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  1. That's it for today, thanks for reading

    Thanks for joining our live coverage. We'll be back again on Tuesday with all the latest coronavirus stories from around the world.

    Today's page was edited by Helier Cheung and Rob Corp and written by George Wright, Alexandra Fouché, Hazel Shearing and Becky Morton.

  2. Main UK headlines on Monday

    A teacher has their temperature checked at a primary school in Belfast
    Image caption: Schools in Northern Ireland welcomed some year groups back on Monday

    We'll be closing today's live page shortly so here's a quick recap of the main UK stories:

  3. World round-up for the day so far

    It's been another day of good news and not-so-good news in the pandemic world. Here's a round-up of the main international headlines of the day.

    • Hong Kong scientists reported the first confirmed case of an apparently healthy patient being re-infected with Covid-19, four months after the first infection
    • New Zealand extended lockdown measures in its largest city, Auckland, as PM Jacinda Ardern called 2020 a "frankly terrible year"
    • In the US, the Food and Drug Administration gave emergency authorisation for plasma treatment to be used for coronavirus patients
    • In New York, people are again able to tour the city's museums, including the Statue of Liberty museum and Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, as well as go to bowling alleys and aquariums
  4. Government considering measures for English schools in case of local outbreaks

    Branwen Jeffreys

    Education Editor

    The BBC understands the government is considering a range of measures that could see secondary schools operating on a rota in parts of England where there are Covid-19 outbreaks.

    It is part of discussions underway on four different levels of schools operating.

    They aim to keep primary schools operating as normal wherever possible, with localised restrictions on secondary schools where needed to bring the R number down.

    Updated guidelines for schools on coping with local outbreaks are expected within weeks

    The government is facing calls from teaching unions to have a Plan B to deal with any sudden increase in cases.

  5. Santas trained for a Covid-safe Christmas

    A Santa has his temperature checked

    It may be four months until Christmas but training is already under way to teach Santas how to keep their grottos safe - while still maintaining the festive spirit.

    The Ministry of Fun Santa School, which ran the session at London's Southwark Cathedral, claims to be the only professional Santa training school in Britain.

    The curriculum included grotto layout management, social distancing, queue management and the use of masks and visors.

    "Now more than ever, everyone needs a bit of magic in their life - and that's what the great man can still bring us all with some special measures in place to allow social distancing," said the school's director, James Lovell.

    A Santa's grotto
    Santa training session
  6. What can we learn from long-time mask wearers?

    So what can we learn from people who are used to wearing a mask all day every day, and who had to do so even before the pandemic?

    French TV network BFM spoke to people like nurses and pest control workers to find out, after France announced it would make face masks compulsory in most workplaces from 1 September to further curb the spread of the virus.

    Nurse Thierry Amouroux told that "in the operating room, [a mask] can be worn for 12 hours, and there is no lack of oxygen and even less of a reserve of carbon dioxide that forms. On the other hand, it can be annoying when it's hot".

    He also recommends taking off one's mask after four hours, in time for lunch. After lunch, he recommends putting on a new mask till the end of the work day.

    This is because masks tends to get damp because of the person's breathing and is no longer effective after that length of time.

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  7. Czechs to shorten Covid self-isolation

    Rob Cameron

    BBC Prague Correspondent

    Residents dine at a 500-metre-long table on Charles Bridge as restrictions ease following the coronavirus outbreak in Prague, Czech Republic, on 30 June 2020
    Image caption: New restrictions are coming into effect on 1 September, after restrictions were eased in June

    The Czech Republic's health ministry has confirmed that the country's 14-day quarantine period will be shortened to 10 days from 1 September.

    A negative test will no longer be required to formally end the period of self-isolation/quarantine for those who have tested positive, or those who have come into contact with people who have tested positive.

    The person will automatically be deemed "recovered" after 10 days (as long as they are not in hospital/experiencing symptoms).

    Those people who test positive and experience symptoms will remain in self-isolation for three to four days after the last symptoms disappear.

    The move was originally meant to happen on Monday, but has been put back a week to coincide with new restrictions, coming into effect on 1 September, which include wearing masks on public transport and in official buildings, etc...

    In terms of statistics, this will presumably speed up the process of putting "infected" people into the "recovered" category, as it will to all intents and purposes be automatic.

    The latest figures in the country are 22,056 (+135) infections and, 415 deaths (out of 845,528 tests carried out).

  8. Can children catch and pass on coronavirus?

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Can children catch and pass on coronavirus?

