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Coronavirus - 5th July

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Post by Kitkat on Sun Jul 05 2020, 10:05

Summary for Sunday, 5th July


  • The Australian state of Victoria warns that an outbreak in Melbourne has "genuinely explosive potential"
  • Some 3,000 residents of densely populated tower blocks in the city have been placed under lockdown
  • Pub-goers in England have enjoyed their first night out in three months after some restrictions were lifted
  • A police federation official says it is "crystal clear" drunk people cannot socially distance
  • US President Donald Trump touts the country's "progress" against Covid-19 despite a spike in cases
  • Mexico records more than 30,000 deaths as the disease ravages one of Latin America's worst-hit countries
  • More than 11.2 million cases of Covid-19 have been recorded worldwide with nearly 531,000 deaths


Good morning from our team in the UK and welcome back to our continuing live coverage of the coronavirus global pandemic.
In Australia, the state of Victoria is locking down housing estates in Melbourne in an effort to stem a local outbreak.
Mexico has now recorded more than 30,000 deaths as Covid-19 continues to move across the Americas.
In England, pub-goers in England are waking up from their first night out in months after lockdown restrictions were eased.
Stay with us through the day as we bring you all the latest news and analysis.

'Naked men, happy drunks, angry drunks'

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It's the morning after the night before for many people in England after the country saw pubs, bars and restaruants fully reopen for the first time since March.
Overall, it was a relatively calm picture across the country. But the Police Federation chairman said it was "crystal clear" that drunk people are unable to socially distance.
John Apter dealt with "naked men, happy drunks, angry drunks, fights and more angry drunks" on shift in Southampton.
Read more here

People 'very largely' acted responsibly - Hancock

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock has told Sky News' Sophy Ridge people largely acted responsible as pubs and bars reopened fully in England on Saturday.
"I think from what I’ve seen – although there’s some pictures to the contrary – very, very largely people have acted responsibly
"This balanced message is so, so important: people should enjoy summer safely.
"And of course the emphasis is both on enjoy and safely.
"Of course everybody knows we are doing everything we can to get back to normal but only to do that where it is safe to do so.
"Overall I’m pleased with what happened yesterday. It was really good to see people out and about and very largely social distancing."

'Significant concerns' over Leicester clothing factories - Hancock

Matt Hancock also confirmed there had been coronavirus outbreaks at clothing factories in Leicester - which has been subjected to a local lockdown amid a surge in Covid-19 infections.
He said there were “some quite significant concerns” regarding employment practices in the city.
Asked if there was a link between employment practices in Leicester and the outbreak there, the health secretary told Sky News guidance for employers was “statutory” and backed up by fines.
“We also have the authority to shut down the business if it doesn’t follow the guidance,” he said.

Melbourne lockdown: 'This is not about punishment but protection'

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In Australia, the state of Victoria has reported 67 new infections since Saturday, as the authorities struggle to contain the outbreak.
State Premier Daniel Andrews defended his earlier decision to put nine tower blocks in Melbourne into a complete lockdown, promising support for about 3,000 residents there.
"This is not going to be a pleasant experience for those residents, but I have a message for those residents: this is not about punishment but protection," Andrews said.
Victoria's Chief Health Officer, Brett Sutton, warned that the communal nature of the facilities, which house people on low incomes, had "genuinely explosive potential" for the spread of the virus.

Why Melbourne?

For months Australia had felt optimistic about containing Covid-19 but then came the resurgence of the virus in Melbourne.
Why has the city been affected so dramatically?
Victoria State Premier Daniel Andrews has linked the origin of many infections to workers overseeing hotel quarantines breaking the rules but there are other factors such as possible poor communication between health services and migrant communities in the tower blocks affected.
Read our explainer

UK needs 'back to work Budget', Labour says

Annaliese Dodds, the shadow chancellor, has told Sky News that Labour is hoping for a “back to work Budget” from the UK government next week.
She said ministers should end a “one size fits all” approach and come up with targeted support for industries and businesses particularly affected by the coronavirus.
The MP said the UK was behind lots of other countries in implementing economic measures to save jobs amid the recovery and she linked recent redundancies to the looming end of the government furlough scheme.
Dodds added that another wave of coronavirus infections was a possibility and she called for sustainable funding for the NHS to help it prepare for winter.
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Post by Kitkat on Sun Jul 05 2020, 11:03

