Coronavirus: The 12 major developments that happened on Friday
What you need to know on June 19: This article was updated at 5 p.m.
Deaths: In the UK, there were 173 coronavirus deaths in the 24 hours to 5 p.m. on Thursday. Read more here.
Guidelines: Coronavirus levels in the UK are to be lowered from Level 4 to Level 3 on the recommendation of the country's senior doctors. The Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland said in a statement that they had agreed to downgrade the alert level after a steady and persistent decline in cases in all four countries. Read more here.
Virus transmission: Coronavirus R rates have remained at the same level this week, the government has confirmed, and is between 0.7 and 0.9 for the whole of the United Kingdom. The range in England has decreased slightly since last week and is now 0.7-0.9. Read more here.
Education: Boris Johnson said he was "sure" that all children would be able to go back to school full-time by September, as he indicated that classroom social distance rules could be relaxed to help more students return faster get. The Prime Minister also announced a £ 1 billion catch-up program for students who missed school months. Read more here.
Science: British with Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi heritage are 20 percent more likely to die if they develop COVID-19. However, according to the largest study on ethnic diversity in mortality rates, there is no increased risk for black people. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh found that South Asians are much more likely to die of the disease if they are sick enough to need hospital care. Read more here.
According to a new study, young mothers are much more likely to suffer from postnatal depression in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The researchers showed that the number of women suffering from the disease has risen sharply in up to three in four pregnant women or in women who have recently suffered from anxiety during the pandemic, compared to less than one in three women who have previously suffered. Read more here.
Business: Three major meat factories in England and Wales have closed after more than 100 workers tested positive for COVID-19. Mobile test tents were set up outside Asda’s own meat processing facility in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, after workers contracted the virus after sites in Wrexham and Anglesey were closed. Read more here.
Wales: First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced that Wales will reopen its border from July 6th so holidaymakers and day trippers can visit it. Unnecessary shops will open from Monday, and the measures for places of worship and the housing market have been relaxed. Read more here.
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rest of the world
Traces of corona viruses were found in Italy's water supply in December, suggesting that the virus was in circulation more than a month before the country reported the first cases. Scientists discovered the presence of SARS-Cov-2 - the virus that causes Covid-19 - in wastewater from two northern cities in late 2019. Read more here.
Spain increases coronavirus deaths by more than 1,000 after officials correct a backlog of inconsistent data. The toll is now 28,313 - the authorities stopped updating the balance sheet by 27,136 on June 7. Read more here.
The recent outbreak of the corona virus in Beijing is a European strain. Zhang Yong, an official at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said: "The virus is from Europe, but it differs from the virus that is currently spreading in Europe." Read more here.
Animals from the Living Coast Zoo in Torquay were rehabilitated after the zoo admitted that it might have to put them to sleep because they had to be closed. Living Coasts said they were "pending" because loss of revenue from ticket sales meant they could not afford to maintain and maintain animals and facilities. On Friday morning, it was announced that several aquariums and zoos had come together to find new homes for the marine species on living shores. Read more here.
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Why are children less at risk of coronavirus?
The vast majority of coronavirus-related deaths worldwide have occurred in the elderly. Between March and June, six people under the age of 14 died from the infection in England and Wales between 10 weeks. This is compared to 24,511 in people between the ages of 75 and 90. It is known that our immune system becomes less “sharp” with age, which reduces its ability to fight off infections that we have not encountered before. The circulating coronavirus is one of seven strains of a virus class that are known to infect humans. Four of these strains trigger cold-like symptoms that children in school may be more exposed to. Fending off other strains can give adolescents an edge when it comes to defeating the coronavirus. Research also suggests that children are less likely to get the infection in the first place. To what extent they pass it on is up for debate
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