Coronavirus: The 14 major developments that happened on Monday

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Here’s what you need to know on 8 June. This article was updated at 5pm.

Deaths: There have been 55 deaths in the UK from coronavirus in the last 24 hours, figures show. It’s the lowest daily death toll since lockdown began. The total is now 40,597. Read more here.

Politics: The UK government has ranked joint worst for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Just 41% of Britons believe the government is managing the COVID-19 outbreak well, versus 56% who say it is mishandling it, according to results of a YouGov report published on Monday. Read more here.

Policy: Boris Johnson is said to have signed off plans to bring forward the date pubs and restaurants reopen amid fears of the number of jobs that may be lost. Having been told by Alok Sharma, the business secretary, that 3.5 million hospitality jobs are at risk, Johnson is expected to bring forward plans to reopen pubs, restaurants and theme parks ahead of the crucial summer period. Read more here.

New rules came into force overnight that mean people entering the UK must isolate for 14 days on arrival. The policy has been called a “political stunt” by the boss of Ryanair. Read more here.

Matt Hancock, the health secretary, announced a new social care task force during the daily briefing. He said all care homes can now order testing kits, not just those looking after over-65s, and David Pearson, the task force head, said there would be more money for staff cover and a focus on infection control.

Finance: BP is to cut 10,000 jobs as part of plans to deal with plunging demand for fuel caused by COVID-19. The move will affect about 15% of the company's workforce, including 2,000 UK staff. Read more here.

Crime: A man who believed a conspiracy theory linking 5G technology to coronavirus has been jailed for three years for setting fire to a phone mast. Charity worker Michael Whitty, 47, made internet searches for theories linking 5G and COVID-19 before carrying out the arson. Read more here.

Science: The K number – which measures the difference in how many people coronavirus patients infect – is to become an important figure as scientists monitor the infection rate while lockdown eases. The K number measures the difference in how many people patients infect. A low K number means most infected people are not passing the virus on, with “super spreaders” being responsible. Read more here.

Lockdown: Dentists have called on the government to support surgeries and keep treatment accessible for patients, as some practices in England reopened on Monday for the first time since lockdown rules were introduced. The British Dental Association has asked for dentists to have key worker status and have access to the government supply chain on PPE. Read more here.

Read more about COVID-19

How to get a coronavirus test if you have symptoms

What you can and can’t do under lockdown rules

In pictures: How UK school classrooms could look in new normal

How public transport could look after lockdown

How our public spaces will change in the future

Rest of the world

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has been forced into a U-turn over plans to withhold the country’s death toll from coronavirus. In a move officials said was personally ordered by the president, months’ worth of coronavirus data vanished from Brazil’s health ministry website overnight on Friday, in a manoeuvre described by a Supreme Court judge as “totalitarian”. Read more here.

New York City is preparing to lift some lockdown measures, with 400,000 people going back to work on Monday. The city is the last part of New York state to enter phase one of the reopening process, having finally met the state’s seven required metrics for doing so. Read more here.

Restrictions have been lifted in New Zealand as the last known person with COVID-19 recovered. Prime minister Jacinda Ardern, who has been widely praised for her country’s handling of the pandemic, said she danced around with her one-year-old when she heard. Read more here.

Positive news

Coronavirus is “in retreat” in Scotland after the second day of no deaths being reported, Nicola Sturgeon said. She warned it was not gone though, and urged people to continue to abide by the Scottish government guidance to prevent a fresh spike in infections. Read more here.

No deaths of people with coronavirus have been reported in London in the last 24 hours, NHS England said. Read more here.

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