Mexico now has world's fifth highest death toll

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Mexico has now recorded more than 30,000 deaths from its coronavirus outbreak, as the disease continues to ravage one of Latin America's worst-hit countries.
The health ministry said deaths rose by 523 on Saturday, pushing the total to 30,366.
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Mexico also reported a daily record of 6,914 new infections, bringing the total to 252,165.
Read our full story

Desperate Bolivians place coffin on street

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A rising number of coronavirus deaths appears to be overwhelming one of Bolivia's largest cities, Cochabamba.
For days, families of the dead have faced long waits for burials. Many have had to cope with the presence of a sealed coffin somewhere in their home for long periods.
In protest, the relatives of a 62-year-old man who died last Sunday even placed his coffin in the middle of a street for several hours.
The authorities in the central city with a population of more than 600,000 say they are collecting 17 bodies a day.
The trouble has been an equipment breakdown causing a backlog at the city's main crematorium. The mayor's office says it is digging more graves - but its efforts are being hampered by protests outside cemeteries by residents worried about the risk of infection.
Grave diggers have been demanding that a special Covid-19 cemetery should be opened to relieve the pressure.

We were braced for 2 million patients - NHS chief

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NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens has told the BBC's Andrew Marr the UK's health service was braced for as many as two million patients as the coronavirus pandemic loomed earlier this year.
There were fears that as many as a third of those - 660,000 - would need intensive care treatment, Sir Simon said.
"There was considerable concern," he said, adding that in just weeks the NHS had been able to look after 100,000 coronavirus patients who needed specialist care.

Nightingale hospitals will stand ready for second wave - NHS chief

Sir Simon hailed the creation of seven National Health Service Nightingale hospitals to cope with any surge in patients requiring treatment for coronavirus.
"The NHS response has been very substantial and I think confounded expectation," he said.
The Nightingale sites, he went on, were being used now for diagnostic care, for tests and check-ups, and they would be sustained for the winter because of concerns of a resurgence of coronavirus.

NHS England launches tool to aid long-term recovery

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Sir Simon also announced the creation of a new "post-Covid recovery service" that aims to get patients with the infection back on track.
The government says "tens of thousands" of people have long-term symptoms after catching Covid-19.
"Your Covid Recovery" will be an online portal for people in England to access tutorials, contact healthcare workers and track their progress.
The project will be rolled out in two phases, with the web portal launching later this month.
Read more here .
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Post by Kitkat on Sun Jul 05 2020, 11:59

Delhi opens 'world's largest' virus care centre

The authorities in the Indian capital Delhi have inaugurated a 10,000-bed coronavirus care centre.
It will treat people with mild symptoms and those who have tested positive but are not showing any signs of Covid-19.
The size of nearly 20 football pitches, it's being described by the local media as the largest coronavirus centre in the world.
Delhi is among India's worst-hit regions.
The country recorded 24,800 infections on Saturday - a daily record. More than 19,000 people have died so far.

Sri Lanka's Muslims decry forced cremations

Saroj Pathirana, BBC Sinhala
Sri Lankan authorities are insisting on cremation for coronavirus victims - a practice forbidden by Islam. The nation's minority Muslim community says they are using the pandemic to discriminate.
On 4 May, Fathima Rinoza, a 44-year-old mother of three from Sri Lanka's minority Muslim population, was admitted to hospital with a suspected case of Covid-19.
Fathima, who lived in the capital, Colombo, had been suffering from respiratory problems and the authorities feared she had caught the virus.
On the day she was admitted to hospital, the family was "set upon" by the authorities, her husband Mohamed Shafeek said.
"The police and military along with officials arrived at our door," he said. "We were kicked out and they sprayed [disinfectant] everywhere. We were all scared but they didn't tell us anything. Even a three-month-old baby was tested and they took us like dogs to the quarantine centre."
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A petition against the cremation rule has reached the country's Supreme Court

