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Edited by Paul Gribben

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  1. We're pausing our coverage now

    That's it for our live coverage for today. Thank you for being with us - and join us again on Wednesday for more of the latest news on coronavirus as it happens across the UK and around the world.

    Today's coverage was brought to you by Paulin Kola, Katie Wright, Josh Cheetham, George Wright, Dulcie Lee, Jennifer Scott and Paul Gribben.

  2. What happened today?

    We're wrapping up our live page coverage here. Let's take a look at today's key moments.

    In the UK:

    • The prime minister laid out his post-coronavirus recovery plan, vowing to "use this moment" to fix longstanding economic problems and promised £5bn to build homes and infrastructure
    • Leicester spent its first day in local lockdown, as the city's police commissioner said local agencies had received "minimal guidance" on enforcing the new restrictions
    • EasyJet said it has begun consultations on plans to close some its bases in England while aerospace giant Airbus said it will cut 1,700 UK jobs
    • The UK recorded another 155 coronavirus deaths as Scotland reported its first deaths in five days
    • More than 80% of local authorities in Great Britain have seen death rates fall to normal levels, official data has shown.

    Around the world:

    • The US could see 100,000 new coronavirus infections a day, top infectious diseases expert Dr Anthony Fauci told Congress, as the country saw record numbers of new cases in recent days
    • The EU will reopen its borders to citizens from various countries from 1 July, including Australia and Canada - but not the US. See the full list here.
    • Scientists in China have identified a new strain of flu that has the potential to become a pandemic.
  3. Nightingale hospitals to be converted into cancer test centres

    Nightingale Hospital in London
    Image caption: East London's Nightingale hospital has space for 4,000 beds

    Newly-built Nightingale hospitals will be converted into cancer testing centres, Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirms.

    The first site to be converted at a former Homebase store in Exeter will be open 12 hours per day seven days per week and offer non-Covid CT scanning.

    Seven Nightingale hospitals were set up across England at the beginning of the pandemic to create surge capacity for coronavirus patients.

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    The announcement follows comments by Sir Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, on Tuesday when he said diagnostic capacity would have to be expanded "in new ways" to deal with an increase in referrals.

  4. Airbus blames coronavirus as it plans to cut 15,000 jobs

    Airbus A350 XWB

    Aerospace giant Airbus says it plans to cut 15,000 jobs as it deals with the effects of the coronavirus crisis.

    It will cut 1,700 jobs in the UK, along with thousands more in Germany, Spain and elsewhere.

    The move is subject to talks with unions which have opposed compulsory redundancies.

    The company warned in April that it was "bleeding cash at an unprecedented speed".

    Read more about the story here.

  5. Police given 'minimal guidance' on Leicester lockdown

    A coronavirus alert sign in Leicester with people in the background

    Leicester's police and crime commissioner Lord Willy Bach says the city's lockdown is "justified" but was "astonished" that local services didn't have clarity on the measures from the start.

    "Amazingly we were not even provided with a map of the area until well after the announcement," he says.

    "That has now been issued, but, unfortunately, we received minimal guidance regarding practical implementation at the time the measures were imposed."

    Meanwhile, Health Secretary Matt Hancock says extra money has been given to both the city and county council to support affected businesses.

    He reiterates his hope that the local lockdown will get the virus under control.

    Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth, who is also the MP for Leicester South, says there are still anomalies in the government's plan which needed to be ironed out, and that more testing and contact tracing was needed to find the source of the outbreak.

    Read the story in full here.

  6. Italian study shows 40% of cases in town showed no symptoms

    City of Vo

    A total of 40% of people infected with coronavirus in the quarantined north Italian town of Vo experienced no symptoms, according to a new study.

    The study, led by a scientist at Italy's Padua University and Imperial College London, also provided evidence that mass testing and localised lockdowns can help slow the spread of the virus.

    Vo, which has a population of nearly 3,200, was put on lockdown for two weeks following the country's first coronavirus death on 21 February. Almost the whole town was then tested.

    Results showed that at the beginning of quarantine, 2.6% of the town - or 73 people - were positive. After two weeks, just 29 tested positive. Both times, around 40% of positive cases were asymptomatic.

    However, the virus was controlled as those who tested positive - including those who had no symptoms - were quarantined straight away.

    "Despite 'silent' and widespread transmission, the disease can be controlled," said Andrea Crisanti, a professor at Padua and Imperial who co-led the work.

    "Testing of all citizens, whether or not they have symptoms, provides a way to ... prevent outbreaks getting out of hand."

  7. What 2020 brought the Chinese

    Kerry Allen

    BBC Monitoring, Chinese Media Analyst

    Passengers in full protective suits make their way to their gate at terminal three in Beijing's Capital International Airport
    Image caption: Passengers arrive in Beijing

    The first half of 2020 has been a rollercoaster for China. The country experienced Covid-19 right at the beginning of the year, meaning that no sooner had people made their new year resolutions, they were quickly adjusting to a new life in self-isolation.

