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Coronavirus live blog, May 12

Last updated: Tuesday, 12 May, 2020, 10:50

UK death toll at 40,000

New analysis by the PA news agency puts the death toll at just over 40,000, following new figures on care home deaths released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This includes deaths from Covid-19 and where it has been mentioned on the death certificate as a factor.

Hancock: 'Summer is cancelled'

People are unlikely to be able to go on foreign summer holidays this year, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said.

Asked whether "summer was cancelled", he told ITV's This Morning: "I think that's likely to be the case.

"We haven't made a final decision on that yet but it is clear that we will seek to reopen hospitality, some hospitality, from early July if we keep successfully reducing the spread of this virus.

"But social distancing of some kind is going to continue.

"The conclusion from that is it is unlikely that big, lavish international holidays are going to possible for this summer.

"I just think that's a reality of life."

People should only meet with one person from outside their household in public places

When asked if someone could meet a friend in their garden as long as distancing rules were adhered to, Matt Hancock has told BBC Breakfast: "It's not necessarily more safe than meeting in a park, and we said that should only happen in public places.

"A lot of people can only get to their garden by going through their house, and being with people indoors is not as safe as outdoors, and so that is why we have come to this judgment."

Employment law 'hasn't changed' for those who do not feel safe in the workplace

Matt Hancock has refused to directly answer whether people have a legal right not to go to work if they do not feel safe due to coronavirus.

The Health Secretary was asked the question twice on BBC Breakfast.

In response, he said: "Workplaces need to follow the guidelines on making a workplace safe for Covid, so that is very important.

"Critically, everybody who can work from home should continue to work from home."

Asked for a second time whether people are protected by law if they felt unsafe in the workplace, Mr Hancock said: "Well, employment law has not changed, but that isn't the point.

"The point is that businesses and employees should be working together to make the best of a very difficult situation."

Face coverings 'not recommended' in offices or schools

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has told Sky News that face coverings won't help in offices or schools.

"There is some evidence, it's weak, but there is some evidence that the face covering can help if you're in an indoor place where there are other people who you don't see regularly," he said.

"If you're stuck in an office with them for a long time, then the face covering doesn't help, or in school, for instance, that's why we don't recommend them for offices or schools."

Government furlough scheme 'can't be reduced'

Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner has said the furlough scheme "needs to continue, it can't be reduced".

Told that the scheme is estimated to be costing £14 billion a month, equivalent to the monthly NHS England budget, Ms Rayner said the economy could not recover if people were forced back to work too soon.

Asked how long it should continue, she told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "As long as we need it."

Ms Rayner added: "I think it is really important the Chancellor continues with the good practice of making sure that furlough scheme is in place and doesn't try and reduce it too soon, because that will cost us in the longer term.

"Many families wouldn't be able to survive right now if it wasn't for things like the furlough scheme, it is absolutely right the Government has stepped in but they can't now pull the rug from underneath people's feet - they have to continue to support people throughout this crisis.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky News: "We have said that shouldn't be a cliff-edge in the furlough scheme, but at the same time, we do need to try to get the economy back to something more like normal."

Ryanair looking to restore "40% of normal flight schedules"

Budget airline Ryanair has said it is looking to restore 40% of its normal flight schedule from 1 July.

Like most things at the moment, those plans are subject to change, and the airline said changes will be reliant on “Government restrictions on intra-EU flights being lifted, and effective public health measures being put in place at airports.”

The airline said: “Ryanair, Europe's largest low fares airline, today announced plans to return to 40% of normal flight schedules from Wednesday 1 July 2020,

"Ryanair will operate a daily flight schedule of almost 1,000 flights, restoring 90% of its pre-Covid-19 route network."

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