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  1. Spain works out plans for reopening schools

    Woman taking child's temperature in Madrid

    As Spain attempts to control surging cases in some regions - including by enlisting the army for help with virus tracking - the government is working out plans for pupils to return to school.

    Some pupils in Spain have been back at school since late May, but until now it has been voluntary. The plan is currently for all pupils to return in September.

    Education Minister Isabel Celaá told Spanish media that returning to school "has to be in person - we cannot burden families with more uncertainty".

    "Taking temperatures at the entrance [to schools] can cause queues," she added. "There are other options: ask parents not to send children in if they have a fever, or to take [their temperatures] in class."

    According to guidelines issued earlier by the government, pupils will have to maintain a distance of at least 1.5m from each other, while younger children will instead be allowed to form bubbles of 15 to 20 pupils without having to distance.

  2. Teachers will 'welcome face mask change'

    Many teachers will welcome the change in government advice about the use of face coverings in England's schools, said Geoff Barton of the ASCL head teachers' union.

    "We now know that if you are in an area of high risk you will have to wear a face covering if you are in secondary school," he told BBC Breakfast.

    "If you are not in a high area of risk, then it will be at the discretion of your school or your college."

    Mr Barton added: "I think that kind of clarity which gives that flexibility will not be welcomed by everybody, but it will be welcomed, I think, by a lot of the head teachers and other senior leaders I represent."

    He said the size of communal spaces varied across schools - as did the safety plans that have been put in place.

  3. Government must 'not pass buck' to teachers

    Labour shadow education minister Tulip Siddiq is calling on the government to give "clearer guidance" on students wearing face coverings in schools and "not pass the buck to all teachers".

    "If there is anything we can do to reduce the rate of transmission" then schools "should be doing that," she told the BBC.

    "It is not a big ask to ask people to wear masks in communal areas," she said, especially when "it feels like you can socially distance in classrooms".

    Ms Siddiq also stressed that in order to make this policy effective it would be "up to the government to supply these masks, so the onus isn't on the teachers and pupils to provide for themselves".

    It comes after the government said secondary pupils will have to wear masks in school corridors in local lockdown areas of England, and head teachers will have the "flexibility" to introduce masks in their schools.

  4. Tango World Championships: 'Virtual, but with the same vigour'

    Tango competitors Saucet and Pascual dancing at home

    Argentina's annual Tango World Championships is kicking off today - but instead of taking place in an arena in Buenos Aires, the competition is being held virtually.

    The dance contest comes as Argentina reported 8,713 new cases on Monday - a record single-day increase for the country.

    Judges will look at videos sent in by participants, who will also now be allowed to compete as individuals. Buenos Aires head of culture Enrique Avogadro said it would be "different, but with the same vigour as in previous years".

    But the decision to hold it this way is said to have angered tango purists, like Virginia Vasconi, a choreographer and regular member of the jury. She told AFP news agency that sending in "a video that you can edit is not the same thing as dancing on stage in front of a jury".

  5. Social distancing 'aggression' on crabbing bridge

    Kissing Bridge in Walberswick
    Image caption: The bridge, pictured here before the coronavirus pandemic, is a popular crabbing spot

    Visitors to the home of the British Crabbing Championships have turned aggressive when challenged about social distancing, it has been claimed.

    Kissing Bridge in Walberswick, Suffolk, is a popular spot for catching crabs, but is only about 2ft (0.6m) wide.

    Luke Jeans, who lives nearby, said he had faced "aggression and yelling" when asking people not to block the bridge, while another man said he was sworn at.

    Suffolk Police said it had not been made aware of the incidents.

    Mr Jeans said he had asked people to stop crabbing there on a number of occasions since social distancing measures began and that "nine out of 10 were very good and apologised".

    "The first time I got aggression on there, one gentleman refused to leave and stood in the middle of the bridge with his arms folded," he said.

    "Another time it was aggression and yelling. The people who are blocking the bridge are ruining it for everybody."

    Read the full story here.

  6. No plan for a return to the office for millions of staff

    Fifty of the biggest UK employers questioned by the BBC have said they have no plans to return all staff to the office full-time in the near future.

    Some 24 firms said they did not have any plans in place to return workers to the office.

    However, 20 have opened their offices for staff unable to work from home.

    It comes as many employees return to work from the summer holidays with the reality of a prolonged period of home working becoming increasingly likely.

    The BBC questioned employers ranging from banks to retailers to get a sense of when they expected to ask employees to return to the office.

    One of the main reasons given for the lack of a substantial return was that firms could not see a way of accommodating large numbers of staff while social distancing regulations were still in place.

    Read the full story here.

    Graphic on workplace statistics
  7. Where can I get a face covering in the UK, and how do I wear it?

    When buying your mask, you need to decide which might be best for you. There are reusable cloth coverings or non-medical disposable face coverings - or you can even use items like scarves and bandanas.

    You can buy single-use coverings at pharmacies - high street chains like Boots, Superdrug and Lloyds all sell them. And they're available on online sites like Amazon.

    It's worth remembering, though, that you can't recycle them. If your mask isn't washable, or if it's disposable, the government says it should go in your "black bag" or general waste bin, or a litter bin if you're outside, once you've worn it.

    More and more clothes retailers have joined the marketplace with reusable fabric masks. In fact, it seems everywhere now sells reusable masks - from your local corner shop, to your favourite football club, to independent retailers on Etsy.

    Fancy making your own face covering? The BBC has created a guide on how to do just that. The government has issued its own advice, too.

    How not to wear your face covering
  8. Face coverings in schools a 'slippery slope' - Tory MP

    Requiring pupils to wear face coverings in schools is a "slippery slope", says Conservative MP Huw Merriman.

    The MP for Bexhill and Battle told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that he disagreed with the move because "we need to send the message out that our schools are safe with the measures that they've been taking and will be taking".

    "Anything that sends a message out that it's not safe in the corridor means that it can't be safe in the classroom and we're on a slippery slope," he said.

    "My concern is that we just keep making this up as we go along," he continued - adding that the World Health Organization was "not explicit about schools at all".

    His comments came after the government said secondary pupils will have to wear masks in school corridors in local lockdown areas of England.

  9. Kim Jong-un admits 'shortcomings' in North Korea's virus strategy

    Kim Jong-un at meeting of politburo

    Kim Jong-un has warned North Korean authorities to prepare for both the coronavirus pandemic and the looming Typhoon Bavi, according to state media.

    Speaking at a meeting of the politburo on Tuesday, while smoking a cigarette, Mr Kim admitted there had been "some shortcomings" in the country's approach to the "malignant virus" - but didn't give any details.

    North Korea has not confirmed any cases of Covid-19, although this is doubted by observers. Although officials insisted for a long time that there were no infections in the country, state media hasn't repeated that claim for weeks now.

    It's thought that a large outbreak of the virus would devastate the already-impoverished nation. At the same time, the typhoon is expected to hit the country later this week.

    Read more about this story here.

  10. Spain to enlist 2,000 soldiers to track virus

    People in Barcelona

    Spain is going to enlist the help of the army to identify people who've been exposed to the coronavirus, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said.

    About 2,000 soldiers who are trained in tracking are going to be sent to the regions.

    Some experts have blamed a lack of virus trackers for a surge in cases in parts of the country, including Madrid and Catalonia.

    Spain has more than 400,000 confirmed cases of the virus - the highest in western Europe - and one of the fastest infection rates on the continent. Almost 29,000 people have died.

  11. F1 millionaire Briatore in hospital: Latest from Europe

    File pic of former Renault F1 principal Flavio Briatore
    Image caption: Flavio Briatore has been involved in a row with a Sardinian mayor over Covid restrictions on nightclubs

    Here are some of the latest key developments from across Europe:

    • Former Formula One boss Flavio Briatore is being treated in a Milan hospital amid an outbreak at his nightclub on the Italian island of Sardinia. The millionaire businessman helped lead Michael Schumacher to motor racing success - but this month he has been at the heart of a local row over early closures for nightclubs during the Covid pandemic. Reports say up to 63 staff at his Billionaire club have tested positive - Flavio Briatore's condition is said to be stable
    • German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz says the economy is doing a little better than was feared a few weeks ago - he believes Germany will return to pre-crisis levels at the end of 2021 or the start of 2022
    • The southern city of Munich will start banning alcohol sales after 21:00 if infections reach 35 per 100,000 people - the current rate is 28
    • France's second city Marseille will require the wearing of masks throughout the city from late tonight. Marseille has a rate of 177 cases per 100,000 - the national average is 33
    • Turkey is banning engagement ceremonies and limiting weddings to an hour in 14 provinces. It's reported 1,502 infections in 24 hours, the highest since June. But football fans will be able to see their teams play again from October. Stadiums can open at 30% capacity.
  12. Face coverings U-turn 'the most cautious approach'

