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Coronavirus map LIVE: UK on brink of second wave as R-rate hits 1 - new lockdown warning

The UK Government has said the R rate has edged up to between 0.8 and 1.0, from 0.8 to 0.9 the week before. Across the whole of the UK, the R number remains unchanged at between 0.7 and 0.9, which indicated the pandemic is shrinking. The growth rate of infections per day for the UK is -5 percent to -2 percent, while for England it is -4 percent to -1 percent.

New data from Public Health England has revealed Leicester still has the highest rate of infections in England, but the number is now on the rise in Blackburn, Bedford and Peterborough.

Leicester, which was placed back into lockdown last week, now has 116 cases per 100,000 people.

The East Midlands city is followed by Rochdale (32.7 cases) and Bradford (31.8 cases).

The latest figures are for the number of cases per 100,000 people in the week to July 6 compared to a week earlier in the seven days to June 29.

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coronavirus cases deaths increase by 48 (Image: PA)

But three areas of the UK have seen increase in the infection rate.

Blackburn with Darwen has increased from 23.5 to 33.6; Peterborough has jumped from 17.4 to 21.4, while the number of cases per 100,000 people has increased slightly from 18.1 to 18.6.


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Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has issued a massive coronavirus warning (Image: GETTY)

11.45pm update: Australia waking up to first weekend back in Lockdown

In Australia, the majority of Victorians are waking up this morning to their first weekend back in lockdown.

It came into effect on Thursday.

Bordering states, especially New South Wales, are on high alert after the Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, announced a record new 288 cases on Friday.

The single highest daily rise in any state since the pandemic began.

He warned those numbers would increase in the coming days.

10.45pm update: Brazil's COVID-19 Death Rate continues to soar

Brazil has suffered another 1,214 deaths and registered 45,048 additional cases in 24 hours, its health ministry has said.

The nation has now registered 1,800,827 total confirmed cases and 70,398 deaths.

The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Friday, with the total rising by 228,102 in 24 hours. 

The biggest increases were from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa, according to a daily report.

9.45pm update: Matt Hancock says staff could get legal right to work from home

Millions of people have been forced to adapt to working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But now the health secretary has suggested staff could get legal right to work from home.

Asked in a webchat with members of women's club AllBright if he would consider enforcing this through Government legislation, Mr Hancock replied "yes".

He said: "The way you could look at it is there's a right to request flexible working.

"I definitely think it should be the norm where possible.

"We need to persuade people that allowing flexible working should continue.

"This is a change that is never going to go away."

8.45pm update: China suspends shrimp imports amid COVID-19 fears

China has reportedly suspended two shrimp import companies from Ecuador amid fears of COVID-19.

Samples taken from shipments from Industrial Pesquera Santa Priscila SA, Empacreci SA and Empacadora Del Pacifico Sociedad Anonima Edpacif were found to contain products which tested positive for the virus.

Tests undertaken on frozen shrimps were negative.

"After nucleic acid sequence analysis and expert judgement, the test results suggested that the container environment and the outer packaging of the goods of the three companies were at risk of contamination by the new coronavirus, and the companies' food safety management system was not in order," the General Administration of Customs said in a statement on its website.

7.40pm update: France surpasses 30,000 deaths

France has become the sixth country to report more than 30,000 deaths due to COVID-19.

In statement from the health ministry, 25 people had died from the virus over the last 24 hours, increasing the total amount to 30,004.

The number of people in hospital with Covid-19 fell by 115 to 7,062, continuing a weeks-long downtrend, and the number of people in intensive care units fell by 16 to 496, the first time the ICU count fell below 500 since mid-March.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock

Health Secretary Matt Hancock (Image: Getty)

7pm update: WHO chief says unlikely COVID-19 will be eradicated

Dr Mike Ryan, head of the World Health Organization's emergencies programme, has warned it is unlikely the deadly virus will be eradicated.

"In the current situation it is unlikely we can eradicate this virus," he told an online briefing from Geneva.

He added, by extinguishing clusters of infection, the world could "potentially avoid the worst of having second peaks and having to move backwards in terms of lockdown".

"The upward trajectory of Covid-19 in the country would suggest that many of these cases are in fact undiagnosed cases of Covid-19," he said.

6.10pm update: Matt Hancock defends turning down EU vaccine programme

The Health Secretary has defended Britain's refusal to turn down an EU vaccine programme which would have promise COVID-19 vaccines.

Mr Hancock told Times Radio: "We have chosen not to join the EU scheme on vaccine purchase.

