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Edited by Lauren Turner

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  1. A look back at today's main developments

    A city council worker carries rubbish from a coronavirus testing centre at Spinney Park which will be incinerated on June 29, 2020 in Leicester, England
    Image caption: There are rising fears in Leicester as the city sees a spike in cases

    We're pausing the coronavirus live page for now but will be back tomorrow morning.

    We leave you with a round-up of today's biggest developments from around the globe.

    Many thanks for joining us.

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  3. In graphics: Worldwide cases hit 10m

    Here are some of the latest graphics showing how the world hit 10 million coronavirus cases.

    They also show the current situation in the United States.

    The number of reported infections in the US has now surpassed 2.5 million.

    Over 125,000 Covid-19-related deaths have been confirmed nationwide - more than in any other country.

    Covid-19 worldwide graphic
    US cases and deaths graphic
    US cases map
  4. Thousands of UK virus contact tracers have traced no contacts

    Stock image call handler

    You might remember our report a few weeks ago on the coronavirus contact tracer in the UK who told us they were paid to sit around and watch Netflix.

    It seems they weren't alone. Thousands of workers in the government's new test and trace call centre failed to trace a single contact of a coronavirus case in the first three weeks of operation.

    BBC Panorama has discovered that the government's so-called "army" of 25,000 call handlers contacted a total of only 15,812 people, to tell them to isolate, in the first three weeks of the operation.

    The Department of Health says call handlers phone people 10 times before giving up on trying to make contact. It says the test and trace system has been built to have sufficient capacity for the future, so having an overcapacity is a real success.

    But call handlers say they feel "guilty for being paid to do nothing" and that it is "not true" that things are going well.

    Read our full story here.

  5. Misleading UK suicide claims on Twitter

    Shayan Sardarizadeh

    Disinformation specialist

    A misleading post claiming “suicide figures are up 200% since lockdown” went viral on Twitter in the UK today.

    The post, which also features a number for the charity Samaritans, asks users to “copy and repost this tweet”. It has since been shared more than 31,000 times.

    But we can find no evidence to support the claim.

    “There is currently no evidence of a rise in suicide rates, with no system yet for national real-time monitoring of rates,” a Samaritans spokesperson told the BBC.

    The Office for National Statistics releases suicide statistics annually. The last release was in September 2019.

    The person who first tweeted the claim has been contacted and has posted a link to an ITV report from May about a mental health charity, Sane, warning that calls to its helpline had increased by 200% since lockdown began.

    But this is obviously not the same as actual suicide figures rising by 200%.

  6. Top medic warns of "worrying" increase in cases in Ireland

    Bar staff
    Image caption: Pubs and bars that serve food have reopened today in Ireland

    Ireland's chief medical officer says there's a "worrying trend" of increasing numbers of cases of coronavirus in the country.

    The country has driven down the number of infections in recent weeks and pubs and bars serving food reopened today. But Dr Tony Holohan says there have been some new clusters.

    As of midnight last night, public health chiefs reported 24 more confirmed cases of the virus, bringing the total to 25,462.

    The number of Covid-19 related deaths has not increased today - remaining at 1,735.

    Dr Holohan said: "As restrictions are lifted and people move about more, it is important that we use the tools that have helped us suppress the virus to date."

    He called on the public to wash their hands, maintain social distancing and wear face coverings to help "avoid contracting the virus and spreading it to those we love".

    At least six of the new cases were associated with international travel.

    Irish ministers had been intending to put in place air bridges with countries with low coronavirus infection rates by 9 July, in an effort to boost tourism.

    But Dr Holohan has expressed concern at the plan and said many of the most popular European holiday spots did not have low enough disease rates to encourage travel to there.

  7. How can family and friends visit my home safely?

    Distant dinner party

    Members of two households of any size can meet each other - either inside or outside - from this Saturday in England.

    You can meet different households at different times, and overnight stays are allowed - but no more than two households should meet at any one time.

    Social distancing between people not in your household will still have to be observed - ideally at 2m (6ft), but at 1m if that's not possible.

    From rearranging your living room to resisting the urge to sing, here are a range of tips on how to make home visits as safe as possible. And remember - rules are different for each of the four UK nations.

  8. Faces and stories of UK healthcare workers

    Photographs of healthcare staff and their stories from the pandemic are being recorded to document their "remarkable dedication".

    The #WeCareTogether campaign aims to celebrate the work of staff in hospitals, care homes and GP surgeries, as well as those working from home.

    Norfolk and Waveney Health and Care Partnership, which created the project, described it as "powerful and moving".

    Jodie Bond
    Image caption: Jodie Bond, a newly qualified nurse, said she had sleep deprivation and found work "frightening"
    Rachel Brice
    Image caption: Rachel Brice worked on hospital wards and lived alone while her husband and children moved in with his parents
    Emmie Yvon N Mwembo
    Image caption: Emmie Yvon N Mwembo says it was "emotionally draining" to work in critical care
  9. Chinese students get ready to face annual exams

    Kerry Allen

    BBC Monitoring, Chinese Media Analyst

    Next week, between 7 and 8 July, more than 10 million students at Chinese high schools will take their annual Gaokao final year exams.

