Coronavirus UK news LIVE: Holiday hopes raised as air bridges to be confirmed TODAY and deaths hit 43,230

BRITS are set for a huge holiday boost today as it is expected the first air bridges will be confirmed.

France, Spain and Italy are among the first countries to agree to travel corridors from Monday, which would allow people to travel abroad safely without the need to quarantine on holiday or upon return.

Meanwhile, Grant Shapps confirmed theory tests will start again on July 4, while practical assessments can also resume from July 22.

Meanwhile Professor Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer, warned that cases of coronavirus will rise again in the heatwave "if we do not follow social distancing guidance".

It comes as the coronavirus death toll in the UK stands at 43,230 after 149 more deaths were recorded.

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  • BEACH CLEAN

    Bournemouth beach was left covered in rubbish this morning after thousands flocked to the summer hot spot yesterday.

    Thousands of Brits squeezed onto the sand for the hottest day of the year as temperatures reached 33.4C.

    Rubbish was left all over the beauty spot with bottles, cans and old inflatables trashing the area.

  • OFFICERS ATTACKED

    Police officers were attacked while trying to disperse an illegal party in west London last night, the second such incident in two days.

    As Britain lifts its coronavirus lockdown, police have had to deal with a number of illegal parties and raves across the country.

    Cops said officers tried to break up an unlicensed music event near Colville Gardens, in west London, overnight.

    The force said: “Objects have been thrown at officers dispersing the crowd. Violence will not be tolerated.”

    The night before last, 22 officers were hurt during trouble at an unauthorised music event in south London.

  • NEW ZEALAND TOURISM SUFFERS

    New Zealand's tourism industry is suffering, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Friday as she launched the ski season in the absence of foreign visitors.

    Ardern has urged New Zealanders to travel at home and is considering more holidays to get people out and about.

    But operators say they won't make up for the missing foreigners who bring about half of the industry's NZ$16.1 billion annual income.

    Ms Ardern said: “There is no denying that this region, with our borders closed, will feel a significant impact.”

    New Zealand this month declared it was free of community transmission of the coronavirus and lifted all curbs except for the ban on foreign arrivals, which has been in place for about three months.

  • ROBERTO DURAN TESTS POSITIVE

    Former world boxing champ Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran tested positive for coronavirus after being admitted to a hospital centre with flu-like symptoms, the pugilist's son said on Thursday.

    Robin Duran said on his Instagram account: “My father's exams have just arrived and confirm that he is positive for COVID-19.

    “For now he still doesn't show symptoms, beyond a simple cold, he is not in intensive care, nor on a respirator, he is still under observation.”

  • DOCS PLEAD WITH HOLIDAY MAKERS

    Doctors have pleaded with holidaymakers to practise social distancing ahead of the tourism industry reopening next weekend.

    The British Medical Association (BMA) has set out guidelines for people in England, who will be allowed to visit hotels, bed and breakfast facilities and campsites from July 4.

    It comes as thousands flocked to beaches and beauty spots on Thursday – the hottest day of the year so far – prompting a major incident to be declared in Bournemouth.

    The BMA has advised people not to travel if they are ill or have any Covid-19 symptoms, including a cough, temperature or loss of smell or taste.

    The doctors' union has also said holidaymakers should be prepared to self-isolate for 14 days if anyone in their “bubble” develops symptoms or is told to do so by the NHS Test and Trace service.

  • LET'S FLY

    The Government is set to sign off ‘air bridges’ at a crunch meeting between ministers today which will safely allow Brits to jet off on holiday once more.

    Boris Johnson will meet with First Secretary Dominic Raab and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to iron out the final plans to allow Brits to go on holiday quarantine free.

    Industry sources expect Brits will be able to start flying abroad from July 4 and the list is expected to include up to 50 nations.

    But those returning will still have to fill out a quarantine ‘landing card’ even though there will be no requirement to self isolate from countries deemed safe.

  • 'NIGHTINGALE COURTS' TO TACKLE CRIMINAL BACKLOG

    Emergency Nightingale-style courts are set to help tackle a backlog of more than half a million criminal cases that have built up during the coronavirus crisis.

    The Ministry of Justice has identified ten sites which could be used as make shift court rooms, after searching the country for town halls and university lecture theatres where cases could be held within social distancing guidelines.

