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98 DEATHS: 98 COVID deaths reported in the week ending June 4

98 DEATHS: 98 COVID deaths reported in the week ending June 4


A total of 98 deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending June 4 mentioned coronavirus on the death certificate, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This is up 3% on the previous week, but the ONS said the number of deaths registered was affected by the bank holiday on May 31 and that differences between the figures should be treated with caution.

Around one in 77 deaths registered in the week to June 4 (1.3%) mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate.

The figures were revealed on Tuesday morning, in the wake of the Government announcement that the planned date for coronavirus restrictions to be lifted is July 19.

However, the 30 person limit on weddings will still be scrapped from June 21, butsome rules will apply such as social distancing, and dance floors will not be open for the guests.

Michael Gove said there will be a “common sense” approach to the enforcement of rules around dancing at weddings.

Asked if the police will be sent in, he told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “I think we’ll use common sense. It is the case that the bride and groom are expected, allowed, encouraged to have a first dance, but it’s also the case that we’re not opening dance floors for weddings because we’re not opening them elsewhere as well.

“It’s four weeks. After this four-week period then I hope that we can get things back to normal. In the meantime, there are restrictions, but overall, I think, you know, common sense is the answer.”

Michael Gove said the Government is “as confident as confident can be” about July 19 being the date for the end of England’s coronavirus restrictions.

He told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “The data shows that we should be in a position to have vaccinated so many people by that date in July that we will be able to lift restrictions.

“Now, you know, none of us can predict the future with 100% certainty – there could be something bizarre and unprecedented that occurs.

“But, on the basis of all the information that we have, then we will have successfully protected such a large section of population, and of course children will be facing summer holidays and that brings the infection rate down. So we’re as confident as confident can be about that date.”

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