- Australian senators question officials over the Ruby Princess cruise ship scandal in March
- The ship that docked in Sydney is linked to at least 900 infections and 28 deaths
- A minister admitted that protocols were not followed on the vessel
- Marks & Spencer is cutting 7,000 jobs over the next three months across its stores and management
- A-level and GCSE students in England are to have their results for cancelled exams based on teacher assessments following a U-turn by the regulator
- All students in Wales and Northern Ireland are also to be given grades predicted by their teachers, after a similar decision in Scotland
- Globally more than 774,000 people have died with Covid-19 and nearly 22m cases have been reported
Hello and thanks for joining our live coverage of the global pandemic. We’ll be following the latest stories and other things you need to know about coronavirus around the world. Here are the main stories on Tuesday:
- Federal officials in Australia tell a parliamentary committee they failed to speak to the doctor on board a cruise ship, the Ruby Princess, in a scandal that fuelled the country's first wave of coronavirus cases in March
- Universities prepare to deal with a rise in calls from students after ministers in England, Northern Ireland and Wales said A-level grades could now be based on teachers' assessments
- Thousands of anti-government demonstrators march through cities across Argentina to criticise quarantine restrictions, as well as proposed judicial reform
- Globally more than 774,000 people have died with Covid-19 and nearly 22 million cases have been reported
The latest from the UKIf you’re joining us from the UK here are the latest other stories this morning:
- Retailer Marks & Spencer has said it will cut 7,000 jobs over the next three months , after the pandemic made it clear there had been a “material shift in trade”
- Baroness Dido Harding, who runs NHS Test and Trace in England, is to be the interim chief of the government’s new Health Protection Institute . The agency - set to launch later today - will merge some of Public Health England's pandemic response work with the test and trace system
- A support group for people who have lost loved ones to Covid-19 is calling on the prime minister to hold an immediate public inquiry into the pandemic
Australian officials did not speak to cruise ship doctor
More than 2,500 passengers on Ruby Princess disembarked in Sydney in March
On Monday we reported that elected officials in Australia had apologised after an inquiry found “serious mistakes” were made when more than 2,500 passengers were allowed to disembark from a cruise ship in Sydney in March.
This was when cruise ships were a significant source of infections globally.
Passengers on the Ruby Princess were not tested, despite suspected cases, and until June it was the source of Australia’s largest outbreak, linked to 900 infections and 28 deaths.
A parliamentary committee has now heard that federal officials failed to speak to the doctor on board the ship.
The country's secretary for agriculture, water and the environment, Andrew Metcalfe, admitted to the Senate inquiry that protocols had not been followed on the vessel.
From silent streets to packed pools
Thousands of people packed shoulder to shoulder with no face masks in sight, frolicking on rubber floats and cheering along to a music festival.
It's not a very 2020 image, but it was the scene this weekend in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where Covid-19 first emerged late last year.
Pictures of partygoers at the Wuhan Maya Beach Water Park - looking very much removed from the outbreak that the rest of the world continues to battle - have now gone, well, viral.
It's worlds apart from the images that came out of Wuhan when it had the world's first Covid-19 lockdown in January - a ghost town devoid of residents and vehicles.
The lockdown was lifted in April and there have been no domestically transmitted cases in Wuhan or Hubei province since mid-May.
See more images here
WHO warns against complacency among lower-risk groups
People partied on a rooftop in New York City this month
People in their 20s, 30s and 40s unaware they are infected are driving the spread of coronavirus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.
The proportion of young people with Covid-19 has risen, officials said, putting the lives of those who are more vulnerable at risk if people socialise without realising they are carrying the virus.
"The epidemic is changing," the WHO Western Pacific regional director, Takeshi Kasai, also explained.
"What we are observing is not simply a resurgence. We believe it's a signal that we have entered a new phase of pandemic in the Asia-Pacific," he said.
Outbreaks have occured in recent weeks in countries like Vietnam where the virus had appeared to be under control.
Several European countries including France and Spain have seen case numbers rise significantly in the past two weeks, with some warning that young people are not following social distancing guidelines.
British retailer M&S to cut 7,000 jobsThe British household brand M&S will cut 7,000 jobs in the next three months following a fall in in-store sales.
During the pandemic a large amount of shopping has moved online, and the retailer said there had been a "material shift in trade".
In-store sales of clothing and home goods were "well below" 2019, although online and home deliveries were strong.
A "significant" number of positions will go through voluntary redundancy and early retirement, M&S said.
Last week figures revealed that Britain was experiencing its worst recession on record.
Exams U-turn too late for some studentsFollowing days of anger from students and teachers, the government has changed the way A-level grades are calculated so pupils can use the grades predicted by their teachers rather than an algorithm designed to moderate them.
However, the U-turn came too late for some students, with some university courses already full.
A-level student Natasha Hounslow was predicted A*A*A by her teachers but was awarded A*BB by the standardisation system - meaning she missed both her university offers to study medicine.
Both universities have said she may have to defer her place to 2021 because they don't have the space to take her this year and there were no other medicine places available through clearing.
“I’m quite anxious to be honest because I don't want to take a year out because I think ideally I’d try and find a job but there’s not many opportunities this year, especially with coronavirus," she told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
You can read more reaction from students here .