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  1. Catch up on the day's developments

    That brings our updates on the global coronavirus picture to a close for the day.

    Here are the main updates you need to know about this evening.

    • In the UK, at least 11,000 people are set to lose their jobs after multiple firms announced cuts over the past 48 hours. They're mainly in aviation and High Street retailers
    • The US is buying nearly all the next three months' projected production of Covid-19 treatment remdesivir from US manufacturer Gilead. While the drug cuts recovery times, according to tests, it's not clear if it improves survival rates
    • Local authorities in the UK are to be given access to postcode-level data about the number of people testing positive for coronavirus in their areas after it was agreed with the Department of Health. It comes after Leicester became the first city to enter a local lockdown
    • Uganda has opened part of its border with the Democratic Republic of Congo to allow in thousands of people who fled their homes in May after clashes. They were previously unable to cross into Uganda because the country closed its borders to control the spread of coronavirus
    • The UK must "prepare for the worst" this winter, instead of relying on the development of a successful coronavirus vaccine, Sir John Bell, regius professor of medicine at Oxford University, has told MPs
    • People testing negative for coronavirus antibodies may still have some immunity, according to a Swedish study

    Scroll down for more on what's been going on this Wednesday.

    And while the live updates are coming to an end, our colleagues around the world will continue to keep you up to date on our main stories.

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  3. First pantomimes cancelled ahead of make-or-break Christmas

    Ian Youngs

    Entertainment and Arts Reporter, BBC News

    Gemma Sutton, Clive Rowe and Tameka Empson in Aladdin at the Hackney Empire in 2018
    Image caption: Gemma Sutton, Clive Rowe and Tameka Empson in Aladdin at the Hackney Empire in 2018

    Oh yes it is. Oh no it isn't. The big question facing many theatres at the moment is - is panto season cancelled?

    Norwich Theatre Royal became one of the first to call off its pantomime this week, saying the risk was "too great" after three months with no income.

    Venues in Buxton and Welwyn Garden City have also cancelled, while Leicester Curve has scrapped its festive musical.

    Pantos are crucial to theatre earnings, and this Christmas could prove to be make or break for some venues' futures.

    Conservative MP Giles Watling, a former actor and panto dame, warned of the impact if festive shows are scrapped. "I think many provincial theatres will go to the wall, frankly, because that's the time they can make the money," he told BBC News.

    "It puts money in the coffers to support the rest of the cultural offer. I can see massive problems ahead if something isn't done and soon."

    Read more here.

  4. How the Royal Family is changing in lockdown

    Sarah Campbell

    BBC News/Royal Correspondent

    Royal Family on Zoom
    Image caption: Will the Royal Family embrace life on Zoom?

    Three months ago when lockdown began, it was hard to see how, in isolation, the Royal Family could unite the nation as it had previously done in times of crisis.

    The Prince of Wales, the heir to the throne, had tested positive for Covid-19. He and the Duchess of Cornwall self-isolated in Scotland. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, both in their 90s, retreated behind Windsor Castle's walls.

    The institution had already been rocked by the departure of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke of York "stepping back". Yet with each day, the death toll rose and a nation needed reassurance.

    Within a week Prince Charles, who suffered only mild symptoms of the virus, was able to release a video describing his "strange, frustrating and often distressing experience". The video was recorded at his home on the Balmoral estate.

    Perhaps it was the setting - the crammed bookshelves, the family photo, the teddy bear on the mantelpiece - or the heartfelt, personal delivery - but it felt intimate and set the tone for how the Royal Family went on to communicate with the nation during lockdown.

    See here for more from Sarah.

  5. Voices from the US outbreaks

    Bar patrons in Texas
    Image caption: Bar patrons in Texas

    Florida and Texas are among the states most affected by the huge surge in US virus cases. Here are what some of the people living there had to say.

    Alisha Hoath, 22 - Boca Raton, Florida

    There was a period when everyone began to forget about the virus. I even thought things were getting better for a while.

    For the most part I know I could be doing better with social distancing. I've been going to yoga classes and took a trip to a hotel in Miami for the weekend which was probably not my best decision.

    But we made sure to keep six feet apart and wear masks.

    Genesis Valbuena, 26 - Austin, Texas

    Some bar owners here in Austin are vocally going against what we need to do - criticising the data and suing the government for shutting them down.

