UK adds 134 Covid-19 deaths as Cabinet Minister excludes opening up pubs and restaurants indoors

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The United Kingdom’s death toll from confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose by 134 to 37,048, health officials said on Tuesday.

As of 9am on 26 May, there have been 3,681,295 tests, with 109,979 tests on 25 May.  265,227 people have tested positive.

Opening up pubs, restaurants and bars after the coronavirus lockdown is difficult and so there will be no standing at the bar in pubs for a long time, Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said on Tuesday.

“It’s going to be more difficult with pubs, restaurants and bars in full,” Gove told LBC Radio. “What I hope we may be able to see is people being able to have outdoor hospitality, so that you can enjoy a drink in the garden of a pub or eat outdoors in a cafe.”

“I think it’s going to be very very difficult for us to return to any of us standing at the bar or any of us mingling in a cafe indoors in a way that we have in the past,” he said.


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