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  1. The latest headlines from around the world

    Bournemouth beach
    Image caption: In the UK, people have been urged to maintain social distancing, as crowds flocked to the coast

    If you're just joining us here's a quick recap of the main stories in the UK and around the world so far today:

    • Meanwhile, more than one million coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Africa, although lack of comprehensive testing across the continent means the true spread of the virus is not known
    • Mexico's death toll has passed 50,000, days after it became the country with the third-highest toll, after the US and Brazil
    • India has reached two million cases in 20 days - much faster than the US and Brazil
    • And Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam has announced free Covid-19 tests for anyone in the city who wants one
  2. UK 'must change mindset' to stop virus spreading - expert

    Professor David Heyman

    Some reaction now to the news we brought you earlier about a slight increase in the UK's R number - that is, the rate at which the virus is being transmitted.

    We "should be concerned" about a rise in the R number, says the expert who led the World Health Organization's global response to the Sars epidemic in 2003.

    Prof David Heyman, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said while the R number is an estimate based on the "transmissibility" of the virus itself, it also depends on the behaviour and proximity of people together - as well as the immune status of those people.

    "So what an increase in the R number says is that people aren’t taking the messages to heart," he said.

    "We’ve got to learn to live with this virus," he urged, adding: "We are putting everyone at risk – no matter who it is – if we are not wearing a mask when we’re in a closed space such as public transport.

    "But you can’t sanction these measures, really it's about changing our mindset to want to protect others."

  3. Mosquito nets 'could halve' malaria deaths during Covid-19

    Mosquito on a net

    Mosquito net distribution in Africa could help to halve the number of deaths from malaria during the coronavirus outbreak, researchers have claimed.

    There are concerns that activities to control malaria, such as distributing insecticidal nets, are suffering as a result of the pandemic.

    About 228 million long-lasting insecticidal nets were due to be delivered across sub-Saharan Africa this year.

    But Imperial College London's Covid-19 Response Team estimates that malaria deaths could more than double in 2020 compared with 2019 if activities are disrupted.

    The researchers say that if mosquito nets are not deployed and preventative chemotherapy and case management is reduced by half for six months, there could be 779,000 malaria deaths in the area over 12 months.

  4. Analysis: Monitoring the R number is getting less useful

    James Gallagher

    Health and science correspondent, BBC News

    The latest estimate of the R number for the UK is between 0.8 and 1.0.

    Remember, R is the number of people each infected person is passing the virus on to. Anything above 1.0 means cases are starting to grow again.

    So the latest figures suggest coronavirus cases in the UK are either stable or shrinking slightly.

    This ties in with the numbers from the Office for National Statistics, which also suggest cases are levelling off.

    However, the R number is getting less useful for monitoring the situation in the UK. A national figure does not capture what is happening in Aberdeen, Leicester or Greater Manchester.

    Instead the focus is on finding outbreaks as soon as possible.

  5. Crowds of UK beachgoers told to 'head home'

    A sign saying car park full in Sandbanks
    Image caption: In Sandbanks car parks were already full by around 10:30 BST

    Beachgoers in Dorset, south-west England, are being urged to "head home" as crowds flocked to resorts to enjoy the warm weather - with some already full.

    A mobile app to aid social distancing is showing red along four areas of the coast - including at Sandbanks and Bournemouth West - meaning "avoid".

    Police and the county's councils have urged people to use common sense and leave if somewhere becomes too busy to social distance.

    In Kent, south-east England, Thanet District Council has asked visitors to look for less crowded areas, with forecasters predicting temperatures of up to 36C.

    If you're struggling with the heat, we've got some tips on how to stay cool in a face mask here.

    Bournemouth beach
    Image caption: Bournemouth beach in Dorset was busy with sunbathers on Friday
  6. Another northern England city reports cluster

    Testing centre
    Image caption: Mobile testing sites have been set up in Kirkstall and Fearnville

    A rise in coronavirus cases in Leeds has led to the introduction of new testing units in the city.

    It recorded 129 positive tests in the week to 2 August compared with 41 the week before.

    There has been a cluster of cases within Kirkstall, Harehills and surrounding areas, according to Leeds City Council.

    The government is due to make an announcement today on restrictions in north-west England.

    The current measures include banning mixing between households for residents in Greater Manchester, parts of east Lancashire and West Yorkshire, as well as Leicester.

    Leicester's council said it is not expecting any changes to its current restrictions in the government announcement, adding it was "at a loss" as to why they had been "tagged on" to the review of restrictions in north-west England.

    Meanwhile, in Aberdeen, the number of confirmed cases in a Covid-19 cluster which led to a local lockdown has risen to 101 – 22 new cases in the last day.

  7. Final patient in Beijing outbreak leaves hospital

    Kerry Allen

    BBC Monitoring, Chinese Media Analyst

    The Xinfadi market was closed after the outbreak

    The final patient in a localised outbreak at Beijing's largest wholesale market, Xinfadi, has been discharged from hospital after being successfully treated for coronavirus.

    On 11 June, a 52-year-old man tested positive for Covid-19. It led to a further 335 people testing positive.