    As the final day of June draws to a close, many in the country are looking at post-epidemic life and reflecting on what the first half of the year has been to them.

    More than 100,000 Sina Weibo users have voted in a poll on what word sums up 2020 so far for them, with the majority saying it has made them feel “impoverished”. Others said it has made them feel “miserable” and “tired”. Very few have posted positive comments.

    Many are talking on the social media platform about how they are regarding the second half of 2020 as a chance to press the reset button. However, given it’s a big story today in the country that another flu virus with “pandemic potential” has been discovered some are saying that their only goal for 2020 is surviving.

  8. Stormont finds funding for free school meals, health and arts

    John Campbell

    BBC News NI Economics and Business Editor

    School meal
    Image caption: Extra funding will cover the cost of free school meals over the summer holidays

    A free school meals scheme for the summer holidays will go ahead in Northern Ireland after £12m was found from existing Stormont budgets.

    The money has been reallocated as part of a budgeting exercise known as a monitoring round.

    Health got the largest reallocation with about £90m to be spent on elective care and mental health services.

    The finance minister said the allocation would "provide vital funding for vulnerable people and businesses".

    Three business support grant schemes have been underspent by £53m. Those funds will be held by the executive until ministers agree what the next stage of business support should be.

    Read the story in full here.

  9. New York holds 4 July fireworks at undisclosed locations

    The firework displays will occur in different neighbourhoods each night
    Image caption: The firework displays will occur in different neighbourhoods each night

    New York City has made the decision to launch fireworks every night in the week leading up to US Independence Day on 4 July - but has decided not to tell the public where the fireworks can be seen in an effort to prevent crowds of spectators from gathering.

    "To encourage and support Covid-19 safety and social distancing efforts, and mitigate the advance gathering of large crowds for an extended period of time, we have chosen to delight New Yorkers with unannounced displays across the five boroughs this year," said Macy's department store, which sponsors the pyrotechnic spectacle.

    The decision has upset some city residents who have pointed to the huge uptick in illegal fireworks in recent months.

    “My constituents are extremely concerned abt the Macy’s fireworks,” Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer wrote on Twitter.

    “There are already surprise fireworks shows in our neighborhoods, to the distress of people who have PTSD & pets. To have a 6 day traveling surprise fireworks show in the midst of a budget crisis doesn’t make sense,” she added.

    Last night was the first five-minute display. The fireworks launched from the East River between Long Island City and the Upper East Side.

    The event will culminate with a launch from the city's Empire State Building on 4 July.

  10. Covid nearly killed Mal but now he is going home

    Video content

    Video caption: 'Miracle Mal' Martin defies the odds

    A Welsh man who was given almost zero chance of surviving coronavirus is to return home.

    Mal Martin's wife and two teenage children had said their final goodbyes after doctors told them they did not expect him to survive.

    "The children and I had discussions about a potential funeral and whether we would go ahead with that," Mal's wife Sue Martin, from south Wales, told the BBC.

    "It was almost so hopeless and to now talk about him coming home, we just can't believe it."

    Read Mal's full story.

  11. Secrecy surrounds Modi's '$1bn' Covid-19 fund

    Geeta Pandey

    BBC News, Delhi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi

    A fund set up by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to fight Covid-19 is now mired in controversy and concern over an alleged lack of transparency.

    On 27 March, just days after India began a country-wide lockdown to halt the spread of the coronavirus, Narendra Modi set up the Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund. The PM Cares Fund, for short.

    A day later, Mr Modi appealed to "all Indians" to donate, and money has poured in - from industrialists, celebrities, companies and the common man. Within a week, reports said, donations had reached 65bn rupees ($858m; £689m). The fund is now believed to have exceeded 100bn rupees.

    But since the fund was set up, the government has failed to provide details on how much money has actually been raised, how it is managed, and how it is being used. Now opposition politicians, independent activists and journalists are asking if the government has anything to hide.

    Read more here.

  12. US economic recovery may take years, NY Fed president says

    Patients wait in line at a walk up COVID-19 testing site in Dallas, Texas
    Image caption: Texas is facing a surge of new cases

    The pace of the US economy's recovery is being slowed by new coronavirus outbreaks, while some states could struggle for years, New York Federal Reserve Bank President John Williams has said.

    “People have been getting back to work and the unemployment rate has started to edge down,” Mr Williams said, according to remarks prepared for a virtual event focused on central banking during Covid-19.

    “Although this improvement is welcome, the economy is still far from healthy and a full recovery will likely take years to achieve.”

    Large outbreaks will hamper economic recovery, he added.

    “This is a valuable reminder that the economy’s fate is inextricably linked to the path of the virus,” he said. “A strong economic recovery depends on effective and sustained containment of Covid-19."

  13. Night marshals to monitor pub re-openings in Leeds

    Leeds city centre

    Night marshals will be out on the streets of Leeds in the coming weeks as pubs, bars and restaurants start to reopen in England on Saturday.

