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Alex Therrien, Alice Cuddy and David Walker

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  1. That's it from us for today

    We're now bringing our coronavirus live page to a pause for today. We'll be back tomorrow. Thanks for joining us.

    The page was edited by Alex Therrien, Deirdre Finnerty and Robert Greenall.

    The writers were: Joshua Nevett, Shamaan Freeman-Powell, Emma Harrison, Alice Cuddy and David Walker.

  2. What happened today?

    As our live coverage draws to a close, here's a recap of some of the day's main coronavirus-related developments:

  3. Republicans dampen reports of convention media ban

    Donald Trump wearing a face mask

    The US Republican Party has distanced itself from reports that this month's party convention - which will formally re-nominate President Donald Trump - will be closed to the press.

    On Saturday US media reported that, because of the coronavirus pandemic, media would not be allowed to attend the event. But on Sunday a convention official said no final decisions had been made.

    The delegates will meet in late August in North Carolina.

    Read more on this story here

  4. Norway cruise ship hit by Covid-19 outbreak

    The MS Roald Amundsen ship in Tromsoe

    At least 40 people from the Norwegian cruise ship MS Roald Amundsen have tested positive for Covid-19, most of them crew, health officials in Norway say.

    Four crew members tested positive on Friday after the ship docked at the port of Tromsoe. Further tests have revealed another 32 staff are infected.

    So far four of 387 passengers who travelled on the ship on two recent cruises have been found to have the virus, and tests are continuing, officials said.

    "We expect that more infections will be found in connection to this outbreak," said Line Vold, a senior public health official.

  5. UAE and Iran discuss pandemic in rare talks

    The foreign ministers of the UAE and Iran have held rare talks over the coronavirus pandemic.

    Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, shared a picture of the video meeting on Twitter, describing the talks as "very substantive, frank and friendly".

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    The UAE’s state news agency, WAM, said the two ministers discussed their countries' efforts “to contain the repercussions” of the pandemic.

    UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan told his counterpart that it was important to improve international cooperation to tackle the health crisis, WAM reported.

    The mainly Shia Iran and Sunni UAE - a close ally of Saudi Arabia - are longstanding rivals.

    Iran has reported more than 309,000 cases of coronavirus, while the UAE has recorded close to 70,000.

  6. Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan praises hospital staff for 'excellent care'

    Fans of Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan offer a special prayer for his health in in Kolkata, eastern India.
    Image caption: Amitabh Bachchan's fans have been praying for his health

    Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan has taken to Twitter after being discharged from hospital, where he was being treated for Covid-19.

    Bachchan, one of India's best known film stars, tweeted that he had left hospital after testing negative for coronavirus and was now isolating at home.

    He thanked his family, friends and fans for their prayers and praised the staff of Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai for their "excellent care".

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    Bachchan has more than 43 million followers on Twitter.

    He is one of the world's most prolific film stars, having been involved in 200 films in five decades as a star. He also had a brief stint in politics and was elected as a member of India's parliament in 1984

    The 77-year-old actor and his son, Abhishek, were admitted to hospital last month after testing positive for coronavirus. His daughter-in-law and granddaughter also had positive tests.

    India is currently seeing a surge in coronavirus infections, with more than 50,000 new cases reported for the fourth day in a row on Sunday.

    Read the full story

  7. The UK's coronavirus numbers in charts

    As we reported earlier, the latest figures from the UK show 744 more people have tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 304,695.

    Another eight people have died after testing positive for the virus, bringing the total death toll to 46,201.

    The BBC's Visual and Data Journalism Team have produced a series of updated graphics that help put those figures into context.

    You can also find out more about cases in your area using the search tool and map.

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    BBC chart
  8. Could drive-in parties be the 'new normal'?

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    Video caption: Will drive-in parties be the 'new normal'?

    A drive-in concert in Plymouth allowed people to have a festival experience while socially distancing.

    Could this be the new normal?

  9. Florida reports more than 7,000 new cases

    People walk in the wet streets as tropical storm Isaias is approaching East of the Miami shores, Miami beach, Florida.
    Image caption: Its latest daily figures were announced as Florida prepared for Tropical Storm Isaias

    Florida has reported 7,104 new coronavirus cases, bringing its overall total to 487,132.

    The state has recorded 7,206 deaths from coronavirus since the pandemic began.

    Florida is one of the worst-affected US states, with the number of cases there surpassed only by California, which has double the population.

