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  1. That's all from us for now

    We're going to pause our live coverage here for the day.

    Today's live page was written and edited by Suzanne Leigh, Paul Kirby, Sophie Williams, Francesca Gillett, Shamaan Freeman-Powell, Joshua Cheetham and Kathryn Snowdon.

    Thanks for joining us.

  2. Round-up of developments around the world

    As we near the end of our live coverage today, let's recap the main events.

    Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, said the country cannot afford to shut down its economy again in the face of rising infections. Officials say 188 people have died in the past 24 hours and another 2,397 have been recorded. Iran's economy has been hit by sanctions and an initial lockdown was lifted in April. In other developments:

    • The US has seen another 66,600 infections in 24 hours and a total of almost 135,000 deaths since the pandemic began, according to Johns Hopkins University data
    • Among the states seeing a rise in cases are Florida, Illiinois and South Carolina, where Governor Henry McMaster has issued an order banning sales of alcohol after 23:00 in bars and restaurants to try to stop the spread
    • As the UK government hints that face-coverings could be made compulsory in shops in England, opposition MPs urged ministers to provide "strong and clear guidance"
    • They are mandatory in Scotland but Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford says he does not think the evidence is "decisive" yet
    • Belgium has made wearing masks compulsory in shops, cinemas and other indoor public spaces
    • There have been outbreaks on two US marine bases in Okinawa in Japan and the local government says there have been 61 cases
    • India has seen another surge in infections, rising to over 820,000.
  3. Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has Covid-19

    In this file photo taken on October 10, 2019 Bollywood actor and producer Amitabh Bachchan waves to fans gathered outside his residence to celebrate his 77th birthday in Mumbai
    Image caption: Amitabh Bachchan, pictured in this October 2019 photograph, has appeared in more than 200 films over a career spanning decades

    Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan says he has tested positive for coronavirus.

    Writing on Twitter, the 77-year-old veteran actor, who has appeared in more than 200 films, confirmed his diagnosis and encouraged anyone who had been in contact with him in the past 10 days to get tested.

    He was transferred to Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai, according to local media.

    A hospital official told The Indian Express newspaper that he was in a stable condition.

    View more on twitter
  4. What does it take to create a virtual choir?

    Earlier we brought you a video of children expressing their feelings through music. They're not the only ones. Bath-based Vocal Works are used to performing. But when they were forced into lockdown three months into rehearsals for a huge event they had to have a rethink about how to do it.

    In the end, they decided that the show must go on, but they faced an uphill technological battle to get there.

    It’s taken the whole of lockdown to prepare a virtual concert.

    So, will it all be alright on the night?

    Video journalist: Sharon Alcock

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    Video caption: Vocal Works Gospel Choir's concert will go on despite lockdown
  5. Latest UK coronavirus stats in graphs

    The government has released its latest figures and data on how the virus is affecting the UK.

    Here are graphs showing how the numbers are changing.

    Latest figures from the Department of Health show total UK coronavirus deaths at 44,789
    Image caption: Latest figures from the Department of Health
    Figures show a downward trend in daily deaths
    Downward trend in daily cases slows
    Graph showing you can record coronavirus deaths in three ways: Deaths with positive results, death certificate mentions Covid, or by calculating the deaths above usual number
    Image caption: There are different ways to record coronavirus deaths
  6. Further 148 coronavirus deaths recorded across UK

    The government's latest figures are in and show sadly a further 148 deaths linked to coronavirus have been recorded across all settings in the UK.

    As of 18:20 BST on Saturday 11 July, 820 people have tested positive for coronavirus.

    This means a total of 288,953 have tested positive, and 44,798 deaths linked to the virus have been recorded so far.

  7. Outcry as German tourists 'party like there's no pandemic'

    Hundreds of German tourists drank, danced and partied in Majorca on Friday night, without a thought of social distancing or a face covering, reports say.

    According to Mallorca Zeitung, bar owners along the so-called Bierstrasse had set up their tables to encourage social distancing but few holidaymakers observed it, The story is making headlines in Germany.

    The website says the scenes are a reminder of the risk of what a second wave of Covid-19 infections could look like. And, actually, Majorca is one of the islands trying to shake off its party image, as you can read here. Regional authorities decided only yesterday to threaten enormous fines of up to €600,000 (about £537,000) for illegal parties that breach local rules.

  8. 'Now we can play all day... with coronavirus out of our way'

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    Video caption: Lockdown: Children sing of playing again after lockdown

    Trying to keep normal life going for children has been tough.

    A lot of teaching has been online, but Nick Thomas - who teaches in Cardiff - could see it wasn't the same as being with the children in person.

    So he asked them to express their feelings through music.

    "Often we assume children will roll with the punches. But for some it has been difficult," he said.

