Live updates: News on new coronavirus treatment as Boris Johnson gives Downing


Prime Minister Boris Johnson will take today’s Downing Street coronavirus briefing.

The number of covid-19 care home deaths confirmed across the North East has risen from 1,023 to 1,054 following publication of weekly official figures.

None of the 31 recent fatalities were in Sunderland or South Tyneside.

Screen grab of Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a media briefing in Downing Street, London, on coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Three were in Northumberland and one in Hartlepool.

Footfall on England’s high streets rose by 50.5% on Monday compared with last week, data from retail analyst Springboard has indicated.

According to figures for up until 5pm, footfall in retail parks that comprise high street retailers in England was up 33.4% while in shopping centres it rose by 34.1%.

This left the overall rise in footfall at all retail destinations in England at 38.8% as of 5pm on Monday in comparison with a week ago.

Dominic Raab has said any decision on whether to reduce the two-metre social distancing rule would be “underpinned” by science.

The Foreign Secretary told the Downing Street press conference: “There’s no magic to one or other particular measure, there will be different levels of risk whether it’s at two metres, one-and-a-half metres or one metre.”

There were an estimated 33.1 deaths involving Covid-19 per 100,000 population in North-East England across the month, compared with 15.7 per 100,000 in London.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 16 June, 2020, 21:17

  • Dominic Raab said in Monday’s (June 15) briefing that any reduction the two-metre social distancing rule would be “underpinned” by science.
  • There was an estimated 33.1 coronavirus-related deaths per 100,000 people in the North East last month.
  • In comparison, London experienced 15.7 deaths per 100,000 people.
  • South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust has recorded no deaths since June 8.

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7.39am: Footfall rose by more than 50% on England’s high streets yesterday

High streets in England saw footfall rise by 50.5% on Monday, June 15 as “non-essential” retail shops opened for the first time since lockdown was introduced.

According to figures from Springboard, footfall in retail parks that comprise high street retailers in England was up 33.4% while in shopping centres it rose by 34.1%.

This left the overall rise in footfall at all retail destinations in England at 38.8% as of 5pm on Monday in comparison with a week ago.

7.45am: Greggs set to open 800 stores this week

Bakery chain Greggs are set to open 800 stores on Thursday, June 18 for takeaway following a successful trial of introducing new safety measures.

All shops will have measures in place to ensure that social distancing is followed, with plastic screens up to protect both customers and staff.

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