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.
Airbus blames coronavirus as it plans to cut 15,000 jobs
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.
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.
Italian study shows 40% of cases in town showed no symptoms
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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."
What 2020 brought the Chinese
BBC Monitoring, Chinese Media Analyst
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.
Stormont finds funding for free school meals, health and arts
BBC News NI Economics and Business Editor
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.
New York holds 4 July fireworks at undisclosed locations
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.
“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.
Covid nearly killed Mal but now he is going home
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."
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.
US economic recovery may take years, NY Fed president says
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.
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
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.
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.
'I cannot believe Leicester races are going ahead'
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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."
New York expands mandatory quarantine to visitors from eight more states
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.
EU sets list of approved countries
BBC Europe reporter
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.
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.