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WHO sounds warning on coronavirus 'second peak': Live updates - Al Jazeera English
Warning comes as Europe and United States ease lockdowns and people flock to crowded beaches at start of summer season.
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera's continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I'm Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.
- The World Health Organization has warned of the risks of an "immediate second peak" as countries ease up on lockdowns, urging governments in Europe and the US to step up surveillance, testing and tracking measures to keep the disease under control.
- Spain has revised its death toll downwards by nearly 2,000 people after checking data from the regions and discovering some deaths had been recorded twice while others had not been the result of the coronavirus.
- Public anger continues to simmer in the UK over Dominic Cummings, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's chief political adviser, who apparently flouted lockdown to drive from his home in London to his parents' house in the north when he suspected he had coronavirus. Cummings adopted a conciliatory tone at an extraordinary news conference on Monday but did not apologise.
- More than 5.4 million cases of coronavirus have been confirmed around the world, according to Johns Hopkins University. Nearly 345,000 people have died, while more than 2.2 million have recovered.
WHO halts hydroxychloroquine trial for coronavirus: Live updates - Al Jazeera English
UN agency says it's 'pleased to hear a very consistent message from China' as US and others pile on criticism.
- WHO has praised China for its eagerness towards the prospect of scientific inquiries into determining the origins of COVID-19.
- The number of coronavirus cases in Russia has climbed to 353,427, with 8,946 new infections in the past 24 hours.
- The United States has barred arrivals from Brazil, the country with the second-highest number of cases in the world after the US.
- More than 5.4 million people around the world have been infected with the coronavirus to date, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 344,000 people have died, while more than two million have recovered.
- Coronavirus cases in Russia have climbed to 353,427, with 8,946 new infections in the past 24 hours
- Japan has lifted a nationwide state of emergency
- The death toll from the outbreak in Sweden has topped 4,000
Brazil coronavirus deaths surpass 20,000 after record daily toll - Al Jazeera English
Country registers 1,188 deaths in 24-hour period, as President Bolsonaro continues calls to scrap lockdown measures.
More than 20,000 people have so far died from COVID-19 in Brazil as the country registered its highest one-day toll. The health ministry said on Thursday the 1,188 deaths recorded over the previous 24-hour period pushed the overall tally to 20,047. More: Brazil, the epicentre of the pandemic in Latin America, has now recorded more than 310,000 confirmed cases - but experts say a lack of testing means the real figures are probably much higher. With its curve of infections and deaths rising sharply, the country of 210 million ranks third in the world in terms of total cases, behind the United States and Russia. The death toll - the sixth highest in the world - has doubled in just 11 days, according to ministry data. Despite the worrying spread of the disease, far-right President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday continued his calls to scrap lockdown measures to revive a flagging economy. But almost all of the country's 27 states are under some sort of lockdown order, though Brazilians are wearying of the restrictions in place since the end of March. The state of Sao Paulo, the economic and cultural capital of Brazil, is by far the most affected, with about a quarter of the country's deaths and infections. Hospitals in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and various states across northern and northeastern Brazil are near collapse. The authorities have been racing to set up field hospitals with more beds, but are struggling to build them fast enough. Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doria, who has clashed often with the president over containment measures, has said the country has to fight both coronavirus and "Bolsonarovirus". But Bolsonaro and the governors sounded a conciliatory note on Thursday as they held a video conference on coordinating the response to the pandemic. The president called it "a great victory for the Brazilian people". Doria, for his part, urged unity. "Brazil needs to be united. If we're at war, we all face defeat. Let's go together in peace, Mr President, together for Brazil," he said. Bolsonaro, who has famously compared the virus with a "little flu", appears to have pinned his hopes on the anti-malaria drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to stop it. The drugs have shown inconclusive results against coronavirus, and scientists say further studies are needed to determine whether they are safe and effective for COVID-19. But like his US counterpart Donald Trump, Bolsonaro sees them as potential wonder drugs. His government recommended on Wednesday that all COVID-19 patients receive one of the drugs as soon as they show symptoms. "There is still no scientific proof, but (chloroquine) is being monitored and used in Brazil and around the world," Bolsonaro wrote on Twitter. "We are at war."
