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Post by Kitkat on Sun Jul 12 2020, 11:46

Summary for Sunday, 12th July


  • The US - the country hardest hit by the coronavirus - on Saturday posted more than 66,000 new cases, a daily record
  • President Donald Trump finally wore a mask in public for the first time since the pandemic began
  • Amitabh Bachchan, one of India's best known film actors, has tested positive for Covid-19
  • India has seen another surge in infections, rising to over 820,000
  • MPs have called for the government to clarify its position on face coverings in England
  • A Scottish pilot who spent more than two months on life support in Vietnam with coronavirus is on his way home
  • More than 12.7m cases of Covid-19 have been reported globally, and 565,000 deaths


Good morning and welcome to today’s coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.
We’ll be bringing you the latest updates from the UK and around the world.
Here are some of the latest headlines:


Brazil football match cancelled after 14 players test positive

One of Brazil’s biggest football derbies was cancelled just hours before kick-off after 14 members of one of the teams tested positive for Covid-19.
Chapecoense had been set to play Avai in the second leg of the quarter finals of the Santa Catarina state championship.
The infected team was not announced, although Avai said all of its players had tested negative. Chapecoense did not comment on reports that it was the affected club.
The Santa Catarina state championship restarted on 8 July. Many clubs have expressed their concern at playing with such high levels of coronavirus in the country.
More than 1.8 million people in Brazil have tested positive for the virus and more than 71,000 people have died.

Under 30s drive resurgence of cases in Tokyo

Japan’s capital Tokyo reported 206 new infections on Saturday, the fourth straight day of more than 200 cases.
The city is struggling with a resurgence in cases after the government lifted the state of emergency there.
About 80% of the new infections in Tokyo were under 30 years old, according to Kyodo news agency . Forty-eight cases were linked to nightclubs.
Saturday’s figure for Tokyo is more than half of the total of 383 cases reported in the whole country on that day.
In Okinawa, 61 US marines tested positive for the virus this week - although that figure is not included in Japan’s cases. Two US military bases have been placed under lockdown.

Virus infectious for 'more than an hour' when airborne

Prof Wendy Barclay, chairwoman in influenza virology at Imperial College London, says coronavirus particles can remain infectious in the air for more than an hour.
Earlier this week the World Health Organization said there was "emerging evidence" of airborne transmission.
Prof Barclay told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show: "It is the first time that the World Health Organization has acknowledged that the airborne route contributes to the spread of this disease.
"Of course, there are other routes as well... but what this new acknowledgement means is that the route through the air probably also contributes in some circumstances."
Prof Barclay said the virus could remain suspended in the air and travel some distance away from the person who'd breathed them out, with laboratory studies showing it could remain infectious in the air for more than an hour.
She added that replenishing the air in a room was important to avoiding spreading the virus, rather than recirculating the air like some air conditioning systems do.

Labour 'would support mandatory face coverings' in shops

It's time for the Sunday morning political TV shows in the UK.
So far we've heard Labour's shadow business minister say her party would support the mandatory wearing of face coverings in shops in England.
Lucy Powell told Sky News' Sophy Ridge On Sunday programme that if the mandatory wearing of face coverings in shops would help people feel more confident about visiting them, "then we absolutely support it".
Her comments come after PM Boris Johnson said on Friday a "stricter" approach to the use of face coverings was needed in England, where they are only mandatory on public transport and in hospitals.
Ms Powell added: "We think the government - instead of just showing a bit of leg occasionally on these things by briefing newspapers or saying things that are not clear in press conferences, as the prime minister did on Friday - [should] get some clarity.

