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Russia’s health minister Mikhail Murashko said the Gamaleya Institute, a state research facility in Moscow, had completed clinical trials of the vaccine and paperwork is being prepared to register it, Interfax news agency reported. He said doctors and teachers would be the first to be vaccinated.

Mr Murashko said: ”We plan wider vaccinations for October.”

On Saturday, Russia reported 95 additional deaths from the coronavirus, taking its total to 14,058.

Officials reported 5,462 new cases, raising the total to 845,443.

More than 100 possible vaccines are being developed around the world to try to stop the COVID-19 pandemic.

At least four are in final Phase III human trials, according to World Health Organisation (WHO) data, including three developed in China and another in Britain.


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Russia is preparing a mass vaccination campaign (Image: GETTY )

1.40am update: Liz Truss has headed off to America to save UK’s booze industry

Trade Secretary Liz Truss flies to the US today to save UK booze industry jobs.

She wants tariffs on Scotch whisky lifted and is set to urge her US counterpart not to slap them on our gin exports.

She has packed a bottle of Hendrick’s gin to smooth the way when she meets Bob Lighthizer in Washington on Monday.

12.40am update: Shielding paused as Boris Johnson announces face mask crackdown and deaths hit 46,193

More than two million people will now be able to go into other households and visit shops.

But Boris Johnson announced there will be a crackdown on the wearing of face masks in public places as the death toll creeps up.

The official UK death toll now stands at 46,193 after a further 74 Covid-19 deaths were recorded.

11.40pm update: Europe cases continue to rise

The number of new confirmed coronavirus cases in Belgium has doubled in one week, as an average of 448.1 people per day tested positive for Covid-19 in the last week of July.

Travellers entering France from 16 countries where coronavirus is spread widely must now undergo tests upon arrival at French airports and ports.

10.40pm update: South Africa’s cases pass half a million

South Africa’s confirmed cases of coronavirus have crossed half a million, its health ministry said on Saturday.

The country recorded 10,107 new infections pushing the total to 503,290, the ministry said.

10pm update: SNP risks legal probe over ‘terrible’ coronavirus action

Scotland’s top prosecutor could consider whether Nicola Sturgeon’s administration breached public health legislation during its handling of care homes during the coronavirus crisis.

The Scottish Conservatives have written to Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC, saying SNP ministers’ actions have had “harrowing and devastating consequences for the residential care home sector”.

The party claims the decision in March to move elderly patients from hospitals into care homes could breach the Public Health Act 2008, which sets out a duty on the Government to “protect the community” from infectious disease.

8.55pm update: Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 17.67 million

More than 17.67 million coronavirus cases have been reported globally, according to the latest data by Reuters.

The worldwide death toll is 679,918.

8.15pm update: PM backed over Spain quarantine decision

Boris Johnson has been backed by the public over his decision to order travel restrictions on Spain, according to a new poll.

Data from polling company Opinium Research has suggested that nearly two-thirds of people agreed with the suspension of the travel corridor with Spain in response to the popular holiday destination’s surging coronavirus cases.

Just 13 percent oppose the rules which were imposed with less than five hours notice at the end of July and mean anyone arriving in the UK from Spain will have to self-isolate for 14 days

The poll also found that almost half disapproved of the Government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, while 30 percent approved.

7.40pm update: Ireland reports further 45 coronavirus cases

There have been 45 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ireland, the National Public Health Emergency Team has said.

No further deaths have been recorded.

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Boris Johnson has been backed by the public over his decision to order travel restrictions on Spain, according to a new poll (Image: GETTY)

7pm update: Leading professor issues cancer warning

Professor Karol Sikora has warned thousands of people with cancer with cancer are going undetected during the coronavirus crisis.

The CMO of Rutherford Health and ex-director of the World Health Organisation Cancer Programme tweeted: “I know I sound like a broken record, but I’m just not hearing it enough elsewhere.

“Cancer services are still not properly moving. Honestly, what is going on?

“Government completely obsessed with a ‘second wave’. Cancer is still growing, undetected, in thousands. So frustrating.”

6.20pm update: Hancock vows to protect Britons from second wave sweeping Europe

Matt Hancock has said the Government is doing everything it can to protect Britons from Europe’s second coronavirus wave.

The Health Secretary told Times Radio: “The Chief Medical Officer is going to set out more about this later.

“That will be about how after you have shown symptoms you still may be able to transmit the virus.

“Obviously we are guided by the science but I also want to take a precautionary approach.

“This is because we can see a second wave in parts of Europe.

