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Summary for Thursday, 9th July

  • Charity Oxfam says 12,000 people a day could die from hunger than from the disease itself
  • It identified 10 countries as potential hotspots, including Yemen, DR Congo and Afghanistan
  • Australia's second-largest city, Melbourne, has begun a second lockdown
  • In the UK, public spending to tackle the crisis has risen to nearly £190bn ($240bn)
  • But Leicester, the first city in the UK to be put in local lockdown will not receive special financial support
  • The Trump administration says US schools should reopen on schedule, despite a surge in several states
  • Globally there are now 12 million confirmed cases and almost 549,000 deaths

Welcome to our rolling coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic. The latest headlines:

  • Australia's second-biggest city, Melbourne, has entered a second lockdown, due to last six weeks
  • The city has seen a spike in cases - the state border between Victoria and New South Wales also closed this week
  • As the US has another daily record for infections, there's a row about when to reopen schools
  • In Belgrade, people protesting against a curfew clash with police for a second night
  • Oxfam says hunger caused by Covid-19 could kill more people than the virus itself
  • Globally, there have been more than 12 million confirmed cases since the outbreak began, with 550,000 deaths linked to Covid-19

'Ring of steel' around Melbourne for Lockdown 2.0

Five million people in Melbourne are barred from leaving their homes for the next six weeks, except for essential reasons.
Police say they are setting up a "ring of steel" around the city, with "checkpoints anytime and anywhere".
The lockdown was announced on Tuesday, after the state saw 191 new infections - its highest daily number since the pandemic began.
The new restrictions began at midnight (14:00 GMT Wednesday). In the days before, supermarkets imposed purchase limits after panic-buying.

Second night of clashes in Belgrade

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Protesters clashed with police for a second night in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, on Wednesday evening.
The protests began peacefully on Tuesday, after a weekend curfew from Friday evening until Monday morning was announced.
But Tuesday's protest turned violent, and there was more trouble on Wednesday, with another ten officers injured.
It's not certain the curfew will go ahead - with a final decision expected on Thursday.

Another record tally in the United States

There was another daily record of infections in the US on Wednesday, according to tallies from Reuters and the New York Times.
Reuters said more than 60,000 cases were confirmed, as a number of states deal with a surge in infections.
President Trump says the cases are a reflection of mass testing, and the death rate - which is down on the mid-April peak - is a better reflection of how the country is coping.
For the second day in a row, Reuters said, the reported number of people with Covid-19 who died was over 900.
The rolling seven-day average of daily deaths is 585 - down from a peak of 2,255 in April, according to Worldometers .

Police to guard NZ isolation after escapes

New Zealand has announced there will be a permanent police presence at every isolation and quarantine facility.
It comes after a 32-year-old man was found to have left isolation to visit a supermarket in central Auckland.
He had reportedly escaped through a fence section which was being replaced.
A woman previously escaped by climbing over a fence - she was found nearby around two hours later.
Megan Woods, the minister in charged of managed isolation facilities, said: "Anyone who chooses to break out of these facilities is committing a reckless act of selfishness and we will come down on them with the full weight of the law."

What are the new rules in Melbourne?

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Residents can leave their home for four reasons :

  • To study or work, if it is not possible to do so from home
  • To exercise
  • To shop for essentials
  • To give or receive care or medical assistance

Gyms, swimming pools, beauty salons and cinemas are among the venues to close. Some pupils will return to school as planned next week, but others will be delayed by a week.
Restaurants and cafes are closed, but can offer takeaway food and drinks.

The figures behind India's outbreak

The coronavirus took hold slowly in India, but the country now has the world's third highest number of infections, behind Brazil and the US.
But although confirmed cases are rising sharply, as more tests are carried out, deaths are not rising as quickly.
India has just over 20,000 Covid-19 linked deaths. That, for example, is less than half the UK's total, even though India has had almost three times as many cases.

Australian border communities split in two

The border between New South Wales and Victoria in Australia has been closed to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
The cities of Albury and Wodonga on either side of the border are usually divided by just the Murray River. But now the communities are separated by a police checkpoint and residents need a permit to cross it.
Families have been separated and businesses are struggling as a result. This new lockdown measure could last "weeks not days".

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Texas executes prisoner after Covid pause

Texas on Wednesday executed a 45-year old man, the state's first execution after a five-month hiatus due to the pandemic.
Billy Joe Wardlow, 45, was put to death by lethal injection for the the robbery and murder of a 82-year-old man in 1993.
He was originally due to die on 29 April, but the date was pushed back because of the pandemic.
His lawyers had filed petitions to the Supreme Court claiming that he was too young at the time of his crime - 18 year-old - to be given a death sentence.
Texas is not the first state to resume executions after suspending them amid virus lockdowns. Missouri executed a prisoner on 19 May.

Trump rally 'likely' contributed to virus spread

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The rally by US President Donald Trump in Tulsa last month "more than likely" added to the surge in virus cases there, local authorities said.
Tulsa County this week recorded a record of daily new cases, with 266 on Wednesday.
"The past two days we've had almost 500 cases, and we know we had several large events a little over two weeks ago, which is about right," Tulsa health department director Bruce Dart said.
"So I guess we just connect the dots."
Neither Trump, nor many in the crowd, wore masks at the event - and several of the president's staff tested positive after the rally.
In response, a Trump campaign spokesman compared coverage of the rally to that of the recent Black Lives Matter protests.
"There were literally no health precautions to speak of as thousands looted, rioted, and protested in the streets," he said.
"It’s obvious that the media’s concern about large gatherings begins and ends with Trump rallies."

Tokyo records record number of daily cases

Tokyo has reported a record 224 new infections for the past day, well above the previous record of 206 cases on 17 April.
Daily infections have been persistently high over the past seven days but officials have argued that no new state of emergency will be necessary.
The country lifted its state of emergency recently - and throughout the pandemic infections and mortality have been relatively low .

Latest UK coronavirus headlines

If you are just joining us, here are the latest headlines from around the UK:

Oxfam warns Covid hunger could kill more than virus

Oxfam has warned that, by the end of the year, "12,000 people per day could die from hunger linked to Covid-19 - potentially more than will die from the disease itself".
The charity says a number of factors will cause an increase in hunger, including mass unemployment, food producers dealing with lockdowns, and difficulties distributing aid.
Their report identifies 10 "hunger hotspots": Yemen, DR Congo, Afghanistan, Venezuela, West African Sahel, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Syria, Sudan, and Haiti.