    Xinhua news agency calls this two-day event, similar to A-Levels, “the largest organised gathering event in China since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak”.

    Given that students must attend these exams in person – even in areas where the virus is still high-risk, like Beijing – schools are going to great lengths to ensure that students sitting the exams are safe.

    The National Health Commission said two weeks ago that all final year students and monitors needed to undergo 14 days of health monitoring and temperature checks before sitting exams. Students will also be tested for the virus on arrival.

    In most areas, special quarantine centres have been arranged to isolate a maximum of four students with high temperatures, at each corner of a room.

    However, the Global Times newspaper says that “only healthy students are able to attend the 2020 Gaokao” meaning students with a high temperature will not be able to take their exams.

    Schools and test centres have been ordered to conduct strict sanitation and sterilisation tests.

    Students across the country have been told they can wear masks in the examination rooms. For people from medium and high-risk areas, this is mandatory.

  10. Analysis: Leicester data shows why people are calling for transparency

    Robert Cuffe

    BBC head of statistics

    As we've been reporting, pubs and restaurants in Leicester may stay closed for two weeks longer than the rest of England, due to a surge in coronavirus cases.

    But if you look at the UK government’s main coronavirus data site, you would think there’s no problem in the city.

    The site describes about 1,000 cases in Leicester, a figure that has risen by 8% over the last fortnight.

    But yesterday, the local council released figures, given to them by Public Health England, that count nearly 3,000 cases and a jump in the past fortnight of well over 35%.

    The reason for this difference is that the main government site doesn’t publish figures on positive tests from private laboratories for local authorities in England.

    They do have those figures – they’re included in national figures, shared with councils and used in PHE’s weekly map of coronavirus hotspots - but they’re not published in England.

    These figures are published in Wales and, as of last week, in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    The chief executive of the Nuffield Trust, a health think-tank, has called on the government to publish better data in order to build the public confidence needed to loosen the lockdown and protect against a second wave of the virus.

  11. Golf's Ryder Cup likely to be postponed until 2021

    Iain Carter

    BBC Sport commentator

    Spectators at the 2020 Ryder Cup
    Image caption: The Ryder Cup traditionally attracts some of the most vocal support in golf

    The Ryder Cup, golf's premier team competition in which Europe and the USA compete over a three-day tournament every two years, is likely to be postponed a year.

    Europe were due to defend their crown in Whistling Straits, Wisconsin, from 25 to 27 September. However few major in the sport are keen about the prospect of the event being contested in front of empty galleries.

    Top stars, led by world number one Rory McIlroy, have said the match should not be played without fans present.

    The American Brooks Koepka has said he would "possibly" choose to miss the event in the event it were to be staged behind closed doors.

  12. Support for lockdown easing is falling: YouGov poll

    A worker hangs a rainbow flag outside The Southwark Tavern at Borough Market

    Support for the government’s plans to ease the lockdown in England has fallen noticeably over the past week, a poll suggests, amid rising concern over a second wave of the coronavirus outbreak.

    The reopening of restaurants, pubs, hairdressers and cinemas was backed by 55% of people questioned by YouGov over the weekend.

    But support has fallen by nine points when compared to a poll that asked the same question on Monday last week.

    A total of 38% of people said they opposed the relaxation – a rise of nine points on the previous poll.

    YouGov’s research manager Chris Curtis said: “It’s likely that the shift in support was sparked by images of packed beaches and parks over the hot weekend.

    “Polling already shows a large majority of the public (74%) are worried about a second wave of coronavirus, so photos and rolling news footage of busy public areas will only reignite those concerns.”

    YouGov questioned 1,626 adults in England, Wales and Scotland online between 26 and 28 June.

  13. A 'dying' patient's miraculous recovery

    Mohammed Azeem

    When Mohammed Azeem arrived in Bradford Royal Infirmary he was in a critical state, with far too little oxygen in his blood - at one point his oxygen levels were "not compatible with life" according to the intensive care specialist treating him.

    But incredibly he survived, writes Dr John Wright.

    Once his breathing problems began, he was reluctant to call the NHS for help, because of the myth then circulating in parts of the Asian community that people admitted to hospital were never discharged alive. It was his friend, Haleem, who insisted on calling an ambulance and even helped to carry him into it, as by this stage he was unable to walk.

    When Mohammed arrived in A&E it was clear that his life was in immediate danger. He was whisked straight to the Intensive Care Unit. It was touch and go from his first day and his perilous journey was only just beginning. He ended up in a coma in ICU for 48 days, and in hospital for 68.

    Read about Mohammed's miraculous recovery here.

  14. Broadway theatres to stay closed for the rest of the year

    Broadway, New York
    Image caption: Broadway is normally a focal point for New York's entertainment industry

    The curtains won't be opening across New York's iconic Broadway theatre district until at least early 2021, according to the AFP news agency.

    The Broadway League, the representative body for the theatres, is making the announcement now that there will be no stage performances for the rest of 2020, due to the unpredictability of the coronavirus pandemic.

    It has not set a date for performances to resume, but is offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for all shows until 3 January.

