Coronavirus: The 16 major developments that happened on Monday
What you need to know on June 22: This article was updated at 5 p.m.
Deaths: The number of people who died in the UK after a positive coronavirus test rose to 42,647 - an increase of 15 in 24 hours. It is the lowest number since March 15th. Read more here.
Guideline: After a review, Boris Johnson will announce a change in the 2-meter rule on social distance. According to Sky News, the Prime Minister will seek expert advice on Monday and finalize the changes before obtaining approval from his cabinet and submitting plans to Parliament on Tuesday. Read more here.
The sharp rise in Germany's coronavirus R rate is "worrying," the British government said. Secretary of State James Brokenshire spoke on Monday after it was announced that COVID-19 reproductive numbers in Germany had increased dramatically. According to official figures, the German transmission rate rose from 1.79 on Saturday to 2.88 on Sunday. Read more here.
Millions of people who "shield" during the coronavirus outbreak will soon be able to meet six others from outside their home. Health Minister Matt Hancock announced that the change will apply in England from Monday 6 July to those who are clinically "extremely vulnerable". Read more here.
Wales: Unnecessary shops have been reopened in Wales as the country is gradually phasing out. It comes when the first minister, Mark Drakeford, announced that he would not carry out a local closure in Anglesey after 158 had tested positive for COVID-19 after a factory outbreak. Read more here.
According to a report, structural and systemic racism is a major reason why BAME people in Wales died of coronavirus at a high rate. Prof. Emmanuel Ogbonna, chairman of the group that produced the report, said the key issues raised had been identified many times before the Covid 19 crisis, but were not addressed. Read more here.
Testing: A saliva test is currently being tested at home in Southampton, as experts believe it could be more accurate than the existing swab test. Participants are tested once a week for four weeks, and details of those who test positive are communicated to the NHS Test and Trace program. Read more here.
Children: Children are said to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The charity the Children’s Trust has warned teenagers about is experiencing “vivid nightmares,” a potential warning sign of the condition. Read more here.
Nursing homes: The daughter of an 88-year-old man who died in a nursing home from suspected COVID-19 takes action against the Minister of Health. Dr. Cathy Gardner asked Matt Hancock to withdraw his comments that he had placed a protective ring around nursing homes and was now taking legal action. Read more here.
Lockdown: Thousands of additional kittens could be born during the lockdown, with animal welfare organizations fearing a kitten crisis. Cat owners are encouraged to keep female cats indoors as the number of kittens born is expected to increase. The seasonal boom is exacerbated by the UK's restrictions on blocking. Read more here.
Sports: Grigor Dimitrov is the second tennis player to test positive for coronavirus after a tournament by Novak Djokovic. Dimitrov retired on Saturday after feeling uncomfortable. His opponent that day, Borna Coric, was also tested positive. Read more here.
Three Arsenal players isolated themselves after a presumably false positive coronavirus test. The player had returned a positive test, but since then has had a negative virus and antibody test. Read more here.
Travel: Spain and Greece are likely to be the first countries to build airlifts with Britain. This comes from data from Tui, which has announced that flights to the United States will resume from July 11th. Read more here.
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rest of the world
The number of coronavirus cases worldwide has risen to record levels every day. On Sunday, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the total number of cases worldwide had increased by 183,020 within 24 hours. The previous daily record increase was 181,232 on June 18. Read more here.
South Korea is in the middle of a "second wave" of coronavirus infections, health officials said Monday. So far, the country has been celebrated as a success story for dealing with the global virus pandemic. However, the Korea Centers for Disease Control (KCDC) said on Monday that an increase in new cases signaled a second wave in the capital, Seoul. Read more here.
A mysterious COVID-19-related illness that occurred in children is no longer considered fatal after a breakthrough. Dr. Karyn Moshal, a senior advisor on pediatric infectious diseases at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, said that thanks to a combination of treatments, patients recover within three to five days. Read more here.
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