Coronavirus UK Updates: daily deaths drop to pre-lockdown level

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Coronavirus UK Updates: daily deaths drop to pre-lockdown level
Coronavirus UK Updates: daily deaths drop to pre-lockdown level

The UK has recorded its lowest daily rise in the number of coronavirus deaths since before lockdown started on 23 March. A further 55 people had died after testing positive with the virus as of 17:00 BST on Sunday, taking the total to 40,597. But there tends to be fewer deaths reported on Mondays, because of a reporting lag over the weekend. Health Secretary Matt Hancock, speaking at No 10’s daily briefing, also said the R rate is “below one in all regions”.

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– New travel quarantine rules ‘a stunt’

The boss of Ryanair, Michael O’Leary, has said the new rules requiring all people arriving in the UK to self-isolate for 14 days are a “political stunt”. Those arriving by plane, ferry or train – including UK nationals – must give an address where they will be in quarantine. Rule breakers will be fined. Read more about how travellers have been impacted by the new rules.

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– BP to cut 10,000 jobs

BP is to cut 10,000 jobs following a global slump in demand for oil because of the coronavirus crisis. The oil giant had paused redundancies during the peak of the pandemic – but told staff on Monday that around 15% will leave by the end of the year. It has not said how many jobs will be lost in the UK. It is thought the figure could be close to 2,000.

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