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Coronavirus deaths go up in England by 555 in a day to 4,494

Public Health England reported an extra 555 deaths in England, Public Health Wales recorded 12 in Wales and there have been 7 in Northern Ireland. In Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said authorities there had recorded an additional two extra deaths in Scotland, up to 220, but said the number was based on a new way of counting deaths and is 'likely to be artificially low'. The level of infections has risen sharply by almost 60 per cent, from 5,903 to 47,806, dashing hopes the rate of people getting the disease was starting to plateau. The Department of Health also said that, as of 9am on Sunday, a total of 195,524 people have been tested, up from 183,190 the previous day - pushing the amount of tests done daily to more than 12,000. It comes amid concerns a huge backlog of potential patients awaiting their results could mean infections are far higher than is being reported. If the backlog for processing the tests is too great, the rate of infections will remain at roughly the same level, with the services already pushed to the brink and only able to carry out a certain number of tests per day.

Scotland's chief medical officer, 51, offers to resign and apologises on live TV after she is given police warning for TWICE ignoring her own warnings to visit her family's second home during lockdown

Scotland's chief medical officer has apologised live on live TV after she was given a police warning for ignoring her own advice, by twice visiting her family's retreat more than 40 miles from her main home. Doctor Catherine Calderwood (pictured left) said her actions were 'a mistake and human error' and that were 'no excuses'. It comes after she was photographed visiting her family's second home in Fife during the coronavirus pandemic, despite herself issuing advice to stay at home. The 51-year-old offered her resignation to Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, who declined, saying her advice had been 'invaluable'. Last week, Dr Calderwood tweeted a photo of her family from their main residence in Edinburgh (pictured top right) as they clapped for the front-line NHS staff working to stop the spread of Covid-19. Police Scotland, in a statement (pictured bottom right) said its officers had visited Dr Calderwood and warned her about her future conduct.

Former Supreme Court Justice Jonathon Sumption believes that the public's 'irrational horror of death' has lead to unnecessarily 'costly' measures surrounding coronavirus.

Players are said to be furious over the proposals to force them into accepting a proposed 30 per cent reduction in wages after the Premier League met the PFA on Saturday.

There have been calls for players to give up a chunk of their wages in recent days, with the Premier League also suggesting that they should take a pay cut of 30 per cent amid the coronavirus crisis.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock backtracks on threat to ban all public exercise as he says toughening up coronavirus social distancing rules is 'not imminent' but warns people who are 'pushing the boundaries' by sunbathing are putting lives at risk 

UPDATED Matt Hancock today blasted sunbathers for breaking coronavirus lockdown rules as he warned the government will ban 'all forms' of outdoor exercise if a 'small minority' refuse to stay at home. The Health Secretary said it was 'quite unbelievable' some people are still not following government guidance and stressed the plea not to go outside apart from in very specific circumstances was 'not a request, it is a requirement'. A number of other countries have banned outdoor exercise in a bid to slow the spread of the disease and Mr Hancock said the government is willing to take the same action if people do not comply with existing restrictions. He said: 'My message is really clear: If you don't want us to have to take the step to ban exercise of all forms outside of your own home, then you have got to follow the rules.' His intervention came after the UK death toll from the virus hit 4,313.Matt Hancock today blasted sunbathers for breaking coronavirus lockdown rules as he warned the government will ban 'all forms' of outdoor exercise if a 'small minority' refuse to stay at home. The Health Secretary said it was 'quite unbelievable' some people are still not following government guidance and stressed the plea not to go outside apart from in very specific circumstances was 'not a request, it is a requirement'. A number of other countries have banned outdoor exercise in a bid to slow the spread of the disease and Mr Hancock said the government is willing to take the same action if people do not comply with existing restrictions. He said: 'My message is really clear: If you don't want us to have to take the step to ban exercise of all forms outside of your own home, then you have got to follow the rules.' His intervention came after the UK death toll from the virus hit 4,313. 

Almost five million people tuned in to Saturday's Virtual Grand National won by 18-1 shot Potters Corner as over £2.6million was raised for NHS Charities Together from people betting on the race.

Scientists have noted a large reduction in earth's vibrations since late March, thanks to fewer people moving around and staying at home as a result of global coronavirus lockdown measures.

As the virus began to take a stranglehold on the UK last month, the Government mooted the concept of beating back the disease by allowing 80 per cent of the country to become infected.

Dr Rinesh Parmar, of the Doctors' Association, said that 43 per cent of doctors have no eye protection and 20 per cent don't have it for the most high-risk procedures.

