Coronavirus: The 15 major developments that happened on Monday

Rebecca C. Taylor
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Here’s what you need to know on 27 April. This article was updated at 3pm.

Deaths: The number of deaths related to coronavirus in UK hospitals has risen by 360 – the lowest daily rise of recorded fatalities since March. Read more here.

The death toll includes 82 NHS staff and 16 care workers. Matt Hancock announced £60,000 as a death-in-service payment of £60,000 for the families of NHS staff who have lost their lives because of coronavirus. He made the announcement in the government daily press conference. Read more here.

An NHS nurse who fought for his life in the same intensive care ward as Boris Johnson has died from coronavirus, says a close friend who’s set up a fundraiser to raise money for his funeral. “Loving and caring” Larni Zuniga, 54, died after battling the disease at St Thomas' Hospital in London on Friday. Read more here.

Politics: Boris Johnson returned to work in Downing Street on Monday after recovering from coronavirus at Chequers. He urged people to continue with the lockdown, but said the UK is coming through the peak. Read more here. Read more here.

Johnson is to announce plans of how the UK will ease lockdown restrictions in coming days, according to a lobby briefing. Read more here.

Policy: The public will be able to ask questions to ministers and government scientists at the daily briefing, it has been announced. From Monday, one question will be selected each day from a pool of suggestions from members of the public. The questions will be chosen by independent pollsters YouGov, it is understood. Read more here.

The UK government will step up its campaign to recruit furloughed workers into agriculture, with ministers warning the coronavirus has sparked serious shortages in migrant labour just as demand has soared. Read more here.

People going through fertility treatment will be able to freeze embryos, eggs and sperm for an extra two years due to the coronavirus pandemic. Ministers do not want patients to be “unfairly caught out” after procedures were paused earlier this month due to COVID-19. Read more here.

NHS: A coronavirus-related syndrome affecting children may be emerging in the UK, according to an “urgent warning” from a paediatric intensive care charity. NHS England is reported to have sent a letter to doctors warning of an “apparent rise” in admissions of youngsters to intensive care as a result of the condition. Read more here.

Finance: Small businesses will soon be eligible for new loans worth up to £50,000 ($62,000) backed by a 100% government guarantee, chancellor Rishi Sunak said on Monday. The announcement of the new “bounce back” loans, which will be interest free for the first 12 months, comes as four million UK workers have been furloughed under the government’s job-retention scheme. Read more here.

Rest of the world

Parents and teachers in Australia are facing confusion as schools debate opening for the second school term. Read more here.

Greece is looking at new rules for tourism in a post-coronavirus world as it tries to salvage the sector after months without travel. Read more here.

France and Italy will release plans for easing their lockdowns this week, as children in Spain were allowed outside for the first time in six weeks. Read more here.

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Positive news

A microbiologist who was one of the first people to be injected as part of UK human trials for a coronavirus vaccine has said she is “doing fine” after a fake article about her death was circulated on social media. The article claimed Elisa Granato, who took part in the trial in Oxford on Thursday, had died after taking the vaccine. Both she and the government have since said the article was fake. Read more here.

Captain Tom Moore is to be honoured with a special Royal Mail postmark for his 100th birthday. The World War II veteran has raised more than £28m for NHS charities by doing laps of his back garden. Read more here.