“We want to make sure we do everything we possibly can to protect this country from it.”

5pm update: UK death toll up by 74

A further 74 people have died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus, taking the death toll to 46,193.

There have been 771 new infections, bringing the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases to 303,952.

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The UK’s coronavirus death toll has increased by 74 to 46,193 (Image: GETTY)

4.05pm update: England reports further four coronavirus hospital deaths

A further four people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, NHS England said.

It takes the total number of confirmed coronavirus deaths in hospitals in England to 29,342.

3.45pm update: Wetherspoon pub shuts after staff member tests positive for coronavirus

A Wetherspoon pub in Cumbria has closed after a member of staff tested positive for coronavirus.

The William Rufus in Botchergate, Carlisle, was closed on Friday after the member of staff confirmed she had tested positive for coronavirus.

The outbreak has led to 24 members of staff self-isolating.

Customer test-and-trace have not yet been requested.

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Britons are urged to follow social distancing guidelines (Image: GETTY )

2.25pm update: 18 new cases in Scotland 

There have been 18 new cases of coronavirus recorded in Scotland in the past 24 hours, the latest figures show.

These cases represent 0.5 percent of newly tested individuals, the Scottish Government said.

There were 260 people in hospital with Covid-19 and three in intensive care.

No new deaths have been recorded among people who tested positive for the virus, meaning the total under this measurement remains at 2,491.

2.23pm update: Thousands protests against lockdown in Germany 

Thousands of demonstrators rallied in Berlin on Saturday to protest against measures imposed in Germany to stem the coronavirus pandemic, saying they violated people’s rights and freedoms.

The loose gathering, estimated by police at 15,000, included libertarians, constitutional loyalists and sceptics of the science behind policies to fight the pandemic. There was also a small far-right presence with some marchers carrying Germany’s imperial flag.

Protesters danced and sang ‘We are free people!’ to the tune of rock band Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’. Others marched with placards saying ‘We are making a noise because you are stealing our freedom!’ and ‘Do think! Don’t wear a mask!’.

The protests followed a rallying call from Michael Ballweg, an entrepreneur and political outsider who has organised similar rallies in Stuttgart and is running to become mayor of the southwestern city.

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2.11pm update: Further two people die in Wales 

Public Health Wales said a further two people have died after testing positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of deaths in the country to 1,562.

The number of cases in Wales increased by 21, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 17,279.

1pm update: Edinburgh Castle reopens 

Edinburgh Castle has reopened after the coronavirus lockdown, which caused the famous fortress to shut for its longest period since the Second World War.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) reopened the doors of the ancient stronghold on Saturday, along with other historic sites like Stirling Castle and Urquhart Castle.

The castle in the centre of Edinburgh has long been one of Scotland’s most popular tourist destinations, but capacity will be reduced and some areas will be restricted in line with social distancing rules.

Tickets must be booked in advance and face coverings will be required in the castle’s shops.

12.20pm update: Vietnam reports 12 new coronavirus cases

Vietnam’s health ministry on Saturday reported 12 new local coronavirus cases linked to the recent outbreak in the central city of Danang, taking total infections in the country to 558, with three deaths.

Vietnam has detected new coronavirus cases in other cities, including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, since its first locally transmitted infections in more than three months were reported in Danang.

The ministry said in a separate statement on Saturday that up to 800,000 visitors to Danang have left for other parts of the country since July 1, adding that more than 41,000 people have visited three hospitals in the city since.

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Boris Johnson urged people not to become complacent (Image: GETTY )

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The UK is returning to a new normal (Image: GETTY )

11.30am update: Cornwall residents ‘too scared’ to go out as tourists arrive

Cornwall residents have told how they are “too scared” to go out as hundreds flock to the idyllic UK holiday hotspot during the coronavirus crisis.

Locals have hit out, saying visitors to popular resorts in Cornwall are ignoring social distancing rules and towns have become “Benidorm on steroids”.

It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged Britons to enjoy staycations in the UK and Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed he will visit Cornwall this summer for a short break.

Claire Harris, 37, who lives in St Ives told how her family is “too scared to go food shopping”.

10.48am update: Keir Starmer hits out over coronavirus deaths 

The Labour leader tweeted: “This week we had official confirmation that England has had the worst death rate in Europe.

“Urgent action is necessary when we see local spikes.

“But we also need mass testing and improved communication from government.”

9.50am update: Poland reports highest number of coronavirus cases 

Poland reported its highest number of new daily coronavirus cases since the global pandemic started for the third day in a row on Saturday, with 658 new infections, the Health Ministry said.