Israel defence minister self-quarantines

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Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz

Israel’s Defence Minister Benny Gantz is entering self-isolation over concerns that he was in contact with a confirmed coronavirus patient.
It comes as the country struggles to tackle a significant uptick in cases.
A senior public health official told the BBC that easing restrictions earlier this year - including allowing gatherings of up to 250 people at events such as weddings - was a step too far.

Fighting on Yemen's front line

Coronavirus: The doctors on Yemen's front line

Aid agencies don't have the resources they need to fight the looming threat of famine in Yemen as the country struggles with a surge in suspected coronavirus deaths, the UN has warned.
Five years of conflict have left the medical system devastated, and with very limited testing, the spread of Covid-19 is going unchecked.
Nawal Al-Maghafi has been speaking to those on the front line of Yemen's pandemic crisis.

At least 26 lawmakers infected in Mississippi

At least 26 lawmakers and 10 others who work at the Mississippi state capitol in Jackson have been infected with coronavirus.
The state has 174 lawmakers in total.
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves on Wednesday urged members of the public who may have been in close contact with any of the state's lawmakers to get tested as soon as possible.
An outbreak in the southern US state has forced authorities to revisit its response to Covid-19 following weeks of loosening restrictions.
Mr Reeves said that measures such as enforced social distancing and the use of face coverings at indoor spaces may need to be implemented.
"The situation that we have feared is upon us," he said at a news conference on Wednesday, adding: "Please protect yourself. Please protect your loved ones. Please wear masks. Please try to stay home as much as possible."
Mississippi has reported 1,188 deaths linked to coronavirus, and more than 32,800 confirmed cases.

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India's West Bengal state tightens lockdown

Amid a surge in new cases, the government of West Bengal state has begun implementing a strict lockdown in areas with high infection rates.
All offices in these areas will be shut, transportation has been halted, and no marketing, industrial or trading activities will be allowed.
The whole state, which borders Bangladesh, has a population of 90 million.
The new restrictions, which came into effect this morning, will be in place for a week to start with.
With 24,823 cases, West Bengal is now one of India's worst-affected states. It reported more than 800 new infections on Tuesday alone.
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Anger over lack of extra funds for locked-down Leicester

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Leicester's lockdown will be reviewed on 18 July

Local businesses and politicians in Leicester are angry the city will not receive extra financial support after it was put into local lockdown on 30 June following a spike in Covid-19 cases.
Last week, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the BBC there would be extra financial support for Leicester businesses affected.
But a letter from Business Minister Nadhim Zahawi said there were no plans to change or extend any current schemes.
Labour MP Liz Kendall said she was "so angry" at the development and urged Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Prime Minister Boris Johnson to "think again".
Leicester Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said he was "absolutely furious" the expected funds had not materialised and described the lack of extra measures as "brutal".

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Melbourne's streets empty as new wait begins

Ellie Cobb - BBC, Melbourne
As Melbourne heads into its second major lockdown, the vibe is one of resilience tinged with anxiety for what's to come.
Once again, the local streets are empty, and people in socially distant queues outside coffee shops have a look of resignation. Restaurants are back to serving takeaway only.
One question on the lips of many is whether schools will go back after a week-long holiday extension or whether parents are facing another round of home schooling.
With 12 virus "hotspot" postcodes already on lockdown for a week, the millions of Melburnians who have woken up to a new round of "stage three" restrictions are wondering why the spread wasn't better contained.
Many are finding it extra tough to have their movements curtailed again after a brief taste of normality, but there's an overarching sense that this is a key moment for the city to turn things around.

Trump threatens to cut school funding

President Donald Trump has threatened to cut funding for US schools if they refuse to open in autumn due to concerns over coronavirus.
In a tweet on Wednesday, Mr Trump said having schools reopened would be "important for children & families," and accused Democrats of wanting to keep them closed for political reasons.
In a separate tweet , he also dismissed the “very tough & expensive guidelines” issued by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), saying they asked schools “to do very impractical things.” Within hours of the tweet, the White House announced the CDC would be issuing new recommendations in the next few days.
Leading members of the education sector have hit back at the remarks.
"Nothing that Donald Trump has said in the last 48 hours has been safe or responsible," said Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association, in an interview with CNN.
Under US law the president cannot unilaterally cut federal support for schools. The federal government only provides supplementary funding for school systems in the country - the majority of funding and control lies with states. But President Trump could restrict relief funding for schools or refuse to sign education grants and bailout in future.

Harvard and MIT sue over US visa ruling

Two elite US universities are suing immigration services over a decision to withdraw visas from foreign students whose courses move fully online.
Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology filed the lawsuit against Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The lawsuit argues that ICE's move "proceeded without any indication of having considered the health of students, faculty, university staff, or communities" and leaves "hundreds of thousands of international students with no educational options within the United States".
Harvard President Lawrence Bacow said: "We believe that the ICE order is bad public policy, and we believe that it is illegal."
Read more on this story here .

Masks and second wave fears – The latest from Europe

Catalonia makes mask use mandatory outside and warnings grow of a second wave in France. Here’s the latest from Europe

  • Spain’s north-eastern region of Catalonia has made face masks compulsory in public for anyone over the age of six, even where social distancing is possible. The decision comes amid rising case numbers in and around Lleida, where authorities may reintroduce a strict lockdown
  • There are growing worries of a second wave in France as the country lifts its restrictions. Jean-François Delfraissy, head of the country’s Scientific Council, told Le Monde newspaper the country risked a resurgence with people not abiding by social distancing rules. “The virus continues to circulate, albeit much slower, much more controlled, but it is still there,” he said
  • After 137 days, the intensive care unit at a hospital in one of the worst-hit areas in Italy, Bergamo city, officially has no Covid-19 positive cases. Italy was the first European country to be hit hard by the coronavirus, with the first patients admitted into the Papa Giovanni XXIII hospital on 23 February.

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Japanese government under pressure as Tokyo cases soar

Rupert Wingfield-Hayes - BBC Tokyo correspondent
Tokyo has reported more than 220 new infections in the last 24 hours - the highest one-day total the Japanese capital has seen since the start of the pandemic.
Officials point out that the higher figure is partly the result of dramatically increased testing. But there is no doubt that since the state of emergency was lifted here a little over a month ago, new infection clusters have been breaking out with increased regularity.
Many appear to be concentrated in Tokyo’s late-night entertainment districts. Several clusters have been traced to so-called host and hostess bars.
Today’s leap in infections will put more pressure on the government just as it is about to reopen large public sporting events this weekend.
From Friday night, up to 5,000 people at a time will be allowed to enter stadiums to watch professional football matches and baseball games

Bolsonaro's pill video sparks Brazil drug 'boom'

Katy Watson - BBC South America correspondent
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro posted a video of himself taking the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine earlier this week shortly after announcing he was infected with Covid-19.
The drug has not been proven to be effective against the virus.
Roseliz Lopes, a pharmacist in São Paulo, says that when the president started backing the drug, there was an increase in the number of people asking for it.
"We had lots of people looking for it, people just wanted to stock up at home - but we don't allow that," she says. "The price of the drug has gone up too, there's been a huge boom."
But many health professionals have warned that using the drug as a treatment for Covid-19 could be a dangerous path to go down.