Trump pictured wearing a mask for the first time

US President Donald Trump has previously said he would not wear a mask and mocked Democratic rival Joe Biden for doing so.
But on Saturday that changed. He met with wounded soldiers and staff at the Walter Reed military hospital outside Washington DC - where he was pictured wearing a mask in public for the first time.
“I think when you’re in a hospital, especially in that particular setting, where you’re talking to a lot of soldiers and people that, in some cases, just got off the operating tables, I think it’s a great thing to wear a mask,” he said.
The US saw another 66,528 infections on Saturday, a record for one day. Almost 135,000 people have died in the US since the pandemic began, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
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Indian film star Amitabh Bachchan in hospital with virus

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Amitabh Bachchan, one of India’s best known actors, has tested positive for coronavirus. He is currently in hospital in Mumbai.
The 77-year-old is being treated in the hospital's isolation unit and is stable with mild symptoms, news agency ANI reports.
His son Abhishek is also in hospital after testing positive for the virus.
Other family members have all tested negative, according to local media.
Amitabh Bachchan has been involved in more than 200 films since becoming a star five decades ago. His son is also a successful actor.
A number of major Indian figures have taken to social media to wish the pair well including actors Prianka Chopra and Sonam K Ahuja.

Scottish pilot returns from Vietnam after two months on life support

A Scottish airline pilot, who contracted coronavirus in Vietnam and spent more than two months on life support in a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, is on his way home.
Stephen Cameron, 42, was admitted to hospital in March, shortly after completing his first flight for the national carrier Vietnam Airlines.
Doctors had given him a 10% chance of survival.
In a country with very few cases of the virus - and no official Covid-19 deaths - every detail of his recovery was reported in the national press.
Mr Cameron said he was humbled by the experience and would return to Vietnam as soon as he was well enough.
Read more about how Vietnam saved Mr Cameron and kept a clean Covid-19 sheet.

Vaccine could be rolled out in UK 'early next year'

Prof Robin Shattock, who leads Imperial College London's vaccine team, says its Covid-19 vaccine could be rolled out across the UK in the first half of next year if everything goes "really well".
He told Sky News' Sophy Ridge On Sunday that 15 volunteers had been vaccinated so far, and another 200-300 participants would be vaccinated in the "coming weeks".
"We anticipate if everything goes really well that we'll get an answer as to whether it works by early next year. And we have put in place the infrastructure to make that vaccine for the whole of the UK.
"So, assuming that the funding is there to purchase that vaccine, we could have that vaccine rolled out across the UK in the first half of next year."
Read more from the BBC's James Gallagher about when we might have a vaccine.

Scotland taking 'close look' at how to avoid importing cases from England

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says her government must take a "very close look" at how to avoid people from rest of the UK bringing coronavirus into Scotland.
On Saturday the number of new coronavirus cases in Scotland fell to single figures.
Ms Sturgeon told the BBC's Andrew Marr show that Scotland was not planning to impose a quarantine on people arriving from England at the moment, but would take the decision if necessary.
She said: "We have to take a close look at making sure the virus doesn't come in from other parts of the UK."
Ms Sturgeon added that it was "not about saying to people from England they are not welcome in Scotland" but it was about "taking decisions to try and protect people in Scotland".

Gove 'not in favour' of face coverings in shops being mandatory

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UK Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove says he is not in favour of making face coverings mandatory in shops in England.
He told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show that he would "encourage people to wear face masks" when they are inside in an environment where they are likely to be mixing with others and where there is not very good ventilation.
He said wearing one in a shop was "basic good manners", but he added: "My view is it is always better to trust people's common sense. Individuals and businesses are responding well to that lead."
Labour's Rachel Reeves told the same programme that she believed making face coverings mandatory in shops was "a sensible way forward".
The discussion has been sparked by comments from PM Boris Johnson on Friday, when he said a "stricter" approach to the use of face coverings was needed in England, where they are only mandatory on public transport and in hospitals.

Thousands of Israelis protest over virus handling

Thousands of Israelis in Tel Aviv took to the streets on Saturday to protest against the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis.
Many people are experiencing economic hardships and are angry at coronavirus measures, which have taken their livelihoods away.
The demonstration was organised by small businesses, self-employed workers and performing artists’ groups.
They say government compensation payouts have been slow to arrive with some people waiting months.
Protesters were pictured mainly wearing masks but not observing social distancing.
The country has seen a spike in coronavirus cases with nearly 1,500 new cases reported on Friday. A total of 354 people have died from Covid-19 in Israel, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
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Post by Kitkat on Sun Jul 12 2020, 11:55

Latest UK headlines

It's been a busy morning in the UK. If you missed the political programmes, here is a round-up of the main developments:

  • Senior UK government minister Michael Gove says he does not think face coverings should be compulsory in shops in England, saying he trusts people's "good sense"
  • Labour's Lucy Powell and Rachel Reeves both said they would support any move to make them mandatory
  • Gove also said that people should return to work rather than stay at home to "fire up" the economic engines of the UK
  • Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she will not shy away from taking a decision to impose quarantine on English visitors to Scotland - but neither will it be a decision she takes lightly
  • Prof Robin Shattock, who leads Imperial College London's vaccine team, says its Covid-19 vaccine could be rolled out across the UK in the first half of next year if everything goes "really well"
  • And Frances O'Grady, the leader of the Trades Union Congress, has warned of a "strain" on the transport system as people are encouraged to return to work by the government
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Bollywood actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan tests positive

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan pictured with her husband Abhishek Bachchan and daughter Aaradhya. All three have tested positive for the virus

Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her daughter have tested positive for coronavirus.
It comes a day after her father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan, one of India's most famous actors, and her husband Abhishek confirmed they had the virus.
Both men are currently in hospital in Mumbai. Their condition is stable.
It’s unclear if Aishwarya Rai and her eight-year-old daughter Aaradhya are in hospital.
Other members of the Bachchan family including Jaya Bachchan, the wife of Amitabh, have returned negative coronavirus antigen test reports, local media reported.
Mumbai municipal officials have since put up banners outside Amitabh Bachchan’s house in the city, classifying it as a "containment zone".
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Competitive local cricket resumes

Club cricket has made a return in England this weekend after months of no play due to the virus.
Images from Saturday show local clubs participating in matches.
Under the new rules, regular hygiene breaks are needed for participants to sanitise their hands and the ball.
Sharing of equipment is discouraged and players are not allowed to use saliva to shine the ball at any time.
Despite the restrictions, Kent community cricket director Andy Griffifths says the return is positive.
He told BBC sport: "Cricket's not just about playing the game but the social aspect that comes with it too. It's what you do in those two or so hours at a game when you're not actually on the field as well as on it.
"Having a chat with team-mates, catching up with people who are spectating - those things we haven't actually been able to do in person for the past four months. They're the sort of interactions that can really help people's mental health."

Another virus record - and other US updates

President Donald Trump finally yielded to pressure and wore a face mask in public for the first time on Saturday . The campaign for his Democratic rival Joe Biden criticised him for not wearing one earlier and accused the president of "politicizing" the issue. "Rather than taking responsibility and leading, he wasted four months... by stoking divisions and actively discouraging people from taking a very basic step to protect each other," said Biden spokesman Andrew Bates.
Here are the other latest US developments:

  • The country reported more than 66,528 new Covid-19 cases, yet another new daily record
  • Louisiana became the latest of a growing number of states to require that masks be worn indoors. Governor John Bel Edwards also ordered the closure of bars
  • Walt Disney World reopened in a Florida on Saturday, despite a surge in cases in the state
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints asked all its members in Utah to wear face coverings in public
  • The number of confirmed infections in the US is over 3.2 million and there have been nearly 135,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University figures


What are you actually allowed to do in the UK now?

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It's Sunday and the sun is (mostly) shining in the UK.
So if you're planning on meeting up with friends this afternoon to take advantage of the warm weather and recently-eased lockdown measures, you might be a bit unsure of exactly what the current rules are.
Hotels, pubs and restaurants in England and Northern Ireland that serve food and have table service are open, as are beer gardens and outdoor restaurants in Scotland. In Wales though, you'll have to wait until tomorrow for outdoor service and until August to go indoors.
For households, you can meet people indoors if you live in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland - the size of groups vary depending on which of the nations you live in - but in Wales meetings indoors are still not allowed.
To see exactly what the current rules are, read our full explainer.

