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Coronavirus: Evening update as PM says UK contact-tracing system in place by June

Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak this Wednesday evening. We'll have another update on Thursday morning.
1. UK will have track and trace system by June, says PM
Boris Johnson says the UK will have a "world-beating" contact-tracing system from 1 June. He told Prime Minister's Questions that there would be 25,000 trackers in place by then, able to cope with 10,000 new cases a day. He was responding to criticism from Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, who said the lack of an effective system has left "a huge hole" in the UK's coronavirus defences. BBC health correspondent Nick Triggle said it was unlikely to be a "fully-functioning perfect system" by June and what will be launched "will effectively be a prototype". How does contact tracing work?
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Test, track and trace system in place, in the UK by 1 June
2. NHS bereavement scheme extended after criticism
Family members of non-British NHS support staff and care workers who die with coronavirus can stay in the UK permanently, it has been announced. The government had been under pressure from opposition MPs and unions because its bereavement scheme originally only applied to certain occupations including nurses, biochemists and radiographers. It will now include all hospital support workers including cleaners and porters, social care staff and care home workers. Many of the NHS workers who have died with coronavirus come from abroad. Read some of their stories here and here.
3. Taskforce to help sport and the arts recover
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, leading today's daily briefing, announced a new taskforce to help get live sport and creative industries back on their feet. He said their absence has created a "rather odd" feeling in the country. Former footballer Alex Scott, ex-BBC and ITV boss Lord Grade and the English National Ballet's Tamara Rojo will be involved. Mr Dowden also said
Tamara Rojo is English National Ballet's artistic director
4. Rolls-Royce to cut 9,000 jobs
Derby-based aerospace firm Rolls-Royce has announced it is cutting nearly a fifth of its workforce worldwide and warned it will take "several years" for the airline industry to recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The bulk of the 9,000 job cuts are expected to be in the UK at its largest site, in Derby. The Unite union described the cuts as "shameful opportunism" and called on the company to "work with us on a better way through this crisis". BBC business correspondent Dominic O'Connell said the job losses were a "heavy blow to one of the UK's few world-class manufacturing companies".
5. 'In difficult times, love conquers'
If you're in need of some life-affirming viewing during this pandemic, watch the moment a couple who have been married for almost 72 years are reunited after weeks apart. Because of the coronavirus, Mary and David Humphreys, from Doncaster, were forced to stay apart while she was seriously ill with sepsis in hospital. This is what happened when she returned home...
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The Humphreys are reunited at home
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