    If we continue to do this, we are going to be shut down for the rest of the year. For me that's completely narcissistic. How certain bar owners are acting is ludicrous.

    The reopening should have been done less quickly.

    Read more here

  6. Recovering Covid patient, 30, warns young people of risks

    Video content

    Video caption: Bury councillor, 30, warns young people about coronavirus

    A 30-year-old man who was admitted to hospital with coronavirus has warned young people that it is not just older people and those with underlying health problems who need to be concerned about Covid-19.

    Tamoor Tariq, a councillor for Bury Council, in Greater Manchester, is now recovering from the virus. He urged people to "not take for granted" the seriousness of the illness.

  7. Reality Check

    What's happening in Peru?

    A funeral in Peru

    Peru imposed one of the earliest and strictest lockdowns in Latin America to stop the spread of coronavirus - but it now has the sixth highest number of confirmed cases in the world.

    Peru's President, Martín Vizcarra, says things are improving but has previously said results of the lockdown "haven't been exactly what we expected".

    So why has Peru been affected so badly?

    The lockdown in Peru started on 16 March - before the UK and some other European countries - and lasted until the end of June.

    Daily reported cases are now falling - but the number of deaths remains high.

    Peru cases and deaths

    Officially, as of 30 June, around than 9,600 people had died with coronavirus in Peru.

    But the country has one of the world's highest excess death rates - the number of deaths above the average in previous years - which suggests the impact far exceeds official figures.

    Why have measures been ineffective?

    Peru has reported more cases than every European country apart from the UK, despite testing only about seven people in every 1,000 - more than some countries in Latin America but far fewer than Italy, for example, which has tested about 88 in every 1,000.

    Experts say Peru's healthcare system was underprepared, leading to more deaths, but several other social and economic factors can help explain why Peru is struggling to contain the outbreak.

    Read more here

  8. Leicester lockdown: Schoolchildren cannot cross border

    Sonia Kataria

    BBC News

    Some children who live in the Leicester lockdown zone but attend school outside of the area will not be able to cross the border, the Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed.

    From Thursday, only vulnerable children and children of key workers can travel across the boundary in either direction for school or appointments with social workers. Other children have been asked to stay at home.

    The DfE said: "If you are a child or young person (other than a vulnerable child or child of a critical worker) that lives in Leicester but attends school or college outside the affected area, you must stay at home."

    St Luke's Primary School, in Thurnby, Leicestershire

    Some children who attend St Luke’s Primary School in Thurnby, Leicestershire, which is outside the zone and will be open as normal tomorrow, are from within the boundary.

    Headteacher Paul Galvin said he was "deeply sorry" to the families of those affected.

    He said: "It might be difficult for families who are inside the lockdown zone - as we are just outside the boundary - especially if they are not children of critical workers."

    He added the school has "adapted and will keep adapting to changes" during the coronavirus pandemic.

    The school has been open since the lockdown in March for vulnerable children and children of key workers, and reopened for Reception and Year 1 in June.

  9. 'Small' outbreak at UK bed factory

    Dura Beds sign

    A "small" outbreak of coronavirus among workers at a bed factory in West Yorkshire has been confirmed.

    Eight members of staff at the Dura Beds factory in Batley have tested positive for the virus this week, a statement says.

    All staff - a total of 107 workers - will now be offered tests, according to the joint statement by Kirklees Council and Public Health England (PHE).

    The Dura Beds factory has been closed for two weeks as a safety precaution for its employees and their families, the statement adds.

    The firm is now "working closely" with the council and PHE so those who have tested positive can be followed up by the NHS Test and Trace programme and self-isolate.

    People who might have come into contact with an infected individual will be contacted and may be advised to self-isolate for 14 days.

    The statement adds: "While the risk to residents from this outbreak is very low, everyone in Kirklees should continue to socially distance, wash hands regularly for 20 seconds with soap and water and get tested if they have symptoms."

  10. In graphics: New UK coronavirus cases in decline

    Across the UK, the number of newly confirmed coronavirus cases each day has been falling since a peak in April.

    You can read more here.

