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Post by Kitkat on Sun Jun 14 2020, 11:46

Summary for Sunday, 14th June

  • India records 11,929 coronavirus cases in 24 hours – its highest single-day figure to date
  • Chile, Argentina, Peru and Colombia all report a record number of Covid-19 infections, amid mounting concerns about its spread in Latin America
  • In the UK, leading psychologists have called the delay in getting children back to school a “national disaster” that endangers their mental health
  • UK PM Boris Johnson has launched a review of the 2m distancing rule, after warnings it could cripple the hospitality industry
  • The Australian states of New South Wales and Victoria plan to ease restrictions at libraries, community centres and nightclubs despite increases in new infections
  • There have now been more than 7.7 million cases worldwide and more than 430,000 deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University

f you’re joining us in the UK, Africa and Europe - good morning, and good afternoon if you’re in Asia or Australia. Welcome to our live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.
Here are some of the latest headlines from around the world:

  • Over 7.7 million cases have been reported worldwide, along with 430,000 deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University
  • India has reported its highest ever daily jump in cases, confirming 11,929 on Sunday. It's currently the fourth-worst hit country in the world
  • Meanwhile China has reported 57 new cases, its highest daily jump since mid-April. Authorities said 36 were reported in Beijing, where lockdown measures have been re-imposed in some localities after a cluster of cases linked to a local market
  • France’s highest administrative court has ruled that coronavirus concerns no longer justify a ban on public protests. On Saturday night, the Council of State said demonstrations can resume so long as they follow public health protections, are declared in advance, and are not deemed a risk to public order. The ruling came while unauthorised protests were held in Paris against police violence and racial injustice

Latest from the UK

With more lockdown easing set to kick in on Monday, here are some developments from the UK:

Emergency meetings in India as healthcare system struggles

Jill McGivering - South Asia editor
India's home minister, Amit Shah, and Delhi's chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, are holding an emergency meeting in the capital to address the continuing rise in coronavirus cases there.
It's their second meeting in less than a week, and comes amid concerns about the city's ability to manage the crisis.
For weeks, the number of new daily cases in Delhi has been steadily rising - and anecdotal evidence suggests the healthcare system is overwhelmed.
Now the chief minister has confirmed plans to requisition nursing homes for coronavirus use. That will make about 5,000 more beds available.
In the future, hotel rooms and banquet halls may be converted too.
On Sunday, the daily total across India rose again with nearly 12 thousand new cases. Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Delhi are some of the worst affected states.

Fact-checking claims the virus might have started in August 2019

There's been criticism of a study from the US suggesting that the coronavirus could have been present in the Chinese city of Wuhan as early as August last year.
The study by Harvard University, which gained significant publicity when it was released earlier this month , has been dismissed by China and had its methodology challenged by independent scientists .
Researchers say there was a noticeable rise in vehicles parking outside six hospitals in the city from late August to 1 December 2019. This coincided with an increase in searches for possible coronavirus symptoms such as "cough" and "diarrhoea".
But an analysis by the BBC has found serious flaws in their conclusions.
Read more here

Two-metre rule should only be reduced if supported by the science - Labour

The UK's 2m (6ft) social distancing rule should only be reduced if the scientific evidence supports this, the shadow home secretary has said.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has commissioned a review into the rule , following warnings that unless it is scrapped the hospitality industry will not be financially viable.
Labour’s Nick Thomas-Symonds told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday that the public health position and the health of the economy “go together” and should not be seen as “in conflict”.
If the UK does reduce the distance required without this being supported by the scientific advice, this could risk a second peak, doing even more damage to the economy, he added.
He said the government should be “vigilant and cautious” and publish the scientific evidence behind its decisions to restore public confidence.

Which shops can open in England from tomorrow?

From Monday, all shops in England selling "non-essential" goods will be able to open, as the government eases lockdown restrictions.
This includes retailers offering clothes, toys, books and electronics - as well as record shops, tailors, auction houses, photography studios and indoor markets.
A number of major retailers - including John Lewis, Debenhams and Primark - have announced plans to open a limited number of outlets from Monday.
Under government rules, newly reopened stores must meet Covid-19 guidelines to show shoppers and workers can be kept safe.
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Infection risk is about more than 2m distance

David Shukman - Science editor, BBC News
As the UK government’s scientific advisers are keen to point out, what’s called the 2m "rule" is not actually a rule – instead it’s guidance for politicians to make decisions on.
And it’s not only about distance.
They say that shops, workplaces and other locations need to do individual risk assessments based on several key factors.
The first is the time that people might spend close together.
Spending six seconds at one metre carries the same risk at 60 seconds at two metres, they reckon.
Then there’s ventilation. A stuffy confined location will make infections more likely. A good supply of fresh air will make a big difference.
Whether people are face-to-face – which carries the greatest risk – or sitting back-to-back is vital.
And noise level is a factor too: if people have to force their voices – such as in choirs - that increases the chances of them releasing the virus into the air.
Finally, barriers to infection such as face coverings or screens can play a part, if keeping apart isn’t possible.