The family was held for a night but released the next day and told to quarantine for two weeks, Mohamed said. By then, they had received news that Fathima had died, at the hospital, on her own.
Fathima's adult son was asked to go to the hospital to identify his mother's body. He was told that her body could not be returned to the family, he said, as her death was linked to Covid-19.
Instead he was forced to sign papers authorising her cremation, the family said - even though under Muslim law cremation is considered a violation of the human body.
Read the full story

Iran police to enforce face mask rule

From Sunday, it is mandatory for Iranians to wear face masks in covered public spaces. President Hassan Rouhani has warned the police and the paramilitary militia will be empowered to enforce the rule.
Those who are caught will face sanctions, such as being denied basic state services. Meanwhile, workplaces that fail to comply will be closed for a week.
Towns and cities in Iran's five provinces have been put back into lockdown as the country faces the prospect of a second wave of coronavirus.
With more than 237,000 confirmed infections and 11,000 deaths, Iran has been the worst hit country in the Middle East. Still, many reports from the country say the actual numbers are even higher.
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Post by Kitkat on Sun Jul 05 2020, 12:42

UK quarantine rules relaxed for sports teams and film crews

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There will be quarantine exemptions to allow major sporting events, TV and film productions to go ahead in England this summer, the government has announced
Some sports teams and production crews coming from abroad will be except from the two-week quarantine rule if they are deemed essential to the event or production.
The scheme gives the green light for Formula One, international football, golf and snooker tournaments to return.
Ministers said darts, horse racing and other sports were expected to follow.
At the moment, most travellers to the UK must quarantine for two weeks. However, from 10 July, people arriving in England from dozens of countries deemed "low risk" will also be exempt.
Read our full story

Anti-Loo Roll Brigade 'saved lives'

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Mr Dutch said all the company's profits would be spent within the Colchester area

A UK coronavirus community group, originally set up on Facebook, now has more than 9,000 members and has provided more than 15,000 pieces of personal protective equipment to local care homes in the Colchester area.
The Colchester Anti-Loo Roll Brigade began as a way of supporting vulnerable people in the local vicinity during lockdown.
It was set up by Peter Dutch as a reaction to "selfish people grabbing everything for themselves", and acquired its name when the UK experienced a national shortage of toilet roll as lockdown loomed.
Three months on, Mr Dutch has given up his job to run the group full-time saying he "couldn't walk away from what we're doing".
"I truly think we have saved lives and importantly we stopped vulnerable people having to go out," the former scaffolder said.
The community company aims to raise funds through local events, donations and its own lottery.
"As a community you can sort out a lot of problems yourselves."
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No checks on Scotland arrivals so far, Scottish health secretary says

There have been no checks so far to make sure travellers arriving in Scotland from abroad are quarantining because officials have not had access to UK Home Office systems, Scotland's health secretary has said.
Jeane Freeman told BBC Politics Scotland checks would begin this week after officials were finally given the relevant security clearance.
"Part of the problem... is that we had to have Public Health Scotland officials security cleared to have access to Home Office systems," she said.
"It is now resolved and those follow-up checks will begin this week."
A 14-day quarantine has been mandatory for all arrivals into the UK since 8 June but the rules for arrivals in England will soon be modified to exclude certain countries with low levels of coronavirus infections.
Those found to have broken the rules could be fined £1,000.
Get the low-down on the quarantine rules and exemptions here .

Russia's virus death toll surpasses 10,000

In Russia, the coronavirus-related death toll has now reached 10,161, healthcare officials reported on Sunday.
They said that 6,736 new infections had been recorded in the past 24 hours, with 134 deaths.
Russia's capital Moscow remains by far the worst hit region in the country.
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Post by Kitkat on Sun Jul 05 2020, 13:56

Johannesburg could see new lockdown as cases rise

Will Ross - Africa editor, BBC World Service
Officials in South Africa’s Gauteng Province are proposing reinstating a strict lockdown due to a sharp rise in the number of coronavirus infections. There are more than 50,000 cases in the province, which is likely to soon replace the Western Cape as the centre of the country's pandemic. The proposal would need to be approved by the government.
South Africa - which has done far more testing than other African countries - has the highest number of confirmed cases on the continent with more than 180,000 cases and 3,000 deaths.
Gauteng includes the city of Johannesburg and is the country’s economic powerhouse, so shutting it down would have an impact nationwide.
Some South African hospitals have warned that, following an easing of the lockdown and the reintroduction of alcohol sales, there has been an increase in trauma cases which is putting a further strain on the health system.

