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WHO warns of virus comeback, and other global developments
As lockdown measures are relaxed across Europe, coronavirus cases are on the rise again in some areas. The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed concern and some countries have already reimposed restrictions.
In case you missed them, here are some of the latest developments:
The head of the WHO has said coronavirus infections are expected to pass 10 million this week. He said there's no guarantee a vaccine against the virus will be developed - and if it is, it may not be available until next year
Social distancing in Northern Ireland is to be reduced from 2m (6ft) to 1m with restrictions from Monday. The move was announced by First Minister Arlene Foster, along with a series of other indicative dates for easing the lockdown further
New temporary laws will allow pubs and restaurants in England and Wales to more easily be able to get "pavement licences". The proposals designed to boost the hospitality industry mean businesses could turn pavements, terraces and even car parks into outdoor areas
Driving lessons are to resume in England from 4 July. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency will write to driving instructors setting out plans to restart driving tests and resume lessons safely
And the UK government is finalising details of "travel corridors" so some people arriving in the country will not need to quarantine. Participating countries could include France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Belgium, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, Turkey and Finland - but not Portugal
Mexico's finance minister tests positive
Mexico’s Finance Minister Arturo Herrera has announced he has tested positive for the coronavirus.
In a tweet, Herrera said he had “very minor symptoms”, but gave no further details.
“From this moment I will be in quarantine, and I will continue to work from home,” he wrote.
Herrera has reportedly attended events alongside Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in recent days.
Mexico has recorded more than 196,000 infections and 24,000 deaths to date, among the highest in the world on both counts.
Rising Covid-19 cases prompt fears for US economy
New York business correspondent
Nearly 1.5 million more Americans applied for unemployment benefits this past week - just slightly lower than a week earlier. The historic job losses come as the US recorded the highest one-day total of new Covid-19 cases.
As some businesses in America continue reopening, the job losses carry on. For the fourteenth straight week, weekly job losses have topped one million.
Until the coronavirus crisis, the most new claims in a single week had been 695,000, back in 1982.
On Wednesday, US financial markets plunged more than 700 points as the country sees a surge in new coronavirus cases.
The increased number of people being infected has some economists worried about the strength and pace of the economic recovery.
The American economy fell into a recession in February of this year.
More than 20 million could be infected in US - CDC
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The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now estimates the number of infected Americans could be over 20 million, based on antibody tests.
The agency's director Dr Robert Redfield told reporters on Thursday: "Our best estimate right now is that for every case that's reported, there actually are 10 other infections."
The CDC also says that the pandemic is affecting younger groups across most of the country.
The shift could mean fewer instances of serious illness and death, officials said.
"It is obvious that we are seeing right now infections that are targeting younger individuals," Dr Redfield said.
This may partly be because young people are not taking the pandemic as seriously as older Americans, even though they are still at some risk of severe illness, according to CDC infectious disease expert Dr Jay Butler.
"We may need to get out the message that young people are not somehow naturally immune to this virus, although they may be at lower risk of severe infection," Dr Butler said.
He said the agency is looking into using the social media platform TikTok to reach young people and educate them about social distancing, covering their faces, and staying away from large gatherings.
How can you tell if you have coronavirus?
The BBC’s Laura Foster explains how you can recognise the symptoms of coronavirus, which include a dry cough and fever.
Danish PM postpones wedding for EU virus summit
The Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen, has delayed her wedding to attend a summit about the EU’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Frederiksen said the wedding clashed with an in-person meeting of EU leaders on 17-18 July, the first since the start of the crisis.
"I am really looking forward to marrying this fantastic man," she wrote on Instagram, sharing a photo of herself and her fiancé Bo.
"But obviously it can't be that easy, and now there is a council meeting in Brussels called, exactly on that Saturday in July when we had planned to marry.”