France's ancient burial brotherhood work the Covid-19 crisis

The Covid-19 epidemic and the risk of infection have led to new rules in many countries about how we treat the dead. In France, like anywhere else, the restrictions make the process of bereavement even more difficult to bear.
In Béthune, in the northern part of the country, the Charitable Brothers of Saint-Eloi were founded in the 12th Century to help families bury their loved ones.
More than 800 years on, the Brotherhood is not just about folklore; it's part of the city's daily life and death. And its work is more relevant than ever.
Watch our video of their work above...

Travel quarantine 'not something we want to have'

The Andrew Marr Show
UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak was also asked about criticisms from the aviation industry of the quarantine rule in place for travellers arriving to the UK.
He said compliance with the measures had been "very good", but said the government had always said it was keeping the measures under review.
The transport secretary was looking at ways for travel to reopen, including so-called travel corridors with other countries, Sunak added.
"This is not something that we want to have," Sunak says.
"We all, over time, would like to get our lives back to normal, travel included. And that's why the transport secretary is actively looking at options. As we continue to make progress against the virus, we might able to more here as well."

China sees biggest daily rise in infections since April

Authorities in China have reported 57 new cases, the country's highest daily jump since mid-April.
The National Health Commission said 38 were locally transmitted, with 36 of them in Beijing.
Since yesterday, lockdown measures have been re-introduced in some localities of the capital after dozens of new infections were discovered. Many have been linked to a local market, which has been closed. Eleven residential compounds nearby have also been sealed off, with resident only allowed to leave for essential shopping.
More than 84,000 cases have been reported in China, according to Johns Hopkins University, along with 4,638 deaths.
The country has relaxed many of its containment measures after the ruling Communist Party declared victory over coronavirus in March. But a recent rise in cases has sparked fears of a second wave of infections.

Infection spikes reported across Latin America

Chile, Argentina, Peru and Colombia have reported a record number of Covid-19 infections in the past 24 hours, increasing concerns about the spread of the disease in Latin America.
Due to recent rises in confirmed cases, many health authorities say the continent is now the epicentre of the global pandemic. With several governments lacking adequate testing resources, it's feared that the true number of infections is higher than what's being reported.
In some of the biggest developments:

  • Brazil reported 20,894 new infections on Saturday, the highest on the continent. It currently has the second-biggest toll of deaths and cases in the world, after the US
  • Chile's President Sebastián Piñera has replaced Health Minister Jaime Mañalich amid controversy over the reporting of the country's death toll
  • In Mexico, the number of cases has also increased sharply in the past three days; it has the fourth highest number of registered cases in Latin America

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Delhi to treat Covid patients in railway coaches

Jill McGivering - South Asia editor
India's home minister, Amit Shah, has announced new emergency measures to address the continuing rise in coronavirus cases in the capital, Delhi.
The announcement came after an emergency meeting with Delhi's chief minister and other officials, amid concerns about the city's ability to manage the crisis.
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One of Delhi's most pressing needs is more beds for coronavirus patients. Shah said 500 railway carriages would be provided, creating 8,000 more beds. Another 5,000 beds will come from the chief minister's plan to requisition nursing homes.
Future plans could see hotel rooms and banquet halls used and possibly a new field hospital.
Shah also announced a rapid increase in testing in Delhi - and a door-to-door survey of the worst-affected areas to help officials map and contain transmission.
On Sunday, the daily case total across India rose again, with nearly 12,000 new cases.

How will secondary schools reopen safely?

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As some Year 10 and Year 12 pupils in England prepare to go back to school on Monday, secondary head teachers are having to overcome an array of challenges.
Plans shared with the BBC suggest the arrangements will vary widely. More than 300 schools and colleges told us they were mainly offering between five and 30 hours of face-to-face teaching each week.
Some are making the return gradual, starting with pupils who are struggling the most, with many providing individual pastoral sessions to check on mental health.
The BBC's education team has spoken to one college in Devon about the safety measures they are putting in place.

