The government is considering imposing a local lockdown in the East Midlands “within days” after a surge in cases, as the global total of infections passed 10 million.
Meanwhile, Boris Johnson vowed there would be no return to austerity in the wake of the pandemic, which has so far claimed nearly 500,000 lives across the world, as the first minister of Wales accused him of risking a second wave by encouraging the public to return to normal life.
In the US, cases have continued to surge to record levels in five states, forcing vice-president Mike Pence to cancel a campaign bus tour.
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Russia has recorded 6,791 new cases in the past day, bringing the total to 634,437, according to the national coronavirus task force.
A further 104 people died of the virus over the past day, bringing the total dead to 9,073.
Russia has the third-highest coronavirus infection case count in the world, but the 12th highest death toll, leading to speculation that the figures are incomplete.
The global number of coronavirus cases exceeded 10 million today according to the Johns Hopkins University and a Reuters tally.
Nearly half a million people have died from the Covid-19 respiratory disease in the last seven months.
The number of cases is roughly double the amount of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, according to the World Health Organisation.
UK faces ‘Thatcher levels’ of unemployment after pandemic
Ed Miliband has warned of “Thatcher levels” of unemployment if the government fails to support businesses as the UK emerges from the coronavirus crisis.
Labour’s shadow business secretary said chancellor Rishi Sunak should deliver a back-to-work budget within weeks in order to deliver support for jobs in businesses which have been shuttered during lockdown, many of which still have no date to reopen.
The latest results mean that Scotland has now recorded no deaths from coronavirus for three days in a row.
One further death was reported in Northern Ireland, bringing the total to 550.
More than 1,000 tests were carried out yesterday, with just one positive result, according to official figures.
The Scottish government has confirmed eight new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total to 18,236.
About a third of the Chinese capital’s population has been tested so far, according to a Beijing city official.
As of Sunday noon, Beijing had collected 8.29 million patient samples for testing and completed 7.69 million tests, Zhang Qiang, an official from Beijing’s municipal committee, told a press conference.
“This means we have already tested all the people that need to be tested. We are also rolling out large scale screening to key regions and key populations (of the city) and improve our capability of testing,” said Zhang, adding that Beijing was also receiving medical support from other provinces.
Beijing reported its first case from the outbreak at Xinfadi market on 11 June and a total of 311 people have tested positive.
Mr Zhang said that Beijing’s daily testing capacity has increased to 458,000 per day.
Superspreader at centre of Swiss nightclub outbreak
Officials in Switzerland have ordered 300 people into quarantine after a so-called “superspreader” was found at the centre of a coronavirus outbreak at a Zurich nightclub.
The authorities said in a statement that a man who had visited the Flamingo Club a week ago tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday. Five other people who were with him at the club also tested positive and reported to authorities on Friday.
This comment from a Public Health England official suggests that Leicester will see tighter restrictions imposed soon in order to contain a local outbreak.
Pakistan makes own ventilators as cases surge
Pakistan’s minister for science and technology says the country has started producing locally designed ventilators, as authorities reported 83 more deaths from the coronavirus.
In a tweet, Fawad Chaudhry said the first home-made ventilators will be handed over to the national disaster management agency soon. The announcement comes days after Pakistan said it was racing against time to arrange for 1,500 more ventilators as part of a contingency plan.
Sri Lanka’s government on Sunday has lifted a curfew which was first imposed on 20 March to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The country has officially reported 2,034 cases, including 11 deaths.
Pedro Sanchez wore a mask and avoided shaking hands with supporters at a political rally on Sunday as the coronavirus pandemic prompted changes to campaigning ahead of regional elections.
Polls in the Basque Country and Galicia on July 12 will be the first since Spain went into lockdown in March. Restrictions were eased on June 21, and Spaniards have been adapting to social distancing and precautionary measures in everyday life.
“The enemy of Spain is the virus,” Socialist Sanchez told a reduced group of about 100 party faithful — all wearing masks and sitting the recommended 1.5 metres apart — at a venue in San Sebastian on the country’s northern coast.
To avoid crowding at polling stations, voters in the elections will be able to vote by post or at post offices.
Spain is among countries worst-hit by the pandemic, with more than 28,000 deaths officially reported.
A lot of Americans “went overboard” when coronavirus restrictions were eased and must become “serious” again, a member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet has said.
US housing and urban development secretary Ben Carson was speaking about the rising number of cases in his country and said people have not been adhering to social distancing measures or wearing face coverings.
Mr Carson declined to say Mr Trump has done a “great job” in his handling of the crisis, commenting that there is “always room for improvement”.
