Coronavirus: The 15 major developments that happened on Thursday

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Here’s what you need to know on 14 May. This article was updated at 3pm.

Deaths: The number of people who have died in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus has risen to 33,614 – an increase of 428 over 24 hours. Read more here.

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Politics: Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has warned TfL will need to cut services unless they are given a government grant. He also said lockdown rules should not be eased before same-day tests and results are available. Read more here.

Policy: New lockdown rules are in place in England as Boris Johnson seeks to ease restrictions. Here are nine things those in England can do - and eight they can’t. Read more here.

A 100% accurate antibody test regarded by Boris Johnson as a coronavirus lockdown “game changer” will “certainly” be available on the NHS, Downing Street has said. The government is, however, still in talks with Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche, which developed the COVID-19 serology test, over an order. Read more here.

Finance: British Airways will still go ahead with 12,000 job cuts despite the government’s decision to extend the furlough period until the end of October. IAG chief executive Willie Walsh said the timing of the decision was due to the UK’s labour laws, which mean staff must be given a 45-day consultation period ahead of any redundancies. Read more here.

Fiscal stimulus measures introduced in response to the coronavirus pandemic will cost the UK government upwards of £132bn over the next year, according to new analysis from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR). Read more here.

Animals: Cats can infect each other with coronavirus, a study has shown. Domestic cats can pass it on when they come into contact with other felines, without showing symptoms. Read more here.

NHS: It will be months before the NHS can fully restart services in the face of the coronavirus crisis, health charities and NHS providers have warned. A report said the impact of dealing with COVID-19 on an exhausted health service should not be underestimated. Read more here.

Science: Results of a human trial of a coronavirus vaccine could be available by the middle of June, an expert has said. Professor Sir John Bell, regius professor of medicine at Oxford University, said “several hundred” people have been vaccinated and the challenge now is to be able to manufacture at scale once it is approved by the regulators. Read more here.

Scientists from Cardiff University are calling for research into whether high-street mouthwashes could reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Gargling with mouthwash could inactivate the coronavirus in the throat, helping to prevent it spreading via coughs and sneezes, they have said. Read more here.

There is no evidence that age affects a person’s likelihood of being infected with coronavirus, new data shows. New research by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) found no differences in the proportions of people testing positive for COVID-19 between different age categories in England. Read more here.

Rest of the world

US scientists are developing technology that would see face masks light up when coronavirus is detected. Researchers at Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology are fitting sensors inside the masks that would light up if they detect the presence of the virus from breathing, coughing or sneezing, according to Business Insider. Read more here.

The World Health Organization has warned coronavirus may never go away. Mike Ryan, the WHO emergencies director, said on Wednesday that the virus that causes COVID-19 could become endemic like HIV, warning against any attempt to predict how long it would keep circulating. Read more here.

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Positive news

A new antibody test that determines whether someone has had coronavirus has shown to be 100% accurate, public health leaders have said. Boris Johnson has previously called antibody testing a "game-changer" as it may reveal how many people have had COVID-19 without any symptoms and so may be immune. Read more here.

More than £30,000 has been raised for the family of Belly Mujinga, who died after she was spat at on the concourse at Victoria station by a person who claimed to have COVID-19. Mujinga, who had an 11-year-old daughter and underlying respiratory problems, died in hospital in Barnet 11 days after the attack on April 5. Read more here.

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