    Ministers are expected to announce a number of the venues next week and it is hoped that some sites will start hearing cases by August.

  • FACE THE FRONT

    The Education Secretary has said he wants every desk to face the front of the classroom when schools reopen in September, it has been reported.

    According to The Times, Gavin Williamson described the plan as a “good traditional teaching method” and a “commonsense approach to teaching”.

    He told backbench Tory MPs during a 1922 Committee meeting he was concerned kids were sitting at round or square tables facing each other in many classrooms.

    He said the approach was “wrong” and that he wanted to “get the class to pay attention to the teacher” when lessons continue.

  • INDIA RECORDS VIRUS SPIKE

    India's coronavirus cases neared half a million on Friday, with the country recording its biggest 24-hour spike yet.

    A total of 17,296 new infections took India's total number of infections to 490,401.

    The Health Ministry also reported another 407 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking total fatalities up to 15,301.

  • CORONAVIRUS 6AM SUMMARY:

    -TOM BRADY AGAIN DEFIES CORONAVIRUS RULES Tom Brady again defied coronavirus safety advice to practice with his Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammates, despite the fact that two players recently tested positive for the virus.

    US RECORDS HIGHEST DAILY CORONAVIRUS CASES FOR SECOND DAY The United States has recorded the highest daily coronavirus cases for the second day in a row with 37,000 infections.

    TRUMP SAYS BIDEN 'CAN'T PUT TWO SENTENCES TOGETHER’ Donald Trump slammed Joe Biden for being unable to “put two sentences together” during a Town Hall with Sean Hannity. On Thursday, Biden incorrectly said 120 million people had died from coronavirus.

    ALMOST 25 PERCENT OF US COUNTIES SEEING 'EPIDEMIC TREND' Nearly 25 percent of counties in the United States are currently seeing an “epidemic trend” in coronavirus as cases spike nationwide.

    BILL GATES RIPS UNITED STATES FOR 'TURNING INWARD' Bill Gates ripped United States leadership last week for “turning inward” during the coronavirus outbreak — as his wife, Melinda Gates, said Black people should be the first after first responders to get a COVID-19.

  • RHONY STAR 'DISGUSTED' ROMANA SINGER TOOK FLIGHT DURING PANDEMIC

    Real Housewives of New York City's Leah McSweeney is “disgusted” that Ramona Singer took a flight to NYC during the pandemic.

    The new castmember bashed the show OG for not taking the pandemic “seriously.”

    Leah said in an Instagram video: “I am so disgusted by some of my castmates and their families who spent the entire f**king quarantine in Florida, living it up, showing everyone how they’re living it up.

    “Then Florida of course faces surge. They f**king come back to New York and they’re out like nothing.

    “Not quarantining. Not taking this s**t seriously. And basically laughing in all of our faces.”

    For the full story, read HERE.

  • ALMOST 25 PERCENT OF US COUNTIES SEEING 'EPIDEMIC TREND'

    Nearly 25 percent of counties in the United States are currently seeing an “epidemic trend” in coronavirus as cases spike nationwide.

    The new data even predicts that Phoenix could see 28,000 new COVID-19 cases per day by July 18.

    The figures are displayed in a color-coded map created by spatial analytics company Esri, and show how all 3,141 counties are fairing up amid the pandemic.

    Out of the thousands of counties, 745 are experiencing the “epidemic” outbreak, which is an “uncontrolled spread.”

    For the full story, read HERE.

  • BILL GATES RIPS UNITED STATES FOR 'TURNING INWARD' DURING COVID CRISIS

    Bill Gates ripped United States leadership last week for “turning inward” during the coronavirus outbreak — as his wife, Melinda Gates, said Black people should be the first after first responders to get a COVID-19.

    Speaking at the first virtual Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy on June 18, Bill was critical of the US response to the pandemic and its poor contact-tracing efforts that would help contain the virus.

    “Usually the United States plays a role in global problem-solving, so rather than withdrawing from [the World Health Organization], they’d be involved, collaborating with other countries, not just trying to cast blame,” the Microsoft co-founder said.

    “It’s a tricky situation, where the US sort of turned inward on this one.”