Countries where public face mask wearing is advised have lower rates of coronavirus

Countries advising its people to wear face masks to stop the spread of coronavirus have had lower rates of infection, data shows. While other measures will affect results such as testing and social distancing, it is clear that many Asian countries where face masks have been widely worn are suffering fewer cases of Covid-19. Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and South Korea have all reported far fewer infections than countries in the West, despite being far closer to the source of the pandemic in China.

Lord Bath of Longleat Alexander Thynn dies at 87 after getting coronavirus

Alexander Thynn, the 7th Marquess of Bath (pictured at Longleat left in 1993), died at the Royal United Hospital in Bath yesterday after being admitted on March 28. He was the owner of Longleat Safari Park in Warminster, but was best known for his flamboyant dress sense and affairs with as many as 70 women, which he referred to as his 'wifelets'.

Labour's new deputy leader Angela Rayner blasts Matt Hancock

Angela Rayner, who has been self-isolating at her Ashton-Under Lyne property after presenting with COVID-19 symptoms, took fire at Matt Hancock's criticism of sunbathers and said social distancing rules needed to be 'reasonable and proportionate'. Speaking to Sophie Ridge on Sky News, Ms Rayner said: 'If you're stuck in inadequate accommodation, you've got no back garden, you've got nowhere to go and you're all on top of each other, quite literally, then I think people should do social distancing and should keep their distance but also be reasonable and proportionate about that.'

The reported daily rate of coronavirus infections in the UK could be plateauing because testing is already running at full capacity amid a huge backlog of potential patients.

The socialite, 34, has broken her silence over her father-in-law Alexander Thynn's death from coronavirus on her Instagram account on Sunday.

London's mayor tweeted to say he was 'absolutely devastated' after five bus drivers died who tested positive for Covid-19. He said that 'lives depend' on people following Government rules.

The failure over testing, and lack of success in bringing in sufficient PPE equipment to protect NHS staff is causing a rift between the government and health officials.

'Difficult decisions ahead': Donald Trump raises the prospect of lifting the lockdown knowing people will get infected because 'we can't go on like this' and the cure 'cannot be allowed to hurt more than the disease'

The president's, left, words during his daily briefing Saturday raises the prospect of reopening businesses soon. 'We have to get back to work. We don't want to be doing this for months and months and months', he said. Trump said that 'at a certain point some hard decisions are going to have to be made' in terms of lockdown, bottom right. He also reportedly told NFL commissioner Roger Goodell that the football season will still begin in September in a conference call on Saturday as the president claimed we 'have to open our country again'. But Dr Birx warned to avoid going to the grocery store or the pharmacy unless it is essential for two weeks. Cases of COVID-19 have increased by more than 100,000 in the past three days; the death toll tops 8,500, top right. 'This will be probably the toughest week. There will be a lot of death', Trump told reporters on Saturday.

NEW Shortages of drugs including morphine used to ease end of life have led to a 'temptation' for euthanasia to be used in France, while Spanish doctors have been told to limit the use of ventilators.

NEW An infectious diseases expert has said he thinks the coronavirus lockdowns in New South Wales and Victoria are too strict and unsustainable, while other scientists say they are not strict enough.

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions company, Adnec, has reversed its decision to charge 'some fixed costs' to the NHS for use of the London-based centre as a coronavirus hospital.

New Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer claims 'serious mistakes' have been made by Boris Johnson during the coronavirus crisis as he prepares to unveil his shadow cabinet and hints at frontbench returns for Blairite MPs

The newly-elected Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has savaged Boris Johnson 's handling of the coronavirus crisis, accusing the Prime Minister of making 'serious mistakes'. Sir Keir yesterday formally replaced Jeremy Corbyn at the top of the party in a landslide leadership contest victory and he has wasted no time in attacking Mr Johnson. Sir Keir said he is willing to engage 'constructively' with the government during the outbreak of the deadly disease but blasted ministers for being too slow at explaining why the UK is 'so far behind' other countries when it comes to testing. Labour's new premier is widely expected to announce his shadow cabinet later today, with a raft of so-called 'soft left' MPs who served under Mr Corbyn tipped to be installed in key positions. But in a clear hint that Sir Keir will try to reunite the divided party, he suggested during an appearance on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show this morning that Blairite MPs could now return to the frontbench.

Cheshire police officers slammed as 'unfit for purpose' after urging people to stay indoors by performing dance routine to the Bee Gees' hit Stayin' Alive

Sandbach Police in Cheshire received hundreds of complaints after they tweeted footage of four officers gyrating in front of three marked cars with their blue lights flashing (main). But the Saturday Night Fever rendition drew huge criticism online (inset).

