Coronavirus live news: Tokyo sees new daily record cases; numbers climb in France, Spain and GermanyJuly 31, 2020
Vietnam reports biggest jump in cases; Brazil’s Bolsonaro treated for infection; WHO says ‘young people’ behind some virus spikes
- Lockdown tightened in parts of northern England
- US economy suffers worst quarter since the second world war
- French and Spanish cases at highest level in weeks
- UK coronavirus updates – live
Russia reported 5,482 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, according to a report by Reuters. The latest count pushes its national tally to 839,981, the world’s fourth largest caseload.
Officials said 161 people had died in the last 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 13,963.
Police are ready to set up roadblocks, create diversions and close off sections of Bournemouth beach to prevent a repeat of last month’s chaotic scenes as a heatwave sweeps parts of the UK, reports Steven Morris and Simon Murphy.
With temperatures forecast to hit 33C in parts of southern England, some officers have been asked to work extended shifts and weekend leave has been cancelled for others as the emergency services and the local council brace themselves for another major influx of visitors.
The moves come as the prime minister, Boris Johnson, urged people not to lose focus and risk spreading Covid-19. He said on Thursday: “Broadly speaking, the only way to control coronavirus is if everybody collectively obeys the social distancing rules and works together to drive the virus down.
Related: Police cordons to stop crowds at Bournemouth beach amid fears of heatwave