The strange new rules of cycling in JapanRupert Wingfield-Hayes - BBC Tokyo correspondent
In Japan, like elsewhere, there has been a big increase in cycling during the Covid-19 pandemic. Why? Office workers keen to avoid the crowded subway systems and a big increase in home food deliveries (among other factors).
In response, the government has approved an enforcement order tightening regulations on dangerous bicycle riding. The strange thing about these new regulations is what they prohibit: ringing a bell to annoy other cyclists, unnecessary braking and blocking pathways.
As a daily cyclist in Tokyo these are not what come immediately to mind as primary threats to public safety. Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of dangerous cycling in Japan. Lots of cyclists barrel down sidewalks, which is a legal grey area, and many completely ignore traffic lights, which is not. Little is done to stop them.
However, from 30 June, if you’re caught ringing your bell too much you could end up having to take a mandatory traffic safety course, or face a US$500 (£395) fine, unless you’re under 14 years old – in which case carry on ringing!
Almost nine million covered by UK government furlough scheme
Figures released by the UK Treasury show 8.9 million workers are having 80% of their monthly salary (up to a maximum of £2,500) covered by the government's furlough scheme
, at a cost of £19.6bn.
The programme was introduced at the start of the coronavirus lockdown in a bid to avoid the loss of millions of jobs because firms couldn't trade. It was originally intended to last until the end of July, but has been extended until the end of October.
In addition, a scheme aimed at helping self-employed workers has had 2.6 million claims, worth £7.5bn.
For more on the government's schemes to support employment, we have an explainer here
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Here are some of today's coronavirus headlines from around the world...
- The plan for all primary school years in England to go back to school before the end of term is to be dropped by the government
- An apparent surge in traffic outside hospitals from August 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan suggests the coronavirus may have hit the area earlier than reported, a study says
- The West Indies cricket team have arrived in England and will now be in quarantine in a "bio-secure" environment in Manchester before a three-Test series that begins on 8 July
- New Zealand's research institute in Antarctica is scaling back the number of projects planned for the upcoming season, in an effort to keep the continent free of coronavirus
- The mayor of South Africa's biggest city, Johannesburg, has gone into self-isolation after a member of his staff tested positive for coronavirus
Nearly 64,000 excess UK deaths since MarchRobert Cuffe - BBC head of statistics
Since the middle of March, just over 200,000 people have died in the UK - that figure is nearly 64,000 more than would be expected at this time of year.
This number is larger than the deaths total we hear announced by the UK government in its daily briefing because that figure only includes people who died after testing positive for coronavirus.
Malaysia detains refugees who couldn't dock due to lockdownRohingya refugees arriving in Malaysian watersMalaysia has detained nearly 270 Rohingya refugees
whose boat had drifted for nearly two months because of coronavirus lockdowns.
They fled southern Bangladesh in April but had been unable to dock. Dozens of those on board tried to swim to land when their trawler was intercepted by the Malaysian coastguard on Monday.
In recent years large numbers of Muslim Rohingya have fled Myanmar, where they face persecution.
More than one million have settled in neighbouring Bangladesh, but many have gone to Malaysia, which has been seen as a safe haven. However Malaysia has now refused to allow refugee boats to land, citing the pandemic as a reason.
On 31 May an elderly Rohingya man became the first person to die from Covid-19 in a refugee camp in Bangladesh.
At least 29 refugees have tested positive for the virus in the camps, although very little testing has been carried out.
Half of English primaries reopened to more pupils last week
Figures show that 52% of primary schools in England opened their doors to pupils in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 when the lockdown was eased last week.
According to the Department for Education, 11% of primary school children attended classes in schools last week.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said he was encouraged by the number of schools which reopened.
Williamson is due to speak in the House of Commons shortly, and is expected to confirm that the government is dropping its plan to have all English primary school pupils return to classes
for the final four weeks of the summer term.Here's what parents think
Wales recommends three-layer face coveringsPeople in Wales are being asked to wear three-layer face coverings
in situations where social distancing is not possible - including on public transport.
The recommendation was announced by Health Minister Vaughan Gething at a news conference on Tuesday.
It follows a similar statement by the World Health Organization
last week.The UK government has announced
that from 15 June people must wear face coverings while travelling on public transport in England. From the same date, hospital visitors and outpatients in England will also have to wear face coverings and staff must use surgical masks.
