The death toll at the UK coronavirus hospital has risen by five, the lowest total since the day since the closure began in March.
All five deaths occurred in England, as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland reported no new deaths on Monday amid fears the UK may soon see a second wave of Covid-19.
It is the lowest increase since Public Health England announced two deaths on March 12.
On recent Mondays, 10 deaths were announced on July 27, six on July 20, 12 on July 13, 15 on July 6 and 23 on June 29. The highest number of deaths on a Monday was 697 on April 13 when the UK was at the peak of its outbreak.
Monday totals tend to be lower due to a delay in reporting deaths over the weekend.
Scotland has not reported a death since July 16.
Nicola Sturgeon said the images of crowded bars “made me want to cry” when she announced 18 new cases of Covid-19 in Scotland, including 11 in an area of the health board to combat an outbreak.
The prime minister said there have been no new deaths from the disease for the 18th consecutive day.
However, 11 new cases were reported in Aberdeen, where NHS Grampian is dealing with an outbreak.
While he could not say yet whether these new cases are related to the outbreak, Sturgeon cautioned that the Aberdeen group is “exactly what we feared when we reopened hospitality.”
On Sunday, 13 cases of coronaviruses emerged that had been discovered among people who attended The Hawthorn Bar.
The owners said customers who were there on July 26 tested positive but the NHS Grampian confirmed that they only show mild symptoms.
In England, schools will reopen “for all pupils in all year groups” in England at the beginning of the autumn period, but local closings could force some closings, Downing Street said.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said: “You have heard from the Prime Minister on many occasions his absolute commitment to return children to school in September and that is vital for their education and development.”
“We are planning for all students in all groups of the year to be in school full time from the beginning of the fall term.”
The spokesperson added that “hypothetically” some schools may not reopen immediately “if there was a very specific localized closure that requires a single school to close.”
Downing Street also said that people must comply with social distancing rules in areas that are not affected by a spike in cases.
In other developments:
– Starting next week, new 90-minute “on-site” DNA and swab tests that can detect Covid-19 and the flu will be released in hospitals and residences.
– Number 10 has insisted that tests by residents and staff of care homes “have not stopped”, but has also admitted that not all care homes have been reached “due to increasing demand”.
– The Mayor of London wrote to the Prime Minister to express “great surprise” that the government is allegedly planning to use the M25 to seal the capital if there is an increase in Covid-19 infections.
– Sewage testing for signs of coronavirus as part of efforts to gain an ‘edge’ on where new outbreaks will occur at sites across England.
– People in Britain enjoyed half-priced meals on Monday when the government launched its “Eat Out to Help Out Plan” aimed at boosting business in the shattered hotel industry after months of coronavirus blockade.