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Today’s Downing Street government press briefing was led by Health Secretary Matt Hancock. He was joined by Dr Jenny Harries, deputy chief medical officer for England.

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What we learnt from today’s UK government briefing

In case you missed today’s government coronavirus briefing, here is a quick round-up of the key points:

The 2.2 million people who have been self-isolating in England during the pandemic will no longer need to shield from 1 August. From 6 July, they will be able to meet up to six people outdoors and form “support bubbles” with other households

 England’s deputy chief medical officer, Dr Jenny Harries, said there were children who were staying home from school because they are shielding who would would be better off in the classroom. She added children with asthma which is under control should be in school as they are at “very low risk” from Covid-19 and are at “very significant risk of getting left behind in their education”

Another 15 Covid-related deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, the lowest figure since 15 March – although there tends to be a reporting lag over the weekend
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the virus is “in retreat” in the UK, with a number of “firsts” in today’s statistics. For the first time since the peak, the number of people testing positive for Covid-19 has fallen below 1,000 and there are fewer than 5,000 patients in hospital with the disease

Hancock said it is now estimated that just one in 1,700 people had the disease compared to one in 400 a month ago, enabling Boris Johnson to set out a further easing of the lockdown on Tuesday – when the PM is expected to announce if the hospitality sector can reopen on 4 July and that England’s 2m distancing rule will be relaxed

The government will set out where “travel corridors” might be established before the 29 June deadline for reviewing the quarantine policy – which requires people arriving in the UK to quarantine for 14 days. Mr Hancock said any decisions will be based on “epidemiological advice”

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