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Edited by Claire Heald

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  1. We're pausing our live coverage

    Man in mask visits the Louvre on the day of its reopening, and takes a selfie with the Mona Lisa

    Thanks for following our live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic today. We're pausing now until tomorrow morning - but before we go, here's a summary of the day's global headlines.

    • New figures have revealed a stark racial disparity in the impact of the virus in the US - Black and Latino Americans are three times more likely to become infected than white Americans, and are twice as likely to die of Covid-19
    • Meanwhile, US drugs regulator the FDA has cast doubt on President Donald Trump's prediction that a vaccine will be ready this year
    • In India, too, the medical council had set an August deadline for developing a vaccine - but scientists in the country have now said this is unrealistic
    • Australian state New South Wales has shut its border with neighbouring Victoria to try and stem a surge in cases - the first time in a century that the border between the two states has been closed
    • Bolivian Health Minister Eidy Roca has tested positive for the coronavirus - the third member of the country's cabinet to be infected in just four days
    • The Louvre museum in Paris, France, reopened today after being closed for almost four months. There are new safety measures in place, including mandatory masks and a limit on the number of people allowed to visit
    • Vietnam has reported 14 new cases of the virus - all of whom are Vietnamese citizens in quarantine after returning from abroad. The country, which has recorded no deaths of Covid-19, is frequently praised for its swift and early response
    • Just 100 people attended a ceremony to formally swear in Malawi's new president Lazarus Chakwera today, after plans for a larger celebration were abandoned for safety reasons
    • Globally, there have now been more than 11,495,000 confirmed cases, and over 535,000 deaths, according to the tally kept by US-based Johns Hopkins University
  2. Who we are

    Our live coverage on coronavirus today will soon come to a close, do join us again tomorrow.

    On our team today were: Vicky Baker, Owen Amos, Yvette Tan, Krutika Pathi, Max Matza, Gareth Evans, Mary O’Connor, Ashitha Nagesh, Alice Evans and Claire Heald.

  3. UK headlines: Pret job cuts, Scots seek out beer gardens and grandpa holds baby for first time

    People in beer garden in Glasgow
    Image caption: It was all smiles as people enjoyed a newly-reopened beer garden in Glasgow

    Here's a summary of the UK headlines as we wind down our coronavirus live page coverage for the evening:

  4. No positive results in latest round of Premier League tests

    Testing site
    Image caption: There have been 12 rounds of testing in the Premier League

    There were no positive results in the latest round of testing for coronavirus in the Premier League.

    Some 1,973 players and club staff were tested for Covid-19 between 29 June and 5 July.

    There have now been 12 rounds of testing carried out in the English top flight, with 19 positive results so far.

    The Premier League season resumed on 17 June after being suspended for 100 days because of the pandemic.

  5. The tiny English village untouched by coronavirus

    Bekonscot model village

    As coronavirus spread rapidly around the world, time stood still for the residents of a tiny village in Buckinghamshire.

    For the miniature inhabitants of Bekonscot model village, life in the 1930s time warp continued as normal, largely unaffected by the pandemic that had gripped the world.

    It has now welcomed its first visitors since the lockdown was announced in March.

    You can read more about the opening of the outdoor attraction here.

    Bekonscot model village
  6. US death toll hits 130,000

    US economy reopening

    More than 130,000 people have now died of Covid-19 in the US, according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

    The grim milestone now means that more than twice as many people have died in the US than in Brazil, which has the second-highest death toll.

    The US has an estimated population of 328m, against Brazil's of around 210m.

    The US also has almost 2.9 million confirmed cases of coronavirus.

    New York has the highest death toll of the states, with more than 32,000 deaths - but confirmed cases are now surging in southern states too.

  7. Analysis: What of the missing 2.5 million UK virus test results?

    Nick Triggle

    Health Correspondent

    Coronavirus tests

    The fact more than a fifth of coronavirus tests done – around 2.5 million – have not yet been processed is not as worrying as it necessarily sounds.

    Certainly some have had to be voided, because of a problem in how they were carried out or difficulties in labs.

    It is not clear how many this has affected.

    But the majority are thought to be not yet recorded for other, less concerning reasons.

    A large chunk are kits that have been posted out, but not yet returned. Some of them will be, but it is accepted many may not.

    People could be stockpiling them or may have requested them and then gone to a testing centre instead.

    This may seem wasteful, but is perhaps a price that has to be paid for trying to make tests as easy as possible to get hold of.

    A number will be tests that are still working their way through the system - tests can take 48 hours before results are recorded.

    There are also a few hundred thousand that have been sent out as part of the government’s surveillance programme run by the Office for National Statistics that have not be returned by participants.

  8. Harvard University to let all first year students return

    A Harvard University student wearing a mask

    Harvard University has announced that it will allow some students to return to campus in autumn.

    The plan calls for 40% of the student body to return to the Cambridge, Massachusetts campus, and for all first-year pupils to return. All courses will be available online only.

    Harvard University is one of the top academic institutions in the US and charges tuition fees of over $46,000 (£36,000) per year.

