Coronavirus: The 15 major developments that happened on Monday

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Here’s what you need to know on 29 June. This article was updated at 3pm.

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Deaths: The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said 43,575 people had died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Sunday, up by 25 from 43,550 the day before. There were no deaths in Scotland for the fourth day in a row. Read more here.

The worldwide death toll from coronavirus has passed the 500,000 mark. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University also said there were now more than 10 million confirmed cases globally of COVID-19. Read more here.

Lockdown: Leicester looks to be the first city where local lockdown could be implemented following a surge in coronavirus cases. Government officials have recommended current measures stay in place for two weeks longer than the rest of England, but the city’s mayor said the plan looked “cobbled together”. Read more here.

Weddings are to be allowed to go ahead for the first time since March as restrictions ease. But couples will be advised to wash their hands before and after exchanging rings, services should be as short as possible and there won’t be any receptions. Read more here.

Scotland: Queues outside Primark in Edinburgh started forming at 4am as shoppers welcomed the return of the high street from lockdown. Nicola Sturgeon has urged people to act responsibly. Read more here.

Wales: Schools in Wales are reopening on Monday, but with staggered start and break times, and reduced class sizes. Online learning will continue. Read more here.

Two households will be allowed to join up and form one extended household from Monday, with no limit on the number of people. Mark Drakeford said it would allow people to enjoy one another’s company indoors. Read more here.

Testing: Downing Street doesn’t know how many test results are coming back within 24 hours – one day before the deadline the prime minister set for all of them to be returned that quickly. A spokesman said it was what they were working to do. Read more here.

Education: Parents will be fined for not sending their children to school from September, as the government prepares to get all kids back in classrooms. Fines have been suspended during the lockdown to account for those parents with concerns about the health risks. Read more here.

Boris Johnson has said the fact that more pupils in Britain are not back at school is a source of “deep frustration” for him. The prime minister, speaking to Times Radio, also suggested an investigation should take place into the UK’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, but said now “was not the right time”. Read more here.

Sport: The FA is to make 124 positions redundant as it faces potential losses of £300m because of the coronavirus’s impact on the football calendar. Cancelled fixtures and no entertainment at Wembley means cuts have to be made across the FA. 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

China has reimposed a coronavirus lockdown on about 400,000 people in an area near Beijing after a spike in cases. Restrictions have been reinstated in the Anxin county area of Hebei province, about 90 miles (144km) from the nation’s capital. Read more here.

South Korea, India and Iran have confirmed they are suffering a second wave of coronavirus cases after coming through the first peak and emerging from lockdown. As Britain is warned to be cautious of the same thing, read more about what happened in other countries here.

Positive news

The government is set to approve the return of recreational team sports in England, it has been reported. The Times says ministers will make the decision in the next few days to allow team sports to be played as the coronavirus lockdown eases. Read more here.

Neighbours of Stacie Stroud, a 16-year-old with cerebral palsy from Andover in Hampshire, threw her a prom after hers was cancelled because of the pandemic. Her neighbours decorated the street with fairy lights and balloons to celebrate. Read more here.

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