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  1. And that's all from us for today

    Thank you for joining us throughout the day, from wherever you are in the world.

    Today's live page has been edited by Hugo Bachega and Lauren Turner, and written by Krutika Pathi, Toby Luckhurst, Vanessa Buschschluter, David Walker, Gareth Evans, Joseph Lee, Becky Morton and Doug Faulkner.

    Please join us again tomorrow and enjoy the rest of your day.

  2. UK round-up: Here's what has happened today

    Here is what has happened across the UK today.

    We are about to pause our live coverage until Thursday morning - thanks for joining us.

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  3. A round-up of the day's global headlines

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    Video caption: Trump's tweets about masks 'not helpful', says Dr Fauci

    Thank you for following our coverage of the pandemic, brought to you by our team of reporters in London and around the world. We're going to be pausing our coverage shortly.

    Here are some of the biggest global developments of the day:

    • Europe's regional director for the World Health Organization said increasing infections among young people could be driving recent spikes in cases. Dr Hans Kluge told the BBC that authorities needed to communicate better with young people
    • Meanwhile, the top infectious disease expert in the US, Dr Anthony Fauci, told the BBC that the recent surge in cases can be attributed to some states not following expert advice. He also told the BBC that US President Donald Trump's tweets about face masks were "not helpful" (see video above)
    • Hong Kong's hospital system could face "collapse" as it grapples with a sharp rise in cases, the city's leader Carrie Lam warned. She urged residents to stay indoors, saying the city was "on the verge of a large-scale community outbreak"
    • The annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia began with drastically reduced numbers. More than two million pilgrims normally take part in the Hajj but this year only about 10,000 Saudi residents will perform the five-day ritual
    • There have been nearly 16.7 million confirmed cases of the virus globally, and around 660,000 deaths
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  4. Blackpool intensive care unit applauds last Covid patient

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Applause as patient leaves Blackpool ICU after 60 days

    If you needed something a bit more uplifting here is a video of Roehl Ribaya being applauded by staff as he became the last Covid-19 patient to leave the intensive care unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

    The 47-year-old spent 48 days on a ventilator after arriving at the hospital on 29 May.

    The father-of-one said: "I was sure I was going to die. How can you thank people who saved your life?"

    He will now move to a general ward to continue his rehabilitation.

  5. 'It's like a part of me has been stopped'

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    Video caption: Joseph Stunzi has been unable to ballroom dance during the pandemic

    Some of us are finding new hobbies in lockdown - but what is it like for people whose pastimes are so risky that they can't return to them yet?

    The BBC OS radio programme has spoken to a ballroom dancer, a brass band musician and a college wrestler to find out how they're dealing with the unexpected gap in their lives.

    Joseph Stunzi in Atlanta, Georgia, has been dancing styles including salsa and swing since he was 13.

    “Plenty of people have tried to take that online, but it's not the same without that energy, or the music of a live band," he says. "This time has really shown how important these things are."

    Sello Moloisane, who's from Pretoria in South Africa, plays multiple instruments in brass bands.

    "It's like a part of me has been stopped," he says. "Every day, it's a challenge. I miss the ambience of being together."

    And Faith Hatch in Iowa was about to start her college wrestling career later this year.

    "I didn't think there would be a time where I didn't get to go to a different wrestling meet every weekend and compete with the best people," she says. "Obviously wrestling over Zoom, it doesn't really work!"

  6. 'Hundreds' turn up for tests after pub outbreak

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    "Hundreds" of people have turned up to a town's walk-in Covid-19 test centre after pub-goers were urged to get checked following confirmation of 10 cases.

    Health chiefs asked people who had been working or drinking at the Crown & Anchor in Stone, Staffordshire, on 16, 17 and 18 July to get tested after an outbreak was linked to the premises.

    Staffordshire County Council said one individual from the pub who has tested positive attended a private social gathering - further spreading the virus.

    A post on the pub's Facebook page said it had temporarily closed and it is planning to review its risk assessment ahead of reopening at the weekend.

    One resident described "hundreds of people" going to the centre this morning.

    Dr Richard Harling, the county council's director for public health, said: "We also want people who have been in close contact with anyone drinking in the pub on that weekend to get themselves tested, as well as people who were out and about in the town and are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms - namely a high temperature, new persistent cough or loss of taste and smell.

    "It is also crucial that people self-isolate if they are told to do so."