  9. How many coronavirus cases in your area?

    We're still waiting for the UK-wide figures which are published daily by the Department of Health and Social Care.

    There have been nearly 300,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the country and more than 44,600 people have sadly died.

    Find out here how the pandemic has affected your area and how it compares with the national average.

    Graph showing weekly testing in England
  10. Quick recap if you're heading to the pub

    Woman drinking beer

    It's a week since England's "Super Saturday", when pubs and restaurants were allowed to reopen if they followed safety guidelines.

    Hotels, pubs and restaurants in England and Northern Ireland that serve food at tables can now reopen indoors.

    Beer gardens and outdoor restaurants are open in Scotland. In Wales, pubs and restaurants can reopen outdoors from 13 July and indoors from 3 August.

    Guidance has been issued on measures that pubs and restaurants must take to keep customers and staff safe.

    It includes:

    • The option of ordering food on apps

    • Staff encouraged to wash their hands before handling plates and cutlery

    • Music should be kept at a low volume to avoid people needing to shout, which increases the risk of transmission

    • Pub-goers will be encouraged to book tables in advance

    • Live gigs and standing at the bar will not be allowed

    • Controlled access to toilets

    There's lots more to know, so read more here.

  11. As France heads on holiday, some flights overseas are banned

    A ban has been imposed on people flying to or from some French overseas territories, including Mayotte and French Guiana, because of the spread of Covid-19.

    Travel is only allowed for "compelling personal or family, health or professional reasons".

    People queue outside the Felix Eboue Airport, in the French Guiana"s capital city of Cayenne
    Image caption: There's bad news for people trying to fly from French Guiana to Paris

    The story in mainland France is rather different, with reports of 955km (600 miles) of traffic jams across the country. "The situation is exceptional - the level of jams is substantially higher than it was [a year ago]," said traffic monitoring group Bison Futé.

    Many in France are taking advantage of the pending Bastille Day holiday on Tuesday to enjoy a long weekend. However, quite a few of them will have spent much of Saturday in the car.

  12. How to make your own face covering

    A stylised photo of people wearing face masks

    There's been a lot of talk about face coverings today. Although many businesses - and fashion designers - have spotted a business opportunity and face coverings become more widely on sale, the UK government says you can make your own.

    Whether you're handy with a sewing machine or just want a quick fix, the principles are the same: the more layers of material the better, and the mask needs to fit snugly around the face, and you should be able to breathe comfortably.

    We've put together a guide on how to make one.

    There's a few options - you can make a mask out of a square of fabric and some elastic bands, an old T-shirt, or we've got instructions if you want to sew one.

  13. 'Patient 91' finally heads home to Scotland

    A 42-year-old pilot is heading back to North Lanarkshire, after contracting Covid-19 in Vietnam and spending more than two months on life support in hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.

    Doctors gave Stephen Cameron a 10% chance of survival, in a country that has recorded no official coronavirus deaths. This is a picture of the Vietnam Airlines pilot being whisked away from Cho Ray hospital today.

    Stephen Cameron on his way out of the hospital to the airport to leave Vietnam, at Cho Ray hospital, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 11 July 2020

    As he left. he said he was overwhelmed by the generosity of the Vietnamese people and the dedication of the medical staff.

    A couple of weeks ago, we reported on the man they called Patient 91, who spent 68 days on a ventilator.

    He told the BBC: "I'm very humbled by how I've been taken into the hearts of the Vietnamese people. If I'd been almost anywhere else on the planet, I'd be dead."

    It's a very powerful story and you can read it here.

  14. PM 'right' to be reviewing face coverings

    There's been a cautious welcome by scientists to the suggestion that the UK government is considering making face coverings mandatory in shops in England.

    It comes as the World Health Organization acknowledged earlier this week that there is "emerging evidence" that Covid-19 could be spread through particles in the air.

    Face coverings are currently compulsory on public transport and in hospitals in England, but are now mandatory in shops in Scotland.

    Professor David Heymann, an epidemiologist from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said masks should be worn by "all people in a situation where no one can physically distance to prevent infection of others".

    He added that "face masks do not substitute for physical distancing if physical distancing is possible, and they do not protect the wearer from infection unless they are worn as part of personal protective equipment that also protects the eyes, a potential site of infection."

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson wearing a face mask
    Image caption: Prime Minister Boris Johnson hints that new rules on face coverings may be introduced

    Dr Paul Hunter, professor of medicine at the University of East Anglia echoed this.

    He added that the "most important thing is that anyone wearing a mask must not assume that they are automatically protected. People should still practice distancing and continue to wash their hands."

  15. Disney World returns as Florida cases surge

    We've just reported another 10,360 infections in Florida, bringing the total number of cases in the state to over a quarter of a million. It's one of several US states, along with California, Texas, Arizona, Illinois and others to see increasing fatalities too.