Peru technicians freed following false 5G fears

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Villagers in Peru have freed eight telecoms engineers after holding them over fears they were installing 5G technology, which some locals mistakenly believe spreads coronavirus.
The technicians were repairing an antenna when they were seized on Wednesday in the Huancavelica region. The villagers - from the Paucará and Yauli districts - said the workers would be released if they removed the antennas, local media report .
Their release was agreed after a meeting between locals and officials from the government and telecoms firm Gilat. A police spokesperson told AFP news agency the group are in good health.
A transport ministry spokesperson told local radio Peru has no 5G antennas, and that - regardless - they are not linked to the spread of coronavirus.
False claims linking 5G to coronavirus have been widely shared online. Scientists say a connection between the two is biologically impossible.
Peru has recorded more than 6,300 deaths and almost 220,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University. But the spread of the virus in the Huancavelica region has been limited.

Eleven-year-old girl's US spinal surgery halted due to coronavirus

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An 11-year-old girl has been unable to fly to the US for spinal surgery to help correct her "painful" scoliosis due to coronavirus.
Katie Hellen, from Spondon in Derbyshire, was due to be in Philadelphia for the operation, but restrictions caused by the virus have halted plans.
The family raised money for Katie to travel to the US for a procedure unavailable on the NHS.
They are now trying to raise £50,000 to have the treatment done elsewhere.
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Could US cases rise again?

You can see from the graph below how the number of confirmed cases in the US has levelled out in recent weeks, but stubbornly refused to drop.
The US is still reporting around 20,000 cases a day nationally. However, the situation is not the same in every state. In recent days the governors of Oregon and Utah halted plans to ease lockdown restrictions, citing local spikes in infections.
More than 90% of the US population was under mandatory lockdown orders at one point, but most states have now loosened their stay-at-home rules and allowed some businesses to reopen. It's a move health officials fear could further spread the virus.
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Coronavirus: 'It's very exciting to be returning to work'
By Lora Jones Business reporter, BBC News

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"It's very exciting, we can't wait to have our customers back," says Annie Martin, who manages the Waterstones Piccadilly bookshop, in London.
Non-essential retailers, such as fashion, toy and book shops, will be allowed to reopen in England on 15 June - as long as they have coronavirus-related safety measures in place.
Waterstones, for example, is introducing Perspex "sneeze screens" and a quarantine trolley where books that have been browsed will be held for "a couple of days".
"We want to keep bookshop experience exactly as it normally would be," says Annie. "We're still encouraging people to browse, we're just looking after those books once you've browsed them."
Annie has been working on implementing those changes behind-the-scenes, but is also looking forward to seeing her colleagues back in-store.
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"Bookshops are quite close teams... We've been messaging, but it's not quite the same as seeing colleagues in person for a chat, particularly about the books you've been reading on furlough."

Suki, who works at a Boots beauty hall in London, also says that it's "refreshing to come back to work, which is like my second home".
Most Boots stores have remained open during lockdown. That means that staff on the beauty counter have had the chance to trial different ways of working about a week before shoppers return to the High Street.
Boots is removing all make-up testers, and assistants will wear plastic visors in its beauty halls, to try to keep both customers and staff safe.
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Suki acknowledges that some changes could make shopping more difficult. That there won't be testers is "going to be a shock for a lot of us, because with beauty you often need to try things on," she said.
"The visor isn't the most glamorous thing in the world, but it does mean that I'm not touching my face and my make-up can stay on longer. And, safety isn't supposed to be glamorous," she adds.
Overall, Suki feels as though she's in a safe pair of hands: "We're all as nervous as each other, so I think as long as we all take the necessary steps, we'll be fine."

Nervous shoppers

Shoppers, though, might be feeling more anxious about their return to the High Street.
More than half of UK customers expect they will now go shopping less often over the next one or two years, according to a survey of more than 1,000 people by accountancy giant EY.
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One trade body, the British Retail Consortium (BRC), is urging the public to "play their part" in making shopping safer. Along with 25 other retailers, it says customers should follow five steps:

  • Queue considerately
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Follow instructions inside and outside shops
  • Follow all necessary hygiene measures
  • Be respectful to shop staff

Helen Dickinson, the BRC's chief executive, said: "Every visit we make helps support jobs in retail, as well as throughout the supply chain. Retailers have been working around the clock to create a safe shopping environment".
"Our shopping experience may be changing, but if we all follow the necessary social distancing measures and show a little consideration to those around us, then everyone will be better off."
Her plea was echoed by Damian McLoughlin, chief executive of Homebase.
"While the vast majority of our customers have adhered to the safety measures we have in store, in recent weeks, a small minority of shoppers are disobeying the guidelines set out and at times reacting abusively when challenged by store teams," he said.
"It's for this reason we're calling on members of the public to help us reverse the trend that saw cases of abusive incidents towards shop workers rise by 9% during the last year."