    As of Thursday, the US reported more than 2.4million coronavirus cases and over 126,000 virus-related deaths — and many states are reporting surges in infection numbers.

    For the full story, read HERE.

  • TOM BRADY AGAIN DEFIES CORONAVIRUS RULES TO WORK OUT WITH TEAMMATES

    Tom Brady again defied coronavirus safety advice to practice with his Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammates, despite the fact that two players recently tested positive for the virus.

    After getting flack for practicing with teammates on Tuesday after the athletes were warned about health risks, Brady shared a photo of himself at practice again to his Instagram story, along with a motivational quote from FDR: “Only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.”

    Despite Brady's uplifting quote, many in Florida do fear the coronavirus – especially as the number of cases in the state continues to rise.

    Florida has seen a steady increase in cases throughout the month of June, hitting its peak since the beginning of the outbreak on Wednesday with more than 5,500 new recorded cases, according to the New York Times.

    For the full story, read HERE.

  • UNITED STATES RECORDS HIGHEST DAILY CORONAVIRUS CASES FOR SECOND DAY

    The United States has recorded the highest daily coronavirus cases for the second day in a row with 37,000 infections.

    On Thursday, data from John Hopkins University showed that the COVID-19 was at its highest one-day count since it began.

    As of June 25, the deadly bug has sickened more than 2.4 million people with over 124,000 on American soil yesterday.

    CNN reported today's case number is worse than the pandemic peak on April 24, when 36,291 new coronavirus cases emerged.

    For the full story, read HERE.

  • TRUMP SAYS BIDEN 'CAN'T PUT TWO SENTENCES TOGETHER’

    Donald Trump slammed Joe Biden for being unable to “put two sentences together” during a Town Hall with Sean Hannity.

    On Thursday, Biden incorrectly said 120 million people had died from coronavirus during his healthcare discussion in Pennsylvania.

    As of June 25, more than 122,000 have died from the deadly bug.

    “People don’t have a job, people don’t know where to go, they don’t know what to do,” Biden had said. “Now we have over 120 million dead from COVID.”

    For the full story, read HERE.

  • COVID-19 TRACK AND TRACE SYSTEM FAILED TO CONTACT 24 PER CENT POSITIVE RESULT

    It has emerged that the Covid-19 test and trace system failed to contact 24 per cent of people who had tested positive.

    Figures show 5,062 confirmed cases from May 28 to June 17 that were transferred to the call centre-based scheme were not reached.

    Shadow Health Minister Justin Madders said this fault has raised “major concerns”.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson had vowed a “world-beating” test and trace system would be in place by the beginning of this month.

  • PRINCE CHARLES FACES 'SIGNIFICANT' LOSS IN INCOME

    Prince Charles faces a whopping cut in his income next year due to coronavirus.

    It could even affect his ability to prop up Prince Harry and Meghan’s luxury life in Los Angeles.

    The Prince of Wales, 71, makes most of his money — around £22million a year — from his Duchy of Cornwall land and property empire.

    But many of its sources of income — such as holiday cottage rentals — dried up during the pandemic, accounts revealed today.

    Much of its land is in areas that rely heavily on tourism, including Cornwall and the Scilly Isles, which have both been badly hit.

    Duchy secretary Alastair Martin said: “We fully expect the revenue surplus [profits] to be down by a significant amount, in large part due to our trading enterprises being closed.

    “We have not availed ourselves of the various government pandemic support schemes but have continued to pay all staff.

    “With the property market currently stalled, our ability to raise capital through property sales will be restricted.”

    For the full story, click HERE.

  • RESTAURANT DINERS COULD EAT IN THE COMFORT OF PLASTIC BUBBLES

    Diners will soon be able enjoy a meal from the comfort of their own giant plastic bubble.

    The domes, set up in the car park of a restaurant, aim to keep customers apart when lockdown is lifted next month.

    Chef Joshua Green spent £12,000 on the structures at The Barn Restaurant in King’s Lynn, Norfolk.

    And the restaurant is already booked up until the end of August.

    Joshua said: “If people are worried about coming out again, they’re in their own little bubble.”

    For the full story, read HERE.

  • SCOTS TO BE ALLOWED TO VISIT LOVED ONES IN CARE HOMES

    From next week Scots can visit loved ones in coronavirus-free care homes for the first time since lockdown.

