News from today’s briefing

From the Government press info:


  • 7,121,976 tests for coronavirus have now been carried out or posted out in the UK. This includes 140,359 tests carried out or posted yesterday.
  • 299,251 people have tested positive, an increase of 1,115 cases since yesterday.
  • 387 people were admitted to hospital with coronavirus in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on 14 June, that is down from 435 a week earlier, and down from a peak of 3,432 on 1 April.
  • 379 coronavirus patients are currently in mechanical ventilation beds in the UK, down from 494 a week ago, and down from a peak of 3,301 on 12 April.
  • There are now 5,308 people in hospital with coronavirus in the UK, down 13% from 6,123 a week ago and down from a peak of 20,698 on 12 April.
  • Across all settings, the total number of deaths now stands at 42,153. That’s sadly an increase of 184 fatalities since yesterday.
  • When you measure that on a 7-day rolling average, the daily number of deaths currently stands at 146, down from a peak of 943 on 14 April.

Premier League

Premier League is back this evening after 100 day pause. (Shame most of us can’t watch it, but never mind).

All but five countries will be airing tonight’s games – underlining football’s global reach and the soft power of UK sport. The Premier League is returning and the world will be watching.

All 92 remaining Premier League games will be shown live on television, with a third of them on free-to-air channels.

Friday will be the first on free-to-air, with Norwich versus Southampton. Then an important day on Saturday that will be the first ever Premier League game on the BBC, followed by the Merseyside Derby again free to air on Sunday.

And there will be extended highlights of all the games free to air. So you won’t have to miss a single goal.

Sportspeople and grass roots sport

England’s men’s and women’s cricket teams have donated half a million pounds towards charitable causes.

Rugby League’s Cheshire West Bank Bears have delivered food and parcels to the elderly.

And of course, England and Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford has made the front pages and the back pages for the very best reasons – highlighting the struggles facing many families during this difficult time but that is of course in addition to the fantastic work he’s been doing helping to feed millions of children through the FareShare charity.

The last three months have demonstrated the immense power of sport. It brings us together through kindness and common humanity.

The sports recovery was never just about elite sports. Countless people are itching to get back to their gyms and leisure centres, to their five-a-side leagues and all their other normal fitness activities. Grassroots and community sport will be back up and running as soon as it is safe to do so, with an aim of the start of July at the very earliest.


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