    Chart showing the number of new daily coronavirus cases in the UK is under 1000
    Chart showing a steady decline to coronavirus cases in England
    Graphic showing the number of daily tests for Covid-19
  11. English councils face 'funding gap of £7.4bn'

    Refuse collectors

    Councils in England need urgent support as they face a funding gap of £7.4bn due to a loss of income related to coronavirus, the Local Government Association (LGA) says.

    Local authorities have come under increased pressure during the pandemic as demand for services such as social care has grown, while at the same time, income from local taxation and charges has dropped.

    James Jamieson, chairman of the LGA, which represents English councils and London boroughs, said "further funding and flexibilities are now urgent" if councils are to avoid taking steps such as "in-year cuts to local services" to cope with funding gaps.

    Whitehall has given £3.2bn funding to all English councils in two grants to help cover coronavirus costs, but the LGA says between March and June councils had already incurred costs of £4.8bn.

  12. Coronavirus deaths in the UK

    Almost 44,000 people have died with coronavirus in the UK according to the latest daily government figures - which count deaths with a positive test result. But the overall total is likely to be higher.

    You can read more here.

    Chart showing the total number of deaths in the UK
    Chart showing the three ways to measure UK deaths
    Chart showing the downward trend in daily deaths is slowing
  13. Misleading claims circulate online over local lockdowns

    Marianna Spring

    Specialist disinformation and social media reporter

    Police officer talking to an elderly woman sat on a bench in Leicester

    As Leicester, in England's East Midlands, has become the first city put under a local lockdown, misleading claims have been shared on social media.

    A string of local councils have posted on Twitter and Facebook to counter online rumours of imminent lockdowns in their areas - making it clear none have been announced.

    A rise in cases has been recorded in some local authority areas but a Public Health England (PHE) spokesperson told the BBC that using this data to predict which areas would see significant rises in cases is "not appropriate" because it doesn't give a "complete picture" of the local situation.

    Meanwhile, a number of social media posts attributing the local lockdown in Leicester to videos of crowds of people taking part in anti-racism protests in the city centre a few weeks ago have led to racist and abusive comments directed at protesters.

    We've identified posts in Facebook groups that may have sparked some of the rumours.

    You can read more here.

  14. Uganda opens border for refugees

    Woman in Uganda
    Image caption: Uganda hosts more than 400,000 refugees from DR Congo alone and many more from South Sudan

    Uganda has opened part of its border with the Democratic Republic of Congo to allow in thousands of people stuck in no-man's land for more than a month due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    At least 3,000 of them fled their homes in May after inter-communal clashes in north-eastern Ituri province.

    But they were unable to cross into Uganda to seek safety as the country had closed its borders in March to control the spread of coronavirus.

    It has been agreed the refugees will be quarantined before being settled.

    This will happen for 14 days at a new isolation centre, 13km (eight miles) from the border.

    The UN's refugee agency (UNHCR) says sample testing will be carried out on the group to see if coronavirus is present among them.

    This will help authorities decide when the refugees can be transferred to camps.

    Read more here.

  15. Job losses are 'thin end of very big wedge'

    Simon Jack

    BBC Business Editor

    A person walking along a street with shuttered-up shops

    The worldwide economic impact of the coronavirus has been seismic and the job losses are starting to crash on the shores of the UK with increasing frequency and severity.

    The 1,700 UK job losses at Airbus had a grim inevitability to them, given the destruction of demand in the aviation industry.

    Demand for air travel in April and May was down more than 90% and normality is not expected to return for up to three years - maybe never for the more lucrative business class travel.

    BA, Easyjet, Ryanair and Rolls Royce have already announced 20,000 job losses between them, so Airbus was never going to emerge unscathed.

    The travel wipeout has seen SSP, the owner of stalwart transport hub tenants Upper Crust and Café Ritazza, cut 5,000 posts.

    We already know that the number of workers on UK payrolls shrank more than 600,000 between March and May, according to the ONS.

    That looks like the thin end of a very big wedge as the government's unprecedented job support scheme tapers off, with employers being asked to share the burden of the cost from the end of July to its withdrawal at the end of October.

    Read more from Simon here.

  16. Bend It Like Beckham director's personal lockdown film

    Video content

    Video caption: Gurinder Chadha turns lockdown into family film

    She has made her name with cinema hits like Bend It Like Beckham and Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, but director Gurinder Chadha's latest work is a much smaller affair.