Tax hikes 'necessary' to pay for economic recovery

Tax increases or spending cuts will be necessary to pay for Chancellor Rishi Sunak's plan to help the UK's economy recover from coronavirus, former Treasury minister David Gauke has said.
Gauke, who stepped down as an MP last year, wrote in the Observer that "tax increases will have to do most of the heavy lifting" when the government tries to balance the books.
Labour's Rachel Reeves told the BBC's Andrew Marr that it was "not the right time" to raise taxes, adding that the government should be focusing all of its efforts on "getting the economy growing and creating those jobs and that will help address the dire situation".
On Wednesday Sunak announced a "plan for jobs" which could cost up to £30bn. Here's more detail about how much it will cost the UK

Farm workers isolating after 73 Covid-19 cases

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About 200 farm workers are isolating after 73 people tested positive for coronavirus.
The workers at vegetable producers AS Green and Co, based in Mathon, Herefordshire, carry out picking and packing work during the harvesting season.
They live in mobile homes on the farm, near Malvern, in Worcestershire, and have been asked to remain there during isolation.
Herefordshire Council is arranging food and essential supplies and Public Health England is supporting the firm.
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'Vague mask recommendations not helpful'

The issue of whether wearing face coverings should become mandatory in shops in England has been been dominating the headlines in the UK so far today.
Prof Melinda Mills, a sociologist from the University of Oxford who wrote a report which found face coverings helped reduce the spread of Covid-19, says people should “definitely” wear them in shops as “the evidence is clear” to their benefits.
Her comments come after senior minister Michael Gove said he did not think they should be compulsory and he trusted people's "common sense".
However, Prof Mills said the public messaging around when people should wear face coverings in the UK had been “really confusing”.
She told the BBC News Channel her study showed that having a really clear policy is key, rather than these “vague recommendations" which are "not helpful”.

Mapping the virus through graphs

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Cases of the virus are continuing to rise around the globe with countries such as the US and Brazil among the worst affected.
Our visual and data team have put together charts and graphics to help explain the pandemic.
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Yesterday the US recorded its highest one day total of cases with 66, 528 infections.
Florida is one of the worst-affected states in the country. Over the past two weeks, the state reported 109,000 new coronavirus cases.
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Latin America is seeing a surge of infections. Brazil has now recorded 1.8 million cases and more than 71,000 deaths.
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However a number of countries are seeing a second rise in cases. In Melbourne, Australia, five million people have been placed back in lockdown.
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Post by Kitkat on Sun Jul 12 2020, 17:20

Fake cures in Bolsonaro's Brazil

Jack Goodman and Flora Carmichael  - BBC Reality Check
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As our graphs show, Latin America is battling some of the world's most devastating coronavirus outbreaks, and is also facing the scourge of fake cures and unproven treatments promoted on social media across the region.
In the week when Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for Covid-19, we've debunked some of these misleading claims.
Read more here.

How Mexican cartels are taking advantage of pandemic

One of the countries most badly affected by coronavirus in Latin America is Mexico.
A months-long shutdown has left many unable to work, with the government accused of not doing enough to help.
Now, some of Mexico’s powerful drug cartels are trying to step in to fill the void.
The BBC secured exclusive access to one cartel trying to win over the hearts and minds of Mexico’s poor.

Your latest headlines from around the UK and the world

Good afternoon to those of you joining us now.
Here’s the latest headlines from the UK and around the globe.

  • More than 12.7m cases of Covid-19 have been reported globally, and 565,000 deaths
  • Senior UK government minister Michael Gove has said he does not support mandatory face masks in shops in England, amid calls for clarity
  • Amitabh Bachchan, one of India’s best known film actors, has tested positive for Covid-19, along with members of his family
  • Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she will not shy away from taking a decision to impose quarantine on English visitors to Scotland - but neither will it be a decision she takes lightly
  • Japan’s capital Tokyo has recorded 206 new cases on Saturday, the fourth day straight of more than 200 cases
  • The US reported more than 66,528 new Covid-19 cases, yet another new daily record


Primark says no to £30m job retention bonus

Retailer Primark has said it will not take advantage of a £30m bonus from the UK government, which was announced earlier this week.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said that all businesses would be paid £1,000 for each employee they bring back from furlough - the coronavirus job retention scheme which saw workers have their wages paid by the government.
Primark placed around 30,000 workers on furlough, but it said it has now brought them all back and would not ask for the bonus.
There are currently 9.4 million on the furlough scheme who, if they all returned to work, could cost the public purse more than £9bn in bonus payments.
Read more about what happens when the furlough scheme ends.

