UK coronavirus live: death toll lowered by more than 5,000 after change in how Covid fatalities are counted- as it happened

Methodology change brings England in line with rest of UK; pupils caught up in Glasgow coronavirus cluster

7.06pm BST

We’re going to close down this live blog now. Thanks for reading and commenting. Here’s a summary of the day’s events:

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6.39pm BST

Responding to the chief executive of NHS Providers Chris Hopson’s remarks about the need for a “fit for purpose” test and trace system to be put in place within weeks, the shadow health minister, Justin Madders, has said:

We have been warning for months that a relaxation of lockdown measures must go alongside a fully functioning test and trace system. The government need to listen to the warnings of those working on the frontline and urgently step up work to ensure the system works effectively.

It doesn’t need to be ‘world beating’ it just needs to be effective. Ministers should end their reliance on failing private sector companies and support councils to use local expertise and implement targeted test-and-trace programmes.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian: UK coronavirus live: death toll lowered by more than 5,000 after change in how Covid fatalities are counted- as it happened ———

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