    However, visitors will not be allowed to cuddle their family members.

    Health secretary Jeane Freeman said care homes will be allowed visitors from July 3 so long as the home has been virus-free for 28 hours.

  • TEXAS OUTBREAK 'APOCALYPTIC' AS CORONAVIRUS CASES REACH NEW HIGH

    America's top health officials estimated today that up to 26 million people in the US have been affected with Covid-19.

    It came as the US reported a record daily number of cases, and Texas paused the reopening of its economy due to a “massive outbreak”.

    Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said blood samples from around the country suggested huge numbers have had no, or minimal, symptoms.

    He said: “We probably recognised about 10 per cent of the outbreak. Our best estimate right now is that for every case that we've recorded, there actually were 10 other infections.”

  • EXPLAINED: WETHERSPOON, GREENE KING AND PUNCH TAVERN PUBS OPENING TIMES

    Pubs have been given the green light to welcome back punters from July 4 – but going for a pint won't be the same as it was before lockdown.

    Fewer customers, ordering food and drink via an app and perspex screens between tables are just some of the things you can expect on your next visit to the pub.

    It's been more than three months since Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered pubs to temporarily close to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

    And finally, on Tuesday Mr Johnson gave them the nod to reopen as planned on the first weekend of July – as long as they're Covid-19 secure.

    But not all branches will welcome back customers from the first day and exact opening times depend on the branch and brewery.

    Customers will also be encouraged to pre-book a table before turning up.

    Click HERE for the latest on your local.

  • NUMBER 10 WARNS OF NEW LOCKDOWN

    Downing Street warned of a fresh lockdown after more than half a million people swarmed to beaches on the hottest day of the year.

    Sunseekers ignored signs pleading: “Too busy? Head home!” and caused chaos as the heat hit 33.4C.

    Boozy brawls broke out, coastal roads were gridlocked and sands strewn with litter.

    Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood said police told him 500,000 visitors were in the area.

    There were similar scenes at Brighton, Margate in Kent, Camber Sands in East Sussex, and Southend, Essex.

    Up to 200 sunbathers fought in front of families at Orcombe Point near Exmouth, Devon. Witnesses claim some were taking drugs.

    Some virus limits are due to be lifted from July 4.

    But following the mayhem, Boris Johnson’s spokesman said: “The PM and the government scientific and medical advisers have stressed the great importance of the public continuing to adhere to social distancing advice.

    “If the rules don’t continue to be followed and the virus starts to spread exponentially again, we will look at having to reverse some of the easements we’ve put in place.”

    For the full story, click HERE.

  • CHILLING VIDEO FROM THE PARTY THAT INFECTED 18 PEOPLE

    A chilling video has been released that was shot inside a surprise birthday party that created a coronavirus cluster that left 18 people infected.

    On May 30, an undiagnosed relative with coronavirus went to a surprise birthday party in Carrollton, Texas, with seven other family members, ABC reported.

    The partygoers then contracted the virus and passed it onto another 10 relatives, leaving a total of 18 family members infected with coronavirus.

    Among the infected are two young children, two grandparents, a cancer patient and two elderly people in their 80s.

    Three of which have been left hospitalized – including Kathy Barbosa, who is suffering from breast cancer.

    Kathy's brother, Ron Barbosa, said that she went to the party and got the virus despite being socially distanced outside on a porch.

    However, she is said to be recovering and feeling better even though she contracted the virus while undergoing chemotherapy.

    For the full story, click HERE.

  • COVID-19 OUTBREAK ON COSTA DEL SOL

    The Costa Del Sol has seen a fresh coronavirus outbreak after more than 80 people tested positive.

    It comes just days after the country began welcoming holidaymakers again.

    The first wave of Brits jetted out four days ago, with sunseekers reporting packed flights and emotional scenes across the Costa's airports as family and friends reunited for the first time in months.

    But now 83 people in the region have tested positive for coronavirus, with the outbreak thought to be linked to Malaga's Red Cross centre where a staff member who recently travelled from the Canary Islands tested positive.

    Most of the positive tests are a group of young migrants rescued at sea by workers from the centre, where 100 people are currently isolating the Olive Press reports.

    For the full story, click HERE.

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