How might shopping change post-lockdown?

For any customers who don't want to go into a store, HMV will offer to do their shopping for them. From Monday, people can drop in a shopping list, a team member will collect it, package it up and have it waiting for the customer to pick up later. Alternatively, customers can ring their local HMV to have a product put aside for them to collect later on.
The idea came from the chain's Canadian customers who have been a little bit more cautious about returning to stores as opposed to its US shoppers, says its owner Doug Putman.
So what does he expect from customers in England when HMV opens 93 shops on Monday? Read more here.

Many retailers in England will soon open their doors for the first time since lockdown measures were introduced in March.
No dates have been set for the reopening of non-essential shops in Scotland and Wales, although each country has set out its planned stages for lifting lockdown. Those in Northern Ireland have been open since Friday.
John Lewis stores in Poole and Kingston will be the first to reopen on 15 June, followed by another 11 shops later that week. Marks & Spencer will also reopen the majority of its clothing stores.
Primark has also announced that it will reopen all 153 of its stores in England on Monday.

Meanwhile, Debenhams will open 50 shops in England. The firm collapsed for the second time in a year in April after coronavirus ramped up the pressures facing the business. It has struck deals with landlords to keep 120 stores open.
However, 17 of its stores will remain closed for good when coronavirus lockdown restrictions are lifted. It is still in discussions over a "handful" of others.
Richard Lim, chief executive of Retail Economics, said: "The survival of so many retailers will hinge on the success of reopening stores over the coming weeks and the pace at which consumers return."
Mr Lim also pointed out that the "significant shift" towards online seen during lockdown may change shopping habits for good.
"Many of these consumers are shopping for goods online for the first time, overcoming the barriers of setting up online accounts, entering payment details and gaining trust. It is inevitable that some of these behaviours will become sticky," he said.
Former John Lewis boss and current mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, told Sky News he hopes to see a permanent reform to business rates, a kind of council tax businesses pay.
H is also keen on proposals for a digital sales tax for online retailers, "making sure online companies pay a fair share," he said.
For physical shops, a rare ray of sunshine from the lockdown could be customers wanting to visit local shops as they work from home and spend more time near their homes, he added.
"I do believe one of the things to come out of this is a concentration on local areas," he told Sky.

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Donald Trump says he will not watch NFL and US Soccer if players kneel
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US women's star Megan Rapinoe knelt during the anthem before a game in 2016

United States president Donald Trump says he will not watch the NFL or the US Soccer sides if players do not stand for the national anthem.
The NFL said last week its players should be allowed to protest during the anthem, adding that it was "wrong for not listening" to players earlier.
US Soccer overturned a ban on players kneeling during the anthem on Thursday.
The practice was started by former NFL star Colin Kaepernick in 2016 to highlight racial inequality.
Trump has opposed kneeling during the anthem and has repeatedly called on NFL players who do so to be sacked or banned.

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Shower of rose petals in tribute to health workers

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India's lockdown has been extended for another two weeks, though some activities have been allowed to reopen.
In Bangalore, this was the moment medical staff in the city walked through a shower of rose petals and flowers.
The flowers were thrown by members of the public as a tribute to healthworkers' response to the pandemic.
It came as India's daily number of new confirmed cases reached almost 12,000.
In Delhi, 500 railway carriages are going to be converted to create another 8,000 beds for coronavirus patients, as part of a new package of emergency measures. Nursing homes will also be requisitioned, and testing rapidly increased.

What's it like to be contact traced?

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People who have been in close contact with someone found to have Covid-19 are now being traced in the UK.
BBC Wales journalist Emilia Davies found herself among them.
It was a Thursday afternoon when my phone started to ring. I was working and didn't recognise the number so let it go to voicemail.
After about half an hour, I listened back to the message.
It was Vanessa - not her real name - from the Cardiff and Vale contact tracing team.
"I'm wondering if you could give me a call back please?" she said.
I was slightly alarmed when I heard the message, but had an idea why she was calling.
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Global cases march on towards eight million

On 3 April, news outlets across the world marked the point that global cases reached one million.
And now, just over two months later, the figure is rising towards eight times as many.
The real number is expected to be much higher, as many people have not had access to testing and some countries have been accused of underreporting.
According to Johns Hopkins University in the US, the worldwide total is currently 7.8 million.
You can explore the BBC's own global tracking work here