Cyclone Amphan leaves trail of destruction in Bangladesh, India - Al Jazeera English
At least 20 killed, thousands of houses destroyed and millions without power as cyclone batters the region.
A powerful cyclone has hit Bangladesh and eastern India killing at least 20 people and destroying thousands of homes, officials said, leaving authorities struggling to mount relief efforts amid a surging coronavirus outbreak. Authorities began surveying the damage on Thursday after millions spent a sleepless night which saw up to 170 kilometre (105 miles) an hour winds carrying away trees, electricity pylons, walls and roofs, and transformer stations exploding. More: Millions across India and Bangladesh were left without power in the wake of the most powerful cyclone to have hit in more than 20 years. The eastern Indian state of West Bengal took the brunt of Cyclone Amphan. The state's Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said at least 12 people had died in the state, and two districts been completely battered. "Area after area has been devastated. Communications are disrupted," Banerjee said, adding that the state authorities had not entirely anticipated the ferocity of the storm. 'Everything is destroyed' In neighbouring Bangladesh, officials said eight people had died, including a five-year-old boy and a 75-year-old man, hit by falling trees and a cyclone emergency volunteer who drowned. Bangladesh officials said they were waiting for reports from the Sundarbans, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famed for its mangrove forest and population of endangered Bengal tigers, which bore the brunt of the storm. "We still haven't got the actual picture of the damage. We are particularly concerned over some wild animals. They can be washed away during storm surge in high tide," forest chief Moyeen Uddin Khan told AFP news agency. The ecologically fragile region straddling the Indian-Bangladesh border is best known for thick mangrove forests that are a critical tiger habitat. Houses "look like they have been run over by a bulldozer", said Babul Mondal, 35, a villager on the edge of the Indian side of the Sundarbans, which is home to approximately four million people. "Everything is destroyed," he said. Widespread relief that the evacuation of more than three million people from coastal villages had averted the horrific death tolls of past storms was tempered by fears of the coronavirus pandemic spreading in crowded shelters. Authorities in both countries sent masks and sanitiser but social distancing was virtually impossible as families packed into reinforced schools, government buildings and community halls. Kolkata awoke to flooded streets West Bengal capital Kolkata awoke to flooded streets with some cars window-deep in water. Much of the city of 15 million people was plunged into darkness as transformer stations exploded. The cyclone weakened as it moved along the Bangladesh coast but still unleashed heavy rains and fierce winds in Cox's Bazar, the district which houses about one million Rohingya refugees from violence in Myanmar. The cyclone brought a storm surge - a wall of ocean water that is often one of the main killers in large weather systems - that roared inland. In southwest Bangladesh, a 1.5 metre (five-feet) surge broke an embankment and swamped farmland, police told AFP. Cyclones are an annual hazard along the Bay of Bengal coast. Amphan was the first "super cyclone" to form over the Bay of Bengal since 1999. In 2007 Cyclone Sidr left more than 3,500 dead in Bangladesh. Bangladesh's low-lying coast, home to 30 million people, and India's east are regularly battered by cyclones that have killed hundreds of thousands of people in recent decades. A 1999 super cyclone left nearly 10,000 dead in India's Odisha state, eight years after a typhoon, tornadoes and flooding killed 139,000 in Bangladesh. In 1970, half a million perished in Bangladesh - a nation of 160 million. Faster evacuations, better technology While the frequency and intensity of storms have increased - blamed partly on climate change - casualties have fallen thanks to faster evacuations, better technology and more shelters. Enamur Rahman, Bangladesh's junior minister for disaster management, told AFP 2.4 million people and more than half a million livestock were brought to shelters. India evacuated more than 650,000 in West Bengal and Odisha states. Because of the coronavirus, authorities used extra shelter space to reduce crowding, while making face masks compulsory and setting aside isolation rooms. Infection numbers are still soaring in both countries.
Coronavirus battleground shifts to Latin America: Live updates - Al Jazeera English
Brazil expected to overtake Russia as the country with second-highest infections as cases in Peru surpass 100,000.