    The marshals will be on hand to remind people of social distancing rules and help with crowd management as coronavirus lockdown measures ease.

    Leeds City Council said they would help support police to "keep things running smoothly". Other measures being introduced include allowing businesses to serve food and drinks outside and the widening of pavements.

    Each nation is setting its own rules for the reopening of food and drink outlets, so what about the rest of the UK?

    • In Scotland, beer gardens and outdoor restaurants will be allowed to reopen from 6 July. Pubs and restaurants will be allowed to use indoor areas from 15 July
    • The next review of Wales's lockdown measures is due on 9 July. The Welsh government has yet to give a date on when the hospitality sector can reopen
    • In Northern Ireland, pubs and restaurants can open from 3 July
  14. Mount Rushmore Trump event with no social distancing

    Mount Rushmore

    South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has said that people attending an Independence Day event at Mount Rushmore with President Donald Trump will not be required to practise social distancing.

    Speaking on Fox News, Ms Noem also said that free face masks would be given to attendees, but their use would not be enforced.

    State officials have told people "to focus on personal responsibility," she added, and that attendees "[had] the opportunity to make a decision that they're comfortable with."

    President Trump is expected to deliver remarks at the celebration, a day before America's 4 July holiday.

  15. Fauci: 'US could easily see 100,000 daily cases'

    Dr Anthony Fauci tells the US Senate hearing in Washington that "clearly we are not in total control right now" of the US pandemic.

    "We’re going to continue to be in a lot of trouble" if people don't start social distancing and wearing masks, he warns.

    Daily cases are currently at around 40,000 per day.

    The daily infection rate "could easily go up to 100,000 a day," he continues, saying he "would not be surprised" to see such a high rate of infection.

    "It is going to be very disturbing, I will guarantee you that."

  16. Channel Islands 'milestone': Jersey has 'no known' cases

    Jersey High Street

    Jersey has no "known" active cases of coronavirus, the Channel Island's government has confirmed.

    The "milestone" follows only one positive test result in the last seven days, according to the latest government statistics.

    The self-governing dependency of the UK, which has a population of almost 110,000, has experienced 319 positive cases of the virus, and 31 Covid-related deaths.

    The medical officer of health, Dr Susan Turnbull, said the achievement was "testament" to the public's efforts, adding: "We find ourselves in an excellent position as we move into midsummer."

    Jersey is due to reopen its borders to all travellers on 3 July under level two of its exit strategy, which requires people to keep a 1m (3ft 3in) physical distance in public spaces, but shops, restaurants and pubs have all been allowed to reopen.

  17. UK records a further 155 deaths

    A further 155 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK, bringing the total number of deaths to 43,730.

    Graphic showing the number of deaths from coronavirus in the UK
  18. 'I cannot believe Leicester races are going ahead'

    Horse racing in Leicester

    Several runners have been withdrawn by trainers from racing at Leicester after Tuesday's meeting was cleared to go ahead despite new city lockdown rules.

    The nine-race evening fixture is taking place after consultation between local health authorities and the British Horseracing Authority (BHA).

    But local trainer Mick Appleby said: "I cannot believe racing is still going ahead.

    "For the safety of all my staff, I have decided to withdraw all my runners."

    Read the full story here.

  19. New York expands mandatory quarantine to visitors from eight more states

    New York City skyline
    Image caption: Visitors to New York from 16 states must quarantine on arrival

    The governor of New York has required that visitors from eight more states self-quarantine for 14 days when they come to the state, as New York continues to recover from the coronavirus.

    The newly added states are California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Tennessee.

    They join Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.

    All together, the order affects nearly half of all US residents, according to a USA Today analysis.

    A press release from Governor Andrew Cuomo's office says the quarantine policy "applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average".

    New York reported an additional 38 cases on Tuesday and 13 deaths.

  20. EU sets list of approved countries

    Gavin Lee

    BBC Europe reporter

    Sandy beach during a sunny day and Beach Bar at Nea Irakleia, Chalkidiki in Greece
    Image caption: Many countries are hoping to salvage their tourist season

    The European Council has recommended that from tomorrow (1 July), EU borders should be reopened to citizens from a variety of non-EU countries, including Canada, Morocco and Australia.

    European diplomats have spent five days debating which countries outside of the EU should be included on the list of so-called "safe travel destinations" in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The countries are as follows: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

    China is subject to a reciprocity agreement, which is still pending. The decision is not legally binding, and means that individual member states will still need to decide whether or not to implement the policy.

    The United States, Russia and Turkey are among many countries that are not included and it’s understood that intense lobbying was made by their representatives.

    It is still not clear when citizens from the 15 countries will be able to fly to Europe. It now depends on the specific announcement from individual member states.

    French officials say they expect to implement the decision in the “coming days”. This afternoon, the Czech Republic published a smaller version of the list, with eight countries that the government considers safe for the purposes of incoming and outgoing travel.

    The EU Council list will be updated every two weeks. The UK is automatically included on the list alongside Switzerland, and with EEA members Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway.