Friday, June 21

UK records 57,000 deaths



Leicester could have its lockdown restrictions lifted as the UK records more than 57,000 Covid-19 deaths.

It comes as the number of staff who have tested positive for Covid-19 at a Nottinghamshire dessert factory has risen to 72. It was announced on August 7 that all staff at the Newark Dessert factory would be tested after 39 coronavirus cases among workers.

The council said 701 workers had now been tested and 72 had tested positive, although 33 fully fit and healthy staff had returned to work after isolating.

Just over 57,000 deaths involving Covid-19 have now been registered in the UK, according to the ONS. However, last week saw the lowest weekly rise in deaths since before lockdown.

Meanwhile, the future of Public Health England (PHE) is set to be announced later by Health Secretary Matt Hancock. It comes amid reports that the body is to be axed and replaced.