Coronavirus: The 11 major developments that happened on Thursday

Rebecca C. Taylor
·3-min read

Here’s what you need to know on 21 May. This article was updated at 5.30pm.

Antibodies: The results of the Government’s antibody surveillance study have shown 17% of people in London and 5% of the population in the rest of the country have tested positive for coronavirus antibodies, health secretary Matt Hancock said. Read more here.

Deaths: There have been at least 338 coronavirus deaths in the UK in the last 24 hours. The reports so far include 187 hospital patients in England, 37 people in Scotland, seven in Northern Ireland, and nine hospital patients and care home residents in Wales. Read more here.

Crime: More than 400 defendants have been charged with offences related to coronavirus since April, the director of public prosecutions has revealed. These include 313 emergency worker assaults, 142 offences of criminal damage, 99 public order offences, 62 common assaults, and 44 cases of shoplifting across England and Wales. Read more here.

Traffic wardens have been running out of tickets as Britons flock to beauty spots. Routes in Devon were gridlocked as people flocked to coastal areas on the hottest day of the year. Read more here.

Police have carried out 'dawn raids' on campervans, caravans and tents as people stayed overnight in holiday hotspots despite coronavirus lockdown rules. Campers in Cornwall were given an early morning wake-up call by police and ordered to return home. Read more here.

Science: Three-quarters of coronavirus deaths in the UK might have been avoided if the lockdown had begun a week earlier, modelling suggests. Researchers said that if the UK had imposed the measures seven days earlier its death toll now would be on a par with the 8,000 in Germany. Read more here.

Finance: EasyJet is to resume flights from a number of UK airports from 15 June. The low-cost carrier said most flights will be on domestic routes between European airports. Read more here.

Track and trace: ‘Time is running out’ for the government to launch its track and trace system if the UK is to avoid a second wave of coronavirus, NHS bosses have warned. The NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector, has written to health secretary Hancock voicing concerns over an apparent lack of clear strategy by the government. Read more here.

Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon has revealed the roadmap for lifting Scotland out of lockdown as the devolved nation takes different steps to England. She confirmed phases including sunbathing and travelling for exercise are among the plans for the first week of lifting restrictions. 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

The number of global cases of coronavirus has passed 5 million. A third of the known cases are in the USA. Read more here.

Brazil looks to be the new epicentre of the disease as it reports nearly 20,000 new infections in a single day. Brazil might soon trail only the United States in the number of coronavirus cases. Its coronavirus death toll is 18,859. Read more here.

Positive news

Singer Casey Donovan performed a free drive-in concert at the Robyn Webster Sports Centre in Sydney, Australia during heavy rain on Thursday. Read more here.

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