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Coronavirus live news: Global infections near 20m as Australia suffers deadliest day

US cases pass 5m; French virus ship passengers sue cruise company; UK daily infections pass 1,000 for first time since June. Follow the latest updatesGlobal infections near 20mGreece sees highest daily case riseUS passes 5m Covid-19 cases as Joe Biden says pandemic ‘breaks heart’Brazil scientist’s despair as coronavirus deaths hit 100,000See all our coronavirus coverage 12.54am BST The...

Reporting on Covid-19 in Spain: 'peaks, troughs and sacrifices

The Guardian’s Madrid correspondent on Spain’s response and how life as a reporter has changedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA chunk of the night of 31 January this year was spent on a fact-finding mission to the James Joyce Irish pub in Madrid, where, over the noise of a loud covers band and the bellowing of customers, I shouted for people’s thoughts on the...


SUNDAY 9. AUGUST 2020


Starwatch: moonlight puts a damper on the Perseid show

Our brightest and most reliable annual meteor shower will be affected this year by the proximity of the half moonThis week one of the most reliable annual meteor showers will be on show. The Perseids will reach their peak activity over the next few days. Start looking tonight, particularly in the early hours of the morning, then again tomorrow night and on Wednesday. The meteors are small...

The Guardian view on Brexit bureaucracy: tied up in red tape | Editorial

Businesses already struggling with the fallout from Covid-19 will be forced to deal with a mountain of new bureaucracy in the middle of a deep recessionThe government did not quite achieve the Brexit breakthrough it was seeking on Friday, when there was hope that a fast-tracked trade agreement with Japan might be reached. But it seems likely that a deal, essentially replicating one signed by the...

Katie Mack: 'I didn't anticipate being in a pop song when I went off to study physics'

The cosmologist, author and Twitter sensation on ‘heat death’, getting heckled by Stephen Hawking – and being name-checked on a No 1 albumKatie Mack achieves two improbable feats with her new book, The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking). First, she writes about the end of the universe with a jauntiness that makes it not actually that depressing. And second, she takes concepts in...

Covid-19: only half of Britons would definitely have vaccination

Survey sparks concern over misconceptions about vaccines and scepticism about science Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOnly half the population of Britain definitely would accept being vaccinated against Covid-19. That is the shock conclusion of a group of scientists and pollsters who have found that only 53% of a test group of citizens said they would be certain or...

Tough choices need to be made, but reopening schools is a priority

Young people have been hugely affected by Covid-19. We must fight this rise in cases and make classrooms as safe as possible• Coronavirus latest updates• See all our coronavirus coverageRebound, resurgence, second wave – whatever you call it, the current coronavirus situation is worrying. Evidence suggests new infections are increasing in many European countries, including Britain, while in...

We can’t ease lockdown any more, expert warns as testing calls grow

Contact tracing must improve to prevent resurgence in England, say care chief and top scientistCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOne of the government’s most influential scientific advisers is warning that the loosening of lockdown may have already gone too far and that an urgent increase in coronavirus testing and faster contact tracing is essential to prepare for a...

What we are learning about Covid-19 and kids

As schools around the world prepare to reopen, new scientific evidence about children and coronavirus is coming to lightCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBack in April, the French epidemiologist Arnaud Fontanet found himself leading an investigation in the town of Crépy-en-Valois, a small community of 15,000 inhabitants just to the north-east of Paris. In February, the...


SATURDAY 8. AUGUST 2020


Nasa to change 'harmful' and insensitive' planet and galaxy nicknames

Space agency says ‘certain cosmic nicknames are insensitive’ and vows to drop any reference to themNasa has signaled it is joining the social justice movement by changing unofficial and potentially contentious names used by the scientific community for distant cosmic objects and systems such as planets, galaxies and nebulae.In a statement last week, the space agency said that as the...

How Amazon puts misinformation on your reading list | John Naughton

Algorithms routinely come up with ‘recommendations’ for anti-vax ‘bestsellers’ or juices that cure cancerIt’s a truism that we live in a “digital age”. It would be more accurate to say that we live in an algorithmically curated era – that is, a period when many of our choices and perceptions are shaped by machine-learning algorithms that nudge us in directions favoured by those who...

