Here’s what you need to know on 30 June. This article was updated at 5.30pm.
Deaths: Another 155 people in the UK have died after testing positive for coronavirus, bringing the official death toll to 43,730. Read more here.
Deaths in England and Wales have fallen below the five-year weekly average for the first time since lockdown. The ONS said there were 65 fewer than could have been expected. Read more here.
Leicester lockdown: A map has been released to show where in Leicester has to remain in lockdown amid a surge in cases. It comes as the government was criticised for taking 11 days to enforce the action. Read more here.
Firms in Leicester have expressed frustration over their local lockdown, but the city’s CAMRA branch has urged people not to travel to other places to drink when pubs reopen elsewhere on 4 July. They encouraged pub goers to wait for Leicester establishments to get back. Read more here.
Politics: MPs will continue to stick to two-metre social distancing despite the easing of the rules to one metre plus in England. It is understood that Commons authorities decided the two-metre rule was preferable as extra precautions such as wearing masks would have made MPs difficult to understand. Read more here.
Boris Johnson has heaped praise on “the whole of society” which he said had “come together” to defeat coronavirus. He announced a huge spending plan inspired by US president Franklin D Roosevelt, who led America out of the Great Depression with his New Deal in the 1930s. Read more here.
Policy: Elderly people living in sheltered housing are to be finally tested for coronavirus seven weeks after the government was asked to intervene. Matt Hancock had promised tests three weeks ago, according to Greg Clark, and the health secretary said they would now be available. Read more here.
Education: GCSE and A level pupils who don’t like the grades they are awarded based on their coursework and mocks will be allowed to sit the exams, despite them being called off this year because of the pandemic. Ofqual, a government body that oversees educational qualifications, has said exams could be held in October or November. Read more here.
Science: Researchers in China have found a new type of swine flu which could cause another pandemic, according to science journal PNAS. Named G4, it is genetically descended from the H1N1 strain that caused a pandemic in 2009. Read more here.
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Broadway theatres will remain closed for the rest of the year in a blow to the creative industry. Those with tickets up to 3 January 2021 have been told they can get a refund or exchange. Read more here.
The worst of the COVID-19 pandemic could be “yet to come”, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned as the number of cases is still rising. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the WHO said the pandemic is “speeding up”. Read more here.
A doctor in the Philippines has managed to keep working and stay near her family without risking their health, by living in an isolation room in their home. Dr Jan Claire Dorado wanted to move out but her family was not having it. Read more here.
Don’t try this at home - a man who couldn’t face lockdown without his family has arrived in Buenos Aires after sailing solo from Porto Santo, in Portugal. Juan Manuel Ballestero spent 85 days at sea but had to wait to test negative for COVID-19 when he arrived in Argentina before he could set foot on land. Read more here.