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Edited by Sarah Collerton

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  1. That's it from us for now

    We're going to pause our live coverage here for the day.

    Today's live page was written and edited by Matt Davis, Mal Siret, Joshua Cheetham, Sarah Collerton, Victoria Lindrea, Mary O’Connor, Dulcie Lee, Owen Amos, Andreas Illmer, Saira Asher, Jay Savage and Frances Mao.

    Thanks for joining us.

  2. What happened today?

    As our live page draws to a close, have a look back at the day's main coronavirus-related developments:

    In the UK:

    • A further 48 people have died in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of people who have died to 44,650
    • No new deaths were recorded in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
    • A majority of Britons feel uncomfortable at the prospect of eating at a restaurant, a survey suggests
    • Pubs, cafes, restaurants and bars can reopen indoors in Wales from 3 August, providing coronavirus cases continue to fall
    • Travellers arriving in the UK from dozens of countries no longer have to self-isolate for two weeks. See the details here.

    Around the world:

    • Coronavirus infections rose by a record 228,102 during the last 24 hours, according to the World Health Organization
    • Schools in Hong Kong will be shut from Monday after a spike in local cases of Covid-19
    • Ireland's Taoiseach Micheál Martin expressed concerns about travellers coming into the Republic of Ireland from Great Britain, after quarantine measures were relaxed
    • Top US diseases expert Dr Anthony Fauci said some states in the country reopened too fast
    • A state of emergency declared in Italy in response to the coronavirus crisis looks likely to now be extended beyond 31 July, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said
  3. Virus outbreak at refugee and asylum seeker housing centre

    Urban House

    A "small" outbreak of Covid-19 has been reported at an accommodation centre for asylum seekers and refugees in Wakefield in West Yorkshire, northern England.

    Wakefield Council said a number of residents at Urban House, in Love Lane, had tested positive for the virus, adding that those affected have been isolated and given treatment and support at another location.

    Anna Hartley, Wakefield Council’s director of public health, said: “A mobile testing unit is being set up at the site and we’re continuing to work closely with Mears Group, the Home Office and Public Health England to help limit any further potential spread.

    “Please be reassured that the risk to those in the local area is very low, however, we ask everyone to please continue to follow government guidance on regular handwashing and social distancing to help keep yourself and others safe."

  4. When can I go to the gym, nail salon, tattoo studio or pool?

    Gyms, nail bars, swimming pools and tattoo parlours have been among the places still closed in most of the UK.

    But they now have reopening dates in England. They are:

    Reopening dates graphic

    Find out more here.

  5. Obesity poses 'significantly greater risk' if you catch virus

    England’s deputy chief medical officer Dr Jenny Harries has suggested losing weight may be one way to protect yourself against coronavirus.

    But with gyms still closed in many parts of the UK, how easy is it to lose weight in lockdown?

    Science journalist Dr Michael Mosley says being obese puts you at a "significantly greater risk", and any vaccine against the virus is less likely to work.

    "Being obese messes with your immune system," he tells BBC Radio Scotland. "It's not just about reducing your risk of the nasty complications should you get the virus, it's also about ensuring the vaccine is going to work."

    Dr Mosley says it's a "fallacy" that exercise is a good way of losing weight, however.

    "It’s great for all sorts of things - like improving your mood - but a pretty terrible way of losing weight because you have to do so much. It is about cutting calories and changing what you’re eating," he says.

    For more information visit the NHS website.

  6. How Iran is battling a new wave of coronavirus

    Zulfiqar Ali

    BBC Reality Check

    Iran has seen a rapid surge in the numbers of coronavirus cases recently, with daily recorded deaths reaching new highs.

    In mid-June, daily reported deaths went above 100 - for the first time in two months.

    And since then, this figure has been going up, reaching 221 dead by 9 July.

    New reported infections averaged more than 3,000 a day in the first week of June - a 50% increase on the previous seven days.

    This figure reached a high of 3,574 on 4 June, before dropping slightly. There have been more than 2,000 cases a day since then.

    The epidemic was initially concentrated in Qom and the capital, Tehran. But now, a flare-up has been reported in the south-west, notably in Khuzestan province, an oil-rich region that borders Iraq.

    Officials have suggested the renewed surge in new cases could be down to more testing, and President Hassan Rouhani has said this means you will find more cases.

    Read more about Iran's coronavirus outbreak.

    Iran cases graph
  7. Two arrested on suspicion of fraud over virus loans

    Two men have been arrested on suspicion of fraud and money laundering offences after police found evidence of suspected fake companies applying for coronavirus Bounce Back loans.

    Ten accounts have been frozen so far, amounting to £553,305, as officers investigate and identify victims, London's Metropolitan Police says.

    Detectives launched an investigation after a routine drug search on a vehicle in Holland Park on 17 June.

