BRITS have been given fresh hope that summer holidays could be back on by July as European nations start to ease strict travel restrictions.
A number of countries will open up their borders to tourists again from the middle of June, and the Government is understood to be considering implementing "air bridges" so people can travel abroad quarantine-free.
However, the UK has been warned that full lockdown measures could be brought back again if the public continues to flout social distancing guidelines.
Sage documents have warned the country risks seeing a second peak of coronavirus over fears the easing of restrictions has come too soon.
It came as the UK's coronavirus death toll hit 39,369 on Tuesday after 324 more deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours.
Meanwhile, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed that the BAME community are more at risk of the virus, but that experts are not sure it is linked to their ethnicity.
And lockdown has been extended by another seven days after it was reported that reviews of the rules will now be four weeks apart, rather than three.
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FOUR WEEKS UNTIL MORE LOCKDOWN CHANGES IN ENGLAND
England will now have to wait four weeks before any changes to the Coronavirus lockdown rules instead of three, after Matt Hancock quietly announced a change in the law.
The Health Secretary confirmed the change in writing at the bottom of his ministerial statement – and said it would allow the government more time to make crucial decisions on what to lift next.In his written statement to MPs today, the Health Secretary said that he needed more time to look at whether easing any lockdown measures would have had an impact on the rate of transmission.
The extra week will give more time to study the effects of changing the rules, and to make sure the R doesn't go above one.
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NEW ZEALAND TO FULLY LIFT LOCKDOWN
New Zealand could lift all its lockdown restrictions next week after 11 straight days with no new coronavirus cases.
The country has already eased restrictions, allowing shops and restaurants to reopen after controlling the spread with a strict lockdown early on in the outbreak.
But the government is now set to lift all remaining restrictions including social distancing and group gatherings.
Kiwi PM Jacinda Ardern said: “Our strategy of go hard, go early has paid off.
“In moving to level one so soon, we will be one of the first countries in the world to have experienced a COVID-19 outbreak and then return to that level of normality so quickly.”
INDIA SEES BIGGEST DAILY CASE INCREASE
India has announced its biggest daily jump in coronavirus cases with 8,909 new infections in the past 24 hours.
The total cases in the country now stands at 207,615, including 5,815 deaths, government data shows.
But despite the rising death toll the country pushed ahead with easing its lockdown this week.
DOG TESTS POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS IN US
The USDA has announced that a German Shepherd in New York has become the first dog to test positive in the US.
The dog showed “signs of respiratory illness” but is expected to make a full recovery.
One of the dog’s owners tested positive for the coronavirus and another dog in the household tested positive for coronavirus antibodies, suggesting exposure, the agency said.
Pets are not believed to be carriers of the disease. There have only been a hand full of cases of animals catching coronavirus world wide.
DIY LOCKDOWN BOTOX REGRETS
The “lockdown face” is a new term for people who have had their lips left looking bloodied, black and swollen as those who can’t see beauticians make up for the lack of Botox and fillers by attempting a DIY job at home.
Claims of a rise in at-home botox kits have lead to more people turning to YouTube tutorial videos while they can’t see a professional, leaving women with rotting tissue, lumps, needing lip amputations, and even blinded by botched jobs.
Botox and fillers account for nine out of every ten cosmetic procedures in the UK.
One woman (below) bought filler online, but accidentally injected an artery, leading to a blood vessel blockage which caused necrosis that could have destroyed her face.
NORTH KOREA HAS DELAYED SCHOOL REOPENINGS IN SPITE OF HAVING ‘NO CONFIRMED CASES’
North Korean schools have reopened after the government took various steps to ward off coronavirus, while officially insisting that there are no cases in the country.
State media has said high schools and universities started classes April 20.
All other schools, kindergartens, day-care centres and nursing homes will reopen in early June, state radio reported.
The official Korean Central Broadcasting Committee (KCBC) announced: “Teachers and helpers will thoroughly follow hygiene rules, with thermometers and hand sanitizers installed at entrances of all classrooms and offices, while parents are advised to educate their children.”