- Brazil's coronavirus outbreak worsened on Wednesday and the South American nation could soon have the second-highest number of cases in the world as the Health Ministry reported 888 new deaths and nearly 20,000 new infections in a single day, pushing the total cases to 291,579 and almost 19,000 deaths.
- Peru's number of confirmed coronavirus cases surpassed 100,000, making it the country with the second-highest number of cases in South America after Brazil. It has more than 3,000 deaths.
- Mexico has recorded more than 54,000 cases and 5,666 deaths, while Chile has 53,617 cases and 544 deaths.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) reported 106,000 cases globally, the highest in a single day yet, raising concerns over the spread of COVID-19 in poor nations.
- Globally, there have been more than 4.96 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 326,000 people died, according to the Johns Hopkins University. More than 1.7 million people have recovered.
US Senate committee revives impeachment fight with Biden subpoena - Al Jazeera English
Committee votes to subpoena firm that consulted with Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company that employed Hunter Biden.
A Republican-led United States Senate committee has voted to issue a subpoena as part of its investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden's son, a move that met immediate opposition from Democrats who said the panel should be focused on overseeing the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday voted 8-6 along party lines to subpoena Blue Star Strategies, a lobbying firm that was a consultant to Burisma, a gas company in Ukraine that paid Hunter Biden to serve as a board member. More: There is no evidence of wrongdoing by the Bidens, and Hunter Biden has denied using his influence with his father to aid Burisma. But Republicans coming to President Donald Trump's defence during and after last year's impeachment trial have encouraged investigations of Hunter Biden's activities, questioning whether his highly paid job created a conflict of interest for Joe Biden as the former vice president worked on Ukraine policy in the Obama administration. The chairman of the Republican-led panel, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, has repeatedly insisted that the investigation is not designed to hurt Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee in this year's US presidential election. Senator Mitt Romney, the only Republican who voted to convict Trump of abuse of power during the impeachment process, said in March that he thought Johnson's investigation of Hunter Biden appeared political. But on Wednesday, Romney joined other Republicans in approving the subpoena. A no vote by Romney would have deadlocked the committee.
Bangladesh, India brace for Amphan - biggest cyclone in 20 years - Al Jazeera English
Millions evacuated as super cyclone barrels from Bay of Bengal with winds equivalent to a category 5 hurricane.
India and Bangladesh evacuated millions of people from the path of the most powerful storm in 20 years, which is expected to make landfall as early as 09:00 GMT on Wednesday and has raised fears of extensive damage to houses and crops and disruption of road, rail and power links. The authorities' move to save lives was complicated by continuing efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic and enforce social distancing. More: Many thousands of migrant workers are on the roads trying to get home from big cities after a nationwide lockdown destroyed their livelihoods, while more than a million Rohingya are in refugee camps in Bangladesh. Approaching from the Bay of Bengal, super cyclone Amphan was expected to hit the coast of eastern India and southern Bangladesh with winds gusting up to 185 kilometres per hour (115 miles per hour) - the equivalent of a category 5 hurricane. The Indian weather department forecast a storm surge of 10- to 16-foot (3-4 metre) waves - as high as a two-storey house - that could swamp mud dwellings along the coast, uproot communication towers and inundate roads and railway tracks. There will be extensive damage to standing crops and plantations in the states of West Bengal and Odisha while large boats and ships could get torn from their moorings, the weather service said in a bulletin late on Tuesday. Authorities were hastily repurposing quarantine facilities for the looming cyclone soon after easing the world's biggest lockdown against the coronavirus. India has reported more than 100,000 cases with 3,163 deaths. 'Crisis on top of a crisis' Railway officials diverted a number of trains carrying thousands of migrant workers to eastern states from the capital of New Delhi away from the cyclone's path where they had lost their jobs due to coronavirus lockdowns. "We have just about six hours left to evacuate people from their homes and we also have to maintain social distancing norms," disaster management official SG Rai told Reuters news agency. "The cyclone could wash away thousands of huts and standing crops." About 300,000 people had been moved to storm shelters, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said. The state capital Kolkata lies near the cyclone's path and there was concern about people living in about 1,500 old, dilapidated buildings. Pankaj Anand, of the humanitarian group Oxfam in India, described Amphan as "a crisis on top of a crisis." "Many of the cyclone evacuation shelters are already being