Rinesh Parmar, chairman of the Doctors' Association, has warned 'fifty doctors in Britain will die' battling coronavirus if frontline staff are not properly equipped with protective gear.

Dominc Minghella, the creator of ITV's Doc Martin, has spoken of his fear of leaving his four children without a father as he battled with Covid-19 at King's College Hospital in London.

Shocking moment huge brawl breaks out in the middle of an Asda cereal aisle in front of horrified shoppers trying to social distance during lockdown

The commotion kicked off at around 2pm in an Asda store in Dudley, near Birmingham, on Thursday. The footage shows two women tangled in a brawl as another woman tries to separate them. The video, filmed by another shopper, starts by showing the two women bent forwards as they pull at each other's hair. A third woman is seen trying to separate them before a middle-aged man, who had been standing next to the brawling pair alongside an Asda staff member, kicks out. He shouts, 'f***ing get off her!,' and another series of expletives as he pushes the women apart. A small child can be seen watching on as it sits in its father's arms while he stands nearby. Security staff are then seen storming into view to calm the man and the two women down, before the group walk away after finally ending the fight.

The man entered the Lidl store (pictured) in Bridport, Dorset, wearing a face mask and gloves on Friday, police said. He was seen lowering the mask and licking his fingers and then touching products.

A 58-year-old woman has been charged with three assaults on emergency service workers. Louise Adams, is alleged to have spat at security guards and punched a nurse in the stomach at a Bolton hospital.

Piers Morgan has slammed Lord Sugar for 'encouraging' Britons to sunbathe in this weekend's good weather. Piers said the tweet by Lord Sugar was 'stupid and will kill people'.

DR ELLIE CANNON: The Mail on Sunday's GP discusses Covid-19 testing, the effectiveness of face masks, whether we need to wipe down our groceries and more in this week's column.

Manchester City star Kyle Walker 'hosted sex party with two escorts while on coronavirus lockdown'  - one day before making a video plea urging supporters to stay at home

England and Manchester City defender hosted a sex party at his Cheshire home, then told his Instagram followers to 'stay at home,' hours later. Louise McNamara, one of two escorts sent to the footballer's flat last week, branded the footballer a 'hypocrite' and said he was 'putting people at risk'.

Learning Mentor Carole Flynn, 54, from Coventry, succumbed to the virus on Thursday after contracting it at the end of March. Ms Flynn worked at Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School for 16 years.

Disturbing pictures show empty hangars at a former RAF base transformed into a temporary

The airbase in Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire, (main and bottom right) was home to the Bomber Command during the Second World War but closed in 1993 - it is now to become one of several temporary mortuaries for the bodies of coronavirus victims. Currently empty, the hangers, which could hold up to 600 corpses each, will only be used if regular systems are unable to cope with the number of dead. Another temporary mortuary (top right) is nearing completion in Upminster at South Essex Crematorium in the London Brough of Havering.

Experts have cast doubt on the theory the virus was first transmitted from a bat to a human at a live animal market in Wuhan a few months ago and said it could have been in humans for years.

Ministers fear that the coronavirus pandemic might have been caused by a leak from a Chinese laboratory, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. 

DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: Over the past month, I've mentioned a few times that our best hope, and perhaps the only way out of this pandemic, will be by creating a safe and effective vaccine.

Sir Keir Starmer makes Labour leadership rival Lisa Nandy his shadow foreign secretary

Sir Keir Starmer has made leadership rival Lisa Nandy his shadow foreign secretary as the new Labour leader announced a series of senior appointments to his top team - and ousted allies of Jeremy Corbyn. Sir Keir has handed massive promotions to shadow junior Treasury minister Anneliese Dodds who he has made his shadow chancellor while junior shadow Home Office minister Nick Thomas-Symonds is now shadow home secretary. Meanwhile, Angela Rayner, who was yesterday elected deputy party leader, has been appointed party chairman, while Rachel Reeves, who last served in Ed Miliband's shadow cabinet, returns as shadow chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. The final appointment made by Sir Keir today sees Jonathan Ashworth kept on as shadow health secretary.

Irish gangland murder suspect in horrific execution and dismemberment of 17-year-old boy

A man shot in broad daylight in Etna Drive, Belfast has been named locally as Robbie Lawlor, 35, who was a suspect in the brutal murder of Drogheda teenager Keane Mulready-Woods. Police are trying to establish whether a light coloured car, registration YLZ 7052, which was found burned out in nearby Kingston Court, was connected to the shooting. Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis said the killing was 'an abhorrent and brutal crime, for which there is no excuse'.

Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert talks about grief, love and female sexuality

Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert discusses losing the love of her life and rediscovering joy through writing her new book City Of Girls. It is important, she says, to always throw your whole self into life, despite the scars of loss and disappointment.

'We are on our knees': Tearful intensive care nurse makes desperate plea for people to stay at home and warns she and her colleagues are 'sinking' under the pressure of coronavirus

Basildon nurse Shirley Watts says the NHS is on its knees as staff work long hours to try and cope with the coronavirus pandemic. The operating theatre nurse is urging the public not to go outside and to help the NHS. Speaking after a shift she said: 'We're trying to save lives, we're all just doing what we can to save people's loved ones.'

Thousands of people have continued to flock to the streets of Manly in Sydney despite police finally closing its beach to the public and enforcing strict social distancing rules to slow COVID-19's spread.

As many as 25 of the latest cases allegedly involved people from abroad, said the country's National Health Commission, while five other cases have been detected as local transmissions.

Family-of-four spend SIX hours colouring every brick of their terraced house in chalk

Mother-of-two Fern Taylor, 26, from Somerset, revealed she spent six hours decorating her home using chalk and creating a 'rainbow house' in order to lift spirits during the coronavirus lockdown (pictured right). The couple also had help from their children - Arabella who is four and two-year-old Matilda who are pictured in matching striped dresses on the wall outside (inset and left) their pastel-coloured home. Left: Fern's partner Marco DeFazio, a 28-year-old Royal Marine, was determined to colour every brick.

An alligator was seen confidently walking onto a sidewalk at Barefoot Landing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Clifford Sosis shot video of the alligator strolling around the outdoor shopping area.

At last people get the message! Brighton Beach looks deserted as sunbathers follow government advice to stay away during lockdown despite blazing 20C heat - in stark contrast to one year ago when crowds packed onto the pebbles

There was barely any standing room on Brighton and Hove seafront in April 2019, but just a year later the same spot is largely abandoned, as the UK's lockdown over coronavirus continues.



The teenage rebel who outwitted Dr Mengele and lived to tell her tale

FRANCI RABINEK EPSTEIN: It was late at night when we stopped at a platform with a big sign that read 'Auschwitz'. The name meant nothing to me. Outside, I could see, among the SS guards, a large number of strange creatures with shaved heads and dressed in striped blue-and-grey pyjamas.

The musician, 31, and her ex, 45, will share custody of their seven-year-old son Angelo, but 'financial, sales or other confidential business information' regarding the proceedings won't be publicly available.

Steph McGovern,37, from Middlesbrough, told The Telegraph's Stella magazine that she was once instructed to 'tone down' her outfit choices by the head of BBC breakfast, Alison Ford.

Basque terror group member Asier Eceiza, 42, has been acquitted after three judges ruled there was 'not enough proof' he took part in two hotel bombings in Alicante and Benidorm, in July 2003.

Liberal Democrat lothario, 55, who has had a string of lovers is thrown out by his

Britains's most unlikely lothario is at it again - serial heartbreaker Lembit Opik has been dumped by his fiancee over his friendship with a glamorous Russian. The former Liberal Democrat MP - more famous for the mystifying spell he casts over women than anything he achieved at Westminster - has incurred the wrath of Sabina Vankova (left during her pregnancy) after she spotted pictures of him with Natalia Khomutinnkova (right) on what Mr Opik said were work trips to Paris and Nice. Following months of counselling to help the couple negotiate an amicable split, Ms Vankova, a Bulgarian lawyer, last week ordered Mr Opik to leave their home in Epsom, Surrey, and move back to his flat in South London.

That's been the reality for many bereaved parents - until now, thanks to one mother's tireless campaign - and the introduction of Jack's Law

UK-based Aaron Carlo, lead stylist for haircare brand TRESemmé and hairdresser to stars including Little Mix, has revealed the hints and tricks for looking after hair, without washing too often.

Epstein's harem of hell: Courtney was 14 when she went to the home of Andrew's paedophile

A powerful new book has put more pressure on Prince Andrew to speak to the FBI over allegations that his friend Jeffrey Epstein paid a teenage girl to have sex with him. The Mail on Sunday has been summarising stories from the book, written by a lawyer who spent 11 years trying to bring the tycoon to justice. In our final instalment, we tell how Epstein set up a harem of underage sex slaves. Right: Epstein's Palm Beach home. Left: Epstein with a young companion who is not Courtney.

