We're wrapping up our live page coverage for the day - thanks for joining us. Here is a round-up of the latest Covid developments:
- A record 618,903 people in England and Wales were "pinged" by the NHS Covid app in the week to 14 July
- Supermarkets have warned the rising number of retail workers being forced to self-isolate is beginning to affect the availability of some products
- A list of workers able to skip self-isolation if fully vaccinated will be revealed later today, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng says
- The UK has reported a further 39,906 cases in the last 24 hours and another 84 deaths within 28 days of a positive test
- The government has promised to provide female guards to women who have to quarantine in UK hotels. It comes after a BBC report into allegations of sexual harassment at the hotels
- Australia and New Zealand have pulled out of the Rugby League World Cup because of "player welfare and safety concerns" related to Covid in the UK
- China has rejected proposals by the World Health Organization to further investigate how the Covid pandemic started. The head of the WHO called on China to be more co-operative about the early stages of the outbreak, including with audits of laboratories
We will be back with more tomorrow.
Our coverage today has been brought to you by Vanessa Barford, Francesca Gillett, Hamish Mackay, Lauren Turner, Sophie Williams and George Wright.