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  1. That's it from us for today

    We're now pausing our live page and will be back tomorrow.

    Thanks for joining us.

    The live page was edited today by Alex Therrien and Helier Cheung.

    The writers were: Dulcie Lee, Joshua Nevett, Vanessa Buschschluter, Victoria Bisset and Jo Couzens.

  2. Today’s main coronavirus developments

    Traveller passes through airport

    As we bring our live coverage of the pandemic to a close for today, here's a reminder of today’s main coronavirus developments from the UK and around the world:

  3. England's contact-tracing app readies for launch

    Two women holding a contact-tracing app

    A second attempt at a Covid-19 contact-tracing app for England will soon be tested by members of the public.

    Officials hope to confirm the date for the limited roll-out within a few days. It could be as soon as next week.

    The app will let people scan barcode-like QR codes to log venue visits, as well as implementing Apple and Google's method of detecting other smartphones.

    But efforts are still ongoing to deliver medical test results within the product.

    Read more

  4. Face coverings in shops in Northern Ireland to be mandatory from Monday

    Woman wears a face covering inside a shop
    Image caption: Face coverings in shops are not currently required in Northern Ireland's shops

    Wearing face coverings in shops and other enclosed public spaces will be compulsory in Northern Ireland from Monday, First Minister Arlene Foster has said.

    She added indoor pubs which do not serve food will not be allowed to reopen on Monday, as planned.

    Meanwhile, all schools will reopen full-time to all pupils from the start of term, the education minister said.

    The NI Executive has said it would base its decisions on easing the lockdown on the rate of infection of the virus in the community.

    The R-number in Northern Ireland is now estimated to be between 0.8 - 1.8, and infections have risen three-fold since early July, the health department said earlier.

  5. Ohio governor tests positive before planned Trump meeting

    The governor of the US state of Ohio has tested positive for coronavirus, shortly before he was scheduled to meet President Donald Trump.

    Republican Governor Mike DeWine was tested as part of standard protocol for meeting the president, whom he was supposed to greet on the tarmac at an airport in Cleveland.

    A statement posted on his Twitter account said he had not shown any symptoms and would quarantine at home for the next 14 days.

    View more on twitter
  6. London marathon 2020 to be elite-only race

    Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge
    Image caption: Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge won the race in 2019

    The 2020 London Marathon will involve only elite athletes due to coronavirus concerns.

    The 45,000 "mass-event" runners will not be allowed to take part and no spectators will attend, under rules for this year's competition.

    However, the much-anticipated showdown between Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge and Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele will take place on a bio-secure closed course.

    Reduced fields of 30-40 athletes will also compete for the elite women's and wheelchair titles on 4 October.

    The 2021 race will also be moved to October, rather than the traditional April date, to maximise the chances of all runners being able to take part.

    Read the full story here

  7. Canada zoo struggles to return pandas to China

    Giant panda Er Shun eats bamboo
    Image caption: Er Shun (pictured) and Da Mao were loaned to Canada from China six years ago as a sign of goodwill

    The spread of coronavirus has affected travel across the world. But the crisis has left two giant pandas, Er Shun and Da Mao, stranded in Canada and facing a shortage of food.

    Pandas only eat fresh bamboo, which Calgary Zoo had been importing from China before the pandemic grounded most flights.

    The zoo announced in May that it would relocate Er Shun and Da Mao back to China, where bamboo is local and in abundant supply, and has relied on trucking a limited Canadian bamboo supply in the meantime.

    But this week the zoo said that, despite working with both the Canadian and Chinese governments, it has not yet been able to secure international travel permits to relocate the two animals.

    "The continued delays in international permitting is putting the health and welfare of these two beautiful giant pandas in jeopardy," the zoo's president said.

    Read the full story here

  8. How many coronavirus cases are in your area?

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    There have been 308,134 confirmed cases of coronavirus so far in the UK, up by 950 since yesterday, according to the latest government figures.

    Some 46,413 people have died. However, these numbers only include people who have tested positive for the virus, and the actual death toll is thought to be higher.

    Here, the BBC looks in more details at the figures.

    You can also find out more about cases in your area using our search tool.

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  9. US registers 1.2 million new jobless claims

    Boxes of food are given to drivers at a food bank in California
    Image caption: More Americans are turning to food banks amid a rise in unemployment

    Almost 1.2 million Americans filed for initial jobless benefits last week, according to the US Department of Labor.