Iran's daily death toll over 100 for first time since April

The Iranian government has reported more than 100 deaths in a single day from coronavirus, for the first time since April.
"It was very painful for us to announce the triple-digit figure," said a health ministry spokeswoman, Sima Sadat Lari. "This is an unpredictable and wild virus, and may surprise us at any time."
She announced on television that there had been 107 new fatalities, meaning nearly 9,000 people have died with Covid-19 in Iran.
The country reported its first coronavirus cases in the city of Qom in February. The government introduced strict confinement measures, but they were relaxed in April to help ease the impact on the economy.
On Saturday, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said some citizens were failing to observe measures introduced to check the spread of the virus. He also said he would bring back the lockdown if the situation deteriorates further.

The latest from the UK and globally

For those of you just joining us, here's a round-up of some of the top coronavirus stories today.

And in global news:

Three more deaths in Wales and one more in Scotland

A further three people have died after testing positive for coronavirus in Wales, taking its total number of deaths to 1,444.
One more death has been recorded in Scotland, taking its total to 2,448.
We expect UK wide-figures to be published by the Department of Health later today.

Gujarat has India's highest mortality rate

Ahmedabad, home to more than seven million, is the largest city in the western Indian state Gujarat. It's also the worst affected by the pandemic, accounting for more than 75% of the state's caseload, and nearly all of its deaths.
With more than 21,500 confirmed cases, Gujarat has India's fourth-highest number of cases. But the state's mortality rate for Covid-19 patients is the highest, with 6.2% dying. That's more than double the national average of 2.8%.
When Gujarat's high court expressed "concern at the alarming number of deaths in Ahmedabad hospitals", the state government said that more than 80% of those who had died suffered from comorbidities, or other ailments, which made them more vulnerable.
But public health experts say it's hard to pin down a single reason for the higher rate.
Read more here

Spain to open to EU countries next weekend

Spain is going to re-establish travel connections with other EU countries from next Sunday, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has said.
The only exception is Portugal, which is keeping its own land border closed until 1 July.
The UK is included - but the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office still advises against all but essential international travel.
Spain was initially planning to restart full EU travel on 1 July, but it has decided to lift "border checks with all member countries on 21 June" instead, Sánchez said in a televised speech earlier today.
The country had one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe, but on 4 May, the government outlined its four-stage plan to start easing the restrictions.

Further 27 coronavirus deaths in England

A further 27 people have died in hospital in England after testing positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed deaths in hospitals to 27,954, NHS England has said.
UK-wide figures - which use a different timeframe to those of individual nations and also include deaths in the community and care homes - are expected to be published by the Department of Health later.

It may be months before US lifts UK travel ban - Fauci

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It will likely be "months" before travellers will be allowed into the US from Britain, according to Dr Anthony Fauci, a leading member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.
Since March, America has placed a travel ban on visitors from the UK, China, Brazil and the European Union. Dr Fauci told the Sunday Telegraph that the restriction could be in place until a coronavirus vaccine is developed.
"I don't think there's going to be an immediate pull-back for those kinds of restrictions. My feeling, looking at what's going on with the infection rate, I think it's more likely measured in months rather than weeks," said Dr Fauci.
He also noted that while infection rates are dropping in cities, including New York, Chicago and New Orleans, cases are still spreading elsewhere in the country
"[The virus] could go on for a couple of cycles, coming back and forth," he added. "I would hope to get to some degree of real normality within a year or so. But I don't think it's this winter or fall, we'll be seeing it for a bit more."
But Dr Fauci expressed optimism about the chances of a vaccine being developed by the end of the year.
“You can never guarantee success with a vaccine, that’s foolish to do so, there’s so many possibilities of things going wrong," he said. "[But] everything we have seen from early results, it’s conceivable we get two or three vaccines that are successful.”

Thousands attend illegal raves in north-west England

A 20-year-old man has died from a suspected drug overdose following an illegal rave in Droylsden, north-west England, which was attended by around 4,000 people on Saturday night, Greater Manchester Police has said.
A separate gathering on the same night in nearby Carrington was believed to have been attended by around 2,000 people, police said.
Assistant Chief Constable Chris Sykes said the raves were "clearly a breach of coronavirus legislation" and "had tragic consequences".
At the Carrington rave a number of serious incidents took place, including three reported stabbings and the alleged rape of an 18-year-old woman, police said.
In England, gatherings of more than six people are not currently allowed under lockdown rules - however there have also been reports of large illegal raves in other areas of the country, including London

