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UK ‘made serious mistake’ over border policy

GLOBAL COVID-19 TODAY

CORONAVIRUS CASES: 18,708,865

DEATHS: 704,438

RECOVERED: 11,925,744

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UK ‘made serious mistake’ over border policy

BBC News says the spread of Covid-19 in the UK could have been slowed if quarantine restrictions on arrivals had been introduced earlier, a group of MPs has said. 

The Home Affairs committee said a lack of border measures earlier in the pandemic was a “serious mistake.” It added ministers had underestimated the threat of importing the virus from Europe as opposed to Asia.

Read the full story on BBC News

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Global death toll passes 700,000 as Europe faces second wave

The Guardian says it is only 17 days since the global death toll passed 600,000, and we’re seeing a rapid increase in the number of fatalities.

 The number of people who have died from Covid-19 has now passed 700,000, according to Johns Hopkins University tracker. 

Read the full story on The Guardian

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Nations tighten mask rules, lockdowns as Covid-19 deaths approached 700,000

France24 says France and the Neverlands are gearing up for stricter mask-wearing rules to right the coronavirus as the global death toll from the pandemic neared 700,000.

Paris, Toulouse and other cities announced that the wearing of masks would be compulsory in particularly busy streets and squares. People already have to wear them inside all public buildings.

Read the full story on France24

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Venezuela market at centre of Caracas Covid-19 outbreak

Aljazeera says Caracas’s largest produce market is at the centre of the worsening Covid-19 outbreak, but cash-strapped merchants refuse to shop hawking food there for the city’s five million residents, many of whom are starving. 

Three days a week – down from six before the pandemic – some 10,000 people, including retailers and consumers, pack into the state-run Coche Wholesale Market. The produce is trucked out to the city’s supermarkets, providing a lifeline amid Venezuela’s six-year economic crisis.

Read the full story on Aljazeera

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Virus-free month lifts Egypt’s tourism hopes

Arab News says Egypt’s tourism industry has been given a major boost with the news that no Covid-19 cases have been reported among visitors in the month since travellers began returning. 

For almost 100 days, tourism and air travel were suspended in Egypt, hitting the tourism industry hard. The suspension was part of wide-ranging measures to combat the spreading of the pandemic. 

At the beginning of July, almost 100 flights arrived from countries including Ukraine, Belarus, Switzerland and Hungary. The partial reopening allowed tourists to spend their holiday in Egyptian hotels, enjoying the warm sun and the beaches. 

Read the full story on Arab News

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You’re more likely to die from Covid-19 in the US than almost anywhere in the world, expert says

CNN says people in the US are at high risk of dying from coronavirus – perhaps more than people anywhere else in the world, said Ron Klain, the former Ebola czar under Barack Obama. 

“America has one of the worst numbers on the planet Earth. You are more likely as an American to die from Covid then you are in almost any other country,” said Klain. 

Read the full story on CNN

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ARTS & ENT

The Killers say crew sexual assault claim ‘entirely unfounded’ 

Sky News says The Killers’ legal team say they have conducted an investigation into allegations of sexual assault and misconduct by crew on a tour several years ago and found them to be “entirely unfounded.”

In a lengthy statement sent to Sky News, the rock band said they had found no evidence to back up claims made in a blog post by a female sound engineer, who detailed an incident involving another woman after working on a tour in the US more than 10 years ago.

Read the full story on Sky News

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SPORT

Why a Briton could help US PGA Championship

BBC Sport says could Britain be on the verge of celebrating a rare US PGA victory when major championship golf returns to the sporting calendar this week?

History offers little cause for optimism, but hopeful signs that decades of hurt could be reversed are evident at Harding Park in San Francisco.

Read the full story on BBC Sport

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