    It's going online has raised questions about whether families are willing to pay such high fees for virtual lessons.

    Several parents have already filed lawsuits against universities in the US, which closed in March as the country went into lockdown, claiming that their children were denied the education that they had paid for.

  9. Tracking a dodgy claim about Ghislaine Maxwell and Covid-19

    Alistair Coleman

    BBC Monitoring

    Ghislaine Maxwell in 2016

    A viral post on Twitter claims that Ghislaine Maxwell – a British former girlfriend of convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein – has been diagnosed with coronavirus in a prison in New Hampshire where she was taken after her arrest.

    One post has been shared over 72,000 times and it cites, as evidence for its claim, a story from a US satirical news website - the Brown Valley Observer.

    The site published a story about Ms Maxwell and Covid-19 but on the website’s ‘about us’ page – it says “all news stories contained within are fictional in nature”.

    The idea that she might encounter some calamity while in custody feeds into existing conspiracy theories about Jeffrey Epstein’s death while he was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

    Fake news can spread widely on social media and chat platforms, particularly when people don’t click through to the story after seeing a sensational headline, or stop to consider whether it is truthful or not. The BBC’s anti-disinformation unit offers tips on how to spot a fake.

  10. NHS Test and Trace faces big challenges

    Nick Triggle

    Health Correspondent

    Poster for test and trace on Regent Street, London

    The “single biggest” problem hurdle facing the UK in keeping the virus suppressed is identifying people who are infected but not coming forward for testing, the head of NHS Test and Trace in England says.

    Baroness Dido Harding told the House of Lords’ Science and Technology Committee that it's clear there are more cases out there than are being picked up – although she said this was an issue across the world, because the nature of the virus means some people have it without showing symptoms.

    Currently an average of just over 600 cases a day are being found by the UK's testing programme, but the government’s surveillance programme run by the Office for National Statistics suggests there could actually be over 3,000 a day.

    Baroness Harding said NHS Test and Trace was looking at ways to find more cases, including backward contact tracing. Currently when a person is infected the contact tracing system focuses on who they may have passed the virus on to - backward tracing looks at whom they may have got it from.

    Work is also continuing on the app, she said.

    The BBC understands one option being pursued is to build features into the app that alert people to when they have been in areas with high rates of infection, as well as telling them how they are doing with social distancing by giving them a daily tally showing the number of close contacts they have had.

    The hope is initiatives like these will encourage them to download the app when it is launched. No date has been given for launch.

  11. Millions of UK coronavirus tests not recorded

    Millions of coronavirus tests are not being recorded, according to new data from the UK government.

    Some 10.5 million tests have been "made available" since testing began, but only eight million of those have been "processed", the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) says.

    More than two million tests, or about one in every five tests, are either not being sent back to laboratories or are being voided.

    "Some members of the public may order a test and then for whatever reason they choose not to return that test," the prime minister's official spokesman told reporters.

    He said he had not seen a "verified number on this" when the DHSC figures were put to him.

    Graph showing UK cases falling

    It comes as Downing Street defends its decision to stop publishing daily figures on the number of people being tested - in favour of the number of tests being done.

    "DHSC will no longer publish the number of people tested daily anymore and will instead publish the number of daily tests processed," the PM's spokesman said.

    "This is because the daily people tested statistic only counts new people being tested. For example, someone who is tested in February and then tested again this month will only be counted once."

    Graph showing UK deaths falling

    The testing system in England has been criticised in recent days, after figures showed many people are still waiting more than 24 hours to get their results - despite the prime minister pledging to make this happen by the end of June.

    And an investigation by BBC Panorama last week found thousands of contact tracers in England failed to trace a single contact in the first three weeks of the test and trace system.

  12. Venues cautious as they await detail on arts support package

    Socially-distanced rehearsal at London's Old Vic
    Image caption: Socially-distanced rehearsal at London's Old Vic

    Now for some reaction to one of the big stories coming from the UK today - the announcement of a £1.57bn support package to protect the arts during the coronavirus epidemic.

    The decision followed several weeks of lobbying from theatres, music venues, art galleries and other cultural institutions - many of which said they were on the brink of collapse.

    And a string of theatres have already announced plans to make staff redundant, after being closed since the virus took hold.

    While the funding has been warmly welcomed, venues are sounding a note of caution as they await further details on how the money will be allocated and news of when venues will be allowed to reopen.

    From world-famous composers to local theatre owners, and galleries in London to culture event organisers in Leeds, here's some reaction from across the creative industry.

  13. New York doctor treats Newcastle nurses to lunch

    A generous doctor who's been working with Covid-19 patients in New York has reportedly treated A&E nurses in Newcastle to lunch.

    Dr William Predun, who works in Cold Spring Harbor in Long Island, had spent a year at Newcastle University in 2014 when he was studying for his medical degree.

    "He wanted to donate some money for [nurses at Royal Victoria Infirmary] to have lunches because they’re working so hard, and he asked if I could coordinate it," Frank Spence, who owns Frankie and Tony's cafe, told the Newcastle Chronicle.

