Coronavirus UK latest news LIVE: Boris Johnson set to update work-from-home advice as deaths hit 45,053

BORIS Johnson is set to announce changes to the work-from-home guidance tomorrow.

The PM is poised to tell Brits it is safe to return to work and will relax rules on using public transport.

Yesterday, VAT reductions in the tourism and hospitality industries were put in place in an economy boost that takes the tax from 20 per cent to just 5 per cent.

Meanwhile, Kings College London scientists claim that skin rashes are a symptom of coronavirus along with the three most common, being a fever, a persistent cough and a loss of taste or smell.

In a study they found that 8.8% of people who tested positive for coronavirus also had a rash, and that the virus can target organs other than the lungs despite being a respiratory disease.

On Wednesday the UK coronavirus death toll reached 45,053 as 85 more deaths were recorded.

Follow the latest news and updates surrounding coronavirus below…

  • SUNAK SAYS THE UK FACES A STRUGGLE TO GET BACK ON ITS FEET

    More on that last blog post now.

    Mr Sunak told the Commons Treasury Committee the country needed a “sensible conversation” on taxation to restore the public finances to a sustainable footing.

    Mr Sunak said: “Fundamentally we don’t tax our way to prosperity, we want people to keep more of their own money, we think that is good for growth.

    “But we also have a lot of demands on public services and they need to be funded.

    “We as a country need to look at these things in the round. There are tough choices ahead, that is clear.”

  • CHANCELLOR SAYS THERE ARE 'TOUGH CHOICES' AHEAD

    Rishi Sunak hinted at tax hikes yesterday as he warned “tough choices” were needed to repair ­public finances.

    The Chancellor watered down the Tory election promise not to raise income tax, VAT or National Insurance to just “an ambition”.

    He told MPs it was that or cutting spending, which Boris Johnson has ruled out.

    Mr Sunak is facing a £372billion black hole this year due to Covid.

  • HUNDREDS OF JOBS TO GO AT BURBERRY

    Around 500 jobs are being cut at luxury fashion firm Burberry in the UK and globally as it axes office space after lockdown sent sales tumbling.

    The firm said around 150 office jobs are expected to go in the UK, where it is headquartered, and a further 350 overseas as it looks to slash annual costs by a further £55million.

    This comes on top of the previously announced £140million cost savings.

    The cuts will affect around 5 per cent of its 10,000 employees, including 4 per cent of its 3,500 staff in the UK.

  • 'TIMES WILL BE TOUGH' ADMITS MINISTER

    Business Secretary Alok Sharma said many people are facing a “very, very difficult” time, following the publication of the latest unemployment figures.

    “I think the best thing we can do is continue to open up the economy in a phased manner, a cautious manner, and get businesses up and running again,” he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

    “It is going to be very, very difficult for lots of people and we are going to do everything we can to support them and keep businesses going through this very difficult period.”

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  • PM TO INTRODUCE NEW 'SAFE TRAVEL' SYSTEM FOR WORKERS

    The PM will encourage Brits to get back on public transport as part of his scheme to get offices full again.

    There'll be a new messaging campaign, which is still being developed, but ministers are set to sign off on a “grading” system which will outline times in the day when it is safe to travel.

    The public will be advised to still avoid using public transport during peak rush hour times of 7-9am, which will still be categorised as “essential travel only”.

    Instead, Brits will be told to use public transport outside of rush hours – between 9am and 4pm and after 8pm.

    Here's the full story.

  • BORIS WILL TELL BRITS TO GO BACK TO WORK

    Boris Johnson will hold a press conference on Friday in a bid to get Brits back to the office.

    The PM will rip up the work-from-home guidance and give bosses the green light to welcome staff back to the office.

    He's expected to appear alongside the Test and Trace chief Baroness Dido Harding to unveil a new 'Contain Framework' designed to prove to anxious workers that the virus is “under control” in their local areas.

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  • SICKEST PATIENTS NOW MORE LIKELY TO LIVE

    The sickest Covid-19 patients are now more likely to survive a stint in intensive care, a new study suggests.

    Experts say a fall in the death rate may suggest that “we are coping better with Covid-19”.

    The new study, published in the journal Anaesthesia, examined a range of studies across three continents.

    Across Europe, Asia and North America the death rate for ICU patients fell from almost 60 per cent at the end of March to 42 per cent at the end of May.

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  • DEATH TOLL IN THE UK CLIMBS ABOVE 45,000

    The UK's coronavirus death toll climbed higher than 45,000 yesterday as 85 new fatalities were recorded.

    Department of Health statistics show that, on average, 584 Brits are still testing positive for Covid-19 each day.

    Here's what you need to know.

  • PM RULES OUT SUGAR TAX

    Boris Johnson has ruled out sugar taxes as part of his post-coronavirus battle against obesity, we can exclusively reveal.

