due to lockdown restrictions easing.

Industry body the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) said services will increase from around 70 percent of pre-lockdown levels to 85 percent.

Sir Keir Starmer

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has shared a photograph of himself receiving a haircut as barbers reopened today (Image: TWITTER/SIR KEIR STARMER)

12.29pm update: Sadiq Khan condemns street party 

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has condemned a street party which was held in west London last night. 

The party was held despite social distancing measures still being in place across England. 

He said: “Violence against the police will not be tolerated and perpetrators will be caught and prosecuted," Sadiq Khan said.

“Extra police will be out today continuing to work hard to keep our city safe.”

11.56am update: Matteo Salvini rages at recovery fund 

Leader for right-wing group Lega and Eurosceptic, Matteo Salvini has criticised Ursula von der Leyen's recovery fund proposal. 

He said: "Europe has been making fun of us for months, if not for years.

"All the money they promised us is Monopoly money that might arrive next year.

"And we will have to give it back with interest under conditions decided for us in Luxembourg. Weirdly, everyone is rejecting them."

Sadiq Khan

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has condemned a street party which was held in west London last night (Image: GETTY)

11.11am update: Catalonia imposes new lockdown on 200,000 people

Spain's northeastern Catalonia region has placed 200,000 residents into lockdown near the town of Lerida. 

Catalonia's regional president, Quim Torra told reporters: "We have decided to confine the del Segria zone following data confirming a sharp rise in Covid-19 infections."

11.06am update: People in Wales told not to travel more than five miles to England 

First Minister, Mark Drakeford said the public in Wales should not travel more than five miles to pubs or bars. 

He added: "I certainly do say to people who are thinking of going across the border that the five-mile advice, the stay local regulations, remain in place in Wales this weekend.

"So while there are populations very close to the border who may choose to travel, for most of us that will not be a possibility."

11.02am update: Rishi Sunak welcomes pub reopenings 

Following the changes to rules today, Mr Sunak said: "The hospitality sector is a vital part of our economy and crucial to people's livelihoods - Britain's pubs and bars alone employ almost half a million people - which is why it's such good news that so many people are able to return to work this weekend, helping us all to enjoy summer safely."

Rishi Sunak

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has welcomed the latest easing of the lockdown (Image: GETTY)

10.28am update: Second wave will be "more muted"

Without an effective test and trace system, there will be a second more muted wave of the virus an expert has claimed. 

Professor Karl Friston, an epidemiologist at University College London, told BBC Newsnight: "If we do not really accelerate the find, test, trace and isolate then yes, there will be a second wave.

"Perhaps it will be useful to say it's not going to be the kind of wave we saw with the Spanish flu, this is going to be a much more muted second wave, that the models at the moment suggest will be in early January. It won't be of the same magnitude as the first wave by far."

10am update: Public must be cautious 

Professor Robert West, an epidemiologist from University College London told the BBC: "We are looking at around 20,000 new infections a week and around 1,000 deaths a week and the rates aren’t coming down very fast so people have to be tremendously cautious here.

"As we open up these businesses you will get more contact and that means you will get more infections and unfortunately it means you will get more deaths."

"The key here is do everything you possibly can to minimise the risk."

he also added the virus will be in the UK for some time and that the infection rate is not dropping quick enough. 

9.32am update: Restrictions from July 4

As per Government guidance, you should not: "Gather indoors in groups of more than two households (your support bubble counts as one household) - this includes when dining out or going to the pub

"Gather outdoors in a group of more than six people from different households; gatherings larger than 6 should only take place if everyone is from just two households

"Interact socially with anyone outside the group you are attending a place with, even if you see other people you know, for example, in a restaurant, community centre or place of worship

"Hold or attend celebrations such as parties where it is difficult to maintain social distancing

"Stay overnight away from your home with members of more than one other household your support bubble counts as one household."

9.13am update: What businesses remain closed? 

A raft of new shops are opening today, but some areas will still remain closed for the foreseeable future. 

In England, this applies to: "Nightclubs, casinos, bowling alleys and indoor skating rinks, indoor play areas including soft-play, spas, nail bars, beauty salons and tanning salons, massage, tattoo and piercing parlours, indoor fitness and dance studios, and indoor gyms and sports venues/facilities, swimming pools and water parks, exhibition or conference centres - where they are to be used for exhibitions or conferences, other than for those who work for that venue."

Coronavirus Live: US cases continue to rise

Coronavirus Live: US cases continue to rise (Image: PA)

8.40am update: Victoria records 100 new cases

Australia's second-most-populous has recorded 100 new cases of COVID-19 today. 

The 108 reported is an increase from the 66 on Friday.  

The state Premier, Daniel Andrews said: "These numbers are a very real concern to all of us."

8.25am update: UK's air bridge list "absurd" 

Portugal's foreign affairs minister, Augusto Santos Silva, has criticised England's air bridge list after the country was not included. 

The Prime Minister has stated 14-day quarantines would remain for countries where the virus is not under control. 

Other countries not on the list include the US, China and Sweden. 

Mr Santos Silva told the Today programme: "We are very disappointed with the decision of the British authorities. We think it is senseless and unfair.

"It is quite absurd the UK has seven times more cases of Covid-19 than Portugal so we think this is not the way in which allies and friends are treated."

Coronavirus Map Live: UK figures as of June 3

Coronavirus Map Live: UK figures as of June 3 (Image: Express)

7.42am update: 57,562 cases reported in the US 

The US has recorded a further 57,562 over the past 24 hours according to the latest data. 

This is the third consecutive day of more than 50,000 new cases. 

Florida, California, Texas, Arizona and Georgia have all reported large single-day increases. 

7.38am update: More than 100 cases reported in Tokyo 

Japan's capital has confirmed a further 130 new cases on Saturday marking the third day with more than 100. 

On Thursday there had been 107, while Friday reported 124 although the nation's infection rate remains below many other countries. 

7.18am update: UK's cases total less than first thought 

The UK Government has changed the way it has recorded cases as of July 2. 

In an announcement, the Government has removed duplicates from pillar one and two. 

Pillar one is testing from NHS laboratories across the four nations while pillar two is testing which comes from the community. 

Due to this change in how cases are counted, the total numbers has been reduced by 30,302 - the total now stands at 284,276.

Additional reporting by Bill McLoughlin.

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