Scottish airline pilot arrives in Glasgow

A Scottish airline pilot, who was treated for coronavirus in Vietnam and spent more than two months on life support in a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, has arrived back in Glasgow.
Stephen Cameron, 42, from Motherwell, has landed in Scotland, according to Glasgow Airport.
He is believed to have been taken to hospital by ambulance to continue his recovery.
Cameron, who was admitted to hospital in March, was given a 10% chance of survival.
His case was widely reported in Vietnam and he’s previously said that he would have been dead if he had been “almost anywhere else on the planet”.

PCSO reunites with family after three months

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Some more good news... A PCSO who left his Wolverhampton home at the start of April to protect his son from Covid-19 has finally been reunited with his family.
William Till decided to move out of his Stourbridge home into a nearby flat as his seven-year-old son Alfie was shielding after surgery to remove growths on his brain caused by mastoiditis. Till said it was "one of the hardest decisions" he had to make and decided to "sacrifice contact" with his loved ones in order to keep working and protect his son.
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No further deaths in Scotland and Wales

There have been no new coronavirus deaths in Scotland for a fourth day in a row, with the total remaining at 2,490 - but the number of new cases has climbed to a three-week high.
The latest Scottish Government figures show 19 new cases have been recorded - the highest number since 26 were announced on 21 June. On Saturday there were seven new cases.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted that the rise would be "closely examined" and it was "a reminder that the virus hasn't gone away".
There were also no new coronavirus deaths in Wales, with the number remaining at 1,541. The total number of cases in Wales increased by 16 to 15,962.

Hungary tightens borders to 'red list' countries

Hungary is tightening its borders and will prevent the entry of foreign nationals from a “red list” of countries deemed at a high risk of coronavirus.
"We see worrisome signs about an increase in the number of cases in the neighbouring countries, Europe and the whole world," Gergely Gulyas, Prime Minister Viktor Orban's chief of staff, explained.
Hungary has divided countries into three lists - red, yellow and green.
The "red list" includes all African and Asian countries aside from China and Japan. European countries on the list are Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Belarus and Montenegro, as well as Hungary's neighbour Ukraine.
Hungarian citizens returning from “red” countries must pass a virus test and will have to quarantine for 14 days.
The UK is on the "yellow list". Visitors from the UK will have to enter a two-week quarantine unless they have tested negative for the virus within five days.
The new measures will take effect from Wednesday.

Fifteen more deaths in England hospitals

A further 15 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number to 29,066.
NHS England said those who died were aged between 72 and 96 years old. One patient, aged 96, had no known underlying health conditions.
The UK-wide figures, which cover deaths in all settings, will be released later this afternoon.

Wales holiday bookings boom as tourism reopens

Holiday firms in Wales have reported being "frantically busy" taking bookings for cottages, caravan sites and holiday parks after lockdown restrictions were eased on Saturday.
Holidaymakers in Wales are now able to stay in self-contained accommodation - places without shared facilities such as bathrooms - for the first time since March.
Among those businesses to benefit was Three Cliffs Bay Holiday Park in the Gower, which took 300 bookings in one day.
Plassey Holiday Park in Wrexham said their tents, lodges and caravan sites were fully booked within hours, while Elizabeth Daniel said her Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages has been "frantically busy" since the restrictions were lifted.

Iran Supreme Leader 'ashamed' of people not wearing masks

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has reportedly criticised “people who do not even do something as simple as wearing a mask”, saying he was “ashamed” of this behaviour.
His comments came as he urged citizens to help curb a resurgence of the virus.
Iran has seen a second rise in cases with daily recorded deaths reaching new highs. A further 194 deaths and 2,186 cases were announced on Sunday.
Khamenei called the resurgence “truly tragic” in a video conference on Sunday, AFP news agency reports.
More than 12,600 people have died with Covid-19 in Iran since the outbreak began, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The country warned on Saturday that its economy could not afford another shutdown.

A grandfather and grandson who must stay 2m apart

Ciara Colhoun - BBC News NI
Social distancing has become the new normal during the pandemic.
Millions across the UK have also had to "shield" due to their high risk of needing hospital treatment if they catch coronavirus.
An end to some restrictions is in sight - shielding is due to be paused at the end of July in Northern Ireland while social distancing has been reduced to 1m (3ft) with restrictions .
But Dr Ian Banks and his three-year-old grandson Lorcán Maguire, both from County Down, will not benefit from these changes.
They have always lived 2m apart.
Dr Banks has not held Lorcán since his grandson was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) - a genetic condition that can cause fatal lung damage.
In a cruel twist of fate, the former A&E doctor has a long-term lung infection that could be deadly to his grandson.
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Florida sets new record for rise in cases

Florida has broken another coronavirus record, reporting 15,300 new cases with 45 additional deaths in the past day.
The figures, released by the state's health department, surpass the previous record rise of 11,458 new infections on 4 July.
They come a day after Walt Disney World reopened in the state.

Latest headlines from the UK and around the world

If you’re just joining us, here’s a round-up of the main developments from the UK and around the world today:

  • Florida has reported the biggest surge of coronavirus cases in the US - with more than 15,000 new cases in 24 hours as of Sunday
  • The US hit a new daily record on Saturday with more than 66,528 new Covid-19 cases, while globally, more than 12.7m coronavirus cases have been reported and 565,000 deaths
  • Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has reportedly said he is "ashamed" of people not wearing masks, as he urged citizens to help prevent a second wave of the virus
  • Meanwhile, three generations of Bollywood's high-profile Bachchan family have tested positive for Covid-19
  • In the UK, up to 200 farm workers in Herefordshire, England, have been told to self-isolate after 73 colleagues tested positive for Covid-19
  • Fashion retailer Primark says it will not take advantage of a £30m job retention bonus from the UK government – a move which could put pressure on other large firms not to take taxpayer money
  • A Scottish airline pilot who spent more than two months on life support in Vietnam has finally arrived back in Glasgow
  • Scotland will not rule out imposing a quarantine for visitors travelling elsewhere from the UK, with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon saying the move would be based on risk, not politics
  • Senior UK minister Michael Gove says he trusts people's good sense around wearing masks and does not think face coverings should be compulsory in shops in England


Further 21 deaths recorded in UK

A further 21 deaths have been recorded in the UK, bringing the total recorded figure to 44,819.
The figure includes deaths recorded in all settings - hospitals, care homes and the wider community - as of 17:00 BST on Saturday.
A further 650 cases in the UK have been confirmed, bringing the total to 289,603.
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Travel company TUI cancels flights out of Aberdeen

There's more news on the impact of coronavirus on Scottish travel. Tourism company TUI has cancelled all of its summer flights out of Aberdeen following the "unprecedented halt on worldwide travel".
The operator said it would be focussing on flying from its largest UK airports in the coming months.
Pulling out of Aberdeen had been "an incredibly difficult decision", it said.
Plans are in place to resume flights from 4 October in time for the half-term holidays.
A TUI spokeswoman said: "We're taking a dynamic approach to restarting our holidays, in line with government advice and the evolving demand for travel."
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Sunday sees highest ever number of new cases - WHO

It's a sad record to hold - but today marks the highest increase in global coronavirus cases reported since the pandemic began, according to the World Health Organization.
In its latest situation report, the WHO said the total number of confirmed cases around the world had risen by 230,370 in the past 24 hours. That's up from the previous record of 228,102 daily cases on Friday.
The biggest jumps were from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa.
Deaths remained steady at about 5,000 a day.

'Unsavoury scenes' in Welsh capital as lockdown lifts

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Police in Cardiff have described "unsavoury scenes" on the first weekend of lockdown restrictions being eased in Wales.
There were "several disturbances" in Cardiff Bay on Saturday evening, with a "small number" of people arrested for being drunk and disorderly.
"Much of it was alcohol-fuelled, so we are working with licensees and taking additional policing measures to ensure there is no repeat," said South Wales Police Cf Insp Michelle Conquer.
On Saturday, some holiday homes in Wales reopened for the first time since lockdown began.
From Monday, Welsh pubs and restaurants with outdoor spaces will be able to welcome back customers outdoors.