More than 200 cases were reported in the Silesia mining region in southern Poland, which has been grappling with an outbreak amongst miners.

The ministry also reported five new deaths.

Poland has now reported a total of 46,346 coronavirus cases and 1,721 deaths.

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Fears are growing Britons could be forced back inside (Image: PA )

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People are urged to wear face masks (Image: GETTY )

9.13am update: Coronavirus spreading among young 

SAGE’s Professor Graham Medley said the rise in coronavirus infections appeared to be among younger people but warned there was a danger it could “spill” over into other parts of the population.

The chairman of the Sage sub-group on pandemic modelling told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The age distribution of infections has changed, it has moved down into younger age groups and so it is likely we won’t see that increase in hospital admissions related to infection in the same way we did in March.

“But the big fear is the virus just gets out of control and we end up in a situation where there is so much virus that it inevitably spills out into all sections of the population.”

Professor Medley said the increased lockdown measures in areas across the north-west of England were “highly unlikely” to be the “last intervention that has to be done regionally”.

8.51am update: Pubs could close to reopen schools 

Professor Graham Medley, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), said England could have to consider closing pubs in order to reopen schools next month.

When asked about the chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty’s prediction that the country was “near the limits” of opening up society, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine academic told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I think that’s quite possible.

“I think we’re in a situation whereby most people think that opening schools is a priority for the health and wellbeing of children and that when we do that we are going to reconnect lots of households.

“And so actually, closing some of the other networks, some of the other activities may well be required to enable us to open schools.

“It might come down to a question of which do you trade off against each other and then that’s a matter of prioritising, do we think pubs are more important than schools?”

8.40am update: Coronavirus outbreak at pub

A coronavirus outbreak at a pub has infected 16 people while more than 350 await COVID-19 test results.

Health bosses are awaiting the results of hundreds of pubgoers connected to an outbreak at the Crown and Anchor in Stone, North Staffordshire.

Eyewitnesses told how the pub was “packed in like sardines” following a private party, with as many as 200 people at the venue.

Five people tested positive for the invisible killer disease after coming into contact with a person that had visited the pub.

Visitors and staff to the pub between July 16 and 18 are being urged to self-isolate.

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Boris Johnson said the UK should not become complacent (Image: GETTY )

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Coronavirus is continuing to spread across the UK (Image: GETTY)

8.36am update: Russia’s death toll rises 

Russia reported 95 new deaths from the novel coronavirus on Saturday, pushing its national tally to 14,058.

Officials also reported 5,462 new cases of the novel coronavirus over the past 24 hours, pushing the country’s tally to 845,443.

7.54am update: Germany’s coronavirus cases continue to rise 

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 955 to 209,653, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases has showed. 

The reported death toll rose by seven to 9148. 

7.37am update: Tokyo reports new COVID-19 cases

The number of new coronavirus cases confirmed in Tokyo was around 472 on Saturday, a new record, NHK public television quoted Tokyo officials as saying.

It was the second day in a row that the number of cases in the capital rose by more than 400.

Though Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has said the city could declare its own state of emergency, the central government says there is still no need to do so nationally despite a record spike in several cities around the nation.

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UK coronavirus map as of August 1 (Image: EXPRESS)

7.30am update: Boris cancels plans to ease lockdown restrictions today 

Boris Johnson has cancelled plans to ease coronavirus lockdown restrictions today as cases of the invisible killer disease continue to “creep up”.

Fears Britons will be forced back indoors are growing after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced lockdown loosening planned for Saturday are being pushed back to August 15 “ at the earliest”. Mr Johnson warned cases of COVID-19 are “creeping up” and he is “squeezing the brake pedal”. 

He warned the country “cannot be complacent” amid a rise in the prevalence of coronavirus in the community.

Measures due to be lifted on Saturday, including allowing small wedding receptions and reopening bowling alleys and casinos, have been postponed for at least two weeks.

Face coverings will also become mandatory in indoor settings such as museums and places of worship from August 8.

And England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty warned that it might notbe possible to ease lockdown further.

Speaking at a Downing Street press conference on Friday Mr Johnson said:”As we see these rises around the world, we can’t fool ourselves that we are exempt. We must be willing to react to the first signs of trouble.”

He said that with numbers rising “our assessment is that we should squeeze that brake pedal… in order to keep the virus under control”.

It comes after the Office for National Statistics reported an increase in the number of people testing positive for coronavirus in England.

Additional reporting by Rebecca Perring.

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