UK measures for economic recovery in brief

Here's another look at some of the measures in Chancellor Rishi Sunak's summer statement on Wednesday:

  • Jobs and wages: Incentives for employers to bring furloughed employees back to work, employ young workers and improve skills training
  • Going out: VAT - the sales tax - on food, accommodation and attractions will be cut until mid-January from 20% to 5%
  • Dining: Discounts of up to £10 per head for anyone eating out at participating restaurants from Mondays to Wednesdays in August
  • Property: The threshold for paying stamp duty when buying a home in England and Northern Ireland will increase - with immediate effect - to £500,000 until 31 March
  • Home improvement: The government will pay at least two-thirds of the cost of energy saving improvements - paid as a voucher when the work is approved

Nigeria reverses decision to reopen schools

Ishaq Khalid - BBC News, Abuja
The Nigerian government has reversed its decision to reopen schools across the country.
The Education Minister Adamu Adamu told reporters at the presidential palace that schools would only reopen when it was safe to do so - and not when the number of coronavirus cases was rising.
Last week, Nigeria announced that schools would reopen for secondary and primary schools students in their final years to enable them prepare for graduating exams.
Nigeria has 30,249 cases of coronavirus so far, including 684 deaths.

'No need' for Japan emergency

Japan's top government spokesman has said there is no need to reintroduce a state of emergency around the country, despite a record one-day rise in cases in the capital, Tokyo.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters that the government would consult experts and "closely monitor the status of infections at regional levels," according to local outlet Japan Forward.
Mr Suga said 224 new infections were confirmed in Tokyo on Thursday. Around 80% of cases were among people in their 30s or younger, Mr Suga added.
Japan declared a state of emergency in April after a surge in cases centred on cities like Tokyo and Osaka, But this was lifted in May and the country has seen a comparatively low number of infections since. In all, Japan has reported just over 20,100 cases and 980 deaths.

'Don't scream' theme park tells rollercoaster riders

If you've ever ridden on a rollercoaster - you'll know it's impossible not to scream while on it.
But that's exactly what one Japanese theme park wants you to do - in a bid to stop virus-carrying droplets from flying out of your mouth.
And to encourage people to play along, it's getting riders to put on their most "serious face" for the ride photo.
They can share their photo online in the #KeepASeriousFace challenge, and those who do best will be given free day passes.
Check out some of the attempts at a straight face here.

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How am I supposed to survive on zero income?

A self-employed curtain fitter has told the BBC he cannot "get his head round how the chancellor expects any citizen of this country to survive on zero income".
Mark Whittaker challenged Rishi Sunak to manage in the same circumstances , saying: "If he can, can he please tell me how to do it?”
The chancellor responded on BBC Breakfast, saying the self-employment scheme had been put in place to help people like Whittaker, adding that it was one of the most “generous and comprehensive” schemes around the world. But he admitted the government had not been able to help everyone, adding: “For that, I’m sorry.”
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Mark Whittaker challenged Chancellor Rishi Sunak to get by with no income

UK government urged to support Eurostar jobs

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An almost empty departures gate at the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras International station in London this week

The UK government is being urged to offer support to rail services company Eurostar over fears that the impact of coronavirus could lead to a wave of job cuts.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said that Eurostar's aim to reduce costs by 20% could have "serious implications" for operations in the UK - the rail company has a terminal at St Pancras International station in central London.
"RMT is demanding government support to protect Eurostar jobs and services from the fall-out of the Covid-19 pandemic," Mick Lynch, senior assistant general secretary of the union, said.
He called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government to "recognise the long-term importance to the British economy of these cross-Channel transport services".
In a statement on Thursday, Eurostar said the company hoped to cut costs "through reduced working hours and part-time working in order to protect jobs as much as possible".
The impact of Covid-19 has led to an unprecedented fall in demand across the travel industry, and the pandemic has had a huge impact on Eurostar, the company added.

Is India the next global hotspot?

Aparna Alluri and Shadab Nazmi - BBC News, Delhi
The coronavirus took hold slowly in India, but six months after its first confirmed infection, it has overtaken Russia to record the world's third largest caseload.
With the world's second-largest population, much of which lives packed into cities, the country was perhaps always destined to become a global hotspot.
But the data behind its case numbers is questionable, because India is not testing enough, and an unusually low death rate has baffled scientists.
Here's five things we know about the spread of coronavirus in India.

Over three quarters of a million cases reported in India

The number of confirmed infections in India has risen to over 750,000 after the highest daily increase since the country's outbreak began.
Almost 25,000 new cases were recorded in the past 24 hours. Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu are the worst affected states, along with Delhi.
India has significantly increased testing in recent weeks but lags behind many other countries, raising concerns that the real number of cases could be far higher.
It is the second most populous country in the world and government officials say the number of infections is low if the population size is taken into account.

Face masks to be worn in Belgium shops

Face coverings should be mandatory in all shops across Belgium, health officials have told the government.
Belgium's Superior Health Council said the move was necessary to "protect the population from the sometimes inappropriate behaviour" of those "not very concerned about protecting themselves and others".
In a radio interview on Thursday, scientific expert at the health council Nicolas Van Larebeke warned that the virus could spread through small "microdroplets" that "can [remain] in the air for as long as three hours". "In an enclosed space these droplets can eventually accumulate in the air - that can carry with it a risk of infection," he added.
Face masks are already compulsory in some indoor environments in Belgium, such as public transport.

Record daily rise in cases in Argentina and Mexico

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Flea market in Maracaibo is thought to be one of the source of infections in the Venezuelan state of Zula

Cases continue to rise fast in much of Latin America and Chile's attempts to ameliorate the economic impact on individuals prove to be divisive. Here's the latest from Latin America.

  • Mexico and Argentina both had a new daily record number of coronavirus cases on Wednesday. Health officials in Mexico said that 6,995 new infections had been reported in the previous 24 hours and in Argentina the figure was 3,604. Despite the new high, Mexico's Deputy Health Minister, Hugo López-Gatell, insisted that the spread of the pandemic was "slowing down"
  • The governor of Zulia, one of the worst-hit states in Venezuela, has been taken to hospital. Omar Prieto is being treated for respiratory problems and reports say he has been tested for coronavirus but the results have not yet been released. Venezuela, which has a crumbling health system, has had just over 8,000 confirmed cases so far
  • The lower house of congress in Chile has passed a bill which will allow people to withdraw 10% of funds from their private pension early during the pandemic. Its backers said it would allow Chileans to access money without going into debt. Its approval is a big blow to the government, which argued it would create problems for pensioners down the line. It still needs to be passed by the senate to become law.

