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The global picture this evening
Thanks for joining us today, particularly if you're reading this from a country or city that's currently in lockdown.
We'll be pausing this live page shortly - but before we go, here are the day's main global headlines.
The charity Oxfam has warned that 12,000 people a day could die from hunger caused by the Covid-19 pandemic - more than the virus itself. It identified 10 countries as potential hotspots, including Yemen, DR Congo and Afghanistan
Despite cases continuing to surge in a number of US states, President Trump says schools in the country should reopen this autumn as scheduled
Japanese capital Tokyo reported a record 224 new infections in 24 hours, well above the previous record of 206 cases on 17 April. However, officials say that a new state of emergency won't be necessary
Nigeria has reversed its decision to reopen schools because cases of the virus are still rising. Education minister Adamu Adamu says they'll only reopen when it's safe to do so
Iran’s health ministry says another 221 people with Covid-19 have died - the country's highest single-day figure since its outbreak began in February. The official death toll has now reached 12,305
The number of confirmed infections in India has risen to over 750,000 after almost 25,000 new cases were recorded in 24 hours - the highest daily increase since the country's outbreak began
There have now been more than 12.1 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 550,000 deaths worldwide, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University
What happened in the UK today?
It's been a busy day, with further lockdown easing announced in England, Wales and Scotland. Here are the main stories:
In England, pools, gyms, beauticians, nail bars, tanning salons and tattooists will be able to open their doors again, and team sports - starting with cricket - will be allowed to resume. Outdoor performances will also be able to go ahead with limited audiences. Read all the details here
Two of the UK's biggest High Street retailers, John Lewis and Boots, announced 5,300 job cuts, as the chancellor warned he wouldn't be able to protect "every single job"
Comedy was not mentioned when the government announced its bailout package for the arts on Sunday.
China dismisses Nigerian virus lawsuit as 'frivolous'
BBC News, Abuja
An attempt by Nigerian lawyers to get compensation from China for the coronavirus pandemic has been described by Chinese authorities as "frivolous."
The group of 11 lawyers is demanding $200bn (£158bn) in damages for the "loss of lives, economic strangulation, trauma, hardship, social disorientation, mental torture and disruption of normal daily existence of people in Nigeria".
But the Chinese embassy in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, said the case lacked basis in international law.
"Covid-19 has caught the whole world by surprise. China, like other countries, is a victim. Confronted by an unknown virus, we have acted responsibly to protect people's life and health and safeguard global public health," it said in statement on Twitter.
The lawyers are trying to persuade Nigeria's government to institute state action against China through the International Court of Justice. Their case is yet to be heard at Nigeria's High Court.
Which beauty treatments will still be banned?
Beauticians, nail salons and tattooists can reopen in England from Monday - but Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said there will be restrictions on "particularly high-risk services".
The government confirms those which will not be allowed include:
Face waxing, sugaring or threading services
Advanced facial technical (electrical or mechanical)
A 23-year-old man has been executed in China for killing two government workers at a health checkpoint in February.
Ma Jianguo stabbed the pair to death at a village in Yunan province in February, after he tried to remove a roadblock set up by local authorities.
In a statement, the Supreme People's Court of China said he had recently finished a five-year prison sentence for assault.
It's the first confirmed death penalty in China related to the country's efforts to contain coronavirus.
SA doctor causes alarm over graves dug for virus victims
BBC News, Johannesburg
In an apocalyptic warning, a South African health official suggested that half a million graves were being dug in the province of Gauteng to help cemeteries cope with the wave of coronavirus deaths.
Dr Bandile Masuku, head of the province's health authorities, made the announcement during a television interview, but his office quickly explained that the actual number was far smaller.
So why mention that figure at all? The general assumption is that he was deliberately seeking to spread alarm in a country where the virus has been slow to spread, and where the public has, as a result, begun to drop its guard.
In recent days, the infection rate around Johannesburg has been rising sharply, and hospitals here, and in other big municipalities, are already struggling - with reports of oxygen shortages, a lack of beds, and personal protective equipment.
South Africa has had months to prepare for this storm. Those preparations are now being tested, and in some places, are being ruthlessly exposed.
Life in Arizona - the epicentre of the epicentre
BBC News, Arizona
At a small vigil outside the state
capital in Phoenix, Kristin Urquiza arranges flowers around a picture of her
He died last week after contracting coronavirus. Like so many
others, he died alone without his wife or daughter by his side.
me her grief is mixed with rage. She blames the Governor of Arizona Doug Ducey
for her dad’s death. Not only did he lift the lockdown too quickly, she says, but he
made people feel it was safe to go out.
Others think individuals should
take responsibility. When the bars and clubs reopened here people partied
pre-pandemic style. Jimmy Flores was one of them - he says he thought he was an
invincible fit and healthy 30-year-old. That was before he spent eight days in
hospital on oxygen after contracting coronavirus at a party.
During a brief break from an
overflowing ER, Dr Murtaza Akkter tells me how frustrating it was to watch
young people laughing, drinking and hugging outside bars as he drove home after
a busy shift.
The bars and clubs are now closed again. The cases of coronavirus
are still climbing.
