Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak this Thursday evening. We’ll have another update for you on Friday morning.
1. Hancock defends switching tracing app to new model
The UK is abandoning the development of its coronavirus-tracing app and shifting to a model based on technology provided by Apple and Google. Health Secretary Matt Hancock defended the decision at the Downing Street daily briefing, saying testing of the NHSX app on the Isle of Wight uncovered a “technical barrier”. The government now intends to launch an app in the autumn, after originally saying one would be ready for England – and possibly other parts of the UK – by 1 June.
Most shops in Scotland are to reopen from 29 June as part of a further easing of the country’s lockdown rules. It was also announced that anyone who lives on their own – or only with children – will be able to form an “extended group” with one other household from tomorrow. The measures were announced by the country’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.