Coronavirus global report: concern over German cases as holidays disrupt French testing

Spain orders town of 32,000 back into confinement; Poland records highest daily case number so far

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Germany has recorded its highest rate of infections in three months, France cannot keep up with demand for tests and Finland warned of an “extremely delicate” situation as Covid-19 case numbers continued to tick up across the continent.

New cases in Germany rose above 1,000 for the first time since early May, with the national disease control centre, the Robert Koch Institute, on Thursday reporting 1,045 infections in the previous 24 hours, bringing the total number of active cases to 8,700.

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'We're back to feeling blind': glitch leaves California's Covid numbers uncertain

California has recorded more positive tests than any state with 525,000 – and the number could be even higher, experts warn

California has recorded 525,000 positive coronavirus tests, more than any other US state. But health officials warn the true number is even higher, and they will not know how much higher until a technical problem with the state’s coronavirus testing database is resolved.

The technical problem has caused a backlog in reporting to the California Reportable Disease Information Exchange (CalRedie), the database that collects testing data from labs around the state. The state’s data on coronavirus hospitalizations and death statistics do not appear to have been affected.

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Anthony Fauci says he has received death threats over his coronavirus work

  • Fauci has had to hire security to protect himself and his family
  • Pandemic brought out ‘the best and the worst of people’

Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert in the US, has had to hire security to protect himself and his family after receiving death threats in response to his work to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus taskforce, told CNN that the pandemic has brought out “the best of people and the worst of people and you know getting death threats for me and my family and harassing my daughters to the point where I have to get security, it’s amazing”.

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Social distancing in the skies becomes a perk in post-Covid travel

Air passengers looking for that one-metre buffer between seats must be ready to pay for the luxury

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After the government changed its advice against all but essential foreign travel last month I joined some of the first passengers to board a flight in almost four months.

As flight attendants herded us post-lockdown travel guinea pigs on to the Ryanair plane to Mallorca from Manchester airport in early July, there was a palpable sense of relief amongst passengers when it became apparent that the flight would not be busy.

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Coronavirus live news: UK adds Belgium, Bahamas and Andorra to quarantine list

UK quarantine move takes effect from Saturday; Spain’s health ministry denies facing second wave; Dutch PM calls on tourists to avoid busy parts of Amsterdam

  • ‘Serious concern’ in Ireland over infection rate rise
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The decision to exclude all but elite runners from this year’s London Marathon means a gang of veteran participants will miss the chance to complete their 40th race.

Known as the Ever Present, the group have competed every single year since the world famous event’s inaugural year in 1981.

We will just have to go with the flow but after 39 years this was all I needed, this was going to be my last one.

US president Donald Trump has intensified his attacks on China for its handling of the coronavirus outbreak, as his health secretary headed to Taiwan for a visit sure to irk Beijing.

Trump, whose public approval ratings have fallen amid continued Covid-19 infection rates and economic woes, sought to shift the focus to Beijing, claiming again, without evidence, that it may have intentionally let the virus spread globally.

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Niger lost tens of millions to arms deals malpractice, leaked report alleges

Government audit alleges that poor west African country lost at least $137m over eight years

More than $100m of public money in Niger, one of the world’s poorest countries and a key regional recipient of western aid, was wasted in a series of potentially corrupt international arms deals, a leaked official document alleges.

A confidential government audit of defence spending found that at least $137m had been lost due to malpractice over an eight-year period ending in 2019.

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Beirut blast timeline: what we know, and what we don't

What happened in the months and years leading up to the explosion at the Lebanese capital’s port?

Beirut is still counting the cost in lives and property from a massive explosion at its port on Tuesday that sent a shockwave blasting across the city. Anger is growing in Lebanon at what appears to be an industrial accident that authorities foresaw and warned about for years before. The Lebanese government is currently investigating, but many in the country and internationally are calling for an independent probe.

Exactly what happened at the port in the early evening of 4 August is still unclear, but several facts have come to light in the days since the blast. The trail begins nearly seven years ago, with a rickety ship leaving the eastern European state of Georgia, carrying a deadly load.

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New York attorney general sues to shut down NRA, alleging 'brazen illegality'

  • Letitia James alleges leaders used NRA as ‘personal piggy bank’
  • Lawsuit claims money helped to pay for trips and private jets

New York’s attorney general has sued to dissolve the National Rifle Association (NRA), alleging that senior leaders used the powerful gun lobby group as their “personal piggy bank” and illegally diverted millions of dollars from its charitable work.

Related: New York attorney general files lawsuit to dissolve NRA – live

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European court of justice advises Madeleine McCann suspect was lawfully tried in rape case

Preliminary opinion a setback for Christian Brückner’s attempt to appeal conviction using European arrest warrant rules

The prime suspect in the disappearance of the British toddler Madeleine McCann was told that he was lawfully put on trial for rape last year, as his lawyers attempt to overturn that conviction at the European court of justice.

Christian Brückner, a 43-year-old German, is trying to overturn his conviction for the rape of a 72-year-old American woman in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in 2005. He has argued at the ECJ that he had been extradited to Germany from Portugal, and later Italy, on a different charge.

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Trump's top Iran envoy quits as US bids to extend Tehran embargo

  • Elliott Abrams, key figure in Iran-Contra affair, to take over
  • US intends to bring UN resolution to extend arms embargo

The Trump administration’s lead diplomat on Iran, Brian Hook, has announced his resignation days before the US attempts a high-stakes gambit against Tehran at the United Nations.

Related: Iran's Covid death toll three times higher than admitted, says report

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