Planned operations in England fall 82% due to Covid-19

Planned routine treatments fell 82% from 295,881 in May 2019 to 54,550 in May this year, the latest figures from NHS England reveal.
And the number of people waiting longer than 18 weeks for hospital treatment in England is now almost 1.45 million - the highest figure since 2007, according to the data.
Just 62.2% of people were seen within 18 weeks, the records for May show, against a target of 95%.
The number of people having to wait more than 52 weeks to start hospital treatment in England also jumped to 26,029 in May this year, up from 1,032 in May 2019 and the highest number for any calendar month since September 2009.
On cancer care, the NHS missed its target for treatment to start, with 69.9% people beginning treatment within two months of GP referral - the lowest percentage since records began in October 2009.
Some 106,535 urgent cancer referrals were made by GPs in England in May, down from 200,599 in May 2019 - a fall of 47%, with experts blaming the impact of Covid-19.
Urgent breast cancer referrals showed an even bigger drop: down from 15,802 in May 2019 to 5,371 this May, a fall of 66%.
And more than half a million patients in England had been waiting more than six weeks for a key diagnostic test in May, after having been referred by a GP.
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Serbian protests wider than lockdown fears

Guy De Launey, BBC Balkans Correspondent
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The proposal of a weekend curfew might have been the catalyst for this week’s protests in Belgrade. But the dread of re-entering lockdown does not explain the ferocity of the scenes in Serbia’s capital over the past two nights.
A feeling of political disenfranchisement is widespread among the protesters. The main opposition parties boycotted last month’s parliamentary elections, handing President Aleksandar Vucic and his Progressive Party (SNS) a massive majority in the National Assembly. Gathering outside that building is one way to show that Vucic is by no means universally admired.
Opponents and civil society organisations argue that the SNS dominates the media and national institutions to such an extent that other voices are rarely heard. During Tuesday night’s protests, state broadcaster RTS was screening a Jackie Chan film while the real action was taking place virtually outside its front door.
Ultra-nationalist groups have latched on to the protests to promote their own agendas. And the government and opposition have accused each other of deploying agents provocateurs to instigate violence.
Vucic has retreated from his calls for a lockdown – and the government is expected to confirm that stance later today. But it may not be enough to prevent further protests

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Thousands in high-risk jobs in England to be tested

Thousands of people who work in high-risk jobs in England, including taxi drivers, cleaners and shop workers, will be tested for coronavirus as part of a new pilot - even if they have no symptoms.
We'll bring you more on the scheme, just announced by the Department of Health, as we get it.

When will we have a coronavirus vaccine?

James Gallagher - Health and science correspondent, BBC News
Coronavirus is spreading around the world, but there are still no vaccines to protect the body against the disease it causes, Covid-19.
Medical researchers are working at breakneck speed to change that. About 200 groups around the world are working on vaccines and 18 are now being tested on people in clinical trials. However, no-one knows how effective any of these vaccines will be.
Most experts think a vaccine is likely to become widely available by mid-2021, about 12-18 months after the new virus first emerged. That would be a huge scientific feat and there are no guarantees it will work.
It is thought that 60-70% of people need to be immune to the virus in order to stop it spreading easily (known as herd immunity). That would amount to billions of people around the world even if the vaccine worked perfectly.
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England's Test and Trace asks 140,000 to self-isolate

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In the first five weeks of England's Test and Trace system, 144,501 people were asked to self-isolate after coming into contact with someone who had tested positive for coronavirus, new figures show.
This was 85% out of a total of 169,863 identified close contacts.
The remaining 15% - some 25,362 people - were identified as close contacts, but were not reached by contact tracers.
Some of these people could not be reached because no communication details had been provided for them.
Read more: What happens if a tracer contacts me?

Boots to cut 4,000 jobs

High street pharmacy chain Boots plans to cut more than 4,000 jobs - 7% of its workforce - as part of action to mitigate the "significant impact" of coronavirus.
It comes hours after John Lewis said it was shutting down eight stores, putting 1,300 jobs at risk.
Read more here .

How much will this crisis cost the UK?

Large parts of the UK economy have been brought to a standstill by the coronavirus pandemic, and the government has had to spend billions to support workers, businesses and the NHS.
On Wednesday, Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered an economic update on the government's plans to rebuild the economy.
He announced a new £30bn package, including plans to protect jobs, help younger workers and encourage spending.
It's still very early in the crisis, so it's impossible to tell how big the final bill will be but the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) estimates it's likely to be more than £300bn just for this financial year (April 2020 to April 2021).
Where is all the moneygoing to come from? Our colleague Ben King explains.

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BBC to go ahead with over-75s licence fee changes  annoyed

The BBC is to go ahead with a plan to end free TV licences for most over-75s, after a two-month delay because of the coronavirus pandemic.
That means more than three million households will be asked to start paying the £157.50 fee from 1 August.
Only households where someone receives the Pension Credit benefit will still be eligible for a free licence.
The controversial change was originally due to be made on 1 June, with the BBC saying the delay had cost £35m a month.
Read the story in full here

Government hopes to reopen gyms in mid-July

The government hopes to open gyms in England in mid-July, with beauty salons to follow as soon as possible, Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg says.
Speaking in Parliament, Rees-Mogg tells MPs: "Our hope is to reopen gyms and leisure facilities in mid-July.
"Other close-contact services, tattoo and nail parlours, will follow as soon as possible.
"The government has been clear that it wants to reopen the economy carefully and gradually and this is why some businesses which involve less sustained contact between people have opened before others."
Meanwhile, Northern Ireland is set to become the first nation in the UK to allow gyms to reopen - with leisure facilities preparing to open their doors on Friday.

No new deaths reported in Scotland

No new coronavirus deaths have been reported in Scotland in the last 24 hours, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says.
The total number of deaths in Scotland remains at 2,490.
As of last night, nine people were in intensive care in Scotland with confirmed or suspected Covid-19, which is a decrease of two of on the number reported yesterday.
Meanwhile, Sturgeon confirms Scotland will move to the next phase of lockdown easing as the virus had been suppressed to a "low level".
Read the full story here .