"The reason is that it wouldn't have allowed us to have a say in the vaccines that were procured, the price, the quantity of the delivery schedule.

"We are further ahead than the EU schemes are.

"We would have joined the EU scheme if they had allowed us also to continue with our own negotiations, but one of the conditions of the scheme was that we would have had to stop our own negotiations and only do them through the European Commission, and we weren't prepared to do that.

"We think we will go faster this way."

5.45pm update: UK turns down EU vaccine programme

The UK has refused the chance to join a 2.4 billion-euro European Union plan with the promise of COVID-19 vaccines.

"The UK government has decided on this occasion not to join this internal EU initiative, but given our shared interest in ensuring that vaccines are available to all, we are committed to strengthening our collaboration with the EU outside the framework," Britain's ambassador to the EU, Tim Barrow, said.

Thousands of people celebrate Liverpool's win

Thousands of people celebrate Liverpool's win (Image: Getty)

5.35pm update: Liverpool sees cases increase in younger people

Around 30 people in south Liverpool have been tested positive for coronavirus, with half of them aged between 15-24.

Matt Ashton, Liverpool's director of public health, said: "Everyone is at risk of Covid-19 but we know that there is a perception among younger people that they are less at risk.

"The easing of the lockdown means this is a really dangerous moment for case numbers and we need people not to let their guard down and throw away all of the sacrifices we have made since March.

"We owe it to each other to take precautions and look after each other, regardless of their age."

5.20pm update: Czech Republic cases climb to more than 13,000

According to health minstry data, the figure of coronavirus cases in the Czech Republic has rise to more than 13,000.

The country has reported a total of 13,001 since the outbreak began in March.

Around 8,208 people have recovered and 352 have died.

The Czech Republic currently has no travel restrictions in place.

Boris Johnson urges people to go back to work

Boris Johnson urges people to go back to work (Image: Getty)

4.50pm update: Boris Johnson urges people to go back to work if they can

During the latest PMQ's, the Prime Minister urged people to get back to work as soon as they can in a bid to restart the economy.

Mr Johnson said: "I want people to go back to work as carefully as possible. It's very important that people should be going back to work if they can now.

"I think everybody has sort of taken the 'stay at home if you can' - I think we should now say, well, 'go back to work if you can'. Because I think it's very important that people should try to lead their lives more normally.

"I want to see more people feeling confident to use the shops, use the restaurants, and get back into work - but only if we all follow the guidance."

4.10pm update: North Korea fires officials in charge of stopping the spread of COVID-19

According to the Telegraph, a number of senior officials have been removed from their positions after failing to halt the spread of the virus.

Back in January, Pyongyang closed the borders to China in hope to stop the virus spreading across the country.

But in March at least 23 people had died in the first two months of the year with coronavirus-like symptoms.

“Since then, some senior officials of the National Emergency Quarantine Command, who were in charge of the entire national quarantine project, have been removed from their posts”, a source in the North said. 

3.40pm update: UK death toll increases by 48

The UK coronavirus death toll has increased by 48, the latest official figures released today show.

This brings the death toll across all settings to 44,650, the Department of Health said today. This includes hospitals, care homes and the community.

The UK’s coronavirus hospital death toll has increased by 22 with all fatalities occurring in England.

No new fatalities were reported by public health officials in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as Britain’s hospital toll climbed to 33,597.

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UK records 48 new COVID related deaths (Image: Getty)

3.30pm update: Russia records 12,452 COVID-related deaths in May

According to the Russian Statistics Agency, the country saw a staggering 12,452 deaths of people with suspected or confirmed coronavirus in May alone.

This figure was an increase of 11.9 percent compared to May 2019.

3.25pm update: Steven Brown takes over from Paul Withers

1.32pm update: Three potential new UK coronavirus hotspots identified

Public Health England data has revealed Leicester still has the highest rate of infections in England, but the number is now on the rise in Blackburn, Bedford and Peterborough.

Leicester, which was placed back into lockdown last week, now has 116 cases per 100,000 people.

The East Midlands city is followed by Rochdale (32.7 cases) and Bradford (31.8 cases).

The latest figures are for the number of cases per 100,000 people in the week to July 6 compared to a week earlier in the seven days to June 29.

But three areas of the UK have seen increase in the infection rate.

Blackburn with Darwen has increased from 23.5 to 33.6; Peterborough has jumped from 17.4 to 21.4, while the number of cases per 100,000 people has increased slightly from 18.1 to 18.6.

1.20pm update: R rate hits 1.0 in England - fears of more local lockdowns

The R rate in England - the estimated reproduction rate - has increased 1.0 in England. 