Australia: Rent waived for lockdown residents

More on the situation in Australia's second most-populous state of Victoria, where - as we reported earlier - the authorities have been struggling to contain an outbreak.
Another 74 infections were reported in the past 24 hours, with most cases in Melbourne's suburbs.
State Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that about 3,000 public housing tenants in nine high-rise buildings placed in lockdown on Saturday will not have to pay rent for two weeks.
He also said there would be a range of other support measures.
"Those who are employed and because of the hard lockdown cannot go to work, they will receive a A$1,500 (£834; $1,041) hardship payment," Mr Andrews was quoted as saying by Australia's ABC public broadcaster.
"For those households where there is no-one in employment, they will receive a $750 hardship payment."
The state premier said healthcare teams would aim to test every resident for the virus by going door to door.
He added that essential services - including food and medical support - would also be provided.

Crowding forced early closing for some on 'Super Saturday'

A small number of pubs and bars in London were asked to close early due to overcrowding and social distancing issues on Saturday night, the Metropolitan Police have said.
Police Commander Bas Javid said some areas of the capital were notably busy, including Portobello Road and Soho.
Saturday was the first night bars and pubs in England were allowed to open to the public in over three months.
Mr Javid said “there were no significant issues or incidents in the capital”.
“There were well-versed plans for this weekend and we worked closely with our partners and licenced premises – this was demonstrated by compliance from the large majority of venues and members of the public.”
In north Nottinghamshire, several pubs were also forced to close. This was due to alcohol related anti-social behaviour.
John Apter, chairman of the Police Federation, an association for police staff in England and Wales, said: "What was crystal clear is that drunk people can't/won't socially distance ."
But Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky News' Sophy Ridge: "Overall I'm pleased with what happened yesterday, it was really good to see people out and about and very largely social distancing."
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Post by Kitkat on Sun Jul 05 2020, 15:53

What are the after-effects of Covid for patients?

Reality Check
The long-term effects of Covid-19 for some patients are really serious.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said the UK government is to put £8m into researching the health impact on those who have what he called "post-viral fatigue syndrome".
NHS England is setting up a special service to help these people with rehabilitation.
Some patients are left profoundly weak because of muscle-wasting, and breathlessness. Others may suffer psychological after-effects from being heavily sedated.
You can read more from Reality Check about the challenges facing those recuperating here

Another 18 deaths in England, one in Wales

A further 18 people have died in hospital in England after testing positive for coronavirus.
It brings the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals to 28,889, NHS England said.
Public Health Wales said one more person had died after testing positive for Covid-19, taking the total number of deaths in Wales to 1,531.

Which part of the UK could be locked down next?

Leicester became the first UK city to tighten its lockdown on Monday, as Covid-19 cases spiked.
The figures for the last week in June show there were 141 infections per 100,000 people in Leicester - similar to the previous week.
That is the highest of any local authority area in the UK, with the exception of Merthyr Tydfil, which has seen an outbreak centred on a meat-processing plant.
New data published this week reveals which areas might be locked down next.

Spain's Galicia region puts 70,000 people in lockdown

Spain's north-western region of Galicia has ordered the lockdown of about 70,000 people amid fears of a new outbreak.
All residents of La Marina, 140km (90 miles) east of La Coruña, will now be unable to leave the area, and gatherings of more than 10 people are banned.
As a precaution, the area will be cordoned off for at least five days, as authorities monitor the situation.
The outbreak is believed to be linked to several bars in the area.
This comes a day after the authorities in the north-eastern Catalonia region placed about 210,000 people back in lockdown because of a local rise in infections.