Iran records highest single-day virus death toll

Iran’s health ministry says another 221 people with Covid-19 have died - the country's highest single-day figure since its outbreak began in February.
The official death toll has now reached 12,305. The total number of confirmed cases meanwhile rose by 2,079 on Thursday to 250,458.
Nine of Iran’s 31 provinces are classified by the government as “red” zones based on the numbers of deaths and infections. Another 10, including Tehran, are "yellow".
"Tehran is facing a very fragile situation," Alireza Zali, the head of the capital's virus task force, warned on Wednesday. "The number of infections, deaths and hospitalisations have been on a sharp rising trajectory in the past 10 days.”
Since April, the government has been trying as much as it can to reopen businesses and revive an economy that was already crippled by US sanctions.
But Mr Zali said restrictions to combat the virus might have to be reinstated in Tehran.

Pupils in Wales 'back in school full-time' in September

All state schools in Wales will reopen to all pupils in September for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown started in late March.
Education Minister Kirsty Williams says children will not have to socially distance with those in their class or "contact group" of about 30 pupils.
Adults in schools, however, will still have to socially distance with each other.
Read the story in full here .

WHO sets up panel to review its handling of pandemic

Imogen Foulkes - BBC News, Geneva
The World Health Organization (WHO) today announced a panel to review the global response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking to member states in Geneva, the head of the WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, and former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf would be co-chairs of the review panel, which will be called the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response.
Dr Tedros said this was a time for "self-reflection, to look at the world we live in and to find ways to strengthen our collaboration as we work together to save lives and bring the pandemic under control".
The WHO has been under pressure for some time to review its handling of the pandemic, amid criticism, most notably from the US, that it was slow to respond to the initial outbreak in China, and too close to the Chinese government.
The evaluation announced by the WHO (originally approved at the World Health Assembly in May) will look not just at the WHO’s response, but at the response of individual countries as well.
Earlier this week the US formally notified the United Nations of its intention to leave the WHO.

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Fraternities and sororities blamed for case spike

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Officials at the University of California, Berkeley, say social events thrown by fraternities and sororities have contributed to a spike in coronavirus infections among the student population.
In a statement , the university said 47 students had tested positive over the last week, bringing the total to 70 since the pandemic began.
It said the infections were related to "events where students have not followed basic safety measures such as physical distancing, wearing face coverings, limiting event size, and gathering outside".
The university urged students to follow safety advice, and said a it was "becoming harder to imagine" resuming the term as normal from autumn.
Fraternities and sororities form an integral part of students' social lives, but the pandemic has presented challenges to their normal operations. Read more about how they're preparing for the start of the next academic year.

Rules or guidance: What powers do police have?

Lockdown rules are changing across the UK, but who is responsible for making sure people follow them?
Police have the biggest responsibility for enforcing coronavirus laws - and they differ across the UK's four nations.
But not everything you are asked to do is a legal requirement.
Our colleague Dominic Casciani explains here.

Tax boss warning over chancellor's schemes

Rishi Sunak's job bonus and meal discount plans may not be value for money for taxpayers, warns the boss of HM Revenue and Customs.
Jim Herra wrote to Mr Sunak over his concerns about paying firms a £1,000 bonus to retain furloughed staff and a scheme offering 50% off restaurant meals.
The chancellor overruled Mr Harra, saying swift action was needed.
The exchanges were revealed in letters between the pair during a standard procedure for assessing the effectiveness of policy decisions.
Read the full story here

South African queen dies of Covid-19

A royal family in South Africa has confirmed the death of Queen Noloyiso Sandile from Covid-19.
A sister to the current Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini, Queen Noloyiso, 56, served as regent of the amaRharhabe royal family.
President Cyril Ramaphosa described her as "a bastion of traditional values and an inspiring and principled leader of her people," saying she had played a significant role in the development of her kingdom in the Eastern Cape.
South Africa has seven officially recognised monarchs representing different ethnic groups and clans.

Covid-19 samples found by roadside in Highlands

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The samples were being transported from Caithness General Hospital in Wick

NHS Highland has launched an investigation after a bag of Covid-19 test samples was discovered by a member of the public on the A9 near Tain.
The samples were being transported from Caithness General Hospital in Wick to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, according to the health board.
They were handed in to the local police station and have now been transferred to a laboratory team at Raigmore.
A spokesman for the trust said "at no point was there a danger to the public" from the samples.
He said: "They were packed properly and remained intact. We are very grateful to the individual who handed the box of samples to the police."

Boots, BT and Addison Lee to test staff in virus study

As we reported earlier, people in "high-contact" professions, such as taxi drivers, sales assistants, pharmacists and cleaners, will be able to get tested for coronavirus even if they don't have symptoms.
Employers including Addison Lee, Boots, BT, and services firm Mitie will take part in the study.
People recruited to the pilot through their employer will either be given access to a home test or an appointment at a mobile testing unit.
The study, which begins immediately, will look at prevalence of the virus in people who have no symptoms and work in higher-risk jobs.

Local authorities in Bradford, Newham, Brent and Oldham, will also offer the tests to those identified as vulnerable to the virus.
Read more about the study here .

US unemployment rate drops to 11.1%

Americans filed 1.3m new unemployment claims last week, the US Labor Department has reported, down from 1.4m claims filed the week earlier.
Nearly 18 million American workers are still receiving jobless benefits, but the data shows that hiring is starting to increase.
By the end of June, the jobless rate fell to 11.1% from a peak of 14.7% in April.
Jobless claims are now at roughly double their highest point during the 2007-09 Great Recession.

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Government ready to support John Lewis and Boots staff

The government says it stands ready to support John Lewis and Boots employees facing job losses "in any way that we can".
A Downing Street spokesman said: "I understand this is part of the John Lewis and Partners restructuring which recognises that more people have switched from shopping instore to online."
He said the company would make every effort to find new roles where possible for those who wish to remain within the partnership, such as transferring to local Waitrose shops or online operations.
But he added that, as Chancellor Rishi Sunak said earlier: "Sadly we won't be able to protect every job".
He said anyone affected by job losses will be able to access a wide range of support including Universal Credit and the new-style jobseeker's allowance, "as well as benefit from the measures announced yesterday by the chancellor to get people back into work".
Read more on the job cuts at the two high street retailers here

Biden blasts Trump's handling ahead of recovery plan

US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has attacked President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus crisis after the number of confirmed infections in the country breached three million this week.
"While other countries safely reopen their economies and their citizens get back to work, businesses in America are being forced to shut down - again," Biden said, adding that Trump's "failures make countless workers and families face an uncertain future".
On Tuesday, more than 60,000 new cases were reported in the US, a new daily record.
Trump, who has said that the US is recording a high number of infections "because we do the greatest testing", later said that America was "in a good place" regarding the pandemic.
Biden is due to outline a $700bn (£554bn) economic recovery plan later today to help tackle the impact of Covid-19.
The former vice-president's campaign earlier said the funds would be focused on US manufacturing and innovation.