Seven further deaths from Covid-19 in Scotland
There have been a further seven deaths of people who tested positive for coronavirus in Scotland - but First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says the figures show "further indication of a clear downward trend".
Speaking at Scotland's daily briefing, she said a total of 15,653 people have now tested positive for Covid-19, an increase of 14 from Monday.
There were 1,011 patients in hospital with a suspected or confirmed case - down 31, with 21 being treated in intensive care.
There have been a total of 2,422 deaths.
There had been two consecutive days of zero deaths registered - but Sturgeon says the new figures are "not a surprise" given the lag in registering deaths at weekends.
Last Tuesday 12 deaths were reported.
Williamson confirms primary schools full return dropped
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has confirmed in the House of Commons that the UK government is not going ahead with its plan to see all English primary school pupils return to classes for four weeks before the current term ends in July.
While children in Nursery, Reception and Years 1 and 2 were able to go back - in smaller classes - last week, head teachers have warned over the feasibility of having more pupils in school while maintaining social distancing.
More than half of primary schools in England admitted pupils from those year groups last week, Williamson tells MPs.
Some schools in areas including the North West are worried about the rate of transmission, he says, adding that scientists say the R rate is below one.
From 15 June, secondary school pupils in Years 10 and 12 will get some face-to-face support, Williamson says.
He says the Department for Education has published advice on hand-washing and social distancing, and safety remains his top priority.
There will also be a test and trace approach to schools, where pupils show symptoms of coronavirus.
Williamson says the government continues to work on the next steps so that those schools that can accept more children in reduced class sizes will be able to.
And the education secretary confirms that exams will take place next year.
There are separate rules for managing the threat of coronavirus in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Lockdowns in Europe saved millions of lives, says study
Lockdowns have saved more than three million lives from coronavirus in Europe, a study estimates.
The team at Imperial College London said the "death toll would have been huge" without the restrictions.
But they warned that only a small proportion of people have been infected with Covid-19, and we are still only "at the beginning of the pandemic".
China warns students about studying in Australia
China has warned students to "exercise caution" before deciding to study in Australia over fears of racist attacks.
A statement from China’s ministry of education said: “During the pandemic, Australia has seen multiple incidents of discrimination targeting those of Asian descent. The spread of the global Covid-19 outbreak hasn't been effectively controlled, and there are risks in travel and open campuses."
Australia had led calls for an independent inquiry into the origins of the pandemic, which was first detected in China before spreading to other countries.
Australian Education Minister Dan Tehan denied that his country was unsafe for students, saying: "Australia is a popular destination for international students because we're a successful, multicultural society and provide a world-class education.
"Our success at flattening the [coronavirus] curve means we're one of the safest countries in the world for international students."
In 2019, there were more than two million Chinese students
studying in Australia.
Chechnya ruler gives bride money to hard-up grooms
The strongman ruler of a Russian region is offering to help men struggling to make traditional pre-nuptial payments because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Bridegrooms in the predominantly Muslim republic of Chechnya are required to make a payment either to the bride herself or her relatives, according to long-standing custom.
But because of the impact of the coronavirus epidemic, many Chechen men cannot afford to make the payment known as "urdu", local media report.
As a result, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov "has made bride money available to 207 grooms
who have been left in need by the quarantine", Russia's official news agency RIA Novosti reports.
Each groom will get a payment of 50,000 roubles (£570), it says.Read more here
School closed after pupil tests positive in southern England
A school in The New Forest, in southern England, has been closed
after a pupil tested positive for Covid-19.
Pennington Infant School said staff were made aware that a child had the virus over the weekend.
Deputy headteacher Amy Wake said the "difficult decision" to close was based on "precautionary advice".
The affected pupil is in isolation with their immediate family. Others within the child's "bubble" have been told to self-isolate.
Face masks to remain compulsory in Spain
Wearing face masks will be compulsory in Spain until the coronavirus epidemic is over, Health Minister Salvador Illa says.
The measure will "remain in place until we permanently defeat the virus, which is when we have an effective treatment or vaccine against it", he added.
Since 21 May, it has been compulsory for everyone aged six and over to wear a mask in public where it is not possible to maintain a 2m (6ft) security distance from other people.
When the state of emergency formally ends on 21 June, the measure will remain in place, with the government introducing a fine of up to €100 (£89) for non-compliance. The new regulation will, however, slightly reduce the security distance to 1.5m.
