Coronavirus: The 13 major developments that happened on Tuesday

Rebecca C. Taylor
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Here’s what you need to know on 14 July. This article was updated at 3pm.

Deaths: There were no new coronavirus deaths in Scotland for the sixth day in a row. Wales had two deaths. Northern Ireland also had no coronavirus deaths. England reported 26 deaths in hospitals.

Scientists have warned a fresh coronavirus outbreak in the winter could be even worse than the first peak and cause up to 120,000 deaths in a worst-case scenario. Thirty-seven scientists have modelled a scenario forecasting a second peak of hospital admissions and deaths in January or February next year, with a possible 119,900 deaths between September and June. Read more here.

The number of weekly deaths has fallen to the lowest levels since lockdown began, Office of National Statistics figures show. There were just 532 deaths registered for in the week ending 3 July, down from 606 the previous week. Read more here.

Policy: Face coverings will be mandatory in shops in England from 24 July, the government has said, and those without risk a £100 fine. The move comes after Scotland made them compulsory in shops, and following weeks of mixed messages on the effectiveness of masks. Read more here.

The Queen and David Attenborough should be asked to wear face masks to encourage Britons to follow suit, a government adviser has said. Professor Robert West made the comment as he spoke about using popular figures to help increase uptake of mask wear. Read more here.

Track and trace: Contact tracers were locked out of their accounts on Tuesday morning, meaning they could not contact people who may need to isolate. Passwords had expired on accounts set up two months ago. Read more here.

Local lockdowns: Police are searching for three people who have escaped from an enforced local lockdown after an outbreak of coronavirus. All 220 workers at AS Green and Co farm in Mathon, near Worcester, were placed under quarantine after 73 were found to have COVID-19, and three of them have gone missing. Read more here.

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has said the capital is not ready for local lockdowns, as he says he is seeking more advice on what powers and resources he could be given. He said it would be easier to do one based on a building than on a geographical area. Read more here.

Finance: Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic has secured backing from key financial stakeholders for a £1.2bn deal to help rescue hundreds of British aviation jobs. Sir Richard’s Virgin Group will inject £200m in cash alongside loans from other backers. Read more here.

The UK economy grew by just 1.8% in May as the country’s businesses began to reopen, signalling a slower-than-expected recovery from the depths of the coronavirus crisis. While the month-on-month growth in gross domestic product (GDP) was markedly higher than the 20.4% collapse seen in April, it came in well below analyst forecasts of 5.5%, according to the ONS. Read more here.

Read more about COVID-19

How to get a coronavirus test if you have symptoms

What you can and can’t do under lockdown rules

In pictures: How UK school classrooms could look in new normal

How public transport could look after lockdown

How our public spaces will change in the future

Rest of the world

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has said he will take a second test for coronavirus because he can’t stand being in self-isolation. He told CNN Brazil that he has no fever or problems breathing. Nor has he lost his sense of taste, one of the most common symptoms of COVID-19. Read more here.

Hong Kong Disneyland is closing its doors just a month after reopening following a spike in coronavirus cases in the city. It will be the second time the theme park closes on a temporary basis this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.

Positive news

Health workers in France will get a €8bn (£7.2bn) pay rise as a thank you for their efforts during the pandemic. Health and care workers will see their wages rise by an average of $183 (£165) each month under the agreement, hailed as an “historic moment” by the prime minister. Read more here.

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