Two more deaths recorded in Wales

A further two people have died after testing positive for coronavirus in Wales.
This takes the total number of deaths to 1,540, Public Health Wales says.
The number of virus cases recorded in Wales increased by 16 to 15,929.

Serbia backtracks on plans for weekend curfew

Serbia's Prime Minister Ana Brnabic has confirmed that the government will not impose a weekend curfew in Belgrade, following two nights of protests in the capital.
Ana Brnabic said there would be new restrictions - including a ban on gatherings of more than 10 - but not the weekend curfew proposed by President Aleksandar Vucic.
It’s an unusual climbdown, says Balkans correspondent Guy DeLauney, who notes that protesters have targeted the president’s leadership style as much as his lockdown proposal.

Sir David Attenborough issues London Zoo warning

London Zoo and its conservation work is at risk of "extinction" due to the coronavirus pandemic, Sir David Attenborough warns.
The broadcaster and naturalist is fronting an appeal to support the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), which runs London and Whipsnade zoos.
The sites have now opened to the public but the closure during lockdown heavily impacted the charity's income .
Sir David said in a video appeal that ZSL faced "its toughest challenge" in 200 years.
Read the full story here .

One in 3,900 has coronavirus in England - ONS

Robert Cuffe - BBC head of statistics
About one person in 3,900 has coronavirus in homes in England, according to the Office for National Statistics' latest infection survey.
This is about 14,000 people in England.
But that’s based on eight infections in nearly 26,000 people swabbed, so the figure could be anywhere between 5,000 and 31,000.
The figure is lower than last week’s estimate (one in 2,200).
But the numbers have been bouncing around in recent weeks and the ONS says that its analysis suggests that the "incidence of new infections appears to have decreased since mid-May and has now levelled off".
They further estimate about 1,700 new infections every day in homes in England.

How is Scotland's lockdown changing?

Coronavirus has been suppressed to a "low level" in Scotland, said First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as she outlined plans to ease the lockdown further . Let's take a look at the key points:

  • People in Scotland will be allowed to meet up in extended groups outdoors, and with two other households indoors, from Friday
  • Exemptions to the 2m social distancing rule will also be introduced, but face coverings in shops will be mandatory
  • From Monday, shopping centres will be able to reopen, while dentists and optometrists will be allowed to begin scaling up their work
  • From Wednesday, hairdressers, barbers, indoor bars, restaurants, libraries, museums and cinemas can reopen
  • Places of worship can resume services on Wednesday too - though numbers and singing will be limited. Restrictions on how many can attend funeral and wedding services will also be eased
  • Personal retail services like beauticians and nail salons can reopen from 22 July
  • Universities and colleges can implement a phased return to campuses from that 22 July, while Scotland's schools are due to reopen in full from 11 August

For more on what you can do - wherever you are in the UK - click here .

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India urges US to rethink education visa order

ndia has urged the US to rethink a visa ruling that could force a large number of Indian students to return home.
US immigration services said this week that foreign students would not be allowed to stay in the country this autumn if their universities have moved classes fully online - unless they switched to a course with in-person tuition.
A spokesman for India's foreign ministry, Anurag Srivastava, said today that the Trump administration needed to "keep in mind the role that educational exchanges and people-to-people relations have played in the development of our relations".
We reported earlier that two elite US universities - Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - had filed a lawsuit against Homeland Security and ICE over the decision.
"Panicked, scared" - what students make of the uncertainty.

Marseille will not host 2020 rugby finals

The French city of Marseille will not host the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup rugby finals this year "due to the many uncertainties created by the Covid-19 pandemic".
European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) said in a statement on Thursday that the coronavirus crisis meant that "insufficient safeguards" were in place "to stage two high-profile matches at the 67,000-capacity Stade Velodrome".
With Marseille now staging the 2021 finals, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London will host in 2022.
Read more on this story here .

Republic of Ireland pubs flout rules

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Ireland's Prime Minister Micheál Martin described the behaviour at some pubs as "very worrying"

Some 26 pubs in the Republic of Ireland could face charges and lose their licences over possible breaches to regulations put in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19, police say.
As part of measures to loosen restrictions there, the government last weekend allowed bars to reopen if they served food.
On Thursday, however, police said that in some cases, customers were being served alcohol without any evidence that food was being consumed. People were also failing to observe social distancing rules, with large crowds gathering at single tables, police said.
Ireland's Taoiseach (prime minister) Micheál Martin warned on Monday that the government could delay the full reopening of pubs - set for 20 July - after "very worrying" scenes over the weekend.

US healthcare workers still struggling with PPE shortages

Medical staff in the US are still struggling to access personal protective equipment (PPE), months after the first cases of coronavirus were recorded there.
Nurses and doctors across the country are still being issued one mask per day at many hospitals and clinics. Some hospitals are telling workers to reuse their N95 masks for up to 15 days and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a chemical process for decontaminating soiled masks.
Disposable gloves and gowns are also in short supply, and prices for PPE have risen sharply as states and hospitals compete against each other to procure items.
National Nurses United, the largest organisation of registered nurses in the US, conducted a survey of 23,000 registered nurses in June, and found that 85% of them had been forced to reuse disposable N95 masks while treating Covid-19 patients.
Experts say the shortages are in part due to the products being made overseas and the free-for-all of states and medical providers frantically buying up everything that comes on the market.

Familiar face is back - and other US developments

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Visitors can return to Disney World in Florida starting on Saturday

US states are establishing daily records of infection cases, and President Donald Trump still appears to be at odds with his scientific advisers about the pace of reopening the country. These and more dominate headlines across the country. Other developments include:

  • Walt Disney World in Florida has restarted ticket sales ahead of its phased reopening beginning on Saturday, despite an explosion of new infections in the state
  • Wait times to receive Covid-19 test results are growing, with many patients having to wait over a week to find out if they are carriers
  • One day after Trump complained that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for reopening schools were "too tough", and the vice-president said they would be amended, the director of the CDC denied that the guidelines were revised at Trump’s direction

UK government briefing at 17:00 BST

We've had it confirmed that the UK government will give a briefing at 17:00 BST.
The briefing will be led by Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden.
It's expected he will talk about further reopening of the economy.

