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  1. Goodbye!

    We're now pausing this live page for today. Thanks for reading. Here's a summary of Saturday's headlines:

    • Confirmed coronavirus cases across the world have now exceeded six million, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University. The US has seen the highest number of infections, with more than 1.7m, followed by Brazil, Russia and the UK

    The page was edited by Paul Kirby, Sarah Collerton and Deirdre Finnerty. Reporting from Ashitha Nagesh, Victoria Bisset, Hazel Shearing, Mary O'Connor, Dulcie Lee, Ben Collins and Jonathan Jurejko.

  2. Governors react to protests over George Floyd death

    In the US, mass protests have continued after the death of an unarmed African-American man, George Floyd. while in the custody of white policemen.

    While most gatherings of more than 10 people have been banned in Minnesota amid the coronavirus pandemic, Governor Tim Walz said the protests were a “pretty normal response” to the footage posted online of Floyd's final moments - although he did call on demonstrators to wear masks and try to remain distanced.

    However, Mr Walz later said the unrest - which turned violent - was "no longer in any way" about Floyd's death.

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, meanwhile, linked incidences of police violence to the higher death rate of African Americans in the outbreak. "It's all related," he said on Twitter.

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  3. What are the rules on weddings in the UK?

    married couple

    Wedding ceremonies across the UK have been devastated by the coronavirus outbreak.

    The government banned weddings and christenings when lockdown started on 23 March, and that guidance is still in effect.

    Some ceremonies are allowed to take place only in exceptional circumstances, with some English councils applying for emergency powers to permit them where one partner is ill.

    If your wedding has been cancelled, or you are thinking about postponing, read our guide to your rights and whether you might be entitled to a refund.

  4. Romanian prime minister fined for breaking coronavirus rules

    Ludovic Orban

    Romania's Prime Minister Ludovic Orban has been fined after a photo was published online showing him smoking in a room surrounded by other ministers.

    According to Romanian media, Mr Orban said he was celebrating his birthday when the photo was taken earlier this month.

    He paid two fines amounting to £542 ($673) for failing to wearing a mask and for smoking indoors. Four others were also fined, including two for wearing a face mask improperly, Bucharest police announced on Saturday.

    “The prime minister knows that rules must be obeyed by all citizens, regardless of their position. If the law is broken then sanctions must be enforced,” Romania's national news agency Agerpres quoted a government spokesman as saying.

  5. Crowds on UK beaches and beauty spots

    Beaches and beauty spots in the UK have seen large numbers of visitors during the recent hot weather as lockdown restrictions have been eased.

    But not everyone is happy about the huge crowds descending on popular tourist spots.

    Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson has called for people outside the popular Formby coast, in Merseyside, to “think twice” before visiting its beach after some complaints about litter.

    Meanwhile, police in Devon and Cornwall have urged people not to visit beaches that are too busy to allow safe social distancing.

    Sgt Andy Mulhern said: "You've got to protect your family... and that will ultimately save lives."

    Formby, Merseyside
    Image caption: People enjoying the good weather in Formby, Merseyside

    Meanwhile, police had to evacuate huge numbers of people from a beach on Dorset's Jurassic coast after three people were seriously hurt while jumping off the cliffs at Durdle Door into the sea.

    Durdle door
    Image caption: Three people were seriously injured at Durdle Door, near Lulworth
    Durdle Door
    Image caption: Earlier in the day crowds of people flocked to Durdle Door
  6. Memorial Day party-goer tests positive for coronavirus

    Revelers celebrate Memorial Day weekend at Osage Beach of the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
    Image caption: Large crowds gathered at Lake of the Ozarks

    It's been a week since pictures and photos began surfacing on social media, showing crowds of people flouting coronavirus restrictions over Memorial Day weekend in the US.

    And now, one reveller who went to the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri has tested positive for the virus, authorities say.

    On Friday, the Camden County Health Department said the individual arrived in the area on Saturday 23 May, before displaying symptoms the following day.

    The person "was likely incubating illness and possibly infectious at the time of the visit", the health department said on Facebook, adding that the large number of people present in the area was making contract tracing difficult.

    The post provided a timeline of individual's whereabouts over the two days and said that anyone who was present should monitor for symptoms and self-isolate if awaiting a test result.

