Here’s what you need to know on 4 June. This article was updated at 5pm.
The UK recorded more COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday than every member state of the EU combined. The Department of Health added another 359 fatalities to the nation’s death toll while all 27 EU countries recorded a total of 332. Read more here.
Politics: Jacob Rees-Mogg is facing calls to resign as leader of the House of Commons amid concerns that his decision to recall parliament has created a coronavirus hotspot. It comes after business secretary Alok Sharma was tested for COVID-19 after becoming visibly unwell in the House of Commons chamber. Read more here.
Policy: Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis has admitted a Spanish family could come and holiday in the Lake District but a British family couldn’t, as the government prepares to enforce self-isolation for new arrivals at UK airports. Read more here.
Face coverings will be mandatory on public transport from 15 June, Grant Shapps announced during the coronavirus daily briefing. He said it was not always possible to stand 2m apart so the move would help protect those who need to use public transport. Those who refuse may be told they can’t travel, and fined. Read more here.
Vaccine: Bill Gates, whose foundation has been heavily involved in trying to find a vaccine, has said so called ‘anti-vaxxers’ – would let COVID-19 “continue to kill people”. He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "It is troubling that in times like that, and accelerated by digital tools, there is so much craziness.” Read more here.
Meanwhile, controversial malaria drug hydroxychloroquine does not prevent those exposed to COVID-19 from developing the disease according to a new study. Donald Trump previously said he was taking it. Read more here.
Testing: Nearly 30,000 coronavirus tests had to be voided and redone after a problem in a laboratory, it has emerged. It emerged last month that the government had to send 50,000 tests abroad owing to processing problems in the UK. However, it has now emerged that 17,000 more tests than previously admitted were sent to the US and that 29,500 came back void. Read more here.
Lockdown: Doctors and experts weigh in on why it’s normal to worried about the end of the coronavirus lockdown, and what the “new normal” might look like. Read more here.
NHS: One of the field hospitals opened to deal with coronavirus cases is now offering CT scans for hundreds of patients a week. Yorkshire’s 500-bed Nightingale hospital, based in Harrogate, never treated a patient after it was officially opened by Captain Tom Moore at the end of April. Read more here.
Virus origins: A former MI6 director says he thinks the latest coronavirus escaped by accident from a Chinese laboratory. Sir Richard Dearlove said he had seen an "important" new scientific report suggesting the virus did not emerge naturally but was man-made by Chinese scientists. Read more here.
Finance: About one in four UK manufacturing firms plan to slash jobs this year as they struggle to survive the coronavirus crisis, according to a new survey. Stephen Phibson, chief executive of manufacturers’ organisation Make UK, told a select committee of MPs on Thursday that redundancies were likely across the sector. Read more here.
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Rest of the world
Germany announced a €130bn (£116bn) financial stimulus package to help boost economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic following two days of coalition government negotiations that ended on Wednesday evening. The German economy is predicted to shrink by 6.6% this year, and is bracing for its worst recession in post-war history. Read more here.
France will not hold its annual Bastille Day parade on the Champs-Elysee this year amid the pandemic. The French presidency says the traditional military parade will be replaced with a Paris-based ceremony where health precautions will be observed. Read more here.
A robot dog controlled by 5G is patrolling a mall in Bangkok dishing out hand sanitiser. The dog, named K9, can bring cleaning products in a jiffy. Read more here.
New Zealand has notched up its 13th straight day of no reported new infections, while just one person in the nation of five million people is known to still have the virus. The person is question is also not in hospital for treatment. Read more here.