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Edited by Claire Heald

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  1. We're pausing our coverage now

    That's it for our live coverage for today. Join us again tomorrow for more of the latest news on coronavirus as it happens.

    Contributors were: Krutika Pathi, Owen Amos, Yvette Tan, Gareth Evans, Mary O'Connor, Rebecca Seales, Gary Kitchener, Claire Heald, Chris Clayton, George Bowden, David Walker, Toby Luckhurst, Lucy Webster, Gavin Sharp, Ritu Prasad, Robin Levinson King and Joseph Lee.

  2. Your catch-up on today's UK events

    Customer and tailor with masks in Savile Row
    Image caption: Savile Row tailors were among the shops opening - with a new sartorial addition

    As our live page draws to a close, this is a chance to catch up with the coronavirus news from the UK today. Here are the highlights from our evening update:

  3. Your round-up of the global news

    Ahead of our pause in live coverage about the coronavirus pandemic, here's an update of developments from around the world:

    • A spike in new coronavirus cases in Beijing has seen about 100 new infections. Genetic material suggests the strain of virus could have come from Europe
    • The US Food and Drug Administration has withdrawn the emergency authorisation given to hydroxychloroquine - the anti-malaria drug touted by President Trump as a likely coronavirus treatment
    • Chile's president has renewed a state of emergency for another 90 days as the country struggles to contain its coronavirus outbreak
    • Norway's health authorities have halted the roll-out of a coronavirus mobile phone app after it was criticised by the data protection authority
    • The Oscars ceremony for next year has been put back two months amid a long delay in filming
    • Europe continues its reopening, with France allowing restaurants to use inside tables and Denmark opening up to visitors from some countries
  4. Oscars 2021 put back two months

    Next year's Oscars ceremony has been pushed back by two months, the latest major event to have been disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak.

    The Academy Awards were due to take place on 28 February next year but have now been put back until 25 April. The pandemic has already halted work on a number of films that were due to be released by the end of the year.

    Organisers have also agreed to extend the cut-off date for Oscar-eligible films beyond 31 December 2020 to the end of February.

    Meanwhile, organisers of the Eurovision Song Contest have announced the dates of next year's competition following the cancellation of this year's event.

    The semi-finals will take place on 18 and 20 May, followed by the grand final on 22 May. They will all be held in Rotterdam, where this year's event had been due to take place last month.

  5. What's the latest from Canada?

    With the end of the economic impact of coronavirus nowhere near in sight, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is making plans to extend economic aid.

    • The Canada emergency response benefit was only supposed to last 16 weeks, through early July. But the prime minister says he wants to keep helping people who are out of work because of the economic slowdown. The extension was pushed for by the New Democratic Party, whose support Mr Trudeau's Liberal Party needs if wants to get a fiscal bill through parliament
    • More regions of Ontario are moving into phase two of reopening, including some within the Greater Toronto Area, although the city proper is not included. That means shopping malls, restaurant patios and barber shops could reopen. More than 40% of Canada's population lives in Ontario, with about 10% in the city of Toronto alone
    • Coronavirus is beginning to level off in much of Canada. Ontario has the most new cases - 197 on 15 June, up from 181 the day before. It is the second day in a row the number of new cases has been below 200
  6. Star Ezekiel Elliot among NFL positive tests

    Ezekiel Elliott
    Image caption: Ezekiel Elliott at a game in January

    Several NFL players for the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans have tested positive for Covid-19, NFL Network reports.

    Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliot is among the players with the virus, but is doing well, according to his agent.

    He recently made headlines, along with a number of other top football players, for a video criticising the league over its response to black rights issues that was released the day of African American George Floyd's funeral.

    Texans players were also given time off if they wished to attend the funeral service.

    None of the players were in team facilities, according to NFL Network, and the Cowboys and Texans have been following health protocols.

    The teams have not offered further details.

    NFL coaches and staff have started returning to facilities, but no players have yet done so. The league is still aiming to start its 2020 season in September, and is hopeful that training camps will happen before then.

    This month, Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner, sent teams guidelines on reopening, with rules addressing distancing, equipment cleaning, food service, and personal protective equipment requirements.

  7. Spain says British travellers 'welcome'

    Sunbeds on June 15, 2020 in Benidorm, Spain
    Image caption: The sunbeds are out in Benidorm

    There is some hopeful news for those in the UK who feel the need to head south for warmer weather.

    A spokesperson for the Spanish government has told the BBC that British travellers are “welcome to travel to Spain” from Sunday without facing quarantine measures or restrictions on arrival.

    It confirms a tweet posted earlier by the British embassy in Madrid, which said the UK had been included on the list of countries that will not face restrictions when Spain's borders reopen.

    Travellers returning to the UK will still have to self isolate for two weeks afterwards, however, and the UK government's official advice is still against any non-essential international travel.

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    Meanwhile, Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa said talks between the two countries on an "air bridge" were going well.

    The arrangement would allow UK visitors to avoid mandatory quarantine when they return home.

