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Coronavirus Daily: Suffolk close to 1,500 total cases as Culture Secretary says game on for sport

The secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, Oliver Dowden, gave the green light for live sport to resume behind closed doors from Monday.

The likes of horse racing will start tomorrow, in Newcastle, and in football the Premier League will begin again on June 17.

Mr Dowden, said in yesterday's daily government briefing: "For more than two months after sport stopped, and after weeks of round the clock discussions with medical experts and professional sports bodies, I am delighted to announce today that the government has published guidance which allows competitive sport to resume behind closed doors from Monday at the earliest. And crucially, only when it is safe to do so.

The Premier League is set to restart on June 17.
The Premier League is set to restart on June 17.

"It is up to each individual sport to decide exactly when to resume competition; they know their sports best but football, tennis, horse racing, formula 1, cricket, golf, rugby, snooker and others are all set to return to our screens shortly with horse racing first out of the gate in the north east next week.

"It has been a huge challenge to get to this point. We have taken a forensic clinician-led approach working with Public Health England and the Department of Health every step of the way."

Yesterday's figures from Public Health England showed Norfolk had four daily positive cases over the last reported 24-hours, taking its total so far to 2,161, with Suffolk reporting 12 new cases, with a total of 1,498.

The UK's daily figure for confirmed cases saw a rise from 2,095 in the previous 24-hours to 2,445, but daily deaths showed a drop, down from 324 to 215.

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