The UK Government has said the R rate has edged up to between 0.8 and 1.0, from 0.8 to 0.9 the week before.

Across the whole of the UK, the R number remains unchanged at between 0.7 and 0.9, which indicated the pandemic is shrinking.

The growth rate of infections per day for the UK is -5 percent to -2 percent, while for England it is -4 percent to -1 percent.

Cardiff high street during lockdown

Cardiff high street during lockdown (Image: Getty)

1.03pm update: Sturgeon warns against complacency as lockdown eased

Scotland's First Minister has stressed this "musn't meant the dropping of our guard" in efforts to fight the spread of coronavirus.

She said: "As we come out of lockdown unfortunately we let it out again too.

"We have to work in a sense even harder to make sure it doesn't get those opportunities to spread."

1pm update: Wales could reopen bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants for indoor service from August 3

First Minister Mark Drakeford said: "I'm very glad we've been able to give a clear indication for the third of August to that sector for reopening indoors.

"It is for the industry to demonstrate that it can open safely indoors in order to give confidence to its customers."

12.55pm update: Scotland reports no new coronavirus deaths but new cases rise

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has made the announcement during the Scottish Government's coronavirus briefing, with the overall death toll from COVID-19 in Scotland remaining at 2,490.

She said there are 18 new cases, with the infection total increasing to 18,315.

But Ms Sturgeon said this is the highest rise in positive cases in almost three weeks, which the country's Government will be "looking very closely" at.

A further 22 people are in hospital with confirmed or suspected coronavirus, with this total now increasing to 668.

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Nicola Sturgeon warned the Scottish people against complacency as lockdown measures are eased (Image: GETTY)

12.45pm update: Boris Johnson hails students 'sacrifice' to help save thousands of lives

Prime Minister has said in a virtual address to school leavers their generation has had to "grow up" faster during the coronavirus pandemic, and will be "vital" to the national effort to rebuild the country.

Mr Johnson urged them to "rugby tackle" every opportunity that comes their way to the floor, predicting they would become one of the most "influential generations in the peacetime history of our nation".

He said: "It was your education that was disrupted, your lives that were disrupted. And now, as many of you are missing out once again on parties and festivals, presentations, perhaps even long-planned holidays, I want you to know that your efforts have been worth it.

"Because of you, because of your sacrifice, we've saved hundreds of thousands of lives.

"And that's not something many generations will be able to say about their final weeks of school. Not your elder siblings, certainly not your parents."

12.30pm update: WHO team travelling to China to probe coronavirus origins

An advance team from the WHO is travelling to China to organise an investigation into the origins of COVID-19.

The deadly virus is believed to have emerged in a wholesale market in Wuhan last year.

Two experts from the WHO, specialists in animal health and epidemiology, will work with Chinese scientists to determine the scope and itinerary of the investigation.

WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris told a UN briefing in Geneva: "They have gone, they are in the air now, they are the advance party that is to work out the scope.

"One of the big issues that everybody is interested in, and of course that's why we're sending an animal health expert, is to look at whether or not it jumped from species to a human and what species it jumped from," Harris said.

"We know it's very, very similar to the virus in the bat, but did it go through an intemediate species? This is a question we all need answered

12pm update: No fines issues in England and Wales for quarantine travel breaches

Police in England and Wales have not fined anyone for breaching quarantine rules after arriving from abroad, new figures show.

Ten tickets have been handed out to passengers for not wearing face coverings on public transport, according to the data released by the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC).

These figures do not include fines given by Border Force, who have issued three penalties.

A UK Government spokesman said: "The quarantine system is informed by science, backed by the public and designed to keep us all safe.

"We are seeing a high level of compliance and we expect this to continue as the vast majority of people will play their part to help stop the spread of this disease.

"We will publish full data on the enforcement of these measures at the border in due course."

11.38am update: Italy could extend state of emergency from coronavirus crisis

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said the country will likely extend a state of emergency beyond its current deadline of July 31 due to the new coronavirus crisis.

Italy declared a six-month state of emergenct at bthe end of January after two Chinese tourists tested positive for COVID-19 - the first cases detected in the country.

Mr Conte said: "The possible extension simply means that we are in a position to continue taking the necessary measures."

11am update: Northern Ireland says more than 40 percent of coronavirus deaths in care homes

Northern Ireland has said more than 40 percent of deaths with coronavirus are occurring in the country's care homes.

Figures from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) show there were 10 deaths involving COVID-19 in the week from June 27 to July 3, increasing the total to 839.

