- Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says the UK is working closely with India as it grapples with soaring cases, and shortages of oxygen and vaccines
- He says the UK will "look very carefully" at any request for vaccines from the nation, stressing the "relationship is very important to us"
- India has reported its highest number of deaths in a 24-hour period since the start of the pandemic
- Meanwhile, the UK's aim is still for Covid restrictions to end from 21 June, but there'll "need to be some safeguards in place", Raab says
- Such measures could include some "around distancing" and maybe around masks, he adds
- In England, self-isolation rules for those who come into contact with a Covid-positive person could be relaxed, as a result of a major new study
- From next week, 40,000 people contacted by NHS Test and Trace will be asked to take a rapid test every morning for a week, instead of isolating
- Large crowds are being allowed into more events today as studies continue into the spread of coronavirus
- Some 5,000 people will attend a music festival at Sefton Park in Liverpool, and a capacity crowd will watch the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield
Welcome to today’s coronavirus live page. Here are the main headlines this morning.
- Quarantine for Covid contacts could be scrapped as a result of a major new trial looking at whether giving people daily lateral flow tests for seven days could replace the current 10 days of self-isolation.
- Stockport band Blossoms will perform to a crowd of 5,000 at an outdoor gig in Liverpool later on Sunday. It’s part of a pilot scheme to help understand the impact of mass gatherings on Covid transmission and how such events can safely reopen.
- India’s vaccine drive continues to face supply shortages as the number of Covid deaths soars. All adults in India are now eligible for the jab, but several states say they do not have sufficient doses. Some 3,523 deaths were officially recorded in the past 24 hours.
- A police officer was knocked unconscious as he responded to a report of underage drinking and Covid rule breaches at a bar in Northern Ireland. A 17-year-old boy was arrested and the bar issued with a warning and a £1000 fine.
- May Day rallies took place across the world on Saturday, with more than 200 people arrested in Turkey for holding an unauthorised protest in breach of Covid restrictions .
What the papers say
- The Mail’s front page claims to have more details of what we can expect from the next steps of our return to normality , as Covid measures are lifted. It says that the government's list of so-called "green" countries – which holidaymakers can visit without having to quarantine - will be announced this week. It also suggests the 30-person limit for funerals will be abolished from 17 May and the one-metre social-distancing rule will be scrapped from 21 June.
- The Sunday Express reports the UK economy is on course for "lift off" after months of lockdown restrictions. It comes as Health Secretary Matt Hancock backs a plan to replace the self-isolation requirements with home testing, to get people “going to work and living their lives”.
- Health officials are drawing up plans to offer the Pfizer vaccine to secondary school pupils from September, according to the Sunday Times. It says documents compiled by NHS officials include the offer of a single dose to children aged 12 and over when the new school year starts. However, the go-ahead will depend on the assessment of the government's scientific advisers, which is due later this summer.
Quarantine for Covid contacts could be scrappedThose found to have been in close contact with someone with Covid may not have to self-isolate for 10 days, if a new trial is successful.
The trial will ask close contacts to take rapid lateral flow tests for seven consecutive mornings, with no requirement to quarantine providing the tests are negative and they do not show any symptoms of Covid.
About 40,000 people in England will be invited to take part in the trial from next week.
A study of the NHS Test and Trace system published last month revealed many people do not fully self-isolate when asked to do so.
Men, younger people and parents with young children were less likely to self-isolate - as were those from more working-class backgrounds, people in financial hardship and key workers.
It is hoped the trial could provide evidence to reduce the length of time contacts of positive cases need to isolate.
"This study will help to determine whether we can deploy daily testing for contacts to potentially reduce the need for self-isolation, while still ensuring that chains of transmission are stopped,” said Professor Isabel Oliver, Public Health England's national infection service director.
"Contacts of cases are at higher risk of infection so testing them is a very effective way of preventing further spread."
Police officer assaulted during Covid inspection at bar in Northern IrelandA police officer was punched and knocked unconscious as he responded to a report of underage drinking and Covid rule breaches at a County Tyrone bar.
A second officer was then punched when he tried to detain the suspect at the premises in Fintona on Friday evening.
Police said there were about 150 people present when they entered the premises at about 18:35 BST.
A 17-year-old boy was arrested for assaulting a police officer and disorderly behaviour.
The bar was issued with a warning and £1,000 fine.
"It is completely unacceptable that two of our colleagues were carrying out their duties when they were assaulted in such a nasty way," said Ch Insp Johnston McDowell.
The officer who was knocked unconscious was taken to hospital as a precaution.
Northern Ireland's Covid-19 lockdown rules were relaxed on Friday, allowing hospitality businesses to operate outdoors, with limited numbers and table service only.