We've handled pandemic better than US, Putin says

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has blamed "deep internal crises" in the US for its high number of coronavirus infections and death toll, and claims Russia has done a better job of handling its outbreak.
"I can't imagine someone in the [Russian] government or regions saying we are not going to do what the government or president says," he told state TV.
"It seems to me that the problem [in the US] is that... in this case, party interests, are put above those of society's as a whole, above the interests of the people."
The US has more than two million confirmed cases of coronavirus and a death toll of more than 115,000 - the highest in the world.
Russia has had more than 528,000 confirmed cases - the third-highest in the world after the US and Brazil. Its official death toll is currently 6,948 - but this figure is highly controversial.
The country is in the process of revising its death tolls to take into account people who died with Covid-19 but didn't have the disease listed as their main cause of death.
Moscow city officials said on Wednesday that, under the new system, more than 5,000 people had died in the capital in the month of May alone.

Isle of Man to drop social distancing

The Isle of Man has become the first place in the British Isles to announce that it will drop social distancing.
The rules, which apply to the general public, will be relaxed from Monday.
Although 24 people have died as a result of coronavirus on the Isle of Man, there have been no new cases there for 22 days.
Social distancing will remain for those working in hospitals and care homes.
Gatherings will be restricted to 30 people outdoors, while people indoors will be able to invite up to two people into their homes from another household.
Restaurants, gyms, and schools will reopen.
The island’s Chief Minister Howard Quayle described the change as a bold move, which has been taken to get society back to normal there.
He added that it could be reversed if new cases of the virus emerge. The island’s border remains closed to non-residents.

UK sees lowest rise in deaths since pre-lockdown

A further 36 people have died in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of deaths to 41,698, according to figures from the Department of Health.
The figures include deaths in all settings, not just in hospitals.
This is the lowest daily rise in the UK since 22 March, when 35 deaths were recorded. However, figures tend to be lower at the weekend, due to reporting delays.

'It's been a very lonely time': Living on your own in lockdown

Ione Wells - BBC News
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For people living alone the risks of loneliness in lockdown are significantly greater, according to data from the Office for National Statistics.
In England, adults living alone or single parents can form a "support bubble" with another household - but that's not the case in Wales.
Jan Maddox, 71, is from Newport in south Wales but her partner lives in the Midlands. She is one of nearly eight million people in the UK who live alone.
"For the last three months, the only living thing I've touched is a dog," she says.
"I did have a terrific social life. I was always out with friends, pub quizzes, music - everything. That all stopped. It's been a very lonely time."
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US man, 70, gets million-dollar medical bill

A 70-year-old man who nearly died of coronavirus has reportedly been handed a $1.1m (£876,000) medical bill in the US.
The Seattle Times reported that Michael Flor racked up the bill after needing 62 days of hospital treatment.
Flor was so seriously ill that at one point nurses held up a phone for him so he could say goodbye to his wife and children.
The 181-page bill totalled $1,122,501.04.
However, Flor shouldn't have to dig into his own pockets as he is covered by Medicare, a government insurance program for the elderly.
"It was a million bucks to save my life, and of course I'd say that's money well-spent ... But I also know I might be the only one saying that," he told the Times.

Tulsa public health director 'concerned' about safety of Trump rally

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Next week US President Donald Trump is planning to hold an election rally in the US city of Tulsa, Oklahoma. But Tulsa's public health director, Bruce Dart, says he is concerned about the risks it poses due to the national outbreak of coronavirus.
“I think it’s an honour for Tulsa to have a sitting president want to come and visit our community, but not during a pandemic,” Dr Dart told local outlet Tulsa World.
Oklahoma and Tulsa County reported a record increase in infections on Saturday, according to Tulsa World. As of Saturday, more than 8,000 cases and 359 deaths have been confirmed across the state.
“Covid is here in Tulsa, it is transmitting very efficiently,” Dr Dart said. “I wish we could postpone this to a time when the virus isn’t as large a concern as it is today.
“I’m concerned about our ability to protect anyone who attends a large, indoor event, and I’m also concerned about our ability to ensure the president stays safe as well,” he added.

With new rules from Monday, here's where you need a face covering in the UK

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Face coverings on public transport - and for hospital staff, outpatients and visitors - will be compulsory in England from Monday.
This is in line with new World Health Organization (WHO) advice.
It says non-medical face coverings should be worn in public where social distancing is not possible - including on public transport.
Elsewhere in the UK:

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Sturgeon 'optimistic' about moving to next lockdown phase

Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has said she remains optimistic that she will be able to announce to the Scottish Parliament on Thursday that the country is ready to move into phase two of easing lockdown measures, and that people in the "shielded" group will be able to go outdoors for exercise.
The first minister said at today's briefing that she may announce a partial move, rather than a complete move to phase two.
She said this could allow more social interaction, the re-mobilisation of the NHS, and would indicate when the retail sector might reopen.
The first minister also stressed the importance of social distancing, and said the two-metre rule would remain under review, but would only be reduced if it was deemed safe to do so.

