- Care home residents in England will be able to make low-risk trips without having to self-isolate for two weeks on their return
- The rules will be relaxed from Tuesday, allowing for quarantine-free outings such as walks or garden visits
- Campaigners had threatened legal action, arguing that residents' human rights were being breached
- South Asian communities in England were more at risk of infection, severe illness and death during the second wave of the pandemic, compared with other ethnic groups, a study says
- A campaign is launched to raise money to build a memorial in St Paul's Cathedral to those who've died as a result of the pandemic
- India is due to begin vaccinating all adults over the age of 18 amid a deadly second wave of infections
- Australian citizens returning home from India could face up to five years in jail and fines after the journey is made temporarily illegal
Welcome to today’s coronavirus live page, bringing you all the news on the pandemic from the UK and around the world.
Here are the main headlines this morning:
- Care home residents in England will be able to leave their home for low-risk trips without having to self-isolate for 14 days afterwards, after the government announced it would relax measures from next Tuesday
- People from a South Asian background were at greater risk of infection, hospitalisation and death in the second wave of Covid than the first, compared with other ethnic groups, a study has concluded
- India is due to begin vaccinating all adults over the age of 18 amid a deadly second wave of infections, with more than 300,000 cases and over 3,000 deaths being reported daily. But many states are reporting a shortage of doses
- Australian citizens returning home from India could face up to five years in jail and fines after the government made the journey temporarily illegal
- A campaign is being launched to raise £2.3m to build a memorial inside London’s St Paul's Cathedral , to remember those who have died as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic
What the papers say
Saturday's papers are confident that coronavirus restrictions will continue to be eased in England.
- The Times reports that family and friends will be allowed to hug in just over a fortnight in what it calls "the first significant easing" of social distancing rules.
- The paper predicts ministers will approve the next stage of the road map from 17 May and that it will include allowing people to have physical contact with other households for the first time in more than a year.
- The Daily Telegraph says 17 May is also the date that foreign travel will be allowed again - as the first step towards reviving the holiday industry – but it adds that only a "tiny handful" of countries will be on the approved list to start with.
- The Daily Express says a "green list" of countries which people can visit without any quarantine requirement will be published next week. Most European countries are expected to be on the amber list, according to the Telegraph.
- Meanwhile, the i newspaper claims scientists and No 10 are "increasingly" confident about mass gatherings without social distancing.
- And the FT Weekend warns that drinkers have downed so many pints since lockdown restrictions were eased that pubs are facing a beer shortage over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Relief as care home isolation rule axed for low-risk tripsCare home residents will be able to leave their home for low-risk trips without having to quarantine for 14 days afterwards, the government says.
The rules will be relaxed in England from Tuesday, allowing for outings such as walks or garden visits without self-isolation.
The move follows threats of legal action by the charity John’s Campaign - who said the rule encouraged care homes to act unlawfully by "falsely imprisoning" residents.
"This will be a huge relief to residents, families and care homes who have all been crying out for change,” said lawyer Tessa Gregory, whose firm is representing the charity.
Under the changes in England, residents on trips out must be accompanied by either a member of staff or one of their two nominated visitors and they must follow social distancing throughout.
They cannot meet in groups or go indoors, except for the use of toilets, and public transport should be avoided where possible.
There are different rules in the UK's devolved nations, with residents in Wales able to leave homes - where there is no Covid outbreak - without isolating on their return.
Scotland's guidance for care homes allows for residents to see loved ones outside of the care home, while rules for care homes in Northern Ireland vary by region .
The government says a fall in Covid cases means it is now "much safer" for care home residents to go outside.