used as coronavirus quarantine centres or housing migrants who have returned to their coastal communities because of lockdown. People are worried there won't be enough space in the shelters and that they might catch coronavirus in them." Moving to higher ground Neighbouring Bangladesh, where the cyclone posed a devastating threat along a low-lying, marshy coast, was shifting hundreds of thousands of people to higher ground. There are fears that up 1.4 million people may be displaced due to the cyclone and 600,000 homes could be destroyed, according to Oxfam. Bangladeshi authorities were also urging use of masks against the virus, which has caused 20,995 infections and 314 deaths. "We have taken necessary steps so that people can maintain distance and wear masks," said Enamur Rahman, the junior minister for disaster management. He said 12,000 cyclone shelters were set up to accommodate more than five million people. Bangladeshi officials said the cyclone could set off tidal waves and heavy rainfall, unleashing floods. It was expected to hit land between the districts of Chittagong and Khulna, just 150 km (93 miles) from refugee camps housing more than a million Rohingya in flimsy shelters. Aid workers have stockpiled emergency items such as food, tarpaulins and water purification tablets. "We are really very worried," said Haiko Magtrayo, a worker of the International Committee of the Red Cross based in the nearby town of Cox's Bazar. Hundreds more Rohingya, rescued from boats adrift in the Bay of Bengal, are living on the flood-prone island of Bhasan Char. "It is already a huge challenge to contain the spread of coronavirus amongst the Rohingya refugees living in overcrowded camps, sharing water and toilet facilities. Cyclone Amphan is also a major threat to the millions of vulnerable Bangladeshis living in low-lying flood-prone coastal areas," Dipankar Datta, country director of Oxfam in Bangladesh said in a statement.
Palestinian President Abbas says accords with Israel, US are void - Al Jazeera English
The practical implications of Abbas' announcement, made across national television, remain unclear.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Tuesday that his administration considers all agreements signed with Israel and the United States null and void, after Israel declared it would annex parts of the occupied West Bank, according to local media reports. Palestinian news agency Wafa reported that Abbas made the announcement during an emergency meeting held in Ramallah to discuss the Israeli plans. More: "The Palestine Liberation Organization and the State of Palestine are absolved, as of today, of all the agreements and understandings with the American and Israeli governments and of all the obligations based on these understandings and agreements, including the security ones," Abbas reportedly said. "The Israeli occupation authority, as of today, has to shoulder all responsibilities and obligations in front of the international community as an occupying power over the territory of the occupied state of Palestine." Abbas threatened to withdraw from agreements back in February, after US President Donald Trump unveiled his Middle East plan, which included the possibility of annexation. Al Jazeera correspondent Nida Ibrahim said the implications of the move remained unclear. "While he said that the PLO is no longer bound by agreements signed with Israel, he did not say that he is dissolving the Palestinian Authority," Ibrahim said from Ramallah. During his address, which was broadcast on Palestinian television, Abbas also said he was still ready to negotiate with Israel and remains committed to ending the conflict on the basis of a two-state solution. Speaking from Chicago, Ali Abunimah of Electronic Intifada was sceptical about Abbas' announcement. "Mahmoud Abbas has announced I can't remember how many times that he's suspended this agreement or that agreement and the fact is that he's never (actually) done that. He's never (actually) suspended an agreement." he said. "The reality is that the Palestinian Authority cannot move a salt shaker from one side of the table to another without the permission and help of the Israelis." Annexing parts of the occupied West Bank and the Jordan Valley as part of Trump's Middle East plan was a central promise of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's latest re-election campaign. His former political rivals-turned-allies Benny Gantz and Gabi Ashkenazi have also expressed their support of the plan. Netanyahu was sworn into office for another term on Sunday, after more than 500 days without a stable government and three inconclusive elections. Addressing the parliament before the vote, Netanyahu said his incoming government should apply Israeli sovereignty over Jewish settlements, which are illegal under international law. "It's time to apply the Israeli law and write another glorious chapter in the history of Zionism," Netanyahu said on the issue of Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory. "These territories are where the Jewish nation was born and grew," he said of the settlements. Such a move will likely cause international uproar and inflame tensions in the West Bank. Jordan's King Abdullah II, warned Israel of a "massive conflict" if it went ahead with the plan, while the European Union's foreign policy chief said EU would use "all our diplomatic capacities" to try to dissuade the new government from going ahead with the move.