    "We are working towards an agreement and will wait for it to happen," Costa told reporters. But he could not say when the air bridge might be in place.

  8. 'Don't celebrate football's return by inviting your mates'

    Government scientific and medical advisers were absent from the UK briefing today, but one, England's deputy chief medical officer Prof Jonathan Van-Tam has been speaking to football legend Ian Wright about the return of Premier League games this week.

    Prof Van-Tam says he is "desperate to get back to the stadium" of his beloved Boston United in Lincolnshire.

    But he cautions that it has to be done in a way that prevents transmission of the virus starting again - and that's why football's restart is limited to behind closed doors.

    "Stay at home, watch the games at home, follow the rules," he says. Watch the full video below.

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  9. Trump rally 'will take Covid-19 precautions'

    Donald Trump is holding a campaign rally on Saturday, his first since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Manager Brad Parscale said the "Make America Great Again" rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, would be taking precautions for Covid-19 and the summer heat, including handing out masks and bottled water.

    And, as we reported earlier, those purchasing tickets for Trump's rally will have to sign a waiver confirming they "voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to Covid-19" and will not hold the president's campaign responsible for "any illness or injury".

    White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told reporters the campaign was making "good" decisions and that there was a "recognition that there are guidelines in place that should be followed".

    Health officials in the state have expressed concerns over the event, with Tulsa's health department chief saying he wished the rally would be postponed.

    Oklahoma has one of the country's lowest infection rates, and businesses are reopening, but the governor has urged residents to continue social distancing and minimise time in crowds.

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  10. Syrians go hungry 'en masse' as economy suffers

    Jeremy Bowen

    BBC Middle East editor

    Bakery in rebel-held Binnish, Syria (9 June 2020)
    Image caption: Food is more than twice as expensive as it was last year in Syria

    No-one knows exactly how much damage Syria’s civil war has done to the economy. One estimate is something like half a trillion pounds ($630bn) worth of destruction.

    The pieces that remain are being battered by a new and severe crisis.

    The result, says UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock, is that "Syrians are hungry now en masse in a way which wasn't true one or two years ago".

    It is happening, he adds, as the economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic start kicking in, not just in Syria but across the world.

    "What we're projecting globally is a doubling of the people all across the planet who will be at starvation levels of hunger."

    Read more: Assad under pressure as economic crisis batters Syria

  11. Latest graphs on coronavirus in the UK

    The government has released its latest figures and data on how the virus is affecting the UK. Here are graphs showing how the numbers are changing.

    Total coronavirus deaths and cases
    Daily deaths
    New cases
    Pressure on hospitals

    You can find other key statistics - including how many cases there are in your area - here.

  12. Norway halts track-and-trace app amid privacy fears

    Norway's app Smittestopp (Infection Stop) for infection tracking is pictured in Oslo, Norway April 16, 2020

    Norway's health authorities have halted the roll-out of a coronavirus mobile phone app after it was criticised by the data protection authority.

    The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) said it would delete all information collected so far, but warned that the move would weaken the fight against coronavirus.

    Norway's data protection authority (DPA) said on Friday that the potentially intrusive nature of the app Smittestopp (Infection stop) was not warranted, given the low rate of infection.

    About 1.5 million people downloaded it in the first week of its launch in April - more than a quarter of the population.

    The app is designed to show researchers where people are moving and to alert those who have been in contact with a Covid-19 carrier.

    "We don't agree with the DPA's evaluation but feel it is necessary to delete all data and put work on hold as a result of this," NIPH said in a statement.

    Read more: Contact-tracing apps face further hitches

  13. How much teaching will UK secondary pupils get?

    Socially distanced classroom
    Image caption: Social distancing rules mean only a quarter of students can be in school at once

    Secondary school students in England have begun to return to classes today - but how much time will they actually spend in school?

    A survey of 8,000 teachers suggests that 90% of their pupils will be in class for less than two days a week.

    Social distancing means schools can only accommodate a quarter of pupils in Years 10 and 12 at any one time, so different groups of students have to take turns to attend.

    Less than a third of schools are teaching all subject options, with most focusing on English, maths and science.

    Read the full story

  14. WHO 'expects China to share' genetic code of new outbreak

    People wait at sports centre to be tested after an unexpected spike of cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Beijing, China June 15, 2020
    Image caption: Testing has been increased in the area of the new outbreak in Beijing

    The World Health Organization says it expects China to share the full genetic sequence from the new coronavirus outbreak in Beijing with the rest of the world.

    Speaking in Geneva, head of health emergencies Dr Mike Ryan said it was expected as "they have done in the past".

    Beijing has seen a cluster of about 100 new cases of the virus, and is investigating the origins. Experts said the strain did not resemble the type found elsewhere in the country and genetic traces have suggested it could have originated in Europe.

    "The finding that this may represent a strain more common in transmission in Europe is important and it may reflect human-to-human transmission more than any other hypotheses," Dr Ryan said.

