UK Covid LIVE: UK records highest number of daily Covid-19 cases since late February as Keir Starmer says school catch up plan will ‘hold Britain back for a generation’

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The UK has recorded another 7,450 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours - the highest daily figure since February 27.

The figures released by the Government compare with 6,048 cases announced yesterday, and 4,330 cases this time last week. Six further deaths were recorded.

Meanwhile Sir Keir Starmer has challenged Boris Johnson over the Government’s school catch-up funding plan saying it will “hold Britain back for a generation”.

The Labour leader, speaking at PMQs, said the Government plan only allowed for £50 per child. “Let me help the Prime Minister with the numbers,” he said. Equivalent programmes in the US are worth £1,600 per child, while in the Netherlands it is £2,500 per child, he said.

It comes as an estimated eight in 10 adults in England have Covid-19 antibodies in the week beginning May 17, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The figures, which show whether someone has had the infection in the past or has been vaccinated, are up from an estimated seven in 10, or 69.9 per cent, a month earlier. In Wales, an estimated 82.7 per cent have antibodies, in Scotland 72.6 per cent, while in Northern Ireland the figure is 79.9 per cent.

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