  7. Shapps 'sorry' for lost Spanish holidays

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    Video caption: Grant Shapps arrives home from Spanish holiday and self-isolates

    UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said he is "desperately sorry" to those who have lost holidays in Spain after the government announced new quarantine measures.

    Speaking shortly after he arrived back from a Spanish holiday of his own, he said that he would have to go into quarantine for two weeks.

    The government announced on 25 July that the measures would take effect for those coming back to the UK from anywhere in the European country.

  8. Watch: 'We've already lost prom and graduation'

    We've spoken to three students about the uncertainty surrounding universities reopening in the US.

    Now, they all must decide if attending a pricey institution is still worth it if the autumn semester is conducted entirely online.

    And if a university does choose to open, what will it look like for incoming students?

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    Video caption: Coronavirus on campus: 'We already lost prom and graduation...'
  9. Travel bosses demand an end to blanket quarantine

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    Video caption: Heathrow CEO: 'We need to test and learn'

    Leading travel and airline industry figures have urged the UK prime minister to replace blanket quarantine measures with regional travel corridors.

    In a letter to Boris Johnson, they said the 14-day quarantine for people returning from Spain had caused disruption.

    It was "the latest significant blow to a sector which now risks being permanently scarred", they added.

    They called for quarantine-free travel to areas unaffected by any spike in coronavirus cases. This would include not just Spain, but other key markets for trade and tourism, such as the US and Canada.

    But as we told you a bit earlier, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said it was "essential" to introduce a quarantine to the entirety of Spain, while Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden previously said coronavirus testing at airports would not be a "silver bullet".

  10. Give us your views ahead of the US election

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    With the US election just over three months away, we want to hear from American voters about the issues affecting you.

    What are you most concerned about? Is it coronavirus? Healthcare? The economy? Is it immigration or racial equality?

    Did you vote in the 2016 election? Will you be voting differently this time around?

    Share your thoughts with us.

  11. 'Mum died while we were at dad's funeral'

    John and Mary Boxer

    John and Mary Boxer should have been celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary in the past week, their family had planned a big party. Instead they both died with Covid-19 within days of each other.

    Daughter Elaine said the couple had been friends since childhood, growing up in the same part of Sunderland and they were married on 23 July 1960.

    John fell ill on 10 April and was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital, where Mary had worked as a dinner nanny.

    Staff found nothing wrong and sent him home but two days later on Easter Sunday he returned and was tested for Covid-19. Seven days after he had fallen ill he died on 17 April.

    Mary, who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, found it hard to process what had happened.

    "She stopped eating", Elaine said, but the family put that down to grief. A few days before her husband's funeral she was taken to hospital with a temperature, before testing positive for coronavirus.

    John and Mary Boxer with daughters Glynis and Elaine

    The family left John's funeral on 2 May only to find out that Mary had died.

    They are planning to hold a joint memorial for the couple later in the year, when social distancing rules allow for it.

    Elaine said: "We need some closure. The small comfort we have is that they are together again - they were always together."

    Read the full story here.

  12. Cases rising in the UK

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    BBC head of statistics

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    The most recent seven-day average for cases in the UK is 726.

    This is up by just under 25% since 15 July.

    It is still too soon to know for sure whether this is due to more and better testing - or the early stages of a resurgence of the virus.

    The ONS survey suggests that infections in homes in England are steady - no signal for rising or falling numbers.

    Test and trace stats up until 15 July showed that testing was going up faster than case numbers, suggesting some of the rise could be due to testing.

    And levels of infection are far below their peak.

    But patterns across Europe show the possibilities for the virus to increase.

  13. Reality Check

    Are more young people getting infected?

    Dr Hans Kluge, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) regional director for Europe, was on the BBC’s Today programme this morning talking about some of the recent spikes in coronavirus cases.

    “What's a bit different now, although still without final scientific evidence, is that we are receiving reports from civil and health authorities of a higher proportion of new infections among young people,” he said.

    We asked the WHO for more details. It said it didn’t want to single out countries but pointed to these examples.

    In Sweden, where there was a sharp increase in cases for those under the age of 49 in mid-June. Since then those cases have declined, but the 20 to 29 age group currently has more cases per 100,000 people than any other age group in the country.

    In Ireland, as of 28 July, nearly 60% of all confirmed COVID-19 cases have occurred in people under 45.