    Local media said the virus was discovered on chopping boards used for imported salmon at a market, leading to speculation that it was brought in on the fish or its packaging. Dr Ryan said the safety of food and its packaging should be looked at but added that he was "reticent" to say all food packaging needed testing.

  15. Duke's surprise video call to shielding family

    The Duke of Cambridge on a surprise video call with Leanne and her son Kaydyn

    The Duke of Cambridge has made a surprise video call to a woman and her young son who have been shielding for the past three months.

    Prince William spoke to Leanne and five-year-old Kaydyn, who has cystic fibrosis, at their home in Corby, Northamptonshire.

    Footage of the call will feature on BBC One's The One Show at 19:00 on Tuesday. Leanne was shown covering her mouth with her hands in shock as the duke called from his home in Norfolk.

    Last week, the Duke of Cambridge revealed he had been anonymously volunteering on a crisis helpline during lockdown.

    You can read more about his call here.

  16. Iran warns it may return to strict measures

    Iranian women wearing face masks and protective gloves walk in a street in Tehran, 14 June 2020
    Image caption: Iran's daily death count is more than 100 once again, raising alarm from the authorities

    Iran has warned it may have to reimpose strict measures against the coronavirus, as it reported more than 100 deaths for a second day running.

    Health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said there had been 113 new fatalities, taking the official death toll to 8,950 since Iran's outbreak began in February.

    She said a further 2,449 people had tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours.

    Iran started to relax its lockdown in mid-April after infections declined but has since seen a surge. There have also been concerns the official figures do not reflect the full extent of deaths and infections.

    On Monday, government spokesman Ali Rabiei criticised the lack of social distancing by people at holy sites and on public transport.

    "In the [Tehran] subway, although 90% of passengers use masks, social distancing is not being observed," he said. "If we find that the spread of the virus is out of control... then we will definitely apply strict decisions again."

  17. Rush for bargains as shops reopen in England

    Queue outside Primark

    A bargain dress or a new watchstrap - what do you really need after three months?

    As the coronavirus lockdown was eased further in England, queues formed outside many shops before they opened for the first time since March.

    Industry data shows the number of visitors to high streets, shopping centres and retail parks was up by almost half this morning, compared with last week - but the levels were still far below the same period last year.

    Retailers have had to introduce strict safety measures such as plastic screens at the tills and floor markings to keep shoppers 2m (6ft) apart - measures that are already a regular fixture in supermarkets.

    Many shoppers seem confident in the measures being taken and were keen for a bargain - we spoke to some about their experiences and their first purchases and you can read about that here.

    In Northern Ireland, non-essential shops reopened on Friday, but there is still no date for Wales and Scotland.

  18. New York reaches new Covid-19 lows

    New York City restaurants
    Image caption: The state is moving forward with its reopening process

    New York's death toll and total number of people sent to hospital due to Covid-19 have both fallen to the lowest points since the crisis began.

    On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo said this weekend had the fewest deaths on a three-day average since March. The number of positive tests has also continued to decline.

    Twenty-five people died of the virus on Sunday and there were just over 1,600 residents requiring hospital treatment for Covid-19 over the weekend.

    "The facts are that new York is on the right track," he said, though noted it was unlikely the numbers would hit zero. "It's coming down to what the doctor certifies as the cause of death, many people who pass away because of Covid have other underlying conditions."

    The report comes as parts of the state enter the third phase of reopening; gatherings of up to 25 people will be allowed, up from 10, and many businesses are back open.

    But the governor also called out businesses and residents ignoring social distancing measures, saying the state had received 25,000 complaints of violations.

  19. Firms announce 3,500 job losses

    The latest UK unemployment figures are due to be published by the Office for National Statistics tomorrow but several companies have announced plans to cut jobs today.

    Wickes owner Travis Perkins, the UK's biggest builders' merchant, plans to cut about 2,500 jobs, or 9% of its workforce. The group says it expects a UK recession to hit demand for building materials this year and in 2021.

    Jaguar Land Rover is set to cut up to 1,100 temporary jobs from its factory floors after it reported a £501m loss in the final quarter of its financial year.

    And 75 jobs are under threat at the Titanic Belfast visitor centre, the BBC understands. The company has started a consultation over the potential redundancies.

  20. Ready for Royal Ascot - but without the Queen

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport

    Royal Ascot

    Royal Ascot starts on Tuesday - but the famous British horse racing meeting will have a very different feel this year.

    The action will take place behind closed doors amid strict safety protocols because of the coronavirus pandemic - jockeys must undergo temperature checks and wear face masks.

    And while the fixture retains its regal title and branding, the Queen will not be in attendance for the first time in her 68-year reign. She is expected to watch television coverage from Windsor Castle.

    Racehorse owners are not allowed at the Berkshire track but will have access to a 360-degree live camera feed of runners in the parade ring, while people are being encouraged to wear a hat and dress up at home.

    An expanded programme sees six additional races for a total of 36 contests over five days.

    Royal Ascot - 2019 v 2020