    There were a total of 1,186,000 claims for the week ending 1 August, down from 1.4 million the previous week.

    The figures have fallen since the early days of the pandemic - when weekly numbers reached 6.6 million in early April - but they have been rising again in recent weeks.

    The US has recorded more than 158,000 coronavirus deaths and 4.8 million infections - more than any other country in the world.

  10. BreakingTravellers to Wales from Belgium, Bahamas and Andorra to be made to quarantine

    The Welsh government has announced that people returning from Belgium, the Bahamas and Andorra will have to quarantine at home for a fortnight, from midnight tonight.

    It is expected the rest of the UK will follow suit shortly.

    Belgium currently has one of the highest coronavirus case rates in Europe, at 49.2 per 100,000 people, compared to 14.3 per 100,000 in the UK.

    The three destinations will be removed from the list of countries which have been exempted from border health controls – Luxembourg, Spain and Serbia were all removed last month.

    There are currently no direct commercial flights from any of the three locations to Wales, but air passengers can connect via Paris or Amsterdam.

  11. BreakingIndia becomes third country to surpass two million cases

    A health worker wears PPE in the capital Delhi

    The number of coronavirus cases in India has passed two million, official figures show.

    India reported 58,168 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 2,021,407.

    Infections doubled in just 20 days - faster than either the US or Brazil, the only two countries with a higher number of cases.

    More than 40,000 deaths have also been recorded in India. Although that is the world's fifth-highest death toll, the country has a massive population of 1.3 billion.

    Read more here

  12. Reopening of pubs in Northern Ireland to be delayed

    Emma Vardy

    Ireland Correspondent

    The reopening of pubs in Northern Ireland is to be delayed, the BBC understands.

    Last month, the NI executive indicated that indoor pubs which do not serve food would be able to reopen from Monday 10 August.

    However, ministers said it would depend on the rate of the virus at the time in the community.

    It is understood the reopening of soft play areas due tomorrow has also been postponed.

    It follows a similar decision this week taken by the Irish government to delay the easing of restrictions in the Republic of Ireland.

  13. Man thrown out of Ikea after 'secretly' shopping with wife

    Ikea sign (file photo)

    A man has been told to leave an Ikea store in Belgium after he was found to be secretly shopping with his wife.

    Under Belgian rules, only one person from each household is allowed into a shop at any time, punishable by fines of up to €250 (£225, $296) for the offender and €750 for the business.

    To enforce the rules, the store in Ghent gave out one bracelet per car, which Hendrik Wallijn gave to his wife.

    Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad reports that as Wallijn waited outside, a stranger who had finished shopping offered him a bracelet and so he too entered the shop.

    "My wife and I kept our distance and pretended we didn’t know each other. At the department with the beds we exchanged three words, about the bed we were going to buy or not," he told the newspaper. He was asked to leave after a member of staff noticed they were together.

    "I don't really see the problem," Wallijn said. "In Ostend, where we live, people are half a metre apart on the beach. I also think that you should be able to make such expensive purchases, such as a bed, together."

    A number of European countries have added Belgium to their coronavirus quarantine list, meaning that travellers must self-isolate on arrival, following a rise in cases there.

    A woman wears a mask in Ostend
    Image caption: The town of Ostend has recently introduced new measures to help stop the spread of coronavirus
  14. Lebanon may see virus spike after blast, minister says

    People wearing face masks move a gurney at a damaged hospital following Tuesday's blast in Beirut, Lebanon
    Image caption: The explosion razed many buildings to the ground in Beirut

    Lebanon may see a rise in coronavirus infections, as the fallout from a deadly explosion in Beirut further stretches medical resources, the country’s health minister says.

    Concerns over Covid-19 are rising in Lebanon in the wake of the explosion that rocked the capital on Tuesday, killing at least 137 people.

    “Aiding the wounded and the lack of protective supplies may have an impact on the number of coronavirus cases,” Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan told local media.

    He promised that some of the field hospitals that will be set up in the coming days will be dedicated to Covid-19 patients.

    On Wednesday evening, Lebanon-based newspaper The Daily Star reported that coronavirus testing had been halted in Beirut following the explosion.

