Here’s what you need to know on 10 June. This article was updated at 5pm.
Policy: Boris Johnson has announced that people living alone can now form “support bubbles” allowing them to see people in one other household and act as though they are one household. He made the announcement in the daily press conference.
Schools: The chancellor Rishi Sunak has said it’s a tragedy that many children won’t return to school before the summer holidays. He said it would “obviously” impact their futures. Read more here.
Sir Keir Starmer demanded Boris Johnson “took responsibility for his own failings” on COVID-19 following the “mess” over pupils returning to school. The Labour leader told MPs parents have “lost confidence” in the government’s schools plan and that millions of children could miss six months’ worth of education. Read more here.
Sir Michael Wilshaw, the former chief inspector of schools in England, has said teachers should run lessons over summer to combat the impact the coronavirus shutdown has on the most disadvantaged pupils. But unions say teachers have been working throughout the lockdown online. Read more here.
Lockdown: Zoos and safari parks will be allowed to reopen next week in the latest easing of lockdown restrictions in England. The prime minister is said to have bowed to public pressure, including that of his own father. Read more here.
The UK death toll could have been halved if the lockdown was imposed a week earlier according to Professor Neil Ferguson. Prof Ferguson, who was one of the government’s key scientific advisers when lockdown was imposed on 23 March, said scientists underestimated how far the epidemic had spread in the weeks beforehand. Read more here.
Science: Professor Clifford Stott, a scientific adviser to the government, has warned there is a risk of disorder on a scale last seen during the London riots in August 2011 if the effects of the pandemic continue to worsen. Read more here.
The science behind the two-metre distance rule doesn’t take economic impact into account, a leading sociologist has warned. Professor Robert Dingwall, a member of one of the sub-groups feeding into the government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said there would still be a "safety margin" even if the distance was cut to one metre, because was "very rare" for virus particles to travel that far. Read more here.
NHS: There are warnings that NHS waiting lists could soar to 10 million. Leaders say there will be a backlog as people have been unable to have diagnostic checks and routine surgery. Read more here.
Business: Britain’s economy is likely to suffer the worst damage from coronavirus of any country in the developed world, according to a report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. UK’s national income will slump 11.5% during 2020, worse than many of its European counterparts. Read more here.
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Rest of the world
The World Health Organization has advised Pakistan to take a two weeks on, two weeks off cycle to try to rein in an accelerating COVID-19 outbreak. Hospitals have been filling up and cases have spiked since the country eased restrictions. Read more here.
Nearly 6,000 more people died in Moscow in May than would normally have been expected, according to Alexei Venediktov, editor of the liberal Echo of Moscow radio station. If true, the figure casts doubt over official statistics, which claimed there were just 1,704 COVID-19 deaths in May. It would also push Moscow towards the top of Europe's death leagues. Read more here.
Rapper Dizzee Rascal returned to the area he grew up in to distribute meals and food parcels to people in need during the coronavirus crisis. He helped volunteers at Bygrove Primary School in Poplar. Read more here.
A British dad has invented the world's first coronavirus pram, which uses a special “bubble” design to help protect babies from contracting the virus. Ian Whieldon, 56, from Leek, Staffordshire, created the BabyBubble pram to help give parents more peace of mind while taking babies and toddlers outside. Read more here.