'Leave coal out of Covid-19 recovery' - UN chief
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged countries not to turn to fossil fuels while rebuilding their economies after the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking at a virtual summit for clean energy today, Guterres said some countries were using their economic recovery packages to support fossil fuel companies that were already struggling financially.
Others are jump-starting coal-fired power plants, including developing countries who argue that coal is necessary for growth.
"Coal has no place in Covid-19 recovery plans," Guterres said.
The EU and South Korea have already pledged to make their recovery programmes environmentally-friendly.
Watch: Buy tickets and get to your local gallery
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden urges people to "make the most of this summer safely" as he announces further easing of lockdown in England.
What is reopening in England - and when?
Gyms, pools, nail bars and outdoor performances are set to return in England, after the government announced another easing of lockdown.
Let's take a look at what is reopening and when:
UK man admits selling fake cures to France and the US
City of London PoliceCopyright: City of London Police
A man has pleaded guilty to selling fake coronavirus cure kits to people in France and the United States.
Frank Ludlow, 59, was caught by City of London Police. He had been trying to send dozens of parcels of fake remedies in a post office near his West Sussex home.
Judge William Mousley said father-of-two Ludlow contacted national governments and "took advantage of an international crisis".
Slovakia's prime minister Igor Matovic has said his
country might have to reintroduce restrictions, after the country recorded the
single biggest daily increase in Covid-19 infections since 22 April.
Matovic said epidemiologists would meet on Monday to discuss the matter.
The number of new infections recorded on Wednesday was
53, bringing the total to 1,851. Some 1,477 people have recovered from the
virus, and 28 have died.
Slovakia has so far been credited with some of the lowest
infection rates in Europe, as well as what were some of the strictest measures.
'We don't want to look like a hospital' - restaurant owner
BBC Radio 5 Live
Helen WongCopyright: Helen Wong
Helen Wong, owner of the
Sweet Mandarin restaurant in Manchester, tells BBC Radio 5 Live that Rishi Sunak's support is "highly welcome".
On the chancellor's Eat Out to Help Out scheme, she says: "It’s going to change the
"It’s going to incentivise people to come out and break that
psychological fear of actually meeting people.”
Helen has brought in booths and reduced the number of tables in her restaurant from 30 to 10 but says there are still other issues.
"We’re literally masked up, visored up, we don’t want to look
like a hospital but still we need to keep the team safe," she says. "It’s getting that
balance of enjoying your experience out and dining out but also keeping safety
at the forefront.”
The secret to success, she adds, is adapting: "If you’re not going
to adapt, you’re not going to survive, no matter what size you are.”
Analysis: Getting used to the new normal
BBC political correspondent
The “un-lockdown” goes on in England. And, yes, it will be
welcome news for those who run, as well as use places like gyms, swimming
pools and beauticians.
But, as ever, the new normal means new complications.
Businesses obviously want to get customers through the door but government
guidance talks about limiting the numbers and spacing out equipment.
will be expected to play their part too, cleaning machines after use. Many, of
course, will be more than happy to do so. And for those who breach the rules, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden suggested officials would uphold the relevant
But in truth can every leisure space in England really be policed? Common sense will prevail say ministers, with the majority ready to do
what is asked.
Meanwhile, business owners will be examining the
guidance closely, hoping that the new normal will allow their firms to be
Uni will run in-house testing service
Oxford University says it will run an in-house Covid-19 testing
service for students and staff from September.
The university said its testing system - based at sites in the city centre and Headington - would "protect our
local community" and ease the burden on local NHS facilities.
It also says research and teaching spaces will be "adapted
to ensure social distancing and appropriate ventilation" for the start of term.
Libraries will operate social distancing, with a seat-finder app
planned to help students.
Face coverings will be required during face-to-face teaching and
in indoor shared spaces - and cleaning will be "significantly
enhanced", it added.
Bergamo hospital marks no Covid-19 cases in intensive care
The city of Bergamo in
northern Italy was one of the worst-hit areas by Covid-19 in the country.
But now, after 137 days,
the intensive care unit in the city's main hospital, Papa Giovanni XXIII, has
no positive Covid-19 cases.
Dr Luca Lorini is the
head of the intensive care unit and emergency department at the hospital.
"When we started,
in the first week, we didn't expect so many patients. But it was clear at the
end of the first week that a lot of patients in the region were infected with
"We worked so hard
in March, April and May. We used more than 100% of our capability,
starting early in the morning trying to find materials, beds, ventilators. It
was three months of very hard work.
"But at the end of
April I observed a downward curve, so we have been expecting this."
Dr Lorini says that the
ICU now has just 72 patients, none of them Covid-positive, and looks like it
did before the coronavirus pandemic.
because you don't have to use so much protection. So you feel free. You can
drink coffee... the atmosphere is much more comfortable."
However, he says they
still need to be alert for a possible second wave.
"We have to prepare
for the future, because we don't know what will happen. No science, no doctor,
Outdoor concerts, plays and opera get go-ahead
If you're just joining us, here's a reminder about open-air gigs, festivals and theatre shows in England. They can resume from this weekend, as long as they have "a limited and socially distanced audience", the government says.
Outdoor performances can go ahead from Saturday 11 July.
A number of small indoor test events will also take place to help plan how and when venues can begin to reopen.