UK coronavirus live: test and trace gets under way in England and Scotland

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Council leaders warn they lack powers to make local lockdowns work, as Tory MPs resist PM’s call to move on from the Dominic Cummings furore

The number of passengers arriving in the UK by air fell from around 7.1 million in January to 3.8 million in March, according to a Home Office report.

Numbers fell “sharply” since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, dropping to some 112,300 arrivals in April.

This is 99% lower than the number of air passengers coming to the country in April 2019, provisional advance passenger information (API) data showed.

The report published on Thursday said the majority (58%) of arrivals since the lockdown was announced on March 23 were British nationals coming back to the UK.

The remaining 42% “will include foreign nationals who are UK residents returning to the UK, dependants of UK residents and other non-British nationals.”

While the reduction in air travel was “most marked”, over this period the number of passengers arriving by sea was 97% fewer and by rail was 98% fewer than the same time previous year, according to the report.

The National Trust is reopening some of its gardens and parklands on 3 June, although visitors will have to book an appointment in advance to visit.

The email to members sent out this morning, says its popular stately homes remain shut. Only gardens in England and Northern Ireland are being opened up to reflect the continued lockdown in Scotland and Wales.

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