  7. What's the latest from across the world?

    • Criticism of Donald Trump's decision to pull the US out of the World Health Organization has continued. A former head of the WHO told the BBC he was "deeply concerned", while the EU has appealed to the president to reconsider.
    • Despite a record rise of almost 8,000 new cases in India, the government has announced that restrictions will be eased further on 8 June, with hotels and restaurants among the locations to open their doors.
    • Brazil, the epicentre of the virus in Latin America, has also recorded its largest one-day surge in coronavirus cases. Its death toll has now overtaken that of Spain.
    • In New York, the families of front-line workers who die of Covid-19 will now be eligible to receive death benefits
    • A member of Belgium's royal family has tested positive for coronavirus. Prince Joachim, who is 28 and the king's nephew, reportedly contracted the virus after attending a party in Spain.
    • Thousands of protesters in France have voiced their anger against car manufacturer Renault, which announced global job cuts of 15,000 on Friday.
    A woman and her son wear masks as they wait at a clinic in the Brazilian state of Amazonas
    Image caption: Brazil has become the worst-affected country in Latin America
  8. Afghanistan records largest one-day rise in cases

    More than 860 new cases of coronavirus have been reported in Afghanistan, in the country's largest single-day rise so far.

    According to the Ministry of Health, a total of 14,525 infections have been confirmed in the outbreak, while 249 people have died.

    But there are concerns the true number could be much higher, as decades of conflict have decimated Afghanistan's health facilities.

    Afghan men leave a mosque after Eid prayers in Laghman province
    Image caption: Afghans celebrated the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr on 24 May
  9. Premier League reports no new positive tests

    A Premier League football and a mask

    Plans for the English Premier League to return behind closed doors on 17 June have been given another boost after the latest round of testing produced no positive cases.

    The top-flight tested 1,130 players and staff across the 20 clubs for Covid-19 on Thursday and Friday.

    So far, 12 people have produced positive results from 3,882 tests across the league.

    The Premier League hopes to resume on 17 June. Earlier today, the UK Government gave permission for competitive sport to return behind closed doors from Monday.

  10. Drive-in rave, anyone?

    Drive-in cinema

    Social distancing has put a stop to some things we love like gigs and trips to the cinema.

    But some companies are looking at creative work-arounds, such as setting up drive-in events to make the most of the summer weather.

    Henley Festival has already been replaced with a three day drive-in. And in Germany, 500 people took part in the first drive-in rave.

    So, how would these events work if they took off across the UK?

    Read the full story here.

  11. 'Rules are for the benefit of all and apply to all' - Van-Tam

    In case you missed the UK government briefing earlier, here's a video of Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam addressing the row over its top adviser Dominic Cummings' decision to travel to Durham during lockdown.

    He was responding to a question from the Observer's Toby Helm, who asked if people in authority should set an example and follow the lockdown rules.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: 'Rules are for the benefit of all and apply to all'
  12. Horse racing return will 'save the industry'

    The return of horse racing in England from Monday will help save many livelihoods and businesses, says the sport's governing body.

    A race meeting in Newcastle will be one of the first events to resume after the government gave the go-ahead for professional sport to return behind closed doors.

    The British Horseracing Authority said its industry, which employs about 20,000 people and mostly in rural areas, has "been put in jeopardy" by the pandemic.

    "There is still a tough battle ahead before we can get fully back in business but this is a resilient and world-leading industry and we are ready for the task," said BHA chief executive Nick Rust.

    British racing was suspended on 18 March, following the conclusion of the Cheltenham Festival.

    Professor Tim Spector, the scientist leading the UK's largest Covid-19 tracking project, believes "people probably died prematurely" because of the decision to allow the four-day Festival to go ahead.

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  13. Front-line workers in NY now eligible for death benefits

    A nurse wearing personal protective equipment stands in front of a row of US flags

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill granting benefits to the families of front-line workers who have died of coronavirus.

    The measures will apply to police officers, paramedics, health workers and transportation employees.

    "It is the least we can do to thank and honour the memory of these heroes," he said on Twitter.

    New York has been the worst-affected state in the US, with almost 30,000 deaths since the outbreak began.

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  14. UK government must get lockdown easing 'right'

    In the UK, Labour's Shadow Health Minister Justin Madders says he agrees with the government's scientific advisers who've warned changes to England's lockdown were being made too early.

    He says it is "crucial" for everyone the government gets it "right" and eases the lockdown as "safely as possible".

    "It will only work if there are effective, flexible and local systems in place that have the confidence of the public to ensure that we avoid a second peak of infections," he said.

    Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden

    The UK government has defended its plan to ease the lockdown in England. Speaking at the daily coronavirus briefing, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden insisted that letting more pupils go to school and allowing up to six people to meet outdoors were "baby steps" towards a return to normal.

  15. Ex-WHO chief adds to Trump criticism

    WHO office sign

    We reported earlier that criticism of Trump's decision to pull the US out of the World Health Organization was growing.