Churches welcome first congregations since lockdown

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Westminster Cathedral in London limited capacity to 134 individuals as it opened for Mass on Sunday

Churches have welcomed their first congregations since the end of March after lockdown measures were eased on Saturday.
At York Minster, which reopened for evening prayer on Saturday after being closed since 16 March, worshippers were asked to leave their names and contact details, and were kept to a strict number.
Staff and clergy wore face masks and a one-way system was in place.
There was no singing, congregational hand-shaking or taking Communion wine from a common cup.
"Over the last few weeks we have welcomed many for individual prayer, but to gather again for worship - with relevant physical distancing measures in place - will be a huge encouragement for many," said the Dean of York, the Right Rev Dr Jonathan Frost.
Other establishments circumnavigated the ban on singing by holding drive-in services, allowing churchgoers to sing in the safety of their own vehicle.
At St Barnabas Church in Swanmore, Hampshire, people wishing to attend the service in the village hall car park were asked to book ahead and choose their favourite hymns.
Rev Claire Towns said: "We decided that we wanted to offer people the chance to sing, as that is an important part of Christian worship."
"For people in the village, it's another sign that the church is at the heart of this community," she added.

'Near-on impossible to police large gatherings'

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Large crowds gather in Soho, London

Trying to police large gatherings and encourage drunk people to maintain social distancing is "near-on impossible", the chair of the Police Federation in England and Wales has said.
John Apter highlighted the difficulties facing police as England lifted lockdown restrictions .
He acknowledged that the "vast majority" of people were sensible, but said as more alcohol was consumed, people failed to keep a "one metre plus" distance from others.
He told BBC News: "The majority of the public... predominantly they weren't being aggressive, but just when they were coming outside of the pubs and the restaurants and the bars, they were all gathering in large, large numbers, and there was no social distancing. And it's really difficult, near-on impossible to police that."
Streets were packed in London's Soho district, with images showing revellers outside pubs into the early hours of Sunday.

First Formula 1 race in months begins

The first Formula 1 race since the covid outbreak began has started in Austria.
All F1 action was halted for nearly four months and a strange year lies ahead with potential new venues and old favourites sadly unable to take place.
The only other races confirmed so far are Hungary, Great Britain, Spain, Belgium and Italy.
The British Grand Prix is set to take place from 31 July until 2 August.
At the moment, there will be no fans in attendance at practice sessions, qualifying or races for the foreseeable future.
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So far, more than 4,000 tests have been carried out on F1 personnel, with no positives. Should a driver test positive, it means they miss at least one race and possibly more, the BBC’s chief F1 writer, Andrew Benson, says.
Before the race started, drivers were pictured in t-shirts which read "End Racism" with some taking a knee.
Follow BBC Sport's live updates

Here are your latest updates from the US

To those of you just joining our coverage, here is a roundup of the latest covid related news from the US:

  • Despite a nationwide rise in coronavirus cases, President Donald Trump touted the country’s “progress” against the covid-19 disease in a 4 July speech
  • The US has reported 2.8 million cases and 129,000 deaths since the pandemic began. More than 11,000 new cases of the virus have been reported in the past 24 hours in Florida alone
  • Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr Stephen Hahn has said it is “too early to tell” whether Florida will be safe for the Republican National Convention next month, CNN reports
  • New York City is preparing for phase three of opening on Monday. Under the plan, nail salons, tattoo and massage parlours will be allowed to reopen however indoor dining will remain banned
  • Across the border in Mexico , the death toll from coronavirus rose to 30,366 on Saturday, making it the country with the fifth highest number of fatalities in the global pandemic
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Post by Kitkat on Sun Jul 05 2020, 17:00

More on Spain's new lockdown

As we mentioned earlier, 70,000 people have been placed under lockdown in the Spanish region of Galicia.
People living in La Marina, 140km (90 miles) east of La Coruña, are banned from leaving the area from midnight on Sunday until Friday.
Only those who need to travel for work will be allowed to leave or enter. However people will be allowed to move around La Marina, the regional government said.
In bars and restaurants, capacity will be reduced to 50% and people will be required to wear face masks, even when they are outdoors.
Regional Health minister Jesus Vazquez Almuina said the biggest outbreaks were linked to several bars in the area. There are now 258 cases in Galicia.
It comes after about 210,000 people were placed in lockdown in Catalonia.
Spain is one of Europe’s worst affected countries, with 205,545 reported cases and 28,385 deaths.
It has been reopening its borders to other EU states, as well as the UK, in anticipation of summer holiday traffic.