Libya's GNA launches counterattack after deadly rocket barrage - Al Jazeera English
After more than 100 rockets hit Tripoli's airport and residential areas, government forces move on key Haftar base.
Libya's UN-supported government launched a counterattack on Sunday against a strategic military base used by renegade commander Khalifa Haftar to pound the capital Tripoli with rocket fire. The response came after a missile barrage damaged Tripoli's main airport and set fuel tanks and several aircraft ablaze, with at least six civilians killed in surrounding residential areas in the attacks on Saturday. Meanwhile, Turkey - the Government of National Accord's (GNA) main ally defending Tripoli against Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) - threatened to step up its attacks against the eastern-based LNA, which has attempted to seize the capital for more than a year. More: "The forces of war criminal [Haftar] fired more than a hundred rockets and missiles at residential areas in the centre of the capital," the GNA said in a statement on Facebook. The airport was badly damaged and came under renewed rocket fire on Sunday morning, it said. Al Jazeera's Mahmoud Abdelwahed, reporting from Tripoli, said the GNA launched the counter-offensive in an effort to take a key LNA base using advanced weaponry to strike the city centre. "The government's military commanders say they are trying to recapture a military camp in southern Tripoli, which has been under the control of Haftar's forces for the past few months. Haftar's troops have been using that camp to fire rockets into residential areas and the airport," said Abdelwahed. "Military sources say it is also important because it is run and protected by Russian military experts from the Wagner Group, who have been fighting with Haftar's forces." More than a dozen people have been killed over the past two days in missile attacks, the Tripoli-based government said. Adding to the misery of Tripoli residents, the main water supplier to northwest Libya said armed men in the south had stormed one of its facilities, reducing supply. 'Responsible for the suffering' Turkey said on Sunday that it would deem the Haftar's forces "legitimate targets" if their attacks on its interests and diplomatic missions in Libya persisted. On Thursday, Turkey and Italy said the area around their embassies in Tripoli had been shelled. Turkey backs Libya's internationally recognised GNA. It has signed a military cooperation deal with the GNA and deployed military trainers and equipment, including armed drones that have helped repel Haftar's offensive. Ankara views Haftar's forces, which are backed by the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Russia, as "putschists". "If our missions and our interests in Libya are targeted, we will deem Haftar's forces legitimate targets," the foreign ministry said in a statement, in which it also slammed the United Nations for not taking action over the LNA's attacks. "It is unacceptable for the United Nations to remain silent against this carnage any longer," it said. "Countries providing military, financial and political aid to Haftar are responsible for the suffering that the people of Libya are enduring and the chaos and instability the country is being dragged into." It also said attacks on Tripoli's Mitiga airport early on Saturday, part of an intensified barrage of artillery fire on the capital, were war crimes. "The attacks on diplomatic missions including our Tripoli embassy, Mitiga airport, civilian planes preparing to take off and other civilian infrastructure, and those which kill civilians or injure them, constitute a war crime," the statement added. Haftar's LNA has been fighting for more than a year to capture Tripoli from the GNA, frequently shelling the capital. The United Nations said four-fifths of the 130 civilian casualties recorded in the Libyan conflict in the first quarter of 2020 were caused by LNA ground fighting. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that the LNA was in a "period of regression" after NATO member Turkey threw its support behind the GNA. "Even the efforts of countries that provide him [Haftar] with unlimited financial support and weapons will not be able to save him," Erdogan said. 'Frightening spectacle' Pro-GNA forces have retaken some territory from the LNA around Tripoli during an escalation of fighting in recent weeks with the help of Turkish-supplied drones. The LNA says Turkey has established a military drone base at the Mitiga airport, but the GNA denies this. The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) called the bombardment "an all too familiar but frightening spectacle". "These horrifying attacks occur on a regular basis in close proximity to civilian neighbourhoods," UNSMIL said on Twitter. It called the shelling "one in a series of indiscriminate attacks, most of which are attributable to pro-LNA forces, killing more than 15 and injuring 50 civilians since 1 May". Since Wednesday, 17 civilians and two police officers have been killed and more than 66 other civilians wounded in rocket fire targeting several areas of the capital, according to the GNA. UNSMIL slammed the attacks for hitting civilians and civilian infrastructure, and called for "those responsible for crimes under international law to be brought to justice". But the GNA said international condemnation was not enough. "We no longer pay any attention to the timid condemnations of the international community The senseless acts are proof of his weakness and desperation after the successive defeats of his militias and mercenaries," it added. Haftar's forces have suffered several setbacks in recent weeks, with GNA fighters pushing them from two key coastal cities west of Tripoli in April. GNA troops now surround the LNA's main rear base at Tarhouna, 80km (50 miles) southeast of the capital.