Confirmed cases in England fall by 25% in a week

Robert Cuffe - BBC head of statistics
Confirmed infections in England have fallen by 25% in the week to 5 July, data from Public Health England shows.
There were just over 3,300 positive tests in the week to 5 July compared with 4,400 positive tests in the week to 28 June.
The incidence of confirmed cases in Leicester, which is still in local lockdown , has fallen to around 120 per 100,000 compared with about 140 per 100,000 last week.
Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales, saw two cases this week - way down from 108 the preceding week. (However, 100 of those were in a single day during testing at the outbreak at the Kepak plant .)
The top 10 local authorities in the UK, after Leicester, all saw fewer than 30 cases per 100,000 people in the week to 5 July.

The UK picture this afternoon

We should be hearing from the UK’s Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden in the next 30 minutes for an update from the government.
But let’s take a look at the latest from the country first:

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Things the US got wrong - and right

Anthony Zurcher - BBC North America reporter
A month ago, the coronavirus numbers in the US appeared, at the very least, stable. The spread of the disease had been slowed.
That prompted a number of states - including Texas, California, Florida and Arizona - to move forward with plans to ease off public shelter-in-place and business closure orders.
It turns out, the overall national numbers were misleading, as states that were hit hard early, such as New York and New Jersey, were experiencing declines, while numbers in other states were beginning to inch up.
They're not inching up anymore, they're surging - and the worst, as far as hospitalisations and fatalities, could be yet to come.
When it comes to the US economy, though, many forecasters had expected it to be in a devastating tailspin - but instead it stabilised and has begun to improve.
Read more from Anthony here .

Read the full guidance on reopenings in England

Pools, gyms and sports facilities will be able to reopen and team sports and outdoor gigs resume in England, the culture culture secretary announces.
Beauticians, nail salons and tattooists can also reopen from Monday and indoor gyms, sports facilities and pools will be able to reopen from 25 July.
The government's latest guidance on the planned reopenings has just been published and can be read here .
Read our full story here

What did we learn from today's UK briefing?

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden gave today's government press conference. He appeared alone, without a medical or scientific expert.
Here's what he told us:

  • Theatres and music venues can restart outdoor performances from Saturday
  • Outdoor sports, including team sports, will also be able to restart in stages from this weekend, with indoor venues to follow on 25 July
  • Gyms and other venues will have to implement strict safety procedures
  • Small pilots of indoor performances will also be held to find ways to allow them to restart
  • Beauticians and other close-contact businesses can reopen from Monday, with some restrictions for particularly high risk activities
  • Face coverings are recommended in enclosed spaces but will not be mandatory in gyms

UK records a further 85 deaths

A further 85 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK, taking the total number of people who have died to 44,602.
There were another 642 positive tests for Covid-19 in the 24-hour period up to 09:00 BST on Thursday, the Department for Health and Social Care added.

What are the latest developments around the world?

Hello and thank you for following our live coverage of the pandemic. If you're just joining us, here are some of today's biggest global stories:

  • Over 12 million cases of coronavirus have now been confirmed, along with 550,000 deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University
  • The US accounts for a third of global cases, followed by Brazil with 1.7 million and India with over 760,000
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that it will set up a panel to review the global response to the Covid-19 pandemic. It will be chaired by former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, and former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
  • The charity Oxfam has warned that by the end of this year 12,000 people per day could die from hunger linked to Covid-19 - potentially more than will die from the disease itself
  • Iran has recorded 221 new virus-related deaths - its biggest one-day jump since the start of the pandemic. More than 12,300 deaths and 250,000 infections have been reported in the country - making it one of the worst affected in the world

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Outdoor concerts, plays and opera get go-ahead

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The Minack Theatre in Cornwall was cited as one venue that can reopen

If you're just joining us, here's a reminder about open-air gigs, festivals and theatre shows in England. They can resume from this weekend, as long as they have "a limited and socially distanced audience", the government says.
Outdoor performances can go ahead from Saturday 11 July.
A number of small indoor test events will also take place to help plan how and when venues can begin to reopen.
Read more here

Bergamo hospital marks no Covid-19 cases in intensive care

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Oxford University says it will run an in-house Covid-19 testing service for students and staff from September.
The university said its testing system - based at sites in the city centre and Headington - would "protect our local community" and ease the burden on local NHS facilities.
It also says research and teaching spaces will be "adapted to ensure social distancing and appropriate ventilation" for the start of term.
Libraries will operate social distancing, with a seat-finder app planned to help students.
Face coverings will be required during face-to-face teaching and in indoor shared spaces - and cleaning will be "significantly enhanced", it added.

Analysis: Getting used to the new normal

Jessica Parker - BBC political correspondent
The “un-lockdown” goes on in England. And, yes, it will be welcome news for those who run, as well as use places like gyms, swimming pools and beauticians.
But, as ever, the new normal means new complications. Businesses obviously want to get customers through the door but government guidance talks about limiting the numbers and spacing out equipment.
Gym users will be expected to play their part too, cleaning machines after use. Many, of course, will be more than happy to do so. And for those who breach the rules, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden suggested officials would uphold the relevant standards.
But in truth can every leisure space in England really be policed? Common sense will prevail say ministers, with the majority ready to do what is asked.
Meanwhile, business owners will be examining the guidance closely, hoping that the new normal will allow their firms to be viable.

'We don't want to look like a hospital' - restaurant owner

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Helen Wong, owner of the Sweet Mandarin restaurant in Manchester, tells BBC Radio 5 Live that Rishi Sunak's support is "highly welcome".
On the chancellor's Eat Out to Help Out scheme, she says: "It’s going to change the mindset.
"It’s going to incentivise people to come out and break that psychological fear of actually meeting people.”
Helen has brought in booths and reduced the number of tables in her restaurant from 30 to 10 but says there are still other issues.
"We’re literally masked up, visored up, we don’t want to look like a hospital but still we need to keep the team safe," she says. "It’s getting that balance of enjoying your experience out and dining out but also keeping safety at the forefront.”
The secret to success, she adds, is adapting: "If you’re not going to adapt, you’re not going to survive, no matter what size you are.”

Slovakia considers options after jump in cases

Rob Cameron - BBC Prague Correspondent
Slovakia's prime minister Igor Matovic has said his country might have to reintroduce restrictions, after the country recorded the single biggest daily increase in Covid-19 infections since 22 April.
Matovic said epidemiologists would meet on Monday to discuss the matter.
The number of new infections recorded on Wednesday was 53, bringing the total to 1,851. Some 1,477 people have recovered from the virus, and 28 have died.
Slovakia has so far been credited with some of the lowest infection rates in Europe, as well as what were some of the strictest measures.

UK man admits selling fake cures to France and the US

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A man has pleaded guilty to selling fake coronavirus cure kits to people in France and the United States.
Frank Ludlow, 59, was caught by City of London Police. He had been trying to send dozens of parcels of fake remedies in a post office near his West Sussex home.
Judge William Mousley said father-of-two Ludlow contacted national governments and "took advantage of an international crisis".
Read more here.