    Amid all this, Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom have opened again with rules aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19.

    The two Orlando sites require social distancing and wearing a mask, and everyone will have a temperature check on entry. Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios will reopen in four days' time.

    Disney's Magic Kingdom theme park prepares to welcome guests again
    Image caption: Disney;s Magic Kingdom theme park has been empty for almost four months
  16. Lockdown life: The houses that Lee built

    When graphic designer Lee Robinson found himself furloughed he found an unusual way to occupy his time which appears to have kick-started a new business venture.

    His 1:76 replicas of real homes can take up to 50 hours of painstaking modelling to build.

    The first construction was something of a personal challenge but he says when he posted it on Twitter "people really liked it", so he started taking commissions.

    "I love bringing something to life in miniature, it's the detail," Robinson said.

    He is employed by an exhibitions company and is an experienced railway modeller.

    Now scale-modelling real houses has taken over, and since lockdown, he says "not a day has passed that I have been bored".

    Read more here

    A man in lockdown has "found a niche" making detailed scale models of real houses.
    Robinson says he gets inspired by the houses he sees when he goes for a drive
    Mr Robinson has made "keepsakes" of family homes, he said
  17. US cases continue to rise

    As mentioned this morning, cases in the US are continuing to rise.

    There have now been more than three million cases and more than 130,000 deaths, making the US, the worst hit nation in the world.

    Today, Florida confirmed 10,360 new cases, bringing the state's total number of infections to 254,511.

    Map showing average daily cases in US states
    A graph showing the number of cases and deaths in the US since the outbreak began

    On Friday, nine states had record single-day infections - Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana. Montana, Ohio, Utah and Wisconsin.

    Texas has also been hit hard by the pandemic.

    Governor Greg Abbott said the US army is sending a medical taskforce to Houston to help tackle the outbreak there.

    On Friday, the city reported 670 new cases of the virus.

    Houston's Texas Medical Centre is currently operating at a 105% capacity, according to ABC News.

    Graph showing cases by continent
  18. Review: National Gallery's curated tours a smorgasbord of styles

    Will Gompertz

    BBC Arts Editor

    Bathers at Asnières, 1884 by Georges Seurat is on route B

    One-way systems, pre-booked tickets, face coverings and social distancing.

    The experience at London's National Gallery, which became the first of the major national museums to reopen to the public on Wednesday, is markedly different from the pre-pandemic wander-at-will affair.

    Visitors can still see its collection of world-class paintings for free, but tickets have to be booked online for a specific day and time.

    Face coverings and use of hand sanitiser stations are encouraged once inside the gallery, and visitors choose from one of three prescribed one-way routes: A, B or C (you can do them all if you want).

    Each trail takes around 30 minutes and features hundreds of stunning paintings.

    All three options are something of a smorgasbord of styles and epochs, but broadly speaking route A focuses on Italian paintings, route B is more Flemish and Dutch, and C is German and British.

    It's like a feast of all your favourite dishes, served at once, leaving you with no choice other than to gorge yourself.

    Read more.

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    National Gallery
  19. Belgians don masks under new government rules

    Gavin Lee

    BBC Europe reporter

    St Hubert's Shopping Gallery
    Image caption: Shops and shopping centres all require face coverings under the new rules

    Belgium has taken a notable and noticeable step in its Covid-19 public health campaign, by making the wearing of face masks mandatory in public places. It applies to shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, museums, theatres, libraries and places of worship.

    Before now, it was advisory, but not mandatory, except for hospitals and clinics, hairdressers and public transport.

    A cinema in Brussels
    Image caption: Anyone visiting the cinema will also now have to wear a face covering

    Belgian virologist and government adviser Mark Van Ranst says the move was made after it became clear that advising people to wear them wasn’t enough.

    “Face masks reduce droplets and can reduce the viral transmission in poorly ventilated areas. it took a while to convince people, but now the time has come,” he told reporters.

    Musicians play a public square in Brussels

    Failure to wear a mask can now result in prosecution. Shops and businesses that fail to enforce the rule can be closed down as well. That’s led to some criticism from labour unions, who argue that responsibility should lie with the customer.

  20. 61 cases among US marines in Japan

    Earlier, we mentioned an outbreak among US Marines in Okinawa, Japan.

    The prefectural government says 61 cases have been confirmed and two US marine bases have been put on lockdown, Kyodo news reports. An earlier statement from the Marine Corps referred to "several" cases.

    In a news conference, Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki said: “We now have strong doubts that the US military has taken adequate disease prevention measures.”

    He said that some people had held parties for 4 July in downtown areas and on beaches.

    The Marine Corps said all of those who tested positive for the virus were in isolation, adding that the cases were in "two localised clusters".

    Okinawa is home to about half of the 50,0000 US troops based in Japan.