Johnson tells UK to 'stay alert' ahead of lockdown speech - Al Jazeera English
Prime minister to outline plans for easing lockdown measures, including a colour-coded coronavirus risk system.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday urged people to "stay alert" to coronavirus risks, as he prepared to outline plans for gradually easing lockdown measures that have shuttered much of the economy for nearly seven weeks. The government's decision to replace its flagship "stay at home" slogan drew criticism from opposition parties who argued that "stay alert" - used by Johnson in a Twitter message ahead of a televised address at 18:00 GMT - is too ambiguous. More: Housing minister Robert Jenrick said Johnson would set out a five-tier warning system to track the outbreak in England as the government makes limited changes such as encouraging those who cannot work from home to return to their offices and factories. "Everyone has a role to play in helping to control the virus by staying alert and following the rules. This is how we can continue to save lives as we start to recover from coronavirus," Johnson said on Twitter on Sunday. His message was published alongside a new government poster which listed rules including "stay at home as much as possible", "limit contact with other people" and "keep your distance if you go out". Jenrick told the BBC there would not be a "grand reopening of the economy tonight", but that Johnson would set out a roadmap for the "weeks and months ahead". Johnson has been criticised for failing to take the outbreak seriously enough at the start, still shaking hands in early March and delaying the imposition of a lockdown. There are growing demands from his own MPs to lift the lockdown as it wreaks economic havoc - the Bank of England this week predicted a 14-percent slump in British GDP this year. Britain has reported 31,587 deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus - the second-highest death toll in the world after the United States - and some 215,260 confirmed infections. The Sunday Times reported that scientific advisers had told the government deaths could exceed 100,000 by the end of the year if lockdown measures are relaxed too quickly. Changes announced on Sunday will include allowing people to exercise more than once a day, British media reported. Johnson will detail a system ranging from "green" at level one to "red" at level five that will allow the government to flag coronavirus risks in different parts of England and to increase restrictions where necessary. The government wants the United Kingdom's other constituent nations - Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland - to follow the same steps but they have the power to diverge in their measures. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Twitter she would continue to tell Scots to stay at home. Jenrick said the country as a whole is currently at four on the new scale and authorities want that brought down to three as fast as possible. "At each stage ... we will be in a position to open up and restart more aspects of the economy and of our lives," he said, adding that changes would be conditional on keeping the virus under control. Colour-coded systems to distinguish regions with greater or lesser risk have been used in other countries, including France and India, as they emerge from lockdowns. Opposition parties criticised the government's new "stay alert" slogan as confusing. "There is no room for nuance," the Labour Party's health spokesman, Jonathan Ashworth, told the BBC. "Many people will be puzzled by it ... This virus really does exploit ambivalence and thrive on ambiguity, we need clarity at all times." Johnson is also looking at a plan to contain infection rates in the longer term, with ministers considering imposing a 14-day quarantine on anyone coming into the country from abroad. Britain is also trialling a new phone app to identify localised outbreaks, and in recent weeks has increased its capacity to test for the coronavirus to around 100,000 a day.