Coronavirus morning headlines as pressure grows on PM over Dominic Cummings and scientists predict when coronavirus will end in UK

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Here is a round-up of the latest news in response to the coronavirus pandemic on  Saturday, May 23 .

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Confirmed worldwide cases:  5,205,900

Confirmed deaths:  337,572

Confirmed recoveries/discharges:  2,054,125

In Wales, the number of people dying after testing positive for coronavirus is on the decline.

On Friday, the latest update was seven more people died in hospital with the virus, bringing the total in Wales to 1,254 .

Public Health Wales (PHW) also announced 138 more confirmed cases of the virus, bringing the overall total to 12,984 .

Here are the morning headlines:

Scientists predict exact date coronavirus will end in UK

Scientists have used complex modelling to predict the exact date the coronavirus crisis will end in the UK.

Researchers in Singapore have used complex modelling to determine the exact date that the crisis can be declared over in countries around the world.

It says the prediction is “uncertain” and can change with time, meaning it is vulnerable to changes caused by easing lockdown and people breaching the rules.

The model predicts the Covid-19 crisis could end in the UK on September 30.

And it says the pandemic will be over in the USA on November 11, in Italy on August 12 and in Singapore on July 19.

Meanwhile, a leading professor at Oxford University has forecast that the UK’s declining death rates could reach the stage of no fatalities being recorded on some days by the end of June.

Pressure growing on Downing Street after Prime Minister’s chief adviser accused of breaking lockdown rules

Pressure is growing on Prime Minister Boris Johnson after his senior aide, Dominic Cummings, allegedly travelled to his parents’ home in Durham in breach of the UK Government’s own lockdown rules.

Dominic Cummings was spotted by witnesses at his parents’ home in Durham, more than 250 miles from his London property.

Mr Cummings started suffering from coronavirus at the end of March and self-isolated with his wife, journalist Mary Wakefield, and young son for 14 days.

Downing Street said he was in his London home – and afterwards his wife wrote about “emerging from quarantine” into the London lockdown.

But a joint investigation by the Mirror and the Guardian suggests Mr Cummings had in fact been in the north of England.

Downing Street previously confirmed that Mr Cummings had started displaying coronavirus symptoms “over the weekend” of March 28 and 29.

He is alleged to have been present at his family home when police from Durham Constabulary turned up on March 31, following a call from someone reporting they had seen him in the area.

Durham Police confirmed officers had spoken to the owners of an address in the city after reports that a person had travelled there from London.

Political leaders have piled pressure on Mr Johnson to sack the 48-year-old strategist for flouting the rules.

Former Conservative MP David Liddington, who was de facto deputy PM under Theresa May, was among those saying the news raised serious questions.

He told BBC Newsnight: “There’s clearly serious questions that No 10 are going to have to address not least because the readiness of members of the public to follow government guidance more generally is going to be affected by this sort of story.”

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford MP said the aide’s position was “completely untenable”.

“He must resign or be sacked,” he added.

Sir Ed Davey, acting leader of the Liberal Democrats, called for Mr Cummings to quit over the allegations, while a spokesman for Labour said: “The British people do not expect there to be one rule for them and another rule for Dominic Cummings.”

Downing Street has so far refused to comment.

Employers to pay a fifth of furloughed wages

Businesses will have to pay at least a fifth of the wages of furloughed workers in coming months, the Press Associaton news agency reports.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said the furlough scheme will be in place until at least October with companies to be asked to “start sharing” the cost from the start of August.

And The Times reports the Treasury has devised a scheme which would see employers cover between 20% and 30% of a worker’s wage.

The plans would also see firms paying national insurance contributions, which are approximately 5% of people’s wages.

The furlough scheme – which pays 80% of a worker’s salary up to a £2,500 monthly cap – currently supports around 7.5 million jobs, with Mr Sunak saying earlier this month he was preparing to “wean” workers and business off the programme amid concerns the nation was becoming “addicted” to it.

The Chancellor has warned the UK is “likely to face a severe recession, the likes of which we haven’t seen”.

Latest on holidays to Greece, Spain and other major destinations from the UK in 2020

Many countries are beginning to ease their lockdown restrictions to try to gradually move towards normality.

In the UK,  coronavirus  restrictions remain tight, although there have been some relaxations, with  differences in approach  between the four nations.

Some foreign holiday destinations are already planning to welcome tourists, but considerable uncertainty remains over whether summer holidays will be able to go ahead, and what rules will be in place, both during and after vacations, if and when they do.

Officials in Greece have warned Brits hoping to travel there that it is  unlikely to welcome UK citizens  when it reopens to tourists due to the UK’s record on coronavirus.

Spain has extended its ban on British people and those from non-EU countries visiting, to June 15.

Click here to find out what restrictions are in place in France, Turkey, Bulgaria, Italy, Portugal, and Tunisia.



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