FRANCE’S DAILY DEATHS BREACH 100 FOR FIRST TIME IN ALMOST TWO WEEKS
France has reported 107 new deaths today, the first time the figure has gone over 100 for 13 days.
The grim setback was reported as cafes and restaurants were finally allowed to reopen after 11 weeks in lockdown.
The country has the fifth highest tally in the world at 28,940 but is otherwise continuing to see a downward trend in hospitalisations and people in ICU’s.
BRAZIL HAS ANOTHER RECORD DAY FOR DEATHS
Brazil registered a new record for daily deaths as coronavirus continues to crush the country.
The South American country announced 28,936 additional cases of coronavirus and 1,262 new deaths.
There are now 555,383 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 31,199 coronavirus deaths in Brazil.
COVID SURVIVORS REPORTING SERIOUS MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
Coronavirus survivors are reporting significant mental and physical health issues since getting through a nasty spell with the disease, Chicago doctors report.
Chief of neuropsychology at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Dr. Robin Hanks, said: “We’re hearing a lot of people talk about the fact that they feel disconnected.
“It’s more than just anxiety and memory problems. We’re also seeing some cognitive issues, some changes in their thinking abilities.
“Sometimes for more severe cases, we’re seeing problems that are complications from COVID-19 like inflammation in the brain. Some people have had strokes.”
IT'S IN THE BLOOD
Scientists have found 27 key proteins in the blood of people infected with COVID-19 that they believe could act as predictors for how ill a patient could become with the disease, Reuters reported.
The markers could lead to the development of a test that would help doctors predict how ill a patient might get when infected.
Christoph Messner, an expert in molecular biology at the Crick Institute who co-led the research, said: “A test to help doctors predict whether a COVID-19 patient is likely to become critical or not would be invaluable.”
FLOUTING BARBERSHOP RAIDED BY POLICE
A barbershop, believed to be in Lancs, was caught red handed by cops raiding the illegally opened place.
A man sat looking sheepish in the chair having his hair cut as cops popped their heads around the door was heard on camera saying: “I've had half a head, are you taking the p**s?”
It is not clear if the gentleman in question is still walking around with a half done hair-do.
You can see the film of the raid here
CORONAVIRUS VACCINE WILL TAKE YEARS TO ROLL OUT
A top expert has warned that the vaccine for coronavirus will take years to roll out, meaning we need to put more efforts into finding effective treatments.
Dr Mick Cammack, head of the Wellcome Trust's Covid-19 Theraputic Accelerator project into promising therapies, has dashed the hopes of those expecting a jab to be mass-produced this year.
This comes as drug firms have promised to deliver jabs by autumn.
More on this story here
UK DIVORCE INQUIRIES UP BY 42 PER CENT
Lawyers claim that there has been a surge in divorce inquiries due to couples being locked in with eachother during coronavirus.
Co-op Legal Services reported a 42 per cent increase in divorce inquiries between 23 March and mid-May, compared with the same period in 2019.
The most common complaints are concerns about finances, employment and simply getting under each other's skin during lockdown.
PRISONS TO EASE CORONAVIRUS MEASURES
Prisons and Probation Minister, Lucy Frazer, has announced that prisons are looking to return to normal after months of special measures caused by coronavirus.
There will be a staggered return to normal prison life, including visits, over the next month.
Ms Frazer said: “We are now in position to consider how to cautiously restart aspects of daily prison life, such as social visits, education and work – with adaptations where necessary to ensure safety.
“This cannot happen in a uniform way across all prisons and decisions will take account of individual circumstances”
DORSET COULD GO BACK TO LOCKDOWN BECAUSE OF DAY-TRIPPERS
Fears of a second spike in Dorset caused by a flood of day-tripping tourists have been voiced by residents and councillors.