Pakistan's cases 'could double by end of the month'

The number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan could more than double by the end of this month and peak at 1.2 million a month later, the country's planning minister Asad Umar has warned.
Pakistan currently has almost 140,000 confirmed cases and its death toll is more than 2,600. However, because testing remains limited, it's thought that the real numbers are higher.
"Expert estimates say the number of confirmed cases could go up to 300,000 by the end of June if we keep on flouting SOPs [standard operating procedures] and taking the problem lightly," said Umar.
He issued the warning as people reportedly ignore guidance on social distancing and hygiene measures to stem the spread of the virus.

Nearly 11,000 Germans to 'test' holidays on Spanish islands

Almost 11,000 Germans will be arriving in Spain's Balearic islands next week as part of a scheme helping to boost the tourism industry after it was ground to a halt by the coronavirus pandemic.
They will start landing on Monday and most will stay on the largest island, Mallorca. However a smaller number will head to Ibiza and Menorca.
So who are the lucky ones? Spanish news outlet El Mundo has declared them "false tourists", as they are industry professionals, such as travel agents and hotel owners, rather than random holidaymakers. Their trip is a test run, so others can hopefully follow in their footsteps.
The visitors will be exempt from virus testing and mandatory two-week quarantines, which are in force across mainland Spain. But they will have to fill out a form, have their temperatures taken on arrival, and provide authorities with their contact details and accommodation addresses so they can be traced if necessary.
Tourism is a vital industry for the islands, accounting for approximately a third of the region's economy. But unlike their German counterparts, Spaniards are still prohibited from visiting anywhere but their home regions.
Spain was initially set to reopen its borders to other EU countries from 1 July. But this weekend Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said this will be moved to a week earlier. The 14-day quarantine requirement for overseas travellers to Spain will also expire on 21 June.

More lockdown easing in Australia

Australia's two largest states, New South Wales and Victoria, have announced their latest plans to ease lockdown restrictions.
NSW officials have said the 50-person limit at funerals will be lifted immediately, while nightclubs and music festivals will be allowed to operate from August if new cases of coronavirus remain low.
Meanwhile in Victoria, indoor businesses will be allowed to have up to 50 seated customers at a time - an increase from the current limit of 20 - from 22 June.
Restaurants in parts of the country, including Sydney, had already reopened earlier this month.
Australia has had 7,320 confirmed cases, and a total death toll of 102.

'A stranger told me to put a disgusting tissue on my face'

As face coverings become mandatory on public transport in England from tomorrow, we've been listening to what you have to say.
Christine Bithrey, from London, told us she has chronic asthma and that wearing a mask makes it feel harder for her to breathe. In a government briefing earlier this month, transport minister Grant Shapps said people with breathing difficulties would be exempt from the new law.
Christine is currently working from home but she doesn't want to use public transport, because as her condition is hidden, she fears she will be attacked or stopped for not wearing a mask.
"I am terrified about the prospect of using public transport", she says. "A couple of weeks ago I went on a bus to a different location, and I was coughing because of my asthma. I am nearly 60. A man appeared in front of me with a disgusting tissue and asked me to put it over my mouth."
But Christine says she will need to travel to work at some point.
"I have no idea how I am going to get to my office," she says. "I spoke to some staff at Camden Road station who said they weren't even aware of any exemptions. If London Transport Police approaches me, how can I prove I have a health condition?"

Analysis: Daily rise in death figures offers some hope

Rachel Schraer - BBC Health Reporter
The daily coronavirus death toll reported by the government tells you how many deaths were recorded that day - not how many actually happened.
So we expect to see lower figures at weekends.
Even accounting for the Sunday effect though, today’s figure of 36 deaths in all settings across the UK is hopeful - it’s the lowest daily figure seen since before lockdown.
Last Sunday, the grim toll was down to 55 and, the week before that, 111 Covid deaths were recorded.
But the day before lockdown when recorded deaths were last at this level, it took under a fortnight for this figure to have increased ten-fold.
The outbreak escalated with frightening speed and came down much more slowly.
With further relaxations to lockdown kicking in from Monday, scientists and government will be keeping a sharp eye on these figures in the hope that another uncontrollable escalation can be prevented.

