Coronavirus live news: Brazil sees record increase as cases jump by 33,000

Brazil cases near 500,000; Pope asks world leaders to provide Covid relief; lockdown eased for clinically vulnerable in UK. Follow the latest updates

8.01am BST

That’s it from me, Helen Sullivan for today. Many thanks to those of you who got in touch on Twitter and via email.

Here are the key developments from the last few hours:

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7.55am BST

Government regulations come into force tomorrow that will allow groups of up to six people to meet up outside, including in back gardens. After 10 long and monotonous weeks of social isolation, it’s the news that, if not everybody, then certainly sausage manufacturers have been dreaming of.

“You can even have a barbecue,” announced prime minister Boris Johnson last week in one of those Churchillian moments of national spirit-raising for which he would like to be renowned. That is to say, you can chuck lighter fuel on the charcoal as long as your gathering is socially distanced, everyone washes their hands and exercises what Johnson called “common sense” – a disputed concept, these days; it may mean that if you don’t possess a barbecue set yourself, then you can drive 260 miles to see a family member who does have one.

Related: Johnson-endorsed barbecues are getting a cool reception

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian: Coronavirus live news: Brazil sees record increase as cases jump by 33,000 ———

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