HARRY COLE: The billionaire oligarch and friend of Vladimir Putin was once a regular at his beloved Chelsea FC, and owns various luxurious properties here.

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When the school run looks like this... Inside the lives of uber-rich kids

Private members' club playdates, bespoke designer wardrobes and a personal bodyguard... SADIE NICHOLS gets a peek into the rarefied life of a billionaire's child. :Left, Beyonce's daughter Blue Ivy, eight, seen here in 2018, sipping a non-alcoholic cocktail). Right, Kylie Jenner's daughter Stormi, two, seen here last month, gets about in a mini convertible Mercedes. Inset. Tilly Ramsay - who wore a £2,200 frock to her recent 18th birthday party - with father Gordon in 2016.

TALK OF THE TOWN: They are one of the most glamorous couples from the world of stage and screen, now they have settled down together - in the] suburb made famous in Only Fools and Horses.

TALK OF THE TOWN: The Beatles legend, pictured, admits 'easy television' keeps him occupied when not on stage. The 77-year-old said: 'Nancy calls it the 'Paul will watch anything department'.'

Every week Holiday Hero Neil Simpson takes an in-depth look at a brilliant holiday topic, doing all the legwork so you don't have to. This week, he reveals how to earn air miles without leaving home.

Rich House, Poor House: Father battling cancer left shocked at how expensive healthy food

Damien Lee, a wealthy father-of-two and cancer survivor from Bournemouth (right), is shocked to find how hard it is to afford healthy food while on a tight budget on Rich House, Poor House. It makes him realise how hard skint mother-of-two Larissa Wood has to work to provide for her family (left).

I was all set to move to Loch Long, where The Nest is filmed, but unless I could live in Cape Cove, home to Dan (Martin Compston) and Emily (Sophie Rundle), I'll stay put

The research warned that about ten per cent of the weight of a pillow that has not been washed for two years was made up of dust mites and dead skin cells.

Statistics from the Ministry of Justice show that Kelly is the most common name among female inmates - even though it has never made the top ten list of most popular girls' names.

Mother-of-two marries plate-smashing Greek waiter who she danced with at her FIRST wedding

Natalie Perry, 37, from Gloucestershire married the same Greek waiter, Fred Kasa, 36, she danced with on her first wedding day.in Crete in 2012 and insisted she's spent her 'entire life' waiting for him (top inset, Fred at her first wedding pouring drinks for guests). (Natalie is pictured left on her first wedding day in 2012, right on her second wedding last month and inset, with Fred).

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UnBAAlievable! Adorable flock of lambs flout the two-metre rule as they hop and skip on a roundabout in a deserted playground while Britons are urged to stay indoors

Hairdresser Debbie Ellis, 52, from Preston, captured the moment a flock of lambs joyfully climbed aboard a roundabout in a deserted playground. The adorable creatures could be seen skipping and hopping around the roundabout.

The Norfolk Broads is Britain's largest protected wetland and the third-largest inland waterway. The Mail On Sunday's Ben West went and explored the area at the helm of a 40ft long boat.

KATE HUMBLE and MARTYN COX offer a host of brilliant tips to transform your garden

TV's KATE HUMBLE and MARTYN COX: With most of us unable to go in to work, we suddenly have the time we so often crave to give attention to our gardens, balconies or window boxes, and we are relishing it. Old skills that have been lost are being found again. The delight of having mud under the fingernails is being rediscovered.



Discovering a world full of beauty and exquisite craftsmanship from Devon to Scotland

The Arts and Crafts movement has been around in Britain for 150 years and celebrates quality design and traditional workmanship. Back then, Arts and Crafters wanted to design everything from door knobs to drawers, often using flowers and plants as inspiration. Here are some of the best places in the UK to see their work.

British facialist Sarah Chapman, from London, who set up her skincare brand Skinesis in 2008, shared a gushing Instagram post about her relationship with Meghan Markle, 38, online.

Lennox Lewis is the last boxer to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world and his two fights with Evander Holyfield in 1999 have become heavyweight folklore.

A pink supermoon is on the way this week!

On Tuesday, Britain will witness a rare phenomenon known as a pink supermoon. It happens when the first full moon of spring, traditionally called the pink moon, coincides with the moment the moon is at its closest point to Earth. As a result of being relatively near, the moon will appear 30 per cent brighter and 14 per cent bigger in the sky than when it's at its furthest point. An orange moon is pictured above Brighton Pier last April.