How will shopping be different in the near future?

Perspex screens at the tills and floor markings to keep shoppers 2m (6ft) apart have already become a regular fixture in supermarkets. You are likely to see them in other shops too, such as bookseller Waterstones and Boots, the UK's biggest pharmacy chain.
Some more unfamiliar measures - including pleas not to touch items unless you intend to buy - will be in place to try to reduce the virus spread.
Shoe shop Kurt Geiger will put footwear aside for 24 hours after a customer has tried them on, and Waterstones says it will "quarantine" books for 72 hours after people have touched them.
The number of customers allowed in stores will also be limited, and businesses have been asked to encourage people to shop alone, if they can .
But despite these precautions, many shoppers are feeling anxious about their return to the High Street.
More than half of UK customers expect they will now go shopping less often over the next one or two years, according to a survey of more than 1,000 people by accountancy giant EY.

Berlin united in socially distanced human chain

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Thousands of people formed a socially distanced human chain in Berlin today to protest against racism, while observing coronavirus guidance.
The chain stretched from the Brandenburg Gate, past the old East Berlin television tower, and into Neukölln district.
Political parties, climate change campaigners and other activist groups - including Grannies Against the Far Right - took part in protest events in several German cities.

Analysis: Reopening of shops will be gradual

Katy Austin - Business Correspondent
From Monday, all non-essential retailers will be allowed to reopen in England.
But not all shops will raise the shutters on day one - the reopening will be gradual.
For many, it’s an important opportunity to welcome customers back to spend in store.
Having spent time and money preparing safety measures in line with “Covid-secure” guidelines, they are hoping shoppers have the confidence to return, and that they follow rules on queuing and hygiene.
Some expect an initial surge of activity. However, businesses I’ve spoken to expect much lower levels of trade overall in the coming months, compared to before the crisis.
One reason is that social distancing will limit the number of customers in store - another is that the experience will be different.
There will be less spontaneous browsing, for example, and no taking a break inside a cafe or restaurant, while hospitality venues remain closed to sit-in customers.
The lockdown also accelerated change that had already begun: A move towards more online shopping, with fewer physical stores likely to be needed in future.

Urgent meeting on Delhi hospital crisis

The Indian government has called an urgent meeting of the leaders of the country's main political parties to discuss the coronavirus crisis in Delhi.
The meeting, which will be held tomorrow, comes after India reported almost 12,000 new cases in 24 hours.
Delhi's hospitals are overwhelmed with coronavirus patients, with reports of people dying after being repeatedly turned away from different hospitals.
It's estimated the health system will need tens of thousands more beds in the coming weeks in order to deal with the virus, which hasn't yet peaked.
About 500 railway carriages are going to be converted into Covid wards.

Sri Lanka holds 'coronavirus-proof' test vote ahead of election

Authorities in Sri Lanka have held mock elections as part of a test of new anti-coronavirus voting measures.
Voters wore face masks, stood 1m (3ft) apart in queues and brought their own pens and pencils to mark ballot papers.
Officials were protected by plastic screens or face shields, and sprayed disinfectants on voters.
Sri Lanka postponed parliamentary elections, originally scheduled for April, because of the virus. The vote is due to be held on 5 August.
Sunday's trial run was held in four of the country's 22 electoral districts. It was designed to get voters used to the new system and see if extra voting time was needed.
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That's all for now - thanks for reading!

As we come to the end of today's live coverage, here is a round-up of key developments.

  • The UK recorded its lowest daily death toll since before lockdown. Figures showed a further 36 people had died with coronavirus across all settings. However, the numbers tend to be lower at the weekend due to reporting delays
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said people should be able to "shop with confidence" when non-essential stores reopen in England on Monday
  • India is to convert 500 railway carriages to create 8,000 more beds for coronavirus patients in Delhi as infections surge
  • The number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan could more than double by the end of this month and peak at 1.2 million a month later, the country's planning minister has warned
  • Spain will lift border checks with all other EU countries in the Schengen Zone, except Portugal, from 21 June, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has said
  • The Iranian government has reported its daily coronavirus death toll has risen above 100 for the first time since April
  • Chile, Argentina, Peru and Colombia have reported a record number of Covid-19 infections in the past 24 hours

And finally... you've been kept up-to-date today by our team of reporters in the UK: Rebecca Seales, Vicky Baker, Joshua Cheetham, Becky Morton, Alex Therrien, Sarah Collerton, Ashitha Nagesh, George Wright and Victoria Lindrea. Our colleagues in Singapore will be resuming live coverage at 0500 BST on Monday.

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