    We've discussed children going back to school at length on this page today; how likely children are to catch the virus is at the heart of the discussion about whether it is safe to send them back.

    Watch this video to find out what we know so far about how children are affected by the virus.

  9. Illegal rave brought 'bit of normality' to my life

    People attending an illegal rave in Greater Manchester
    Image caption: Thousands of people attended an illegal rave in Greater Manchester in June

    Police are now able to fine organisers of illegal raves up to £10,000 while those who attend can be fined £100.

    The government and police say such gatherings put people's health at risk. But some people who have been going to them, and organisers, insist they are safe - and are even doing them good.

    "Throughout lockdown, my mental health was getting pretty low," Taylor, who's been to a rave during lockdown, tells BBC Newsbeat.

    This year, his relationship ended and his 21st birthday plans were cancelled because of coronavirus so his friend suggested going to an illegal party.

    "There were a couple of hundred people but everyone was fairly spaced out, people were wearing masks, being careful and it was a quite a big area of woodland," he says.

    "It was really nice to get a bit of normality back in my life and a bit of happiness."

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  10. New York museums, bowling alleys and aquariums to reopen

    People weairng masks sit on the stairs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art where Yoko Ono's new art installation, Dream Together, is displayed on the facade as the city continues Phase 4 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on August 23, 2020 in New York City.

    People will be able to tour the museums of New York again as of Monday.

    The Statue of Liberty Museum and Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration are reopening on Monday morning.

    The Met and MoMA are due to reopen later this week.

    New York state's bowling alleys will also be reopening, along with aquariums.

    However, there will be strict social distancing rules in place including staggered entry times, mandatory face masks and time limits on visits.

    Museums, aquariums and other cultural institutions will be able to hold visitors at 25% capacity, while bowling alleys will be at 50%.

  11. Police 'can't win' after breaking up child's birthday party

    Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said illegal gatherings were a drain on police resources

    Police criticised for breaking up a child's 10th birthday party say they "can't win" when enforcing enhanced coronavirus restrictions.

    Greater Manchester Police's chief constable has revealed that the force attended 126 incidents over the weekend.

    Officers were criticised by some for breaking up the child's party in Manchester and issuing a fine, but Ian Hopkins said it was not a "jelly and ice cream" event and saw "mostly adults celebrating".

    "We can't win. If we don't deal with them, people are saying it isn't fair and when we do deal with it people are saying it is heavy-handed," he said.

    Greater Manchester has faced extra restrictions following a rise in cases, with gatherings of separate households banned in most circumstances.

    Elsewhere, West Midlands Police say they broke up 96 parties and illegal gatherings over the weekend. Birmingham is on a government watch list due to a spike in Covid-19 cases.

  12. Why do vaccines get caught up in politics?

    A chemist works at AstraZeneca's headquarters in Sydney, Australia, on 19 August 2020

    Vaccines are meant to be about science - but they seem inseparable from politics too.

    In fact, just today, there are three different vaccine stories making the rounds:

    • The Trump administration has considered giving emergency approval to the UK Covid-19 vaccine currently being developed by pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca and Oxford University ahead of November's US presidential elections, according to the Financial Times and New York Times. If true, this could spark safety concerns - but Trump officials and AstraZeneca have denied the reports.
    • Meanwhile, a new US poll published in Axios suggests 66% of Americans believe any vaccine developed in the US should only be shared with the rest of the world after all US orders have been filled.

    And of course, earlier this month, Russia announced it had registered the first vaccine against Covid-19 - but was met with scepticism.

    A Covid-19 vaccine is one of the most valuable and eagerly sought-after medical prizes in modern times, says the BBC's security correspondent, Gordon Corera. This is not just because of the life-saving benefits, but also the promise of ending disruption, and the glory and validation for those who succeed.

  13. Dutch royals sorry over breaking distancing rules

    The Dutch king and queen have apologised after being pictured breaking social distancing rules while on holiday in Greece.

    A photograph published online showed King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima standing close to a man said to be a restaurant owner on the island of Mykonos.

    In a statement published on Twitter, the king acknowledged that he and his wife had kept "too little distance".

    "In the spontaneity of the moment, we did not pay attention to that. Of course, we should have. Because compliance with corona rules is also essential when on holiday to combat the virus."

    The person who took the photo, quoted anonymously by Dutch broadcaster RTL Nieuws, said it was taken privately and that the failure to respect social distancing was a "mistake", the AFP news agency reports.

