Coronavirus: The 11 major developments that happened on Wednesday

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Here’s what you need to know on 24 June. This article was updated at 5pm.

Deaths: The number of people who have died across the UK after contracting coronavirus has risen to 43,081, an increase of 154 in 24 hours. Read more here.

Scotland: Pubs, hairdressers and cinemas will be able to open from 15 July if coronavirus continues to decline in Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has announced. If cases continue to reduce, Scotland will enter phase three of lockdown on 9 July. Read more here.

Lockdown: As more lockdown restrictions are lifted, the government has been warned that it must be prepared for a second wave of coronavirus this winter. Health leaders said urgent action is needed to prevent further loss of life and protect the economy amid growing fears of a renewed outbreak in the coming months. Read more here.

Pubs should be forced to close if a coronavirus outbreak is traced back to them, a scientist has said. Professor Hugh Pennington said that should there be a localised outbreak in a place such as a bar when the rule is relaxed, it could simply be shut down and the rest of the population would not be impacted. Read more here.

Theatres will only be able to open again when social distancing is scrapped entirely, according to the chief executive of Theatre Royal Plymouth. Adrian Vinken warned that over 100 jobs at the theatre – a third of its operation – could be at risk unless doors open again soon. Read more here.

R rate: The government isn’t certain the R rate is below 1 in some parts of the UK, according to the Huffington Post. According to a classified daily document released by Public Health England to health professionals across the UK, there is “uncertainty” around the figure published by the government. Read more here.

Science: Scientists have proposed lifting lockdown in a medium-sized city to see if weekly testing of residents could help control coronavirus. A paper published in the Royal Society Open Science journal argues that a demonstration study is needed to see if such regular testing, strict household quarantine, contact tracing and mobile phone apps could end the COVID-19 epidemic. Read more here.

Travel: Grant Shapps is to announce more on potential air bridges on 29 June. The bridges could allow Britons to go on holiday abroad without quarantining for 14 days in either country. Read more here.

Read more about COVID-19

How to get a coronavirus test if you have symptoms

What you can and can’t do under lockdown rules

In pictures: How UK school classrooms could look in new normal

How public transport could look after lockdown

How our public spaces will change in the future

Rest of the world

The USA’s top infectious diseases expert has said he is worried about a surge of cases in some states, including Texas, Florida and Arizona. Dr Anthony Fauci said there was an increase in spread in the community. Read more here.

Positive news

Horrible Histories author Terry Deary is taking theatre to the people as venues remain closed due to coronavirus. The author says theatres closed in Shakespeare’s day due to the plague, so plays toured, prompting him to take his show to car parks, where the audio will be played through car speakers. Read more here.

Fans of a nice chat in a quiet pub can rejoice, as pubs are to be told not to play music too loudly when the reopen to ensure people don’t have to raise their voices. This is because as people start shouting or speaking up they are more likely to launch the virus into the air and spread it to other customers – so-called aerosol transmission. Raise your glass, but not your voice. Read more here.

Coronavirus: what happened today

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