    China’s capital city brought the virus under control with swift lockdown measures and aggressive testing and local media are lauding the 100% success rate in treating all patients.

    The official Xinhua News Agency said five had been critically ill and 21 had been in a severe condition.

    However, Beijing is not completely free of Covid-19 - a new case has been confirmed in the city today, reportedly a close contact of an earlier patient who tested positive after visiting the city of Dalian, in the north-eastern Liaoning province. This person had already been quarantined.

    Beijing also occasionally reports import cases from overseas, but there are strict 14-day quarantine procedures for all international arrivals to the capital city.

  8. In pictures: Scottish pupils protest over exam results

    Scotland students protest exam results

    About 100 school pupils demonstrated in Glasgow over their exam results earlier, with more protests planned in Dalkeith, near Edinburgh, later today.

    The group gathered at George Square to protest about how the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) calculated their grades this year.

    It comes after thousands of students received worse results than they were expecting on Tuesday.

    All exams were cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and preliminary exams and teacher estimates were used to grade pupils instead.

    But the SQA lowered about 125,000 estimated grades, and many students believe they were penalised during the moderation process because their schools have historically not performed as well as others.

    Scotland students protest exam results
    Scotland students protest exam results
    Scotland students protest exam results
  9. US jobs growth slows in July as pandemic takes toll

    Closed office in the US

    Hiring in the US slowed sharply in July as the country struggled to control the coronavirus pandemic, new figures suggest.

    Employers added 1.8 million jobs last month, down from a record 4.8 million in June.

    But it's better news for the unemployment rate which fell to 10.2%, continuing to improve from the high of 14.7% seen in April.

    The figures have reignited calls for Washington to approve further economic stimulus, though the slowdown was not as bad as many experts had feared.

    Read more here.

  10. Social distancing warnings as crowds hit UK beaches

    The UK is set for one of the hottest days of the year, with forecasters predicting temperatures of up to 36C in south-east England.

    Councils are urging visitors to maintain social distancing, as crowds flock to the coast.

    For more on how you can enjoy the warm weather while sticking to the latest coronavirus guidelines, read our explainer.

    Brighton beach
    Image caption: Brighton beach, on the south coast of England, was already busy by lunchtime
    Bournemouth pier
    Image caption: As was Bournemouth pier in Dorset - where a zip wire was being set up
    Two people sit on chairs on a beach in Margate
    Image caption: Some set out early to grab a spot in Margate, south-east England
    Two people ride mobility scooters near Skegness Beach in Lincolnshire
    Image caption: Some people were seen wearing masks near Skegness Beach in Lincolnshire
  11. Mexico death toll surges past 50,000

    Relatives react near the coffin of a man, during his funeral at the local cemetery

    Mexico's coronavirus death toll has passed 50,000, the government has announced.

    It comes just days after it became the country with the third-highest number of fatalities in the world - only the US and Brazil have recorded greater numbers.

    The health ministry announced 819 more deaths in its daily update, taking the total to 50,517 since its first case was detected in February.

    Registered positive cases in Mexico now stand at 462,690 in a population of more than 128 million.

    The number of fatalities exceeds the range of between 6,000 and 30,000 that President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador projected at the end of February.

    His government, which began easing lockdown measures at the start of June, has faced scrutiny over its handling of the crisis.

  12. Tighter measures in Scotland after Aberdeen cluster

    Aberdeen city view

    People in Scotland will have to wear face coverings in museums, places of worship and libraries from Saturday, Scotland’s first minister has said.

    It will also be mandatory - rather than just guidance - for hospitality venues in Scotland to collect customers' information from next week, Nicola Sturgeon said.

    She also told people to “think very carefully” about booking foreign holidays after more countries were removed from the air corridors list.

    Aberdeen’s football match this weekend has been postponed after two players tested positive at the club. Ms Sturgeon said some players had clearly broken the rules around football bubbles by attending a bar in the city - which was "completely unacceptable".

    A total of 101 cases have been confirmed in the Aberdeen cluster - which is linked to bars and restaurants in the city - which was an increase of 22 on Thursday, she said.

    Bars and restaurants in the city were ordered to close this week because of the outbreak.

    Ms Sturgeon added in her daily briefing that the Scottish government was not convinced that face visors provided sufficient protection.

    So from Saturday if a visor is worn it must be accompanied by another type of face covering.

  13. I'm A Celebrity to swap Australian jungle for UK castle

    Contestants on last year's I'm a Celebrity
    Image caption: Last year's I'm a Celebrity show was won by Jacqueline Jossa (fifth from right)

    Reality TV show I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! will relocate from the Australian jungle to a ruined British castle for this year's series, ITV has announced.

    This means bush tucker trials are out but the broadcaster promised contestants would still face similarly "gruelling trials" to see one of them crowned King or Queen of the castle.

    Richard Cowles, director of entertainment at ITV Studios, said the team had "pulled out all the stops" to try and make the series happen in Australia but due to the pandemic "it just wasn’t possible for us to travel and make the show there".

    “Our celebrities will probably have to swap shorts for thermals but they can still look forward to a basic diet of rice and beans and plenty of thrills and surprises along the way," he said.