Listen to your migraine to help you feel better – and to learn about yourself

Headaches are telling you something about how your brain works with your body, influencing your behaviour and feelingsWe need pain. It seems contradictory to say it, particularly now that we have so many ways of dealing with it and switching it off. Pain not only tells us something is wrong, it also protects us. If you slam the car door on your hand, it’s going to hurt. You will have damaged the...

We found the first cat in the UK with Covid-19 - but there's no need to panic | Willie Weir

The feline had caught coronavirus from its owners, but our research shows it’s a rare occurrenceWillie Weir is professor of veterinary infectious disease at the University of GlasgowCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSince the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, the potential role of animals in catching and spreading the disease has been closely examined by scientists....

Coronavirus live news: England extends use of face coverings as Brazil death toll nears 100,000

City of Preston urges young people ‘don’t kill granny’ as cases rise in the Philippines, Australia and Italy. Follow the latest, liveTrump poised to intervene in relief plans after talks break down‘We’re still so tired’: European doctors brace for second wave‘Very dead’: army and police patrol the deserted streets of coronavirus-stricken Melbourne 9.29am BST Further coronavirus...

Coronavirus Australia: Victoria reports 466 new cases and 12 deaths, including second man in his 30s

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews says number of mystery Covid-19 cases has risen by 130 as nine new infections announced in NSWFollow the latest coronavirus news on our live blogFamilies at Melbourne nursing home say staff testing was delayed after coronavirus case‘Very dead’: army and police patrol the deserted streets of coronavirus-stricken MelbourneVictoria and Melbourne Covid trend map:...


FRIDAY 7. AUGUST 2020


Covid-19 spread may be levelling off in England, say experts

Latest ONS figures appear to show better picture, even as more lockdown measures relaxedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCommunity spread of Covid-19 in England may be levelling off even as some lockdown measures are relaxed, experts said following the release of official data. Related: Preston added to areas with bans on households mixing due to Covid-19 Continue...

'Wishful thinking': the dangers of UK hype during Covid-19

From the UK government over-promising on testing to scientific spin on a vaccine, realism is in short supplyRevealed: UK’s rapid Covid test not yet approved by regulatorsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThey were billed by the UK health secretary, Matt Hancock, as “lifesaving” and “hugely beneficial”: two new coronavirus tests that claim to deliver results...

Revealed: UK's rapid Covid test not yet approved by regulators

Exclusive: no data on accuracy of this and other test bought by government has been published‘Wishful thinking’: dangers of UK hype during Covid-19Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOne of two 90-minute rapid coronavirus tests bought by the UK government and announced on Monday has yet to be approved by regulators, while no data on the accuracy of either has been...

'We're still so tired': Europe's doctors brace for second Covid-19 wave

When the Guardian spoke to staff in March they had no time for reflection. So what do they think of the new surge now? Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDuring the initial peak of Spain’s Covid-19 pandemic in the spring, the virus displayed an unexpected mercy. In its spread, ferocity and awful novelty, it left health workers too tired and overwhelmed to look beyond...

Why are indoor settings higher risk for Covid – and are restaurants safe?

Experts say poor airflow, reduced distancing and prolonged exposure are key factors in the spread of coronavirusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn Aberdeen it was pubs, restaurants and golf courses. In Prague it was a nightclub. In California it was a church. Why does Covid-19 appear to spread more easily in some places than others?Prof Devi Sridhar, the chair of...

Six months into Covid pandemic, the UK's isolation programme is still a mess | Anthony Costello

The government is asking people who may have coronavirus to isolate - but it has no idea of whether they’re doing soCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOn 13 February, 83 British citizens left Arrowe Park hospital, Wirral, after 14 days of isolation, following their evacuation from Wuhan at the end of January. Two weeks was the appropriate quarantine response to...

Covid-19: lack of diversity threatens to undermine vaccine trials, experts warn

Oxford and Moderna trials draw from strikingly white cohort, for a virus that has disproportionately affected people of colourThe remarkably fast progress of two leading contenders for an effective coronavirus vaccine has raised hopes the pandemic may be speedily tamed. But some experts have warned the vaccine trials risk being undermined by a lack of diversity among their participants. Related:...

Total confirmed coronavirus cases in Africa pass 1 million

World Health Organization warns figure is ‘the tip of the iceberg’ and that the true number could be much higherCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 1 million people in Africa have been infected by the Covid-19 virus, health authorities on the continent have announced. Confirmed Covid cases in African countries have risen fivefold in the the past two months...