    The officers found the vehicle's owner, a man in his early 20s, had travelled to meet a man in order to set up a bank account, for which he would be paid £300.

    Police identified the second man, who was in his late 40s, that he was due to meet and subsequently arrested both on suspicion of money laundering and fraud.

    The two men have since been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

  8. Record number of daily virus cases - WHO

    An employee at wears a protective face mask and gloves while ringing up a customer at a supermarket

    The number of new infection has risen by 228,102 during the last 24 hours, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) - a record increase.

    The biggest increases in cases were from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa, the UN body said in its daily report.

    The previous WHO record for new cases was 212,326 on 4 July.

    More than 12.1 million cases have been reported by the WHO. Johns Hopkins University puts this figure at more than 12.3 million.

  9. Leicester virus factories 'almost doubled staff' during pandemic

    A blurred out photo of the anonymous whistleblower
    Image caption: The anonymous whistleblower said some factories had stayed open and taken on extra staff during the lockdown

    A whistleblower from Leicester's textile industry says some factories almost doubled their staffing to cope with online orders during the Covid-19 lockdown.

    The worker, who cannot be identified, said firms that "maybe used to have 50 people working comfortably, now had 80 or 90 people in the same area".

    A lockdown was enforced in Leicester last month after a spike in coronavirus cases.

    "If somebody did have Covid or wasn't well, they were still there passing it on to whoever's next to them," he said. "During Covid we've had no social distancing whatsoever in the factories."

    He said the situation had made already poor conditions worse: "Very few factories, if any, have cleaners coming in and out."

    Investigations are ongoing into employment practices at several firms.

    Read his full account here.

  10. 'Surge' in number of children calling abuse helplines

    BBC News Channel

    There has been a "surge" in the number of calls to Childline from children and young people during lockdown, the counselling service's founder Dame Esther Rantzen says.

    Children have found themselves "imprisoned in families where frankly they were either very unhappy or even unsafe", she tells BBC News.

    "School had always been a refuge for them, they tell us, or maybe the extended family... and during the lockdown of course they couldn't escape."

    Her comments come as the NSPCC said a record number of people contacted its helpline with child welfare concerns in May, up roughly a third from pre-lockdown levels.

    More than 22,000 adults contacted the charity from April to June, with May seeing the highest number of contacts on record at 8,287.

    The government says it has provided £1.6 million to the NSPCC to expand and promote their helpline during the pandemic.

  11. Hancock: UK will 'go faster' without EU vaccine scheme

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock has spoken about the UK's decision to opt out of the EU Covid-19 vaccine scheme.

    He told Times Radio that signing up to the EU programme would have meant abandoning Britain's own procurement schemes, which were more developed.

    He said Britain would not have been allowed to "have a say" in "the vaccines that were procured, the price, [or] the quantity of the delivery schedule".

    He added that one of the "conditions" of the EU's scheme was that Britain would have had to stop its "own negotiations and only do them through the European Commission, and we weren't prepared to do that".

    He insisted: "We think we will go faster this way."

  12. Millions of pints of beer poured down drains

    Pints of beer

    Millions of pints of beer have gone off in pub cellars since businesses were forced to shut in March due to the coronavirus lockdown.

    Now pubs and bars have to apply for permission to pour beer down drains.

    Water companies say they have been inundated with requests. Severn Trent has given consent for 3.5 million litres to be disposed of, while Thames Water has allowed three million.

    The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) estimated in May that 70 million pints would be lost due to Covid-19.

    Emma McClarkin, from the BBPA, said: "The need to destroy so much beer really shows how much our brewing and pub sectors have been affected by this crisis."

  13. 'Go back to work if you can' - PM

    A lone commuter wearing a face mask rides up an escalator at an Underground station in London

    UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged Britons to go back to work if they can, in a change of position.

    Speaking earlier during an online session of People's PMQs, Mr Johnson said it was "very important" people go back to work now "if they can", adding he wanted the public to do this as "carefully as possible".

    He said the public had followed the government's earlier mantra to "stay at home if you can", but it was now time they followed the message of "go back to work if you can".

    He said it was "very important" people try to live their lives "more normally" and for people to feel "confident" to go to shops, restaurants and back to work, provided "we all follow the guidance".

  14. BreakingUK will not join EU Covid-19 vaccine scheme

    Sir Tim Barrow, the UK's Ambassador to the European Union, has confirmed that the UK has decided not to join the EU scheme for Covid-19 vaccine procurement.

    In a letter to the Secretary-General of the European Commission, he said the UK would not participate because it "would be required to stop its negotiations with manufacturers with which the EU launched negotiations" and because the Commission said "it is not possible for the UK to have a role in the governance shaping decisions on which manufacturers to negotiate with, or the price, volume and delivery schedule negotiated".

    Sir Tim went on to write that there could still be collaboration between the UK and the EU on areas such as "sharing of information on promising vaccine candidates" and "vaccine trials" and "manufacturing investments and capacity building".