What is reopening in England - and when?

Gyms, pools, nail bars and outdoor performances are set to return in England, after the government announced another easing of lockdown.
Let's take a look at what is reopening and when:
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'Leave coal out of Covid-19 recovery' - UN chief

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged countries not to turn to fossil fuels while rebuilding their economies after the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking at a virtual summit for clean energy today, Guterres said some countries were using their economic recovery packages to support fossil fuel companies that were already struggling financially.
Others are jump-starting coal-fired power plants, including developing countries who argue that coal is necessary for growth.
"Coal has no place in Covid-19 recovery plans," Guterres said.
The EU and South Korea have already pledged to make their recovery programmes environmentally-friendly.

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Life in Arizona - the epicentre of the epicentre

Sophie Long - BBC News, Arizona
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Protesters marched against coronavirus restrictions in Phoenix on 4 July

At a small vigil outside the state capital in Phoenix, Kristin Urquiza arranges flowers around a picture of her father Mark.
He died last week after contracting coronavirus. Like so many others, he died alone without his wife or daughter by his side.
Kristin tells me her grief is mixed with rage. She blames the Governor of Arizona Doug Ducey for her dad’s death. Not only did he lift the lockdown too quickly, she says, but he made people feel it was safe to go out.
Others think individuals should take responsibility. When the bars and clubs reopened here people partied pre-pandemic style. Jimmy Flores was one of them - he says he thought he was an invincible fit and healthy 30-year-old. That was before he spent eight days in hospital on oxygen after contracting coronavirus at a party.
During a brief break from an overflowing ER, Dr Murtaza Akkter tells me how frustrating it was to watch young people laughing, drinking and hugging outside bars as he drove home after a busy shift.
The bars and clubs are now closed again. The cases of coronavirus are still climbing.

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SA doctor causes alarm over graves dug for virus victims

Andrew Harding - BBC News, Johannesburg
In an apocalyptic warning, a South African health official suggested that half a million graves were being dug in the province of Gauteng to help cemeteries cope with the wave of coronavirus deaths.
Dr Bandile Masuku, head of the province's health authorities, made the announcement during a television interview, but his office quickly explained that the actual number was far smaller.
So why mention that figure at all? The general assumption is that he was deliberately seeking to spread alarm in a country where the virus has been slow to spread, and where the public has, as a result, begun to drop its guard.
In recent days, the infection rate around Johannesburg has been rising sharply, and hospitals here, and in other big municipalities, are already struggling - with reports of oxygen shortages, a lack of beds, and personal protective equipment.
South Africa has had months to prepare for this storm. Those preparations are now being tested, and in some places, are being ruthlessly exposed.

China executes man over virus roadblock murders

A 23-year-old man has been executed in China for killing two government workers at a health checkpoint in February.
Ma Jianguo stabbed the pair to death at a village in Yunan province in February, after he tried to remove a roadblock set up by local authorities.
In a statement, the Supreme People's Court of China said he had recently finished a five-year prison sentence for assault.
It's the first confirmed death penalty in China related to the country's efforts to contain coronavirus.

China dismisses Nigerian virus lawsuit as 'frivolous'

Chris Ewokor - BBC News, Abuja
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The lawsuit accuses China of failing to promptly inform the WHO about the virus

An attempt by Nigerian lawyers to get compensation from China for the coronavirus pandemic has been described by Chinese authorities as "frivolous."
The group of 11 lawyers is demanding $200bn (£158bn) in damages for the "loss of lives, economic strangulation, trauma, hardship, social disorientation, mental torture and disruption of normal daily existence of people in Nigeria".
But the Chinese embassy in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, said the case lacked basis in international law.
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China has sent medical teams to Nigeria to assist with relief efforts

"Covid-19 has caught the whole world by surprise. China, like other countries, is a victim. Confronted by an unknown virus, we have acted responsibly to protect people's life and health and safeguard global public health," it said in statement on Twitter.
The lawyers are trying to persuade Nigeria's government to institute state action against China through the International Court of Justice. Their case is yet to be heard at Nigeria's High Court.

What happened in the UK today?

It's been a busy day, with further lockdown easing announced in England, Wales and Scotland. Here are the main stories:

  • In England, pools, gyms, beauticians, nail bars, tanning salons and tattooists will be able to open their doors again, and team sports - starting with cricket - will be allowed to resume. Outdoor performances will also be able to go ahead with limited audiences. Read all the details here
  • Two of the UK's biggest High Street retailers, John Lewis and Boots, announced 5,300 job cuts , as the chancellor warned he wouldn't be able to protect "every single job"
  • People in Scotland will be able to visit other households indoors and stay overnight as the country enters the next phase of lockdown easing . Read more about the changes here
  • In Wales, all state schools will be fully reopened by September - but parents will not be fined if they do not send their kids back
  • A further 85 deaths have been announced for the 24 hours up to 17:00 BST on 8 July, taking the UK coronavirus deaths total to 44,602
  • People in "high-contact" professions, such as taxi drivers, pharmacists and cleaners will be tested for coronavirus even if they don't have symptoms, as part of a pilot in England
  • Two reports charting coronavirus cases in England show the number of people in the community with the disease is falling

  • The BBC is to go ahead with a plan to end free TV licences for most over-75s, after a two-month delay because of the coronavirus pandemic

The global picture this evening

Thanks for joining us today, particularly if you're reading this from a country or city that's currently in lockdown.
We'll be pausing this live page shortly - but before we go, here are the day's main global headlines.

  • The charity Oxfam has warned that 12,000 people a day could die from hunger caused by the Covid-19 pandemic - more than the virus itself. It identified 10 countries as potential hotspots, including Yemen, DR Congo and Afghanistan
  • Despite cases continuing to surge in a number of US states, President Trump says schools in the country should reopen this autumn as scheduled
  • Japanese capital Tokyo reported a record 224 new infections in 24 hours, well above the previous record of 206 cases on 17 April. However, officials say that a new state of emergency won't be necessary
  • Nigeria has reversed its decision to reopen schools because cases of the virus are still rising. Education minister Adamu Adamu says they'll only reopen when it's safe to do so
  • Iran’s health ministry says another 221 people with Covid-19 have died - the country's highest single-day figure since its outbreak began in February. The official death toll has now reached 12,305
  • The number of confirmed infections in India has risen to over 750,000 after almost 25,000 new cases were recorded in 24 hours - the highest daily increase since the country's outbreak began
  • There have now been more than 12.1 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 550,000 deaths worldwide, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University

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