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  14. Latest coronavirus-related developments in the UK

    Schools in Northern Ireland welcomed some year groups back on Monday

    Here are the latest developments in the UK at 17:00 BST on Monday:

  15. Pastor who thought virus was a hoax dies

    Marianna Spring

    Disinformation and social media reporter

    Brian and Erin
    Image caption: Brian and Erin at a party before the pandemic

    A Florida taxi driver, who did not follow health advice after believing Covid-19 was a hoax, has now lost his wife to the disease.

    Brian Lee Hitchens and his wife Erin believed online conspiracy theories suggesting coronavirus was a hoax, linked to 5G or just like the flu.

    The couple didn’t follow health guidance or seek help sooner when they fell ill.

    They contracted coronavirus in May and were both hospitalised in Florida but while Brian recovered, his 46-year-old wife (who had asthma and a sleeping disorder) remained critically ill.

    Erin, who was a pastor, died from heart problems related to the virus this month.

    Brian told BBC News that he “wished [he’d] listened from the beginning” and hoped his wife would forgive him.

    “This is a real virus that affects people differently. I can't change the past I can only live in today and make better choices for the future,” Brian explained.

    Brian originally featured in this investigation into the human cost of viral misinformation.

  16. Government not suggesting face coverings in English schools

    Pupil wearing a face covering

    The government is not suggesting secondary pupils and teachers should wear face coverings in some school settings in England, the education secretary has said.

    On a visit to a school in Bromley, south-east London, Gavin Williamson said "a system of controls" had been put in place in schools so they could operate safely.

    The Scottish government is in the final stages of consultations with teachers and councils over pupils wearing face coverings in corridors and communal areas of secondary schools, after the World Health Organization recommended their use for children over the age of 12.

    Asked about calls for clarity over what headteachers should do if there is a suspected coronavirus case in their school, Williamson said "what's key is making sure there is always a continuity of education" and Public Health England would give schools advice about what action they needed to take.

    He also pledged that all schools would have home testing kits by the start of the new term.

  17. Four more coronavirus deaths in the UK

    Four more coronavirus deaths have been reported in the UK, taking the total number of people who have died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus to 41,433.

    A further 853 new cases have also been recorded, according to the latest figures from the Department of Health.

  18. Schools 'left to get on with it' - Labour

    Schools have lacked the information and support they needed in the last few weeks to prepare to reopen, the UK Labour Party's shadow education secretary has said.

    Kate Green told the BBC schools have “largely been left to get on with it” while the government was “totally preoccupied with its exams fiasco".

    She said children in England “must go back to class next week” and it was in the best interests of their social and emotional wellbeing as well as for their learning.

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    Video caption: Kate Green on reopening English schools in September
  19. 'My son died in a freezing South African hospital tent'

    Andrew Harding

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    Jeanette Mlombo
    Image caption: Jeanette Mlombo says corruption and carelessness are responsible for her son's death

    Suspected Covid-19 patients were routinely left for hours in an open tent, in sub-zero temperatures, outside a South African hospital during the mid-winter peak of the pandemic, leading to "many" people dying of suspected hypothermia, according to an exclusive investigation by BBC News.

    The revelations have emerged as South Africa's government has acknowledged and condemned widespread corruption and mismanagement during its response to the pandemic.

    "It was freezing in that tent. As soon as night falls it's horrible, you can see the patients declining. Hypothermia is one of the major causes of death here. Especially in that tent," said a doctor at Sebokeng Hospital - a whistleblower who spoke to us on condition of anonymity.

    You can read more about the investigation here.

  20. Strictly 'hardest show' in pandemic

    Strictly Come Dancing

    Strictly Come Dancing is the "hardest" show to film under current circumstances, the BBC's head of entertainment has said.

    But despite the challenges, Kate Phillips told the virtual Edinburgh TV Festival that the professionals are rehearsing for this year's show and the celebrity line-up will be announced at the end of the month.

    She said it would be a "slightly shorter run" but will be "special". The professionals have isolated together for around two weeks, she said.

    "We are having to adapt, the set is having to be altered, we are not quite sure at this stage how much audience we will be able to have in and we have to look at Dave Arch and his band, how hair and make-up and costume will work backstage," she said.

    "It's probably the hardest show to do in the current circumstances, a live weekly show that relies on body contact quite a lot."

    However, she added: "There is that old line, necessity is the mother of invention, and I would say across all the entertainment shows we are seeing constant good ideas."