  15. The lockdown babies who technically don't exist

    Francesca Gillett

    BBC News

    Olivia McDermott and Elijah
    Image caption: Olivia McDermott with her son Elijah

    "It's been a weird feeling to know she technically doesn't exist," says Emma Pratt.

    Her newborn daughter, Skye, was born the week before lockdown began. She is now almost four months old, but her birth still hasn't been registered.

    Normally, babies have to be registered with the local council within 42 days of being born, or 21 days in Scotland. But during the coronavirus lockdown, many councils paused all birth registrations - and are only now starting up again.

    It means they're faced with backlogs of thousands of babies to register.

    For parents, it can cause practical problems too.

    For new mum Olivia McDermott, 24, not being able to register her son Elijah's birth could have scuppered her future career.

    Without a birth certificate, she could not apply for a childcare grant, and without the grant she said she would not be able to continue her training to become a nurse.

    "Goodbye, dream job," says Ms McDermott, from Leeds. "I'm meant to be going into my final year of training. I was just like, I won't be able to come in."

    She eventually got an appointment and registered her son on Wednesday. "Now I'm able to register him I'm feeling a lot better," she says.

    Read more.

  16. BreakingGovernment 'looking at' mandatory face coverings in England's shops

    It's understood the government's looking at whether to make face coverings mandatory in shops in England.

    Senior government sources said that while no decision has yet been made it's an issue that's being kept under review.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson told an online session of "People's PMQs" on Friday: "We need to be stricter in insisting that people wear face coverings in confined places where they are meeting people that they don't normally meet.

    "So that's why it's mandatory already on on public transport and we're looking at ways of making sure that people really do observe, but you do have face coverings in, in, in, in shops for instance where, you know, there is a risk of transmission."

  17. Can chlorine kill coronavirus?

    James Gallagher

    Health and science correspondent, BBC News

    Man swimming in pool


    Chlorine is used as a disinfectant in pools and can easily disable viruses, including coronavirus, as well as more resilient bugs such as bacteria.

    The chemical has to be used at the right concentration, but this will be standard practice.

    There are two infection risks in the pool - other swimmers themselves and water they may have contaminated.

    Sage, the government’s science advisers, say the risk of catching the virus through water is "negligible". But being within 2m of other swimmers - perhaps when catching your breath in the shallow end - is a bigger risk.

    Remember the risks are about more than just the pool. Coronavirus is spread through close contact, so beware in a cramped changing room. And it can linger on surfaces such as lockers, benches, shower buttons and taps.

  18. Russia virus deaths and cases rise

    The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Russia has increased by 6,635 over the past 24 hours, officials say.

    It brings the total number of cases in the country to 713,936, Russia's coronavirus crisis response centre said.

    Over the same period, an additional 174 deaths were recorded, bringing the number of fatalities to 11,017, the centre added.

    Russia has also today reported year-on-year figures for deaths in the country for the month of May.

    Rosstat, the state statistics agency, said 18,375 more deaths were reported this year, of which it said 7,444 cases were directly attributed to Covid-19.

  19. London mayor: Make face coverings mandatory in public

    Waiter wearing face covering

    More news on face coverings - Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has called on the government to make face coverings mandatory in busy and enclosed public places.

    In a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Sadiq Khan said he was "frustrated" the measures had not already been introduced.

    It was announced on 15 June anyone travelling on public transport in England must wear a face covering.

    However, Mr Khan said precautions needed to be implemented in shops and hairdressers.

    As pubs, gyms and restaurants reopen across England, the mayor said face coverings are "vital for public health" and "could play an increasing role in supporting public confidence and our economic recovery".

    He said: "The widespread use of face coverings are a visible signal that Londoners are willing to take the steps needed to keep each other safe.

    "They show how seriously, as a society, we are treating the threat of coronavirus and they are a physical reminder that the virus is still out there," he added.

  20. Reality Check

    What have EU coronavirus schemes delivered?


    The UK government is expected to confirm later whether it will opt out of an EU scheme to secure potential Covid-19 vaccine supplies.

    The EU has launched other schemes, during the pandemic, to secure things like testing kits and personal protective equipment (PPE) - negotiating with suppliers on behalf of EU member states.

    The UK was allowed to join these (because it is still in a transition period with the EU) but chose not to.

    So, how are the schemes getting on?

    The European Commission says its PPE procurement plan can potentially provide up to 20 million goggles, 12 million face shields and over 350 million masks of different types. It says the ventilator scheme can deliver 110,000 units.

    It says orders so far include: Belgium placing one for 2.6 million FFP2 masks and Austria for 500,000.

    Latvia’s order for 25,000 goggles and 100,000 surgical masks was delivered in June. Bulgaria’s order for 55 ventilators is expected to be delivered by the end of July.

    Luxembourg has received its order for 1,000,000 gloves.