    Now, Anders Nordström - who was acting-director of the WHO from 2006 to 2008 - has voiced his own concerns.

    He told the BBC: "I think the risk we face now, with this announcement from the US, is that we will escalate in some way the global tension around what we have right now, which is the largest health crisis we've seen in modern times.

    "And that's very serious, because we need to have global cooperation, we need to have global solidarity, we need to be able to work together. This actually risks now escalating political tensions and I'm deeply concerned about that."

    The WHO itself and its current Director, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, are yet to issue a response to Trump's announcement.

  16. UK deaths and cases continue downward trend

    The number of new daily coronavirus cases across the UK continues to fall - but is still well within the thousands:

    Graph showing new coronavirus cases

    While the latest figures show the UK recorded another 2,445 confirmed cases, analysis by the Office for National Statistics suggests there are 8,000 new infections a day in England alone.

    The number of deaths we're seeing reported each day is also falling:

    Graph showing the daily number of coronavirus deaths

    On Saturday, another 215 deaths were reported of those who tested positive for the virus, taking the total number of UK deaths to 38,376.

  17. Thousands protest Renault job cuts in France

    A union representative speaks from the town hall during a protest in Maubeuge, France

    Thousands of people have demonstrated against car manufacturer Renault's plans to cut 4,600 jobs in France.

    The protesters gathered in Maubeuge in the north of the country on Saturday, a day after the company announced major cost-cutting measures.

    Renault has said six of its French plants are under review for possible cuts and closure, and the factory in the Maubeuge area is under threat.

    The company announced on Friday it was cutting 15,000 jobs worldwide in a bid to save €2bn (£1.8bn), after sales plummeted amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    Earlier this week, Japanese car maker Nissan announced thousands of job cuts and the closure of its factory in Spain, although its UK plant is to remain open.

  18. Analysis: Van-Tam refused to duck on Cummings

    Chris Mason

    Political Correspondent

    Wham bam Van-Tam.Professor Jonathan Van-Tam knew exactly what he was doing when he was asked by The Observer's Toby Helm about Dominic Cummings, the prime minister's most senior adviser, who, among other things, drove 50 miles to test his eyesight during the lockdown.

    England's deputy chief medical officer could have sought refuge in the way his boss, Professor Chris Whitty, and the government's chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, did the other day. Leave us out of the politics, was the gist of how they swerved requests for their views.There was no such ducking of the issue from Prof Van-Tam. Instead, bluntly, he delivered a firm kick in the goolies.Yes, he didn't refer to Cummings by name, but he made it explicit he would take on the question directly."I am quite happy to answer it," he volunteered."In my opinion, the rules are clear. In my opinion, they are for the benefit of all. And in my opinion they apply to all."Ouch.For the ninth day in a row, Dominic Cummings is still in the news.

    Dominic Cummings
  19. UK centenarians who survived coronavirus

    Scientists have said coronavirus affects the elderly population more than any other age group.

    But amid the stories of suffering, there have also been rays of hope, as three UK centenarians who have survived the disease can attest.

    Vera Beeley
    Image caption: Vera Beeley

    After surviving Covid-19 in hospital, great-grandmother-of-seven Vera Beeley, 102, had an urgent question: "When are the pubs opening again?"

    "Not that she'll be going," laughed her grandson Ian Whitehead.

    "With her age, [it seemed as if] everything was against her. We thought this was going to get her, but luckily it didn't."

    Jane Collins
    Image caption: Jane Collins

    Jane Collins, 104, has "survived two world wars, multiple recessions, and is still battling" as she recovers from the virus in her care home, says her great niece, Sarah Balmforth.

    She joked the secret to her great aunt's long-life could be her penchant for the "odd sip of champagne".

    Pat Aldridge
    Image caption: Pat Aldridge

    When 105-year-old Pat Aldridge, from Somerset, went into hospital with breathing difficulties, her family feared she may not survive.

    But having been discharged from hospital after five days, Ms Aldridge said she felt "not too bad", adding that considering her age, she was the "lucky one".

  20. India to ease restrictions despite record case rise

    The Indian government has announced plans to further loosen its strict national lockdown, despite announcing its highest one-day rise in coronavirus cases.

    From 8 June, hotels, restaurants, shopping centres and places of worship will be allowed to open their doors. A decision on the next phase, involving the reopening of schools and universities, is expected to be taken in July.

    But some activities will remain off limits, including international travel, and cinemas and bars will stay closed.

    On Saturday, India recorded a record daily rise of almost 8,000 infections, with the total number of cases now at 173,763.

    Two men in protective clothing ride a motorbike in Bangalore, India