    A number of filmmakers were asked to make short films during lockdown, with no crew or budget, for the streaming service Netflix.

    As she tells the BBC's Alex Stanger, the end result was a very personal affair.

  17. Meet Britain's unlikely key workers

    Matt Forward with his hawk in Trafalgar Square
    Image caption: Matt Forward with his hawk in Trafalgar Square

    Whether it's nurses, carers or supermarket staff, key workers have rightly been hailed as heroes during lockdown.

    But behind the pandemic's front line there have also been many others who have been busy doing essential jobs.

    Matt Forward's job is to keep the pigeons away from Trafalgar Square, in central London.

    Pest management was covered in the key worker list, so throughout the lockdown Matt drove himself and his Harris hawk 45 miles (70km) to the iconic square early two mornings a week.

    Matt, who lives in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, said he never thought of stopping his job because of lockdown.

    "If someone wasn't there doing the job that we do, we'd be overrun," he says.

    Read more about how lockdown has been for Britain's unlikely key workers here

  18. Public concern over coronavirus 'has risen' in Britain

    Mark Easton

    Home editor

    People wait outside a shop in Leicester

    Most of Britain is preparing for an easing of lockdown restrictions.

    But public concern at the risks from coronavirus has risen to the highest level since the end of April, a new poll conducted by Ipsos Mori this week suggests.

    However, the survey also says the public is becoming more comfortable about returning to work and sending children back to school.

    A month ago, 37% of those surveyed said they were ‘very concerned’ about the risks to the country. This new poll suggests that has risen to 50%. Concern about the risks to individuals has also risen from 24% to 29%.

    The survey asks people whether they would feel comfortable in a range of situations if lockdown measures were lifted. The proportion of parents who said they would be comfortable sending their children to school has risen to 49%, up from 38% a month earlier.

    Two-thirds of people would be comfortable meeting friends or family outside their household, also a rise from six weeks before. But the poll suggests around six in 10 people would be anxious going to bars or restaurants, using public transport or lavatories and only 15% said they would be comfortable going to large sport or music events.

    Ipsos MORI interviewed a representative sample of 1,078 British adults aged 18-75 online between 26-29 June 2020. Data are weighted to match the profile of the population. All polls are subject to a wide range of potential sources of error.

  19. 'Enough doses of remdesivir for UK use'

    Prof Jonathan Van-Tam speaking on 30 May
    Image caption: Prof Van-Tam speaking at the government's daily news briefing on 30 May

    Here's some more from the government's Science and Technology committee hearing that's been going on this afternoon.

    Prof Jonathan Van-Tam, deputy chief medical officer, has said there are enough doses of remdesivir for use on hospitalised patients in the UK.

    It comes on the back of news that the US had secured almost all of the forthcoming global supply of the drug, which has been shown to help people recover from Covid-19 more quickly.

    Prof Van-Tam said: "Right now, there are stocks in the UK - and I judge us to have adequate stocks - of pre-licensed, as in unlicensed, clinical trial stocks of remdesivir which are available to be used through the emergency access protocol."

    Remdesivir is produced by the US firm Gilead Sciences and is the first drug to have been approved by authorities in the US to be used to treat the disease.

    The US administration is set to receive 500,000 doses - or 100% of the company's supply production - in July, 90% of it in August and 90% in September.

  20. Peru LGBT club reopens as grocery store

    Downtown Market
    Image caption: ValeTodo Downtown has become the Downtown Market

    Peru's largest LGBT nightclub has reopened its doors as lockdown eases - as a grocery store.

    ValeTodo Downtown is one of the best known dance floors in the capital, Lima. But the club's famed drag queens will now be serving milk, fruit and bread rather than cocktails as nightclubs are still not permitted to open.

    Times have been tough for the club's 120 employees since the pandemic hit.

    "I was very depressed because I have been doing this art for years, but you have to adapt to new challenges for the future," Belaluh McQueen, who is identified by her stage name, told Reuters news agency.

    "We have a new job opportunity," she added, standing in the newly named Downtown Market in a sequined suit, high heels and a mask.

    "Before, I used to come here to dance and have a good time, but now we come to buy," said Alexandra Herrera, a regular attendee of the club.

    "The thing is to reinvent yourself."

    More than 9,500 people have died of Covid-19 in Peru.

    A worker inside the market