- Everyone in England is to be given access to two rapid coronavirus tests a week from Friday
- Boris Johnson is due to chair a meeting of the cabinet later to sign off the next stage of lockdown easing in England
- Later, the PM will hold a briefing, where he is expected to confirm countries will be graded under a traffic light system when international leisure travel resumes
- Hairdressers, homeware shops and garden centres are reopening in Scotland as Covid restrictions on the economy have eased
- India has recorded its highest number yet of coronavirus infections in a single day, with 103,558 confirmed cases
- Portugal is entering its second phase of rolling back restrictions, with museums, cafe terraces and some schools reopening
- Rollout of a new school curriculum in Wales must be delayed so teachers can focus on helping pupils in the wake of the pandemic, a union says
Hello and welcome to our live coronavirus coverage for Monday 5 April. We’ll bring you all the latest updates as they happen throughout the day.
The latest from EuropeAfter a weekend which saw many in Europe celebrate Easter under some form of restrictions, here are today's top coronavirus headlines:
- In Germany, there are concerns over increasing infections, as the number of patients in intensive care reached its highest level since the beginning of February. Around a half of the 4,000 people in intensive care are being ventilated, according to figures released on Sunday
- Separately, the German government has added the Netherlands to a list of high-risk countries due to its rising number of cases. The new rules - which already apply to the Czech Republic, France and Poland - mean that travellers arriving in Germany from Tuesday will have to show a negative test and observe 10 days of quarantine
- Portugal, meanwhile, has further relaxed its lockdown rules, but the government has extended restrictions on travel to neighbouring Spain
- France began its third national lockdown over the weekend, with all schools and non-essential shops closed for four weeks, and a curfew in place from 19:00 to 06:00
Find out how coronavirus peaks affected Easter in eastern and central Europe here
Our top story todayEveryone in England will be able to get regular rapid Covid tests from the end of this week.
From Friday, lateral flow tests - which are carried out at home and provide results in under 30 minutes - are being made available twice a week.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it would help squash any outbreaks as lockdown eases.
But critics of the programme say it risks becoming a "scandalous" waste of money.
Read more here .
Free rapid tests will be used by workersHealth Minister for England Edward Argar has been telling BBC Breakfast who he expects will use the new free rapid Covid tests in England.
“I suspect - in the first instance - a lot of them will be used by people who are starting to go back into their workplaces again as the economy starts opening again,” he said.
Argar said the tests will be available from Friday and that the use of the tests in secondary schools has proved the government can meet demand.
Asked about the cost of the testing programme, Argar said there is a budget of £37bn for the entire NHS Test and Trace project over a two-year period.
Scotland’s hairdressers reopenPeople in Scotland will be able to visit hairdressers and garden centres again from today - as covid restrictions are relaxed. Non-essential click-and-collect services are also allowed to resume.
Other businesses reopening include key cutting, mobility equipment, baby equipment and electrical repairs.
It is the latest lockdown measure to be relaxed after the Scottish government lifted its stay-at-home order on Friday.
Read more here .
UK cabinet prepares to meetCabinet ministers will meet later this morning to discuss the next step of England’s lockdown easing.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to brief ministers on the latest data as he prepares to set out new details for how foreign travel may be able to resume this year.
We’re expecting to hear from Johnson at a Downing Street news conference at some point later today.
He is expected to confirm countries will be graded under a traffic light system when international leisure travel resumes.
We’ll bring you further details on this as we get them.