Speaking on BBC’s Andrew Marr show about the rising number of cases, Mr Carson said: “Now we’re down to 650 deaths per day, even though the number of cases has increased.
“That’s why you see the average age of those who have contracted the virus much lower now, but of course those individuals are much less susceptible to mortality as well.”
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Tens of thousands to join US street protest
Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend a march in Manhattan in the US, in solidarity with protesters demanding an end to racial injustice and police brutality.
The second annual “queer liberation march” will cap a month of Pride events, virtual and live, during which the celebration of LGBTQ+ lives has merged with the nationwide demonstrations ignited by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
“It has to be centered on the movement for Black lives, it has to be focused on issues of police brutality,” said Jay W Walker, one of the organisers.
The pandemic has forced the cancellation of most Pride events this year. The US has the highest number of cases and the highest number of deaths in the world.
An expert in epidemiology has warned that local lockdowns will be difficult to define because of regional boundaries and urban sprawl.
Prof Keith Neal, Emeritus Professor of the Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases, University of Nottingham, said regional restrictions could be seen as unfair following reports that parts of Leicester could be locked down because of a surge in cases.
He said: “One of the biggest problems is deciding who is in the lockdown area and who is not. This needs to be understandable to both the people who are inside and the people on the outside. People on the inside of the lockdown need to understand why they have been included. There would be nothing to stop people on the outside taking further voluntary precautions themselves as individuals if they were worried.
“Defining the specific area will be one of the largest problems. Local authority boundaries can run down the middle of the street with one side in one local authority and the opposite another.
“Urban sprawl has allowed towns and cities to expand resulting in these areas often joining other areas who identify differently and do not see themselves as part of the expanding town or city.
“Locking down at the regional level would be seen as unfair or worse as Leicester City has really very little to do with rural Lincolnshire. People do not identify with their regional boundaries and many would not actually know where they are.
“If Leicester is locked down, how much of the surrounding area do you include. A quick view at the satellite picture demonstrates this problem. Much of the surrounding area probably does not identify as part of Leicester City itself.
“Even islands are not simple. The Isle of Wight is clearly separate as are many Scottish Islands. Places such Anglesey, where there is a local incident, is linked by two bridges to Bangor and North Wales. These communities interact significantly so even an island is not simple.”
The second round of municipal elections in 5,000 towns and cities in France got underway today after being postponed due to the country’s coronavirus outbreak.
Voters are set to choose mayors and municipal councillors on Sunday at polling stations operating under strict hygiene rules.
Face masks, soap or hand sanitisers and maintaining 1 metre between each person in lines are mandatory. Voters have been told to bring their own pens to sign the register.
The spread of the coronavirus has slowed significantly in France in recent weeks and almost all restrictions on social and business activity were gradually lifted over the last month. France has reported nearly 200,000 confirmed cases and 29,781 deaths in the pandemic.
But the virus is still expected to hurt Sunday’s turnout, as it did in March. Only 44.7 per cent of voters, a record low, cast ballots in the first round of the municipal elections.
The closely-fought Polish presidential election takes place today after being delayed for seven weeks by the coronavirus pandemic.
The electoral commission apologised for restrictions to stem the spread of the disease, which include wearing masks, maintaining social distance and asking voters to bring their own pens.
“The pandemic is independent of electoral commissions, but the introduction of sanitary rigours means the speed at which one can vote is reduced,” Sylwester Marciniak, the head of Poland’s National Electoral Commission, said.
However many Poles abroad seeking a postal ballot said they had not received their voting slips in time to vote.
“It is a shame that as a result of the pandemic…not everyone got their (election) package on time,” Poland’s Ambassador to Britain Arkady Rzegocki tweeted.
The election sees a clash between incumbent Andrzej Duda, of the right-wing ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, and his main challenger, centrist Warsaw mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, who seeks to provide a progressive alternative.
After police battled to close down lockdown parties and Liverpool fans celebrated en masse after winning the Premier League, the home secretary said recent events were “unacceptable”
Priti Patel told Sophy Ridge: “What we’ve seen with mass gatherings and protests is unacceptable. The violence we’ve seen against our officers is also unacceptable.
“My message is the same – I would urge people not to participate in gatherings of that nature or protests, but I would also add if people do assault police officers, they will feel the full force of the law.
“It is simply unacceptable to have people gathering in these awful ways that we have been seeing.”
She also told Andrew Marr: “Congratulations to Liverpool for winning but even so, fans of course want to celebrate, but they did not need to go to the football ground and congregate outside the stadium.
“As much as people do want to be out right now – the weather is amazing – stick to the rules, follow the guidance.
“We have made it quite clear that no-one should be gathering with six or more people.”