The south-west is now estimated to have a 0.9 R rate, the highest in the UK, after people flocked to soak up the sun at the first sign of Lockdown easing.
Dorset Council has written to the PM pleading him to “act now to save the lives of Dorset residents” and review the current guidelines for areas “that do not have the infrastructure to cope.”
DAILY COVID19 MEETING AXED AT NO.10
The daily cabinet coronavirus meeting is being axed to “bring some order” to the government's response to the deadly disease.
It comes as part of a raft of changes, including an end to weekend coronavirus press briefings and an effort to sideline Dominic Cummings.
Lockdown measures will now also be reviewed every 4 weeks instead of every 3.
BORIS SHAKES UP DOWNING STREET
A shake-up in Downing Street will see the Government's entire approach to the pandemic run by two centrally-run committees, covering strategy and operational delivery, the Telegraph reports.
The move is being made to tighten up Johnson's grip on the management of the crisis in the wake of the Cummings scandal and his personal fight against coronavirus.
Johnson and Gove will personally oversee the two committees and allow for some cabinet members to focus of the looming Brexit transition.
PUBS REOPEN ON GUERNSEY
Drinkers have flocked for a socially distanced pint on Guernsey as the pubs reopened for the first time since March.
The island has now entered phase four of its exit plan as it has reported “no known” Covid-19 cases remaining.
NO MORE MR NICE GUY: LABOUR PUTS PM 'ON NOTICE' OVER CORONAVIRUS
Sir Keir Starmer has “put the prime minister on notice” to “get a grip and restore public confidence in the government’s handling of the epidemic.” following the Cummings scandal and a slump in public trust in the Government.
Sir Starmer told the Guardian: “If we see a sharp rise in the R rate, the infection rate, or a swath of local lockdowns, responsibility for that falls squarely at the door of No 10.
“We all know the public have made huge sacrifices. This mismanagement of the last few weeks is the responsibility of the government.”
P&O CRUISES DOCKED UNTIL OCTOBER
P&O has said it will not be back up and running until mid October, extending its cancellations from their original mid-July prediction.
The Southampton-based firm said it is focused on developing a way of keeping everyone on board “safe and well, and still give our guests an amazing holiday”, rather than on what date it could resume sailing.
NEW BORDER RESTRICTIONS COULD SEE TRAVELLERS DEPORTED
Controversial new rules for travellers are coming in to force from June 8, next week.
They include passengers being forced to complete an online tracking form and self-isolate for two weeks.
Anyone found breaking the two week quarantine could face deportation or an unlimited fine starting at £1,000.
Tourism companies say that the new measures will devastate their already decimated industry.
THIS IS WHAT PUBS COULD BE LIKE AFTER LOCKDOWN
'SHE WAS NOT ALONE'
Four nurses who stayed with a dying woman when her daugher wasn't able to stay with her due to coronavirus restrictions have left a heartbreaking note reassuring her that her mum didn't die alone.
Nurses – Shona, Zoe, Lorna and Corinna – said they had held the woman's hand as she passed away.
Along with the note, the woman was also given a wooden box containing her mum's finger print and a lock of her hair tied with a ribbon.
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ZOOM ANNUAL SALES NEARLY DOUBLE EXPECTATIONS
Zoom has nearly doubled its expectations for annual sales on Tuesday, driven by a surge in users using the platform during coronavirus-driven lockdowns.
Zoom reported revenue of $328.2 million, beating analysts' estimates of $202.7 million, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.
Zoom's shares have more than tripled this year.
DOCTORS WARN PROTESTERS THAT THEY NEED TO WEAR MASKS AND WEAR PPE
The head of infectious disease at Stamford Hospital, Dr. Michael Parry, has warned that people are not practising social distancing or wearing enough personal protective equipment during protests.
He warned that there could be a covid-19 spike caused by the widespread protests if people do not wear PPE and remember to wash their hands while they are protesting.
The warning comes as a PHE report found that black men are four times more vulnerable to dying of coronavirus.
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