    Its latest daily figures were announced as Tropical Storm Isaias approached.

    Residents have been warned to anticipate power shortages and to have a week's supply of food, water and medicine prepared.

    Coronavirus testing centres are being temporarily closed and there are fears the storm could hit nursing homes already badly affected by the pandemic.

  10. Further eight deaths recorded in the UK

    The UK has released its daily coronavirus figures. Here's a breakdown of what you need to know:

    • Cases: 744 more people have tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 304,695
    • Deaths: Another eight people have died, bringing the total death toll for those who have tested positive with the virus to 46,201
  11. South Africa president says daily increase in cases 'stabilising'

    A man is tested for coronavirus in South Africa
    Image caption: South Africa has the fifth-highest number of coronavirus cases in the world

    South Africa has now recorded more than half a million cases of coronavirus, but President Cyril Ramaphosa says there are "promising signs" regarding rates of transmission.

    In a statement, Mr Ramaphosa said 503,290 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in South Africa and at least 8,153 deaths.

    But he said there were reasons to be hopeful.

    "After a rapid rise in infections over the last two months, the daily increase in infections appears to be stabilising, particularly in the Western Cape, Gauteng and Eastern Cape," he said.

    "While it may be too soon to draw firm conclusions, this suggests that the prevention measures that South Africans have implemented are having an effect."

    The president called on South Africans to "maintain... vigilance" until there were no more cases.

    He warned that failing to do so could risk a "resurgence" of the virus in areas where rates are starting to stabilise.

    South Africa is the hardest-hit country on the continent and accounts for half of all reported infections in Africa. It also has the fifth highest number of cases in the world after the US, Brazil, Russia and India.

    Read more: South Africa cases pass half million mark

  12. Eat out to help out - how the UK scheme works

    woman serving food

    From Monday, diners will be able to get money off meals in cafes, pubs and restaurants on certain days in August.

    It's hoped the ''eat out to help out'' scheme will provide a boost to the struggling hospitality industry.

    The promotion gives people a discount of up to 50% when eating or drinking soft drinks in a participating restaurant or other food establishment.

    It is valid all day on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3 to 31 August, in all parts of the UK that are not in a local lockdown.

    The maximum discount available is £10 per person when you eat or drink in.

    Food and drink will appear on the menu at full price, and the restaurant will deduct the money off the bill and claim it back from the government.

    Read more about how the scheme works here

  13. No confidence in White House virus chief, Pelosi says

    US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has taken a swipe at the White House’s coronavirus task-force co-ordinator, Dr Deborah Birx, casting doubt on her ability to do the job.

    Pelosi linked Birx to disinformation she accused US President Donald Trump of spreading.

    Since the start of the pandemic, President Trump has regularly drawn criticism for his claims about Covid-19, many of which have been verified as false.

    "I think the president has been spreading disinformation about the virus and she is his appointee, so I don't have confidence there, no," Pelosi told ABC's This Week programme.

    Pelosi made the comments in response to a question about a Politico report. The report quoted Pelosi as saying Birx was “the worst” in a meeting with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday.

    In response, Birx told CNN's State of the Union she thought the criticism was triggered by a New York Times article which suggested she was too ready to embrace overly optimistic assessments of the situation.

    "This was not a pollyannish view. I’ve never been called pollyannish, or non-scientific, or non-data driven," she said. "I will stake my 40-year career on those fundamental principles of using data to implement better programmes and save lives."

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Doctor rejects Trump's 'heat and light' idea at White House
  14. Victoria was right to tighten lockdown, expert says

    A general view of a deserted Bourke Street after a citywide curfew is introduced in Melbourne, Victoria
    Image caption: A curfew has been imposed in Melbourne to curb coronavirus cases

    The Australian state of Victoria was right to impose stricter lockdown measures during the current outbreak because community transmission of coronavirus has become more widespread, a public health expert has said.

    Maximilian de Courten, an epidemiologist at the University of Victoria, said the outbreak was different to the first phase of infections earlier in the year.

    In the early stages of the pandemic, most of the cases were imported from abroad with “very little spread of the virus in the community”, De Courten told the BBC.

    “But now the virus is out in the community and the same lockdown measures from the earlier round were probably not strong enough,” the expert said.

    He said a significant proportion of what he called “mystery cases” - those that cannot be traced back to work or home - had made matters worse this time.