    The PM said his own brush with death during the crisis had convinced him that urgent action was needed to tackle Britain’s obesity crisis. 

    He has ordered health officials to draw up a fresh action plan – but has made it very clear that sugar taxes must not be part of the solution.

    Boris told aides that “people shouldn’t be bullied”. 

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  • JOF THE TEAM

    England bowler Jofra Archer has been sent into self-isolation and ruled out of this morning's second Test against the West Indies after “a breach of the team's bio-secure protocols”.

    Both teams have been living, training and sleeping in two 'bubble' sites, at the Ageas Bowl and Emirates Old Trafford, adhering to strict health and safety procedures agreed by both boards due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Archer has now confessed to breaking those rules and has been removed from the team environment immediately.

    Here's the story.

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  • DECISION ON LOCKDOWN IN LEICESTER DUE

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock is due to make an announcement about the Leicester lockdown this afternoon.

    But mayor Sir Peter Soulsby says officials in the city have no idea what will be said.

    “I expect to hear when the rest of the city, and indeed the rest of the country hears – because frankly we have not been involved in any of the decision-making about this,” he said.

    “We have been told what the political decisions will be, and we will be told again what the political decision will be – whether or not we come out of it.”

  • LEICESTER'S MAYOR IS 'ANGRY AND FRUSTRATED' AT LOCKDOWN

    The mayor of Leicester has appeared on Sky News this morning to talk about his 'anger and frustration' at the city's extended lockdown.

    Sir Peter Soulsby said: “Some streets have no issue at all and in other streets nearby you've got a major issue, and we needed to know that at the time so we could intervene with pinpoint accuracy.

    “Further advice needs to be given, support needs to be given, and we needed to know where that advice and support was needed.”

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  • VACCINE BOOST

    A vaccine developed by Oxford University scientists may offer a “double defence” against Covid-19, it has been reported.

    Phase one of the human trials into the potentially-life saving jab have shown that it generates an immune response against the killer coronavirus.

    But while the results are “extremely promising”, scientists don't yet know if the vaccine will provide long-lasting immunity to the virus.

    Here's what you need to know.

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  • THE FIRMS THAT HAVE ALREADY ANNOUNCED REDUNDANCIES

    Lots of firms have announced job cuts since June as a result of lockdown.

    These include:

    • Aldo
    • Victoria's Secrets
    • Quiz
    • British Gas
    • British Airways
    • TM Lewis
    • Harveys Furniture
    • Upper Crust
    • EasyJet
    • John Lewis
    • Harrods
    • Virgin Money
    • Topshop
    • Royal Mail

    JOB CUTS

    Unemployment has jumped by 649,000 workers since lockdown with 74,000 extra jobs claimed by the coronavirus crisis last month.

    This is according to the latest employment figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) this morning.

    It comes after the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) this week predicted that unemployment is set to hit 12 per cent this year as the furlough scheme comes to an end.

    This would affect 3million people, up from 1.3million in 2019, as the furlough scheme winds down.

    RECOVERY MODE

    Rishi Sunak hinted at tax hikes yesterday as he warned “tough choices” were needed to repair ­public finances.

    The Chancellor watered down the Tory election promise not to raise income tax, VAT or National Insurance to just “an ambition”.

    He told MPs it was that or cutting spending, which Boris Johnson has ruled out.

    Mr Sunak is facing a £372billion black hole this year due to Covid.

    About £180billion will be going on bailing out workers and firms and on public services including the NHS plus £190billion in lost tax.

    He told the Commons Treasury Committee the country needed a “sensible conversation” on taxation to restore the public finances to a sustainable footing.

    SUGAR TAX AXED

    Boris Johnson has ruled out sugar taxes as part of his post-coronavirus battle against obesity, The Sun can reveal. 

    He sparked fears of new levies on sugary food and drink last month after admitting he had ditched his “libertarian” views on nanny state interventions on “sin taxes”. 

    The PM said his own brush with death during the coronavirus crisis had convinced him that urgent action was needed to tackle Britain’s obesity crisis. 

    He has ordered health officials to draw up a fresh action plan but has made it very clear that sugar taxes must not be part of the solution.

    BACK TO WORK

    Boris Johnson is poised to rip-up the work-from-home guidance on Friday – giving bosses the green light to welcome staff back to the office.

    He is planning to hold a Downing Street press conference to tell millions of Brits that it will be safe to return to the office next month.

    The PM is expected to appear alongside the Test and Trace chief Baroness Dido Harding to unveil a new 'Contain Framework' designed to prove to anxious workers that the virus is “under control” in their local areas.

    The pair will also flesh out the Government’s ‘whack-a-mole’ strategy spelling out extra measures to stop outbreaks over the coming months – which they hope will give people the reassurance they need to venture back to the office and onto buses and trains.

    The move will finally end the blanket work-from-home policy that has seen the vast majority of Brits shut out of the office for more than four months.