    In Israel, the recent increase in cases has been linked to outbreaks in schools. In the latest figures, about a fifth of cases occurred in people aged 10 to 19 and a fifth in the 20 to 29 group.

  14. Infectious coronaviruses 'circulating in bats for decades'

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    BBC Environment correspondent

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    Image caption: Bats may harbour viruses, but should not be persecuted, say experts

    Coronaviruses capable of infecting humans may have been circulating undetected in bats for decades.

    Research suggests one of the closest known ancestors of the virus that causes Covid-19 emerged in bats between 40 and 70 years ago.

    It has been poised for human crossover for some time, the scientists said.

    And this casts further doubt on conspiracy theories that the virus causing Covid-19 was bioengineered or escaped from a laboratory, they added.

    Prof David Robertson, of the University of Glasgow, worked on the study, published in the journal Nature Microbiology.

    You can read more here.

  15. Transport secretary back from Spain holiday

    Grant Shapps

    Among those who will now have to quarantine for 14 days after returning from Spain is Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

    He spoke to reporters on his return home to the UK today and said that the blanket rule on Spain had been the right thing to do - but that he understood the frustration some might be feeling.

    "I very much understand. It obviously had an impact on me and my family and I am very, very sorry and upset for the thousands of Brits who were either away, or perhaps haven’t even managed to go away this summer, as well to Spain," he said.

    "But it is absolutely essential we acted when we did and that is why all four nations of the UK acted together and the figures have turned out to justify that action."

    Mr Shapps said he could not discount quarantines being introduced on arrivals from other countries, adding that the Spanish islands had been included because Chief Medical Officer Prof Chris Whitty was very concerned by the figures.

  16. US attorney general to be tested for virus

    US Attorney General William Barr

    US Attorney General William Barr will be tested for coronavirus after he came into close contact with a member of Congress who later tested positive.

    Barr met the Texan Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert when he was testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

    It's believed that Gohmert subsequently tested positive for the virus ahead of a flight back to Texas with President Donald Trump.

    As we reported earlier, the US has seen another sharp rise in the number of coronavirus deaths.

    Florida suffered a record number of fatalities for a second successive day and the US reported what's believed to be the fastest increase in deaths since the start of June.

    The rise in infections has forced states to reverse reopening their economies and easing restrictions.

  17. Boeing to end 747 production and cut jobs

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    Aviation giant Boeing will stop making its classic 747 plane and is eyeing steeper job cuts than previously announced.

    The firm said it is planning slow the production of many of its jets after disclosing a $2.4bn (£1.8bn) loss as the virus reduced demand for air travel.

    This month British Airways became the latest to say it was retiring all of its 747 jets - about 10% of its fleet - citing the fall in passenger demand. Australian airline Qantas has also retired the jet, which marked its 50th anniversary last year.

    "The reality is the pandemic's impact on the aviation sector continues to be severe," said Boeing boss Dave Calhoun.

  18. India moves to ease lockdown measures

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    Image caption: India's healthcare system has struggled to cope with rising cases

    Let's take a look at India now.

    The government has further relaxed its coronavirus restrictions, despite a sharp increase in the number of cases over the past month.

    A night-time curfew has been lifted and gyms will be allowed to open from next week.

    But schools, colleges and cinema halls will remain closed until the end of August and restrictions will remain in force in designated containment zones.

    India has registered more than 1.5m confirmed infections, the third highest tally in the world after the US and Brazil. More than 34,500 people have died in the country due to the virus so far.

  19. Weather prompts Glasgow park alcohol ban

    Police vehicles at Kelvingrove Park

    Police and council staff will patrol the gates at a Glasgow park on Friday to prevent anyone entering with alcohol, in anticipation of high temperatures.

    It comes after police were forced to disperse crowds at Kelvingrove Park during lockdown following antisocial behaviour.

    Glasgow City Council said the decision had been made in anticipation of high temperatures forecast for Friday.

    It said it expected the weather to draw large crowds to the area.

    A possible coronavirus "cluster" in Glasgow is being investigated.

  20. Hajj curbs sap age-old source of income

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    The scaled-down Muslim Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia has meant a drastic drop in income for many who provide services for the pilgims.

    More than two million people from all over the world normally take part but because of coronavirus restictions, only about 1,000 Saudi residents will perform this year's five-day ritual.

    BBC World Service business reporter Faarea Masud hears from some of those who have been badly affected.