Grandmother, 104, recovers from coronavirus

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A 104-year-old grandmother who lives in Kent, England, has made a remarkable recovery from coronavirus.
For nearly three weeks, while in her residential care home, Grace Greenwood was not able to get out of bed as she had trouble breathing.
Yet despite her age, she did not need to go to hospital and has now recovered. Her family puts her strength down to her difficult past.
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*Cancer treatment delays petition tops 100,000

More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for an end to cancer treatment delays forced by the coronavirus pandemic.
Kelly Smith's life was "dramatically" cut short by treatment delays, her parents Craig and Mandy Russell, who set up the campaign, said.
Smith, 31, from Macclesfield, Cheshire died from bowel cancer in June.
Experts warned last week that delays to cancer diagnosis and treatment due to coronavirus could cause 35,000 extra deaths in the UK .
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Post by Kitkat on Sun Jul 12 2020, 20:19

Netanyahu pledges financial support to Israelis

Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged immediate financial aid to Israelis whose livelihoods have been devastated by the pandemic - after thousands took to the streets in Tel Aviv in protest against what they say is economic hardship caused by the government’s handling of the crisis.
The country’s prime minister promised that financial help was on the way, starting with cash disbursement of up to 7,500 shekels (£1,718) to the self-employed, AFP news agency reports.
“The button will be pressed and the money will reach accounts in the coming days," Netanyahu said.
A broader aid package for workers and small business owners was also announced.
A total of 362 people have died from Covid-19 in Israel, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

Round-up from the UK and around the world

As we approach the end of our coronavirus live coverage for today, here is a recap of the main developments from the UK and around the world:

  • Today has seen the highest ever number of new coronavirus cases, the World Health Organization announced, with 230,370 new cases confirmed in the past 24 hours
  • The US state of Florida has broken another coronavirus record, reporting 15,300 new cases in the past day
  • In India, three generations of Bollywood's high-profile Bachchan family have tested positive for Covid-19
  • In the UK, senior government minister Michael Gove said he did not support the mandatory use of face masks in shops in England, and instead trusted people's good sense - but he added that tough measures could be taken if necessary
  • Up to 200 farm workers in England are self-isolating after 73 colleagues tested positive for Covid-19
  • Scotland's first minister says she wouldn't shy away from requiring visitors from England to quarantine if necessary
  • From Monday, beauty salons, tattooists and tanning salons can reopen in England, although not all beauty treatments will be available
  • And in Wales, some pubs, cafes and restaurants will be able to reopen outdoors


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Coronavirus - 12th July Empty Taoiseach says it’s too soon for British holidaymakers to visit Ireland without two-week quarantine

Post by Kitkat on Sun Jul 12 2020, 20:47

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Taoiseach says it’s too soon for British holidaymakers to visit Ireland without two-week quarantine

BRITISH HOLIDAYMAKERS visiting Ireland must still complete a two-week quarantine, the Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said.

Speaking during an appearance on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Martin said it was too soon for such restrictions to be lifted.

While the Irish government is developing a list of green countries that will soon be safe to travel to and from without quarantine, the Taoiseach said the nations on this list would be at "Ireland’s level of disease control or below".

It's a comment that appears to rule out people from both the US and UK visiting without quarantine, given the R number and reported new cases in both countries.

“Suppression of the virus is key,” he continued. 

“In certain parts of the UK there are still difficulties where certain areas have had to go into lockdown and so on and further severe restrictions… Caution is the watch word here.”

Despite the cautious outlook, Martin was keen to stress that the green list would be kept under regular review throughout the pandemic.

“Why, because there’s a lot of international volatility with this virus, we’ve seen a spike in numbers and we’re very concerned about that,” he said.

The Taoiseach’s cabinet is due to meet to discuss the issue next week, though he admitted they were keeping a close eye on “what’s happening across Europe".
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During the interview, Martin was quizzed on the ongoing issues surrounding Brexit, explaining: “I think there will be a deal, there has to be a deal. It can’t be at any price.”

“I’m very heartened by our discussion in terms of trying to reset the British Irish relationship post Brexit, which I think the Prime Minister is very keen on doing. And I was particularly taken by that,” he said.

Discussing Fianna Fáil’s policy of a United Ireland, Martin said that he was exploring options, though he dismissed the idea of a border poll as “too divisive”.

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