New UK coronavirus cases at lowest since lockdown but 154 more die

THE number of new coronavirus cases was today revealed to be at their lowest since lockdown – but another 154 more deaths were recorded.

The coronavirus death toll today rose above 43,000 as Boris Johnson last night confirmed Britain was opening up from lockdown.

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The Department of Health today confirmed the current death toll is 43,081 after the rise in fatalities in the past 24 hours.

But the number of infections has continued to slow, with 653 people testing positive for the deadly bug.

England today recorded 51 deaths of patients aged between 48 and 96-years-old in hospitals, bringing the UK total to 42,978.

In heartening news, the South West reported zero deaths in the past 24 hours. Meanwhile, London recorded another six deaths – with the Midlands the worst hit with 19 fatalities.

It comes as…

  • Brits have been warned 'not to behave like they would before' as lockdown measures are eased
  • The PM set out plans for pubs, restaurants and hairdressers to reopen on July 4
  • People have been warned not to hug and to continue to social distance

Wales today recorded eight more deaths to see the total rise to 1,491.

Yesterday, the UK recorded another 171 deaths.

Under the changes announced by Boris Johnson last night, indoor gatherings involving two separate households will be permitted – including the possibility of staying overnight in homes, hotels or B&Bs – but social distancing will need to be maintained.

Pubs and restaurants will also be able to reopen from July 4.

But he warned people still can't hug as the virus was still not defeated and vigilance was required.

What places can open from July 4?

The full list of businesses includes:

  • Hotels, hostels bed and breakfast accommodation, holiday apartments or homes, cottages or bungalows, campsites, caravan parks or boarding houses 
  • Places of Worship
  • Libraries & Community Centres
  • Restaurants, Cafes and Workplace Canteens
  • Bars & Pubs
  • Cinemas
  • Bingo Halls
  • Theatres and concert halls, but no live music  
  • Museums and galleries
  • Hair salons and barbers
  • Outdoor playgrounds and Outdoor gyms
  • Funfairs,  theme parks and adventure parks and activities, and amusement arcades
  • Outdoor skating rinks
  • Other indoor leisure centres or facilities, including indoor games, recreation and entertainment venues
  • Social Clubs
  • Model villages
  • Indoor attractions at aquariums, zoos, safari parks, farms, wildlife centres and any place where animals are exhibited to the public as an attraction.

But top medics have warned Britain is at "real risk" of a second wave of the deadly bug.

Health leaders are calling for an urgent review to prevent further deaths amid growing fears of a renewed outbreak this winter.

And Professor Chris Whitty has warned that Brits can't behave as we did previously.

Prof Whitty predicted the country will have to cope with Covid-19 for the "long haul until this time next year".

On the two-metre rule being reduced to 1m plus, Prof Whitty admitted it was a "balance of risk".

With the social distancing rule reduced, it's even more important to wear a mask or face covering to protect yourself from Covid-19.

This is most relevant for short periods indoors in crowded areas, for example on public transport or in some shops.

The evidence suggests that wearing a face covering does not protect you, but it may protect others if you are infected but have not developed symptoms.

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