    The decision to require secondary school pupils to wear face coverings in school corridors in parts of England under local lockdown was taken in consideration of World Health Organization (WHO) advice and following conversations with Public Health England, the education secretary says.

    Gavin Williamson tells BBC Breakfast: "We've constantly said that this is something that stays under review at all stages."

    He adds: "Actually in the case of a small number of schools where there's high transmission rates within the community, and this is only a very small number of areas where there are local lockdowns, we felt that it is best to take the most careful and the most cautious and the most precautionary approach."

    He also says there is "no intention of extending" the mandatory requirements in schools.

  13. What are the face covering rules in UK schools?

    That depends on where you live.

    In Scotland, all pupils over the age of 12 will have to wear face coverings in corridors and communal areas from 31 August. On school buses, everyone over the age of five will have to wear face coverings. They will not have to wear them in classrooms.

    The advice is similar in Northern Ireland, with changes also coming into affect from Monday. Education Minister Peter Weir said guidance on face coverings would be updated to include wearing them in the corridors of post-primary schools.

    The advice for secondary school pupils in England is that "schools will have the discretion to require face coverings in communal areas if they believe that is right in their particular circumstances".

    However, in areas where transmission of the virus is high - and where government interventions such as local lockdowns are in place - face coverings will be mandatory for pupils in year 7 and above in parts of schools where social distancing is not possible. This will not include in classrooms during lessons, where the government says they could "inhibit learning".

    The new guidance also applies to further education colleges, but not to primary schools.

    In Wales, the use of face coverings is "advised in circumstances where it may be difficult to stay two metres away from others". A decision about whether they will be required for schoolchildren is expected today.

  14. Face coverings U-turn for England's secondary schools

    Student wearing a face covering

    The government has reversed its guidance so that secondary pupils – those aged from 11 to 16 – in England will have to wear masks in school corridors in local lockdown areas.

    Head teachers in any secondary school will also have the "flexibility" to introduce masks in their schools.

    Education Secretary Gavin Williamson says it follows updated advice from the World Health Organization (WHO).

    The Department for Education says that, for most areas of England, it is keeping its recommendation against using face coverings – but that schools will be able to make their own decision whether to ask pupils and staff to wear them.

    This will be in "communal areas" of schools such as corridors, where it is difficult to have social distancing, and when schools "believe that is right in their particular circumstances".

    Secondary school pupils in Scotland and Northern Ireland will have to wear face coverings between lessons from Monday.

    Read more on the guidance in England here.

  15. Welcome back to our live coverage

    Social distancing marker in california

    Thanks for joining our live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s early in the morning here in London, and a lot has happened while we were asleep.

    To help you catch up, here are the main headlines:

    • The number of new cases of the virus continues to fall in the US - however, experts point to both an increase in mask-wearing, and a fall in the number of tests being carried out. More than 1,000 deaths are still being reported per day in the country
    • Meanwhile, US First Lady Melania Trump acknowledged the pain caused by the pandemic, and offered her sympathy to people who have lost loved ones at a speech at the Republican National Convention
    • In the UK, secondary school pupils in England will have to wear masks in school corridors in local lockdown areas, after the government reversed its guidance
    • Spain is going to call in the army to help identify people who’ve been exposed to the coronavirus. The government says it will make 2,000 soldiers trained in tracking available to regions, which are responsible for healthcare
    • German coalition parties have agreed to extend measures to counter the economic impact of the pandemic, such as prolonging short-term work subsidies, and bridging aid for small and medium-sized companies. It was also announced yesterday that the German economy contracted by a record 9.7%
    • There have now been more than 23.9m confirmed cases of the virus worldwide, and almost 820,000 people have died, according to the tally kept by US-based Johns Hopkins University