- Non-essential retail, gyms and spas can reopen from 12 April in England, with restaurants allowed to serve outdoors
- Suggestions the UK could introduce Covid status certificates proving someone has had a vaccine, tested negative or has immunity have led to criticism by MPs
- But Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said any plans to adopt such certificates would be brought before Parliament
- The Moderna vaccine will be available in the UK "around the third week of April", Zahawi confirmed
- Later steps in easing restrictions, such as indoor mixing, could cause a resurgence in hospitalisations and deaths, government scientists warn
- The family of Captain Sir Tom Moore have encouraged people to take up their own "100" challenge on what would have been his 101st birthday weekend
- Australian and New Zealand residents will be able to travel between the two nations without having to quarantine from 19 April
- North Korea has announced it will not take part in the Olympics this year, saying the decision is to protect its athletes from Covid-19
Good morning and welcome to our coronavirus live page.
Here’s a round-up of the main stories this morning.
- Businesses in England are gearing up for the next stage of unlocking, after the PM confirmed non-essential retail could reopen and restaurants would be allowed to serve outdoors from 12 April
- There has been criticism over plans for Covid passports in England, amid fears they could create a "two-tier" society. Government documents released on Monday said such certificates - that prove if someone has had a vaccine, has tested negative or has immunity - were likely to become "a feature of our lives"
- The family of Captain Sir Tom Moore have encouraged people to take on their own "100" challenge on what would have been his 101st birthday weekend. The Army veteran, who raised almost £33m for NHS charities by walking 100 laps of his Bedfordshire garden before he turned 100, died on 2 February
- Unions have criticised a 50p-per-week increase in statutory sick pay as "miserly". TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said "no-one should be plunged into hardship if they need to self-isolate"
- Australian and New Zealand residents will be able to travel between the two nations without having to quarantine from 19 April. Since October, New Zealand travellers have been allowed to enter most Australian states without quarantine, though this had not been reciprocated
- North Korea has announced it will not take part in the Tokyo Olympics this year , saying the decision is to protect its athletes from Covid-19. The decision puts an end to South Korea's hopes of using the Games to engage with the North amid stalled cross-border talks
Here are the key recent developments from around the world:The Guardian
- UK prime minister Boris Johnson confirmed it will move to the second stage of its lockdown lifting from next week, as non-essential shops, pub gardens and hairdressers will reopen.
- In France the number of people in intensive care units with Covid rose by 92 to 5,433 on Monday.
- Another 296 people have died in Italy, bringing its death toll to 111,326. New infections fell from 18,025 to 10,680.
- Authorities in Saudi Arabia said only people who have been vaccinated or had the virus will be able to do the umrah pilgrimage later this month.
- The infection rate in Spain has risen again to an average of 163.4 per 100,000 over the last fortnight, as it reported 85 more deaths.
- Up to 200 workers at Goldman Sachs’ office in London will return to the office this week .
- The US has now administered 167,187,795 vaccines and distributed a total of 207,891,395 to clinics, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has reported.
- Mexico’s government reported another 252 more deaths on Monday. It means that 204,399 have now died from the virus.
- People aged under-30 in the UK may stop being given the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine over concerns about rare blood clots.
- An investigation has been launched in France after a TV exposé revealed “clandestine” luxury dinners in Paris despite the pandemic.
Latest across Europe
- The first phase of reopening has begun in Denmark, with hairdressers and tattooists back at work and some children’s age groups back at school. Key to the reopening is a negative test and test centres have been very busy in the run-up to reopening. So-called corona passports will also become very important in the coming weeks.
- Several European countries are giving their vaccine campaigns a post-Easter boost from this morning. The Stade de France in Paris, known for legendary sporting clashes on the pitch, has opened this morning with the aim of providing 10,000 vaccinations a week. It’s one of more than 35 so called vaccinodromes that are aimed at ramping up the vaccine campaign. Latest figures show 9.3 million first doses have already been given in France. But hospital cases are still rising.
- Germany’s network of 35,000 family doctors is getting involved too this week. So far the country's vaccination campaign has been limited to 430 special centres. Meanwhile, the south-western state of Saarland is beginning its exit from lockdown even though cases are still rising. Outdoor gatherings and outdoor café visits are allowed as well as contact sports with a negative test.
- Italy is also aiming to speed up its vaccination campaign, with more than eight million vaccine doses expected to arrive this month alone. Prime Minister Mario Draghi has set an eventual target of half a million vaccinations a day.
- Portugal's president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, last night hailed the second phase of lockdown easing as a "historic day". All but the largest on-street shops were allowed to open along with cafés and restaurants serving customers outside.
- Spain’s health minister says 11 or 12 regions are seeing a clear upward trend in infection, particularly Catalonia and Navarre in the north and Ceuta on the African mainland. This month is seen as key to pushing the vaccine campaign and retired doctors and nurses are being enlisted in many areas to take part.