Coronavirus live news: UK restrictions could last six months; WHO reports record weekly rise in global cases

World reports just under two million Covid-19 cases in one week; UK government asks people to work from home

7.27am BST

The UK foreign minister, Dominic Raab, says the country cannot rule out a full second national lockdown.

In a radio interview, the minister said there was no “silver bullet” to beat the pandemic urging those workers who could do so to work from home.

7.17am BST

This could be a game changer – European airlines are pinning hopes on pre-flight Covid-19 tests that deliver results as fast as pregnancy tests to help restore passengers’ confidence in taking to the skies in confined spaces with shared air.

Germany’s Lufthansa, at the mercy of government bailouts for survival, is in talks with the Swiss drugmaker Roche over deploying so-called antigen tests, according to two people familiar with the discussions, as the airline aims to make them available next month.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian: Coronavirus live news: UK restrictions could last six months; WHO reports record weekly rise in global cases ———