SUPERMARKET chain Tesco has axed its one-way system in stores and confirmed a number of other changes for shoppers.

It comes after strict rules were introduced following the lockdown to help keep customers and staff safe.

But as restrictions continue to slowly be eased, with the likes of shops, pubs and restaurants now reopening to customers, Tesco has relaxed its social distancing measures in stores.

In other coronavirus-related news:

  • Leicester city mayor Sir Peter Soulsby told BBC Breakfast that, having "finally" been provided with "useful data", they know that around 10 per cent of the city has recorded a higher transmission of the virus.

He said: "If we had known that weeks ago we could've actually dealt with it at that time and prevented this lockdown."

He added: "It's very clear when you look at the data that it's a couple of areas of the city that have got a higher than the average transmission of the virus, and certainly the way in which the city has been locked down in its entirety, and indeed beyond our boundary, is not justified.

"We should have been able to know this many, many weeks ago and we should have focused on those areas, preventing the transmission there."

  • Robert Buckland said he wears a face covering inside small shops and carries one with him.

When asked on BBC Breakfast, the Justice Secretary said: "Yes I do, I carry one with me. I think outside is one thing, with social distancing, but a small shop I think is a very sensible place to wear a covering, and it protects people working in the shop, and also anybody else who you might come into contact with."

He added: "I think a mask is just an additional helpful mitigation that isn't just an act of courtesy. I think it's an act of increasing safety and public confidence."

Asked if he would wear one in a supermarket, he said: "I think, carrying one with me and wearing one into a supermarket is a good idea and I think, frankly, the best thing to do is to carry on wearing it.

"I think if the supermarket is very busy then wearing it is absolutely sensible. I think people can be trusted to have the good sense to make the judgment call.

"And if you know one has gone into supermarket very early in the morning and there's nobody around, well, that's one thing but I think the point is, where you're coming into close contact with people you want to give them the confidence that you are doing everything you can to prevent inadvertent transmission of this disease. "

  • Face coverings should be mandatory in shops, according to the president of the Royal Society.

Dr Venki Ramakrishnan, who also sits on the government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) to discuss coronavirus, told Good Morning Britain that the evidence on face coverings has "shifted".

He said: "It's [evidence] now quite strongly in favour of using face coverings in enclosed spaces where we're likely to come into contact with strangers.

"I think that the government should be very clear, it's not consistent to make it mandatory in public transport and not make it mandatory in other enclosed and busy public spaces because the behaviour of the virus is the same in all of these spaces."

He added: "Scotland made it mandatory and it's not been a problem in Scotland. People have, since last week, been going about their business, going shopping, it gives people confidence.

"I should also point out that the best way to revive our economy is to prevent repeated disruptive lockdowns, these are disruptive economically but they're also disruptive psychologically.

"The more tools we can throw at the problem to avoid disruptive lockdowns the better off we are in reviving our economy."

  • The 200 quarantined workers at a farm in Herefordshire are being given the "best support", the county's director of public health has said.

Karen Wright also told BBC Breakfast there "isn't any risk around the food" coming from the farm.

Ms Wright said: "The situation on site is that we are supporting the farm owners, who are doing their very best in this difficult situation.

"We're helping by providing food and other provisions to all of the people on site.

"We've had translators on site over the weekend and that will be the same for the coming days, to look after the welfare of individuals and also to keep reinforcing those messages around reducing the spread of the infection."

She added: "Our main priority is obviously to make sure people are well and that people are looked after and that's the main thing we need to be doing and that's our focus, to look after people really well.

"And to provide that reassurance to the local community that we are focused on obviously containing this outbreak within the farm situation.

"These are people's homes, where they live on the farm, and it's important that we support people to stay on the farm and look after their health and wellbeing on the site."

  • Virologist Professor Keith Neal said it is "not unexpected" that coronavirus antibody levels "fall" over time.

Speaking after a King's College London study suggested immunity may only last a few months, he told BBC Breakfast: "It's not unexpected that antibody levels fall and then the people who had milder illness and therefore mounted a decent immune response were the ones who lost their antibodies most.

"I think that time will tell, currently, as far as I'm aware, nobody has caught Covid-19 twice badly, lots of reports of positives tests, negative-positive and that's a failure of testing.

"We won't really know how effective immunity is until we see possible reinfections and we haven't seen that yet."

  • Face coverings will be mandatory on public transport in Wales from July 27, First Minister Mark Drakeford has said.

He told a press conference in Cardiff: "Public transport moves across our porous border with England. There, the use of face coverings is mandatory on public transport.

"And for the sake of simplicity and consistency, as well as being part of our plan to help reduce the risk of transmissions while on public transport where it is not possible to maintain a two-metre physical distance, it will become mandatory in Wales."

  • No new coronavirus deaths have been reported in Scotland for the fifth day in a row, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

The First Minister told the Scottish Government's coronavirus briefing 2,490 patients have died in Scotland after testing positive for Covid-19, no change on Wednesday's figure.

She said 18,365 people have tested positive for the virus in Scotland, up by six from 18,359 on Sunday.

This follows 19 new cases on Sunday, of which 12 were in Glasgow.

Seven of these cases were asymptomatic and relate to one care home, which Ms Sturgeon said is now being further looked into, with testing and precautions in place.

A total of 550 patients are in hospital with confirmed or suspected Covid-19, she added.

Of these six were in intensive care, no change in the past 24 hours.

  • Health Secretary Jeane Freeman announced the resumption of screening for breast cancer, which had been curtailed in March due to the pandemic.

Those who were invited for a screening before the sessions were cancelled will receive a letter in the coming weeks with a new appointment date, she told the briefing.

The Health Secretary said no changes will be made to the test itself, but some measures have been put in place to ensure the environment is safe, including personal protective equipment for staff and a staggering of appointments to ensure waiting rooms do not become too busy.

Ms Freeman also addressed changes to hospital visiting rules which were due to change from Monday, meaning that one named person can visit someone in a non-Covid-19 area of a hospital.

She said: "As a visitor you will need to wear a face covering, practice good hand hygiene and you should not be visiting if you have any Covid symptoms at all."

  • Scotland's national clinical director Professor Jason Leitch said an exemption from social distancing guidelines for young people playing sport has been put in place.

Changes to the rules on Monday allow those under the age of 18 to take part in organised contact sports again.

Prof Leitch said: "This includes full-contact with no physical distancing required, only on the field of play.

"Clubs, schools and community groups will be able to organise sports for these ages of young people."

Prof Leitch stressed that the exemption was only for the field of play, and would end "once you cross the white line".

Sport Scotland will be providing guidance on how the sporting activities should be carried out, including the appointment of a Covid officer, registration of those who are in attendance and hygiene measures.

  • There were no new deaths of people who tested positive for coronavirus in Wales, with the number remaining at 1,541, Public Health Wales said.

The total number of cases in Wales increased by 25 to 17,045.

  • A further 11 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths in hospitals to 29,077, NHS England said.

The patients were aged between 72 and 95 and they all had known underlying health conditions.

Another one death was reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.

  • The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said 44,830 people had died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Sunday - up by 11 from 44,819 the previous day.

This is the lowest number reported by DHSC since March 12 but reporting is often lower on weekends and the Government figures do not include all deaths involving Covid-19 across the UK, which are thought to have passed 55,500.

The DHSC also said that in the 24-hour period up to 9am on Monday, there had been a further 530 lab-confirmed UK cases. Overall, a total of 290,133 cases have been confirmed.