Coronavirus live news: Sweden to lift advice against non-essential travel as death toll passes 5,000

Deaths in Sweden higher than in neighbouring Nordic countries; Beijing raises alert level and grounds hundreds of flights; India’s official death toll leaps by more than 2,000 to reach 11,903Germany to ban large events until at least October - reportsNew Zealand traces 320 ‘close contacts’ of two new casesSix US states see record new casesCovid-19 outbreaks in New Zealand and China highlight stark choicesSee all our coronavirus coverage 4.09pm BST The UK death toll from confirmed cases of the new coronavirus has risen to 42,153, an increase of 184, the latest daily figures from the UK government show.The daily increase of 184 is down on the previous daily rise of 233. A further 1,115 have tested positive for Covid-19, taking the UK total to 299,251 as of Wednesday morning. 3.59pm BST Sweden will lift its advice against non-essential travel to 10 European countries from 30 June, the country’s foreign ministry has said. The countries are Greece, Croatia, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, France, Iceland, Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg. Continue reading...

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