Australia's lockdown residents 'feel stigmatised'

More on the situation in Australia's Victoria state, where the authorities are warning that an outbreak in Melbourne's suburbs has "genuinely explosive potential".
About 3,000 residents in nine public housing tower blocks have been placed in a complete lockdown.
Stan Winford, a legal and justice system expert, says some of the residents will be worried by the strict measures.
"Some of the responses when they're so linked to policing rather than public health do raise concern. Many of the residents perhaps feel a little stigmatised, a little bit frightened or unsure about what is happening," Winford told the BBC.
"With very little notice they're gonna be locked down for five days, and I hope that they'll have access to what they need and what their children need."

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'People were just so stoked to be there'


Andy McFarlane & Jim Farthing - BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat
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Australian intensive care nurse Kathryn was one of those hitting the town on Saturday

With England's bars and restaurants open again for the first time in months, London's West End sprang back to life on what many dubbed "Super Saturday".
And for Aussie nurse Kathryn Lennon, 25, it wasn't just her first night out in months, it was her first proper night out in the UK.
It's fair to say Kathryn was excited - and she wasn't the only one.
BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat has been catching up with those making the most of the reopenings

Official UK coronavirus death toll rises by 22 to 44,220

A further 22 people have died in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus, the Department of Health and Social Care has said , bringing the death toll from the outbreak to 44,220.
The daily number of lab-confirmed cases was 516 - taking the total up to 285,416.

Tribute planned for NHS's 72nd birthday

At 17:00 BST, a nationwide round of clapping will take place to pay tribute to NHS staff on the 72nd anniversary of the NHS.
The public are being encouraged to give a round of applause for all those who helped save lives during the coronavirus pandemic.
On Saturday, landmarks were lit up blue in celebration and to remember the efforts of staff.
Downing Street, the Royal Albert Hall, Blackpool Tower, the Shard and the Wembley Arch were all illuminated and a minute's silence was held to remember those who have died during the pandemic.
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10 Downing Street was among the landmarks lit up
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The Shard was also illuminated



Nation prepares to applaud health workers

In a matter of moments there will be a nationwide clap in tribute to health workers who helped save lives during the pandemic on what is, today, the NHS's 72nd anniversary.
It is hoped the display of appreciation will become a yearly tradition.
The idea was inspired by the success of the weekly Clap for Carers, which saw households across the country show their appreciation for the NHS and other key workers during the height of the coronavirus crisis.
The clap will be broadcast on BBC One.
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Post by Kitkat on Sun Jul 05 2020, 18:20

Prime Minister leads nationwide clap for NHS anniversary

Around the UK, people have paused once again to thank NHS staff and care workers for their tireless work during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson led the clapping at 10 Downing Street, where he was joined by Annemarie Plas. Plas initiated the weekly clap for the NHS, which became a regular feature of the pandemic at its height.


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NHS staff outside the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle stepped outside to salute the NHS on its 72nd birthday.


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Players and officials stood for a minute's applause for NHS staff before the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool


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Members of staff at London's Chelsea and Westminster hospital were among those to celebrate 72 years of the NHS


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Protesters gathered in London in support of the Black Lives Matter movement paused to give a round of applause

NHS thanks people for clapping

The NHS has thanked people on Twitter for taking part in the nationwide clap.
People across the UK clapped at 1700 BST to celebrate the NHS's 72nd birthday.



Events held across the UK to celebrate NHS


There have been a variety of celebrations across the UK to mark the nationwide clap for the NHS.
In Cardiff, crowds of emergency workers gathered to applaud, while at St George's Hospital, in south London, staff gathered on the hospital's roof to pay tribute.
A vintage plane flypast over Cambridge, a band playing in Glasgow and a grime dancer in Bristol were among the other events marking the occasion. 
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In Cardiff, emergency workers gathered for the clap


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At St George's Hospital, in south London, staff gathered on the roof for the celebration



In pictures: NHS anniversary celebration

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Health workers at St Thomas's hospital in London paused to join in the national clap. It was at St Thomas's that the prime minister was treated while suffering with coronavirus in April.


