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Coronavirus latest news: PM to urge G7 leaders to defeat pandemic by vaccinating world by end of 2022 

Boris Johnson will call on fellow leaders at the G7 in Cornwall to pledge to vaccinate the world’s population against coronavirus by the end of 2022.

With the face-to-face gathering of leaders due to take place on Friday, the Prime Minister is planning to use the UK’s G7 presidency to implore his counterparts to “rise to the greatest challenge of the post-war era” and put a stop to the pandemic by ensuring every person on the globe has access to a jab within the next 18 months.

“The world is looking to us to rise to the greatest challenge of the post-war era: defeating Covid and leading a global recovery driven by our shared values,” according to Mr Johnson.

“Vaccinating the world by the end of next year would be the single greatest feat in medical history.

“I’m calling on my fellow G7 leaders to join us to end this terrible pandemic and pledge will we never allow the devastation wreaked by coronavirus to happen again.”

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6:31AM

Cruise ships’ return to Venice since pandemic reignites tensions

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The MSC Orchestra cruise ship sailed across the basin as it left Venice yesterday

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Saturday saw the first cruise ship cast off from Venice since the pandemic hit Italy, reinflaming a war of words between supporters and opponents of the massive floating hotels.

With the MSC Orchestra looming over St Mark’s square, demonstrators in small motorboats waved banners reading “no to cruise ships”.

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Activists of the No Grandi Navi committee protest in Venice

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However, fans of the massive vessels say stopoffs by tourist cruises create jobs in a city dependent on tourism – itself massively undermined by the pandemic.

Around 650 people boarded the MSC Orchestra in Venice after showing a negative coronavirus test less than four days old and passing another on the spot.

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A crew member of the MSC Orchestra cruise ship undergoes a swab test as part of health measures applied prior to departure

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5:45AM

Latest coronavirus figures from around the world…

  • The United States will donate 750,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses to Taiwan as part of the country’s plan to share shots globally, offering a much-needed boost to the island’s fight against the pandemic. Taiwan is dealing with a spike in domestic cases but has been affected by global vaccine shortages. Only around 3pc of its 23.5 million people have been vaccinated, with most getting only the first shot.

  • The Australian state of Victoria today reported two new locally acquired Covid-19 cases, with the low number raising hopes that a hard lockdown in the state’s capital of Melbourne will be eased on June 10. The two new local infections bring Victoria’s total recent cases to 72.

  • The number of confirmed cases in Germany has increased by 2,440 to 3,700,367, with the death toll rising by 74 to 89,222.

  • Mexico reported 2,649 cases of coronavirus infections and 186 fatalities on Saturday, bringing total cases to 2,432,280 and the death toll to 228,754.

  • Markets and shopping malls in New Delhi will be allowed to partially reopen from Monday in a further easing of its lockdown, as infections fall in major Indian cities after weeks of restrictions. Delhi Metro will resume services at 50pc capacity.

  • Brazil had 66,017 cases in 24 hours and 1,689 deaths, with the South American country registering 16,907,425 cases since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 472,531. It is the world’s third worst outbreak outside the United States and India and the second deadliest. 

  • Belgium plans to start vaccinating people between the ages of 16 and 17. Ministers said: “Starting in the month of July, they will start receiving an invitation concerning the first dose.” They will receive the Pfizer jab.

5:21AM

‘Grannycore’ the new lockdown trend we can’t get enough of

You know you’ve become totally ancient when an evening with the sofa and a primetime drama feels like a big night.  

Blame the pandemic (what else?) – aka the Great Acceleration – which, over the course of one very long year, has fast-forwarded the ageing process, stealthily converting us into one big pipe-and-slipper brigade.

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Who isn’t spending all day in their slippers and shawl, turning down events that might require a change into “real” clothing? Whose skin, hair and body hasn’t aged at warp speed? Who hasn’t started to resemble their parents in shape and weight after a year of quiet hobbies; moving less, sitting more and eating absolutely everything in sight?

The past 16 months have given rise to “Grannycore” – and the trend has hit our homes too.

A rush on chintz, doilies and tea sets is all part of a bid to make our homes as cosy and familiar as possible.

Read the full story here.

4:55AM

Police attacked at illegal rave

Police have broken up an illegal rave in a field attended by around 200 people, with one man arrested on suspicion of breaching coronavirus legislation.

Essex Police said officers were called to Theydon Bois at around 11pm on Saturday after reports of the music event.

Objects were thrown at police as the force engaged with people at the unlicensed music event off Forest Drive.

The music was turned off at around 1am and decks, speakers and a generator were seized by police.

Chief Superintendent Tom Simons said: “Essex Police does not tolerate attacks, no matter how minor, upon officers who are just doing their job by responding to incidents reported to them by the public.

“In this instance, thankfully, no officers were injured and the attendees did eventually disperse when they were asked to do so and that is a credit to the officers who attended the scene and worked under very difficult circumstances.

“As a result of our initial investigations, we have seized a number of items of musical equipment and one man has been arrested.”

4:46AM

Tony Blair: End restrictions for vaccinated people

Tony Blair has called for vaccinated people to be released from lockdown restrictions and says businesses should have the right to admit only jabbed customers. 

In a report called “Less Risk, More Freedom”, the former prime minister’s think tank lays out a vision for how the country could remain open if the virus persists in the population.

Mr Blair says he is keen to see the target to end social distancing by June 21 maintained, but adds: “We surely now know enough about this disease to know that every time we think it’s over, it finds a way of bringing back uncertainty.”

READ MORE: Tony Blair calls for vaccinated people to be released from lockdown restrictions 

4:22AM

PM to urge G7 leaders to vaccinate world to end pandemic

Boris Johnson will call on fellow leaders at the G7 in Cornwall to pledge to vaccinate the world’s population against coronavirus by the end of 2022.

With the face-to-face gathering of leaders due to take place on Friday, the Prime Minister is planning to use the UK’s G7 presidency to implore his counterparts to “rise to the greatest challenge of the post-war era” and put a stop to the pandemic by ensuring every person on the globe has access to a jab within the next 18 months.

“Next week the leaders of the world’s greatest democracies will gather at an historic moment for our countries and for the planet,” according to Mr Johnson.

“The world is looking to us to rise to the greatest challenge of the post-war era: defeating Covid and leading a global recovery driven by our shared values.

“Vaccinating the world by the end of next year would be the single greatest feat in medical history.

“I’m calling on my fellow G7 leaders to join us to end this terrible pandemic and pledge will we never allow the devastation wreaked by coronavirus to happen again.”

3:53AM

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