    The entertainment industry has been particularly hard hit by the effects of coronavirus.

    Concert halls, music venues and theatres are likely to be some of the last institutions to reopen in the UK, though there is more positive news in Italy: Milan's famous La Scala theatre will stage four concerts next week as it begins to open up after lockdown.

  15. Survivors at risk of PTSD

    Nick Triggle

    Health Correspondent

    Doctors with patient

    People who were seriously ill in hospital with coronavirus need to be urgently screened for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), leading doctors in the UK say.

    The Covid Trauma Response Working Group, led by University College London and involving experts from south-east England, said those who had been in intensive care were most at risk and regular check-ups should last at least a year.

    More than 100,000 people have been treated in hospital for the virus across the UK. The experts say tens of thousands of these would have been seriously ill enough to be at risk of PTSD.

    The working group highlighted research which showed 30% of patients who had suffered severe illnesses in infectious disease outbreaks in the past had gone on to develop PTSD, while depression and anxiety problems were also common.

    Read more here.

  16. UK hardest hit by virus among G7 nations

    Faisal Islam

    BBC Economics Editor

    Excess deaths graphic
    Image caption: The UK has suffered worse than any other G7 nation on excess deaths stats

    The UK was the hardest hit of all the G7 major industrialised nations in the weeks leading up to early June, according to BBC analysis of the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Analysis also showed that England fared the worst in Europe, just above Spain. The research compared 11-week periods for each nation as the virus hit its peak in each country.

    The analysis of Covid-19 deaths and excess deaths - which compared countries in three different ways - showed the UK worse off than the USA, Germany, France, Italy, Canada, and Japan.

    A separate analysis of European nations, by Oxford University economists, has England just above Spain in terms of the proportion of deaths over and above what would be normal.

    Read Faisal Islam's report in full.

  17. Italy's La Scala theatre to reopen after four-month shutdown

    A woman stands outside the Teatro alla Scala

    Milan's La Scala theatre is reopening next week with a series of four concerts, according to news agency Associated Press, following a four-month shutdown during Italy's coronavirus outbreak.

    Concerts by a small number of artists will be held on on 6, 8, 13 and 15 July, in front of a reduced audience of 600 people. The 13 July concert will feature recent graduates of La Scala’s academy, while its final event will host the La Scala Philharmonic orchestra.

    “I think for many music lovers, the time has come to return to hearing live music, even if the means are reduced,” said general manager Dominique Meyer.

    Concert-goers will have to wear protective masks while entering and exiting the historic theatre, but can take them off once seated. No intermissions are planned for the events, and snack bars will be closed to prevent people from forming queues. The concerts and other future events will be streamed online.

    Plans for full-scale operas are currently on hold due to public health measures in Italy. But in September, La Scala has arranged for a performance of Verdi's Requiem in Milans Duomo theatre to commemorate those who've died from coronavirus. It will also host a recital of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony on 5 September.

  18. England wedding guidance: Tiny receptions, and no loud music

    A couple in Madrid getting married in early June
    Image caption: A couple in Madrid getting married in early June

    The government has published new guidance on weddings in England, allowing ceremonies of up to 30 people but advising against large receptions.

    From 4 July, wedding and civil partnerships can go ahead but with only 30 people including the couple, witnesses, and anyone working at the ceremony - like photographers.

    A lengthy guidance document released by the government says people should socially distance, singing should not take place and hands must be washed before exchanging rings.

    Loud music is also advised against, as it could encourage people to raise their voices - which increases the likelihood of transmission.

    Read our full story here.

  19. UK travel corridors to be confirmed this week

    Airport stock image

    The UK's list of countries that people will be able to travel to and from without going into quarantine will be published this week, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed.

    In a written statement, Mr Shapps adds that travel corridors being considered are based on things such as the prevalence of the virus and the trajectory of new cases in different countries.

    The transport secretary says the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will also soon be giving details on a review of its travel advice to UK citizens.

    Since March, that advice has been to avoid all non-essential travel abroad.

    As we reported over the weekend, it is thought that the list of travel corridors with the UK will include Spain, France, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Finland, Belgium, Turkey, Germany and Norway - but not Portugal or Sweden.

    The government previously said the new rules will give people the opportunity of a foreign summer holiday, while also boosting the UK economy - but the relaxation depends on risks staying low.

    For more on this, read our holidays explainer or watch what it’s like to fly in the "new normal".

  20. Costco stops selling huge cakes

    A sheet cake
    Image caption: The cakes (one shown here from a previous new year celebration) can feed 50 people

    Costco has announced that it has stopped selling its enormously popular half-sheet cakes, which are commonly served at large gatherings such as birthdays, graduations and even weddings.

    The ban on the custom-decorated cakes, which can feed nearly 50 people for $20 (£16), come as most state health agencies warn against large groups due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

    “To help limit personal contact and create more space for social distancing, Costco has reduced service in some departments... At this time, we are not making sheet cakes for special order,” the company said on Facebook earlier this month.

    The decision prompted an outcry from loyal customers, who took to social media to share stories of the milestones that had led to a sweet treat. Other joked that you don't really need a large gathering to "demolish" an entire cake.