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Members of staff at Leeds General Infirmary made heart signs with their hands as they stood to applaud 72 years of the NHS - and the hard work of frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic.


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Across the UK, members of the public came out to give thanks for the NHS. It comes as the UK registered 44,220 Covid-related deaths on Sunday.
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Post by Kitkat on Sun Jul 05 2020, 18:24

Philippines records highest daily total of cases

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The Philippines recorded its largest daily number of Covid-19 infections on Sunday.
Some 2,434 cases were announced, bringing the total number of cases to 44,254.
Seven deaths were also recorded, bringing the total number of fatalities to 1,297.
The health ministry said the rise could be due to increased contact with others following lan easing of lockdown.
Last week it was announced that Cebu City would remain in lockdown for two more weeks because of an increase in the number of cases there.

Kazakhstan re-imposes nationwide covid restrictions

Kazakhstan has become the first country to re-impose nationwide coronavirus restrictions after a sharp rise in the number of cases.
Sports facilities, shopping centres and many other businesses will close for at least two weeks.
Restrictions were lifted in late May when it had less than 9,000 confirmed cases, but the number of infections has now risen to more than 47,000. Almost 200 people have died.
The new restrictions are not as strict as previous measures, with people allowed to travel inside and out of the country.
The country's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev ordered a 50% expansion in the number of hospital beds last week and a sports stadium in Almaty is being turned into a temporary hospital.

Social care workers in Wales still awaiting £500 bonus

Social care workers in Wales have still not received a £500 cash bonus that was promised more than two months ago, while the Welsh Government wrangles with Westminster over whether the bonuses should be taxable.
Welsh health minister Vaughan Gething said "every penny" should go to social care staff and not be "a windfall for the Treasury".
But the UK government said Welsh ministers had the power and funding to increase the payment to account for deductions.
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Warnings of hospital bed shortage in Texas

The Mayor of Austin, Texas has warned that hospitals in the city could be “overrun” within two weeks if cases continue increasing at the current rate.
Speaking on CNN’s State of the Union, Steve Adler warned that places in intensive care could possibly fill up within 10 days.
“If we don’t change the trajectory, we are within two weeks of having our hospitals overrun,” he said.
The number of Covid-19 patients currently hospitalised in Texas has risen to 7,890, up from 3,247 two weeks ago.
In the first four days of July, 15 US states have reported record increases in new cases of the virus which has infected nearly three million Americans and killed almost 130,000 people.
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Opening of Taj Mahal paused due to rise in cases

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The opening of India's Taj Mahal has been postponed due to a rise in coronavirus cases in the area.
India reported a record single-day spike on Sunday, with 24,850 cases and more than 600 deaths.
Agra, home of the famous landmark, remains the worst-affected city in Uttar Pradesh - the country's most populous state.
Authorities there decided to pause plans to reopen the Taj Mahal and other monuments until further notice.
"Opening of those monuments might enhance the unfold of Covid-19,” a notice from the district magistrate said.
It had been hoped protected monuments would open to the public on 6 July.

Cases still haven't peaked in Latin America

Coronavirus cases have continued to rise across Latin America.
Since Brazil announced its first case in late February, Covid-19 has spread to every country in the region.
More than 2.5 million cases have been recorded, and more than 100,000 people have died, according to the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention .
Latin America's two most populous nations, Brazil and Mexico, have seen the highest number of deaths, more than 60,000 and 30,000 respectively.
Experts say the peak of the epidemic in some Latin American countries could be some weeks away.
Read more about the outbreak in Latin America here.

Evening round-up

Here's a round-up of what's been happening this afternoon and evening.



That's a wrap

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Two dogs joined the celebrations for the 72nd anniversary of the NHS

That's it from us today - at the end of a busy weekend which saw people in England finally getting a haircut and a pint, and a UK-wide celebration of 72 years of the NHS.
Globally, there were spikes in new cases in Mexico and localised outbreaks in parts of Melbourne and Spain.

Our reporters today were: George Bowden, Yaroslav Lukov, Victoria Lindrea, Kathryn Snowdon, Sophie Williams and Alex Therrien. Our editors were Patrick Jackson and Martha Buckley.
We'll be back again on Monday morning.

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