    VACCINE BOOST

    A vaccine developed by Oxford University scientists may offer a “double defence” against Covid-19, it has been reported.

    Phase one of the human trials into the potentially-life saving jab have shown that it generates an immune response against the killer coronavirus.

    A senior source told the Telegraph that blood samples taken from UK volunteers showed the vaccine caused the body to produce both antibodies and “killer T-cells”.

    Another source said the presence of both has been described as a “double defence” against the respiratory disease.

    T-cells, known as “memory” cells, are made in response to an infection and, unlike antibodies, remain long afterwards.

    While the results are “extremely promising”, they did not yet provide the vaccine would provide long-lasting immunity to the virus.

    6AM UPDATE:

    – LATIN AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN CASES TOP 3.5 MILLION: In a week when The total confirmed coronavirus deaths in Latin America and the Caribbean surpassed the death toll in the U.S. and Canada, 3.5 million cases have now been reported in the region.

    – AMERICAN AIRLINES WARNS EMPLOYEES OF UP TO 25,000 JOB CUTS: Executives warned employees late Wednesday that the airline will have to lay off as many as 25,000 front-line workers this fall, which amounts to around 30 percent of front-line staff.

    – PROMINENT PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERTS QUESTION U.S. LEAVING W.H.O.: Three prominent public health experts have questioned Trump support for the World Health Organization, comparing the decision to firing a team of firefighters in the middle of a raging forest fire.

    – REPUBLICAN CONVENTION MAY BE HELD OUTSIDE: Vice President Mike Pence has said “we'll put the health of everyone participating first” and hinted that next month's Republican National Convention in Florida may be held outside amid coronavirus concerns.

    – WHITE HOUSE DEFENDS TRUMP OVER DECISION NOT TO WEAR MASK: The White House said President Trump followed the necessary guidelines after being pictured without a mask at an airport in Atlanta, where an executive order requires people to wear masks.

    – CHINA'S ECONOMY EXPANDS DURING SECOND QUARTER: After shrinking by 6.8 percent in the first quarter, China's economy expanded 3.2 percent in the second quarter compared with the same period last year, officials said on Thursday.

    CHINA'S ECONOMY EXPANDS DURING SECOND QUARTER

    China’s economy expanded 3.2 percent in the second quarter compared with the same period last year, officials said on Thursday.

    The recovery is a sign of success for a country that brought the virus under control with widespread testing and travel restrictions – though there may be caveats.

    The announcement comes after China's economy shrunk by 6.8 percent in the first quarter – the country's first acknowledged contraction in nearly half a century.

    China's government has continued to rely on infrastructure spending on highways and rail lines, with some experts questioning whether such an approach is sustainable as the demand for the consumer goods it produces may be languishing.

    REPUBLICAN CONVENTION MAY BE HELD OUTSIDE, U.S. VP PENCE SAYS

    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has said that the upcoming Republican National Convention in Jacksonville, Florida, may need to be held in an outdoor setting.

    On a campaign call with reporters, Pence said the convention, which is set to be held next month, is a “work in progress.”

    Pence added that the “we'll put the health of everyone participating first.”

    It has previously been indicated by the RNC Host Committee that all those within the perimeter of the convention may be tested on a daily basis.

    PROMINENT PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERTS QUESTION U.S. LEAVING W.H.O.

    Three prominent public health experts have questioned President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States' support for the World Health Organization.

    On Wednesday, the experts compared the decision to firing a team of firefighters in the middle of a raging forest fire.

    Trump and his aides have blamed WHO and China for the rapid spread of the coronavirus, which has more cases in the US than any other country.

    “At some point there should be a reckoning, an evaluation of why the United States has done so poorly and who is responsible for the tens of thousands of excess deaths and billions of dollars in economic damage that have resulted,” the experts wrote.

    AMERICAN AIRLINES WARNS EMPLOYEES OF UP TO 25,000 JOB CUTS

    American Airlines executives warned employees late Wednesday that the airline will have to lay off as many as 25,000 front-line workers this fall.

    The cuts will cover unionized employees – including pilots, flight attendants, mechanics and airport workers.

    They will make up nearly 30 percent of the company's 85,000 front-line workers in the U.S.

    American Airlines – which previously cut 30 percent of corporate staff – said the cuts come as travel has not rebounded as the company hoped.

    The New York team here, taking over the live blog for the next few hours.

    COVID CASES IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN TOP 3.5 MILLION

    As of Wednesday, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Latin America and the Caribbean has topped 3.5 million.

    The tally, based on data from Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center, also included more than 150,000 deaths.

    In total, 33 countries in the region have reported a total 3,524,908 Covid-19 cases and 150,973 deaths.

    For the first time this week, the total confirmed coronavirus deaths in Latin America and the Caribbean surpassed the death toll in the U.S. and Canada.

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