Coronavirus: updated daily as Boris Johnson rejects second national lockout

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Here are five things you should know about the coronavirus epidemic today. We will have another update for you on Monday.

1. Boris Johnson “does not want a second national lockout”

Boris Johnson has said he does not want to impose a second national lockdown in the event of another coronavirus outbreak, comparing the option of a national shutdown to “nuclear deterrence”. His comments come as councils in England have been given a series of ‘flash’ lockdown powers. Meanwhile, Scotland has seen the biggest daily increase in new confirmed cases since June 21.

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2. Russian Ambassador Rejects Coronavirus Vaccine Piracy Claims

The Russian ambassador to the United Kingdom has dismissed allegations that his country’s intelligence services attempted to steal research on the coronavirus vaccine, telling the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that the story hadn’t ” any sense “. It comes after UK security services said hackers targeting vaccine developers were “almost certainly” operating under “Russian intelligence”.

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Andrei Kelin has been Russian Ambassador since November last year


3. Do mutations make the coronavirus more infectious?

Sars-Cov-2, the official name of the virus that causes Covid-19 disease, may have first emerged in China, but the coronavirus that spreads worldwide is not the same as the one that originated in Wuhan. He mutates. But the key questions about this mutation are: does it make the virus more infectious – or deadly – in humans? And could it threaten the success of a future vaccine?

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University College Hospital, London, where the evolution of the virus is being studied


4. Record global increase in the number of cases in a single day

The number of new cases of coronavirus has increased by almost 260,000 in 24 hours – the largest one-day increase since the start of the pandemic, said the World Health Organization (WHO). It is the first time that the number of new daily infections has exceeded a quarter of a million, with the largest increases in the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa. There are now more than 14 million confirmed cases, according to the count held by the American Johns Hopkins University.

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Brazil has seen one of the largest increases in coronavirus cases


5. Live concerts are back – but social distancing is causing problems

Music lovers have gone four months without being able to attend live concerts, but as the restrictions fade, is it safe for fans to attend concerts? In a pub beer garden on the outskirts of Manchester, the Ultimate Elton (aka Paul Bacon) performed in front of nearly 200 people. Although most people keep their distance, as the night wore on and the excitement grew, the limits of social distance became blurred.

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Ultimate Elton was one of the first acts to occur to an audience since the foreclosure



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