From this total, 437 deaths (52.1 percent) took place in hospital, 345 (41.1 percent) in care homes, 49 (5.8 percent) at residential addresses or other locations and eight (one percent) in hospices.

The total number of deaths reported by the Department of Health to July 3 was 554.

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British tourists fly into Spain as travel quarantine rules are lifted throughout Europe (Image: GETTY)

10.35am update: Russia's coronavirus death toll surpasses 11,000

The total number of people dying from coronavirus in Russia has increased to 11,017 after the country reported 174 new fatalities over the past 24 hours.

Russia's coronavirus crisis response centre reported 6,635 new cases on Friday, increasing the overall tally to 713,936 infections - the fourth highest in the world.

The country said 489,068 people have recovered from COVID-19.

10.15am update: Gatwick Airport boss hails relaxation of travel quarantine rules

Stewart Wingate said during the height of the coronavirus lockdown, flights from the aiport had dropped to just two or three a day.

But he said there would be 50 flights at Gatwick today, which would double to 100 by the end of the months and possibly to 300 or 400 per day later in the summer.

The airport normally handles 900 flights a day.

More than 500 staff have taken part in a voluntary redundancy programme, while 80 percent of workers remain furloughed.

Mr Wingate said: "For our airport it makes a massive difference.

"The reason being, about 75 percent of the destinations we serve are now quarantine free for passengers coming back into Gatwick.

"From a consumer point of view what we're hoping is that will persuade people to take advantage of the flights."

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The government is considering making face coverings mandatory for shoppers in the UK (Image: GETTY)

10am update: Face mask rule in UK being kept under review

Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage has been speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, and when asked whether ministers had considered making face coverings mandatory for shoppers, she said: "Yes of course, and they are mandatory on public transport.

"But we have said face coverings in closed spaces is advised but people can use their own discretion - but of course we will keep this under review.

"This is a topic upon which scientists tend to have rather different views so we are looking at it as new scientific studies emerge."

9.50am update: UK infection rate coming down but can't be taken for granted - Government minister

Caroline Dinenage was asked whether she is worried about people returning o gyms as lockdown measures throughout the country are eased.

She told Times Radio: "Well, we have been worried. That's why we haven't taken this step until now, and when gyms do reopen it will be with quite strict 'Covid-secure' guidelines, you know things like limiting the number of people that can use the facility at any one time, spacing out the equipment, proper ventilation and enhanced cleaning.

"So we're really sort of doing everything we can to get the economy back up and running, but doing it in a way that is safe for people.

"Our infection rate is coming down but we can't take that for granted, we need to move at a pace that's going to keep people safe."

9.35am update: Australia to halve number of citizens returning as virus surges

Australia will halve the number of citizens allowed to return home from overseas following a spike in new coronavirus cases in the country's most populous city.

Since enforcing lockdown measures in March, Australia has only citizens and permanent residents to enter the country.

When they arrive, they have self-quarantine for 14-days in hotels, which is paid for by state governments.

But Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said from Monday, the country will cap the figures at 4,000 people each week, about half the number that have been returning.

Those returning will also have to pay for their quarantine stays.

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Australia's PM Scott Morrison said the country will reduce the number of citizens allowed to return home from overseas (Image: GETTY)

9.20am update: Germany reports 395 new coronavirus cases and six deaths

Germany has reported a further 395 new coronavirus infections, with this tally increasing to 198,178, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Friday.

The death toll increased by six to 9,054.

9am update: Tokyo records record high in daily coronavirus cases

The Japanese capital recorded 224 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, public broadcaster NHK said.

This surpasses Tokyo's previous record of 206 infections on April 17.

8.44am update: Mexico posts record number of new daily coronavirus cases

Mexico has recorded 7,280 new coronavirus cases - the highest number reported in a single day since the pandemic began.

This increased the overall tally of infections to 282,283, health ministry data showed.

The previous one-day record was posted a day earlier on Wednesday, when 6,995 new cases were registered.

A further 730 people have also died from COVID-19, increasing the overall death toll to 33,526.

8.20am update: Quarantine rules for people entering UK relaxed

The UK Government has relaxed quarantine rules for people returning or visiting the UK from several countries.

A list of 76 countries and territories from which people arriving into England will no longer have to self-isolate for two weeks has been published.

These countries include popular tourist hotspots such as Spain, Germany, France and Italy.

Wales and Northern Ireland have followed the same approach, but the Scottish Government has produced a list of just 39 countries, which does not include Spain.

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The total number of cases and deaths from coronavirus in the UK (Image: EXPRESS)

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