Here’s what you need to know on 2 July. This article was updated at 3pm.
Deaths: A further 35 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, while eight people have died in Wales. One person died in Scotland.
Leicester lockdown: The coronavirus spike in Leicester that has led to a local lockdown in the city has been driven by a rise in cases among younger people, according to a new report. A report from Public Health England’s Rapid Investigation Team’s (RIT) found an increase in the number of people aged under 19 who had been infected, from 5% of all cases in mid-May to 15% in June, with a similar rise also noted among working-age people. Read more here.
Drinkers in Nottingham will have to prove they are not from nearby locked-down Leicester when pubs and bars reopen this weekend, according to reports. The new rule, which would see people having to provide proof of their address with something like a council tax bill, has been introduced amid fears that people from Leicester will travel to its neighbouring city to enjoy a drink on the first day pubs reopen following lockdown, Nottinghamshire Live reported. Read more here.
Scotland: The two-metre rule will not be changing in Scotland and it will be mandatory to wear face coverings in shops from 10 July. First minister Nicola Sturgeon said that the science "on physical distancing has not changed". Read more here.
The Scottish government has denied it is to blame for a delay in an announcement about air bridges, which could allow Britons to holiday abroad without quarantining either in the destination country or when they get back to the UK. Holyrood said suggestions they were to blame were “unfounded”. Read more here.
Policy: The British public are “probably right” to be pessimistic about the prospects of a second wave of coronavirus and subsequent lockdown, one of the government’s leading scientific advisers has warned. Professor John Edmunds, who attends meetings of the government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said that there were around 3,000 new cases a day in England. Read more here.
Boris Johnson has warned people not to “overdo it” when pubs and restaurants reopen on Saturday. Many parts of the hospitality sector reopen this week for the first time in three months. Read more here.
Education: Education secretary Gavin Williamson has confirmed all schools and colleges will fully reopen in September. However, teaching experts have raised doubts over the “mind boggling” difficulties of containing outbreaks in schools. Read more here.
Data: An average of 25,000 people had the coronavirus at any point between 14 June and 27 June in England, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has estimated. That is almost half the previous average, released last week, which estimated 51,000 people in England had COVID-19 at some point between 8 June and 21 June, despite fears of a second wave of COVID-19 infections coming later in the year. Read more here.
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Rest of the world
New Zealand’s health minister has resigned over a series of personal failings during the coronavirus response. He was deemed to have broken his own advice, going for a bike ride and taking his family to a second home, and has now quit over the border breaches which brought COVID-19 back into the country. Read more here.
US President Donald Trump appears to have shifted his stance on face coverings, saying he is “all for masks” in an interview. The country reported 52,000 new cases on Wednesday, but the president says he thinks coronavirus will “disappear”. Read more here.
Air pollution dropped by almost 40% in some towns and cities in the first few weeks of lockdown. Data found dramatic drops in nitrogen oxides and nitrogen dioxide, which are believed to exacerbate or even cause asthma, and are linked to heart disease. Read more here.
Zoos and aquariums are preparing to reopen on Saturday after months of lockdown. Staff in animal homes across the country have been getting ready to welcome visitors at the weekend. Read more here.