    “He gave us $200, which worked out to 50 lunches, and we threw in some free brownies as well.”

    The nurses, Frank says, were "really chuffed".

    View more on twitter
  14. Survivor's story: 'A rollercoaster coronavirus journey'

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Matt with his children

    BBC Radio 5 Live has been hearing today from people with ongoing problems after having coronavirus. Matt, a 40-year-old teacher from Altrincham, caught Covid-19 in March. Fifteen weeks later, he is still dealing with symptoms.

    “It’s been a rollercoaster journey,” he said. “The last 100 days I’ve been trapped in my own home, unable to walk more than 100m.

    “I’ve had a never-ending cycle of symptoms ranging from breathing difficulties to a racing heart rate brought on by tiny amounts of exertion.

    “It’s not only physically tiring and challenging. Mentally, it’s been extremely difficult coping with the isolation.”

    Matt has a two-year-old son and a four-year-old daughter. He says not being able to read his daughter has been difficult.

    “I’ve been unable to speak more than a few words so things like reading bedtime stories just haven’t been an option. It’s been difficult losing that contact with her.

    “She knows I’ve been ill. I’ve told her so many times I’m getting better only to be back in bed 20 minutes later. It’s been really tough on the whole family.”

  15. Vietnam reports new imported cases

    Image shows motorbikes in Hanoi

    Vietnam has reported 14 new cases of the virus - a very small increase compared to many countries, but it is significant in a country with its track record.

    More than 80 days have passed since there was a domestically transmitted infection in Vietnam and the country has reported no deaths.

    Experts say its swift response and subsequent lockdown proved extremely effective.

    But that doesn't mean there aren't still dangers.

    All the latest cases were Vietnamese citizens who were in quarantine after returning from abroad.

    As is the case around the world, health officials are wary that any lapse in the quarantine system could see a new outbreak quickly develop.

    You can read more about Vietnam's response to Covid-19 here.

  16. One in 10 virus infections are front-line health and social care staff - study

    Pallab Ghosh

    Science correspondent, BBC News

    Some NHS workers who have died
    Image caption: Some of the NHS workers who have died with coronavirus

    One in 10 Covid-19 infections in England between 26 April and 7 June were among health and social care staff working directly with patients and residents, an investigation by the Royal Society has concluded.

    One in 10 in-patients acquired their infections in hospitals, the report also says.

    A lack of protective equipment at the early stages of the outbreak meant that infection rates in hospitals were bound to be high.

    The availability of PPE now means that the spread of the virus to health and social care workers has decreased.

    But, according to the Royal Society’s expert group, there’s much more to be done. Their report highlights a lack of co-ordination and surveillance of the spread of infection in hospitals in England.

    In particular, it calls for better data collection to understand why ethnic minority staff have been disproportionately hit by Covid-19.

    Other recommendations include faster identification of cases in hospitals, sharing of information with the care sector and more research to investigate how to drive down infection rates still further.

    Graph showing social care worker deaths vs healthcare worker deaths
  17. US government releases sought-after racial data

    According to newly released data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Latino and African-Americans are three times more likely to become infected with the coronavirus than white Americans.

    The data, which tracks 640,000 infections detected in nearly 1,000 US counties, was released to the New York Times after they filed a freedom-of-information request to the US government for access to the racial statistics.

    Black and Latino Americans are also twice as likely to die from the virus.

    There are currently 2.8m people infected with Covid-19 in the US, according to Johns Hopkins University.

  18. Vast majority of Canadians want US border to stay shut

    A US-Canada border checkpoint shown in April, one month after it was first closed
    Image caption: A US-Canada border checkpoint shown in April, the month after it was first closed

    More than eight in ten Canadians say the border with the US should remain closed to non-essential travel while their neighbours struggle to contain a growing surge in coronavirus cases.

    The survey was conducted by Ottawa-based Nanos Research for the Globe and Mail newspaper.

    Travel between the US and Canada (as well as the US and Mexico) was halted on 21 March. The survey found that 81% of Canadians want the border to stay shut indefinitely, while another 14% said it should reopen, but only in places were infections remain low.

    Canada has recorded more than 105,000 coronavirus cases as of Sunday, compared to the more than 2.8m in the US.

  19. Greece bars Serbian visitors as cases spike

    Image shows a woman in a mask in Belgrade
    Image caption: Serbian authorities have brought back restrictions in a number of cities

    Greece has banned all but essential travel from Serbia as infection numbers steadily rise in the Balkan country.

    From today, all entry points are closed to Serbian travellers for a week, Greek officials said.

    It comes days after the Serbian authorities reimposed lockdown restrictions in the capital, Belgrade.

    In the last 24 hours there have been another 302 infections reported in Serbia, with more than 16,000 total cases and a death toll of 311.

    For context, in May there were about 50 new cases reported daily.

    You can read more here.

  20. BreakingUK reports a further 16 deaths

    Latest UK government figures show a further 16 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus.

    It brings the government’s official death toll to 44,236.

    Remember though – the number is often lower than the trend on Mondays, due to delays to reporting data over the weekend.