• A total of 26,097 patients had died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Tuesday, Public Health England said. It was the first time the daily death toll figures took into account deaths in care homes and the community as well as those in hospitals between 2 March and 28 April. It marked an increase of 3,811 on the previous figure.
  • Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds announced the birth of a healthy baby boy at a London hospital on Wednesday morning. With offers of congratulations coming in from across the political spectrum and from world leaders, Downing Street confirmed the PM will take paternity leave later in the year, rather than now. He spoke with the Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer about the coronavirus response this afternoon. No 10 declined to say whether the baby was born prematurely nor to disclose any further details about the birth.
  • The UK will fall behind other countries if it doesn’t publish an exit plan soon, Sir Keir Starmer told Dominic Raab during PMQs. Starmer pointed to countries including France, Germany, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales, which deal with issues including reopening schools and some businesses. Starmer said that “delay risks not only falling behind other countries, but also the successful four-nation approach so far”.
  • Schools are expected to reopen “in a phased manner”, Gavin Williamson said. The education secretary said he could not give a date but told MPs that Sage is looking at how a phased reopening of schools could work in line with the scientific advice.
  • More migrant health and care workers on the frontline will be automatically granted free visa extensions, the Home Office confirmed. As well as doctors, nurses and paramedics, the extension will now apply to midwives, radiographers, social workers and pharmacists. Family members and dependents of healthcare workers who die as a result of contracting the virus will also be offered immediate indefinite leave to remain.
  • Air passenger numbers are down 99% compared with a year ago, the home secretary said. Priti Patel told MPs that testing was not taking place at the border, a decision based on advice from Sage, which maintained such measures would have “a negligible impact”.
  • And the government insisted it was still aiming to achieve 100,000 tests per day by the end of Thursday (tomorrow). The PM’s spokesman told the lobby briefing that 43,563 coronavirus tests were provided in the 24 hours to 9am yesterday and that there was capacity for 73,400 tests to be carried out.