    "We are not able to mobilise field testing teams in Beirut as it stands - we need to assess our losses,” the head of Lebanon’s virus-monitoring unit, Nada Ghosn, told the paper.

  15. Airport testing shows German government's resolve

    Damien McGuinness

    BBC News, Berlin

    Compulsory testing at airports is a remarkable step for a country that prides itself on personal freedoms, and Germany's health minister admitted as much.

    But you just need to say the word “Ischgl” to most Germans to remind them of the risk posed by returning holidaymakers. Ischgl is the Austrian ski resort that hit the news in March, after young German skiers caught the virus while drinking in crowded bars. It’s thought that their return sparked some of the first major outbreaks in Germany.

    The move shows how seriously the government is taking the risk of a second wave. Daily infection rates are rising again in Germany — 1,045 new infections in the last 24 hours, compared to between 300 and 500 at the beginning of July — although officials say that’s also because Germany is testing more than ever.

    A bigger problem, though, is that the vast majority of new infections are transmitted within Germany.

    Over the summer the feeling of urgency has faded, and families and friends are socialising again and infections are no longer confined to a couple of large hotspots.

    Testing at airports will only be a small part of preventing a second wave.

    A German medical worker holds a swab
  16. UK Covid-19 cases rise by 950

    Coronavirus pandemic

    The number of coronavirus cases in the UK has risen by 950 since yesterday, according to the latest government figures, taking the total number of people who have tested positive for the virus to 308,134.

    This is an increase in the number of cases reported yesterday, 892.

    On Wednesday, the seven-day daily average of cases was 820.

  17. From Spain to Greece: Europe’s lockdowns explained

    EPA
    Image caption: Masks are compulsory outside in some areas of France

    Restrictions to deal with new coronavirus outbreaks have been imposed in parts of Europe since lockdowns were eased.

    So what are these measures and how do they compare in different countries?

    Read our explainer for a country-by-country overview here

  18. Dr Fauci says he has received death threats over pandemic work

    Dr Fauci

    Top US virus expert Dr Anthony Fauci has spoken about how he has received death threats, and his daughters have been harassed, due to his public statements about tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

    "Getting death threats for me and my family and harassing my daughters to the point where I have to get security is just, I mean, it's amazing," Dr Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, told CNN.

    "I wish that they did not have to go through that," he added. "I wouldn't have imagined in my wildest dreams that people who object to things that are pure public health principles are so set against it... that they actually threaten you."

    Dr Fauci, who has become a household name during the pandemic, has been involved in a number of public disagreements with US President Donald Trump.

    Find out more about Dr Fauci here

  19. Pandemic 'has widened the gender gap', says UN study

    Man cleaning a white board

    A study in Turkey by the United Nations has found that the coronavirus pandemic has seen some men devout more hours to household chores. However, women are still burdened more heavily.

    The findings follow a survey of more than 1,500 men and women in late April, after Turkey had gone into lockdown to curb the virus.

    The UN says the time allocated to home activities has “remarkably increased for both women and men” during the pandemic.

    The majority of women - some 77.6% - said they had spent more time cleaning clothes and their homes, compared to 47% of men for the same household chores.

    On the question of cooking and serving meals, 59.9% of women said they spent more time on this, compared to 23.9% of men.

    This “reinforces the outcome that women experience an increased burden of the housework compared to men,” the UN report says.

    Overall, the UN report said, the coronavirus crisis has widened the gender gap, not shrunk it.

    Read more: Will women have to work harder after the pandemic?

  20. Tourism tensions rising in popular coastal areas of Wales

    Barmouth
    Image caption: Barmouth is one area locals say has been particularly busy

    Popular coastal destinations in Gwynedd, Wales, are being overwhelmed by tourists, local MPs are warning.

    Areas like Abersoch and Barmouth are reported to have been particularly busy since lockdown eased.

    Plaid Cymru has written to First Minister Mark Drakeford to express concern, and locals say "tensions are building" as they try to maintain social distancing measures.

    But businesses have argued they need the visitors in order to recoup lockdown losses.

    A letter to Mr Drakeford, signed by four politicians as well as the leader and deputy leader of Gwynedd Council, said "unprecedented numbers" of visitors were making it difficult to observe social distancing in seaside towns and beaches.

    "Unfortunately, the numbers flocking here are more than can be dealt with, which leads to a situation beyond the ability of the authorities to maintain order," the letter said.