    ITV hasn't yet set out details of whether the contestants will have to quarantine and have coronavirus tests beforehand.

  14. Mandatory hotel quarantine begins for NSW arrivals from Victoria

    Motorists approach a checkpoint at Coolangatta on the Queensland - New South Wales border
    Image caption: Queues of traffic were seen at a checkpoint on the border between Queensland and New South Wales, ahead of restrictions being introduced

    From today, people who enter the Australian state of New South Wales from neighbouring Victoria will have to go into mandatory hotel quarantine.

    The new measures have been introduced due to rise in coronavirus infections being reported in Victoria - which has been seen record rates despite four weeks of lockdown measures.

    Visitors will need to remain at a hotel for 14 days at their own expense.

    All returning New South Wales residents, unless they live within the state's border regions, will only be allowed to return via Sydney Airport.

    Meanwhile, Queensland is imposing restrictions on travellers from New South Wales from Saturday.

  15. Analysis: Africa cases milestone is a mystery

    Andrew Harding

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    A coronavirus mural in Nairobi's Mathare settlement

    Africa's coronavirus cases have officially passed the one-million mark.

    This is a significant milestone and an alarming one. But it is also a mystery.

    More than 500,000 cases of Covid-19 have already been confirmed in South Africa alone. The country has good data and - compared with most of Africa - a huge testing operation under way.

    So, is it really possible that there are only another half a million cases across rest of the entire continent?

    The short answer is no.

    Experts here agree that, given the minimal amount of testing it is almost certain that Africa has already sailed far past the one million mark.

    But doctors also point out that hospitals in many countries are not yet overloaded with suspected Covid-19 cases.

    There are many possible explanations: fear of going to clinics, early lockdowns in many countries and sparser populations.

    And because there is still so much to learn about Covid-19, it is possible that some populations may enjoy some extra protection against the virus, perhaps because of immune systems already bolstered by previous battles against malaria, cholera and other diseases.

  16. The latest headlines from around the world

    Field hospitals, like this one in Kenya, have been set up in several African countries

    If you're just joining us here's a quick recap of the main stories so far today:

    • More than one million cases have been confirmed in Africa, although lack of comprehensive testing across the continent means the true extent of the pandemic there is not known
    • The UK "will not hesitate" to add more countries to its travel quarantine list, the chancellor has said. It comes after arrivals to the UK from Belgium, the Bahamas and Andorra were told they would need to self-isolate for 14 days
    • Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam has announced free Covid-19 tests for anyone in the city who wants one
    • India has reached two million cases in 20 days - much faster than the two countries with the highest number of cases, the US and Brazil
    • New restrictions have come into effect in the Australian state of New South Wales, with mandatory hotel quarantine for arrivals from neighbouring Victoria
    • And in the last few minutes, new data suggests virus cases in England may be "levelling off"
  17. BreakingEngland virus cases up since June 'but may be levelling off'

    Approximately 28,300 people in homes in England have had coronavirus in the most recent week – about one person in every 1,900 - according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

    It estimates that last week approximately 27,600 people had the virus.

    This is up from the low point at the end of June (23,100), but the ONS doesn’t see evidence of continued rise.

    It says the “number of people in England testing positive for Covid-19 has increased since the low point at the end of June, but may be levelling off".

    The ONS estimates there are about 3,700 new infections per day in homes in England.

    For the first time, it has included data on infections in Wales: approximately 1,400 people infected (or one person in every 2,200).

  18. What will coronavirus do to our offices and homes?

    Laila graphic

    One day, the virus will subside. It could be eradicated. But even then, life will not simply return to the way it was before Covid-19.

    Spurred on by the coronavirus crisis, architects have been rethinking the buildings we inhabit.

    Many believe a major shift towards working from home will be the most significant impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the built environment.

    Why? One public architecture expert says the short answer is money.

    Here the BBC Visual and Data Journalism Team walk us through what the working day could look like, from the perspective of "Laila". It's 2025 and she works from home four days a week. It's been that way since the 2020 lockdown...

  19. Lockdown has 'negligible' effect on temperatures

    Empty road
    Image caption: The global restrictions saw roads and motorways hardly used for several months

    The dramatic drop in greenhouse gases and air pollutants seen during the global coronavirus lockdown will have little impact on our warming planet, scientists have said.

    New analysis, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, suggests that by 2030, global temperatures will only be 0.01C lower than expected.

    But the authors stress that the nature of the recovery could significantly alter the longer-term outlook.

    A strong green stimulus could keep the world from exceeding 1.5C of warming by the middle of this century, the study says.

    Read more here.

  20. How India breached the two million mark

    Graphs showing number of daily coronavirus cases and deaths in India

    India has reported 62,170 new Covid-19 infections in the past 24 hours, and with that it became only the third country to cross the two million mark.

    It has added one million cases in just 20 days - faster than the US or Brazil, both of which have a higher case load.

    Given India's dense population, the numbers are unsurprising. But experts say the virus could have been slowed.

    They blame a hasty lockdown, patchy test and trace and ineffective safety protocols.

    The BBC's Aparna Alluri has been finding out more.