    "In comparison to the first wave in March and April, we had a fraction, about 10 to 15%, of cases where our trackers could not find out how they got infected in the community and those are the worrisome ones,” De Courten said.

    It only takes a few untraceable cases to keep on igniting other outbreaks, he added.

    Read the full story about Victoria’s new lockdown rules here

  15. England: Guidance for those 'shielding' changes

    Shielding guidance for the "clinically extremely vulnerable" has been paused, although some local restrictions are in place.

    This means those in the extremely vulnerable category no longer have to follow the previous shielding advice. They can return to work as long as the workplace is "Covid secure" and they may go outside as much as they like - but "should still try to keep overall social interactions low".

    Those in this category will still receive some support from the NHS Volunteer scheme and will have access to priority supermarket delivery slots.

    To keep up to date with the changes click here

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  16. Iran reports biggest daily spike in cases in almost a month

    A health worker checks a woman's body temperature at a prayer ceremony in Tehran
    Image caption: Coronavirus cases are increasing in Iran

    Iran says it has recorded 2,685 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, marking its biggest single-day count in nearly a month.

    In total, Iran has reported 309,437 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 17,190 deaths.

    Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said the situation was "concerning" in 25 of Iran's 31 provinces.

    "Sadly, since late June, daily infections have been on a rising trajectory," she said.

    She also warned against travel to Mazandaran, a popular local tourist destination in the north of the country where there has been a surge in cases in recent weeks.

    Health officials again dismissed reports on Sunday that they have been under-reporting numbers of cases and deaths.

    Iran was one of the worst affected countries in the world early on in the health crisis, and now appears to be facing a resurgence of the virus.

    Read more: How Iran is battling a new wave of coronavirus

  17. Three more deaths recorded in Wales

    A further three people have died in Wales after testing positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of deaths in the country to 1,565, according to Public Health Wales.

    The number of confirmed cases in Wales increased by 37, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 17,279.

    Meanwhile, Scotland has reported 31 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, with no new deaths.

  18. Ireland considering further travel restrictions

    Health Minister Stephen Donnelly launches the official Irish health service executive "Covid Tracker" contact tracing app at the Department of Health in Dublin.
    Image caption: Stephen Donnelly said the international situation was becoming more "volatile"

    Ireland is considering additional restrictions on non-essential travel as the international situation becomes more "volatile", Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has said in a radio interview.

    "We're introducing random testing at the airports and an increased public health presence, and we're examining other options as well for further restrictions on non-essential travel," the minister told Ireland's RTE Radio.

    Ireland currently advises against non-essential international travel.

    It has a "green list" of 15 countries that people can go to without having to self-isolate for 14 days on their return.

    Mr Donnelly's comments come amid a spike in coronavirus cases in Ireland and other European countries in recent days.

    Ireland has reported more than 26,000 cases of coronavirus and more than 1,700 deaths, according to data collated by Johns Hopkins University.

  19. Storm Isaias nears virus-hit Florida

    People walk on Ocean Dr in Miami beach, Florida, 01 August 2020.
    Image caption: The storm is expected to hit the state on Sunday

    A tropical storm is set to bring heavy rains and flooding to Florida - one of the US states worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

    State authorities have opened shelters and closed beaches and parks as Isaias - the ninth named storm of 2020 - approaches.

    Governor Ron DeSantis told residents to anticipate power shortages and to have a week's supply of food, water and medicine.

    Coronavirus testing centres are being temporarily shut and there are fears that Isaias could hit nursing homes already badly affected by the Covid-19 virus.

    Authorities have also been faced with the challenge of preparing shelters where people can seek refuge from the storm, while safely social distancing.

    Florida has recorded more than 480,000 coronavirus cases, the second highest number of all US states after California, which has double the population.

    Read the full story

  20. India's home minister reveals positive coronavirus test

    India’s home minister, Amit Shah, says he’s tested positive for coronavirus.

    Mr Shah, a key figure in the country’s government, posted on Twitter that he felt well but was admitted to hospital on the advice of doctors.

    On Sunday India recorded more than 50,000 new cases of coronavirus for the fourth day in a row.

    Many states in the country are imposing new, targeted lockdowns in an effort to control the spread of the virus.

    Meanwhile, one of India's best known film stars, Amitabh Bachchan, has been discharged from hospital after being treated for Covid-19.