Encouraging smallholder farmers to keep chickens or ducks away from people
Better veterinary and hygiene standards for farmed animals
More consumption of plant-based foods
Brazil's ex-health minister: Why I quit after less than a month
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has been widely criticised for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
More than 53,000 people have died and there are over 1.1 million confirmed Covid-19 cases in Brazil.
Two health ministers have left over his strategy - the first was fired after publicly disagreeing with Bolsonaro’s attitude. The second, Nelson Teich, quit after less than a month.
He told the BBC why:
UK government 'has powers to close beaches'
Health Secretary Matt Hancock says the UK government has powers to close public areas like beaches if social distancing rules are not being observed.
Earlier today, a major incident was declared in Bournemouth after thousands of people flocked to the Dorset coast.
Mr Hancock told TalkRadio he was "reluctant" to close public areas "because people have had a pretty tough lockdown", but he added: "We do have those powers - and if we see a spike in the number of cases, then we will take action."
He said: "Everybody should be able to enjoy the sunshine. The key is to do it with respect. Stay with your households. Stay a good distance from other households."
US President Donald Trump is to visit his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, this weekend, but the White House says he won't be following a regional travel advisory requiring visitors from hotspots to self-quarantine for 14 days.
On Tuesday Trump visited Arizona - a state experiencing a rise in Covid-19 cases that's on New Jersey's quarantine-needed list.
The quarantine requirement was announced by the governors of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut on Wednesday.
"The President of the United States is not a civilian," spokesman Judd Deere said, adding that anyone who is in close proximity to the president gets tested.
Deere said the White House had ensured Trump did not come into contact with symptomatic or untested individuals during his Arizona trip.
"Anyone travelling in support of the president this weekend will be closely monitored for symptoms and tested for Covid and therefore pose little to no risk to the local populations," he said.
New York City on track to reopen bars and salons
New York City is on track to enter its third phase of reopening by 6 July, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced.
The city only entered phase two this week, but a number of regions elsewhere in the state are moving into the final phase of reopening on Friday.
“The data is telling us ‘yes’ right now, so we want to start getting people ready for it,” de Blasio told reporters.
When the city enters phase three, outdoor athletic facilities like basketball and tennis courts will reopen. Restaurants will be allowed to have indoor dining at 50% capacity, and bars will also be allowed to operate as long as social distancing can be followed. Personal care businesses like nail salons will also be allowed to open.
The city saw thousands of deaths due to the virus, but now has one of the lowest transmission rates in the country.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday that the state had fewer than 1,000 people sent to hospital over the virus for the first time since mid-March.
On Wednesday Cuomo, along with the governors of neighbouring New Jersey and Connecticut, enacted a mandatory 14-day quarantine order for anyone visiting the region from hotspot states, like Florida, North Carolina and Texas.
Can't say for sure we'll get a vaccine - WHO chief
There is no guarantee that scientists will be able to develop an effective vaccine against Covid-19, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.
Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus told the EU Parliament's health committee on Thursday that even if a vaccine was developed, it would probably not be available for at least a year.
"It would be very difficult to say for sure that we will have a vaccine," Dr Tedros told EU lawmakers via video link.
"We never had a vaccine for a coronavirus. So this will be, when discovered, hoping that it will be discovered, it will be the first one."
Vaccines help the body's immune system to recognise and fight pathogens like viruses. They are considered one of the most effective ways to prevent diseases such as Covid-19 from spreading, as they help communities build up immunity.
An MP's answer to social distancing in pubs? Very long glasses
With pubs in England due to reopen on 4 July, there have been plenty of concerns about how drinkers will maintain social distancing.
But Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has an idea. He suggested pub-goers should "go back to drinking a yard of ale" – a traditional tall glass containing 2.5 pints (1.4 litres) and nowadays most associated with student drinking games.
Asked what could be done to support the reopening of pubs, the Leader of the House of Commons said: "If they drink a yard of ale they will maintain social distancing while enjoying an extra large drink to celebrate the fact that they are back in the pub.”
Social distancing rules are being reduced on the same date pubs reopen - to one metre, or just over a yard.