The virus has killed more than 27,000 people in Spain but with the epidemic under control, the country has been easing out of lockdown.
Let us reopen, London Zoo urges governmentLondon Zoo has been closed since 21 March
London and Whipsnade Zoos say they face permanent closure if the government does not reverse its decision to keep zoos shut as lockdown restrictions are eased.
The charity the Zoological Society of London, which runs both attractions, said the sites are reliant on income from visitors to care for their animals and fund global science and conservation projects.
ZSL said it did not qualify for government help and has been spending £1m a month on expenses.
ZSL head Dominic Jermey said: "Unlike shops, museums and pubs, we couldn't just shut the gates, press pause, and wait for the green light to return.
"Our zookeepers, veterinary teams and facilities teams have continued to come to work every day to ensure our precious animals remain healthy and cared for."
ZSL says measures have been put in place so visitors can return to the zoos safely.
The issue is to be discussed in a parliamentary debate on Thursday.
Analysis: Schools dilemma worrying for families, troubling for governmentJessica Parker - BBC political correspondent
The warnings came early that plans to reopen primary schools to all children may not be possible. But if there were suggestions that ministers had been overambitious, there are now also suggestions that they haven’t been ambitious enough.
How is it, some are asking, that non-essential retail is set to get the green light to reopen this month while the majority of children continue to be off school?
Downing Street would undoubtedly resist claims that it’s prioritised the economy over education.
And their watchwords, when it comes to schools, have been about taking a “phased” and “cautious” approach.
But there are fears that with every day that goes by, some young people are falling further and further behind, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
And while the education secretary expressed an ambition to get all children back in September, it appears to be just that - an ambition.
There’s a question: if bringing primary schools back now isn’t practical, with all the social distancing that’s required, what will have changed in three months’ time to allow all young people to return?
It’s a deeply worrying situation for families, and a dilemma for a government that’s put spreading opportunity, or “levelling up”, at the heart of its agenda.
Prosecutor probes France's handling of coronavirus crisis
Paris prosecutor Rémy Heitz has opened an inquiry into the French state's management of the coronavirus crisis.
The investigation will be a judicial response to complaints received by the Paris public prosecutor's office during the lockdown, Mr Heitz told the agency.
Mr Heitz said the aim of the inquiry was not to "assign political or administrative blame... but to uncover possible criminal offences" by national decision-makers. Potential charges include endangering the life of others, homicide and involuntary injury and failure to assist a person in danger.
President Emmanuel Macron, as head of state, is not a target of the inquiries and has immunity from prosecution.
League One and Two football seasons ended in England
Clubs have voted to end the League One and League Two football seasons
early in England.
Tables will be settled by a points-per-game format, while promotion, relegation and play-offs all remain.
Coventry and Rotherham go up to the Championship, but "ongoing disciplinary matters" mean it is not yet certain who will drop out of League Two.
Stevenage are currently bottom of the league, but they could yet be reprieved after Macclesfield Town were handed a fresh misconduct charge on 1 June.
Nepal police use water cannon during Covid-19 protests
Police in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu have used water canon to disperse hundreds of people protesting against the government's handling of the coronavirus crisis.
The demonstrators were demanding better testing and quarantine facilities for returning migrant workers, along with greater transparency in government spending.
Ten protesters who gathered near the prime minister's residence were arrested, police said.
Tens of thousands of migrant workers have returned to Nepal from India and the Middle East after losing their jobs.
A nationwide lockdown imposed in late March is due to end next week. About 4,000 people have tested positive so far, and 14 deaths have been recorded.
Airlines 'set for worst financial year ever'
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says it now expects global airline revenues this year to be $419bn (£329bn) lower than in 2019.
The projected fall is more than $100bn greater than previously forecast, and is expected to lead to a net loss for the industry of $84bn.
IATA says that, financially, 2019 will go down as the worst year in the history of aviation, thanks to the lockdowns and closures of international borders which forced airlines to ground entire fleets. At its lowest point in April, global air traffic was 95% down on last year’s levels. Although traffic is slowly recovering, IATA says airlines are burning through cash and state support remains crucial.
On Tuesday, Cathay Pacific secured a $5bn bailout largely funded by the Hong Kong government.
Meanwhile France has unveiled a $17bn funding package to support its aerospace industry, which has been badly hit by a major fall in demand for new planes.