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George Floyd killing: ex-defense secretary condemns Trump's handling of protests – live

As many predicted, Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to criticize James Mattis, the former defense secretary who today condemned the president’s response to the nationwide protests.

...His primary strength was not military, but rather personal public relations. I gave him a new life, things to do, and battles to win, but he seldom “brought home the bacon”. I didn’t like his “leadership” style or much else about him, and many others agree. Glad he is gone!

Floyd tested positive for coronavirus, according to a full autopsy report released by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office. The report noted that the virus was not a contributing factor in his death and that Floyd was asymptomatic.

The office states Floyd “became unresponsive while being restrained by law enforcement officers; he received emergency medical care in the field and subsequently in the Hennepin HealthCare (HHC) Emergency Department, but could not be resuscitated.”

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Thu, 04 Jun 2020 01:04:12 GMT
Thousands gather in London for George Floyd protest

Star Wars actor John Boyega among those taking part in Hyde Park Black Lives Matter protest

Thousands of mostly young protesters have marched through central London in an overwhelmingly peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstration that culminated in passionate crowds gathering at the heart of Westminster.

They persuaded two police officers to “take the knee” outside the gates of Downing Street in a mark of respect to American George Floyd and other black victims of police violence, prompting cheers from the crowd present in the late afternoon.

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Wed, 03 Jun 2020 18:31:05 GMT
Thousands of primary schools in England snub call to restart classes

Exclusive: Wales announces late June opening as union poll finds two in five English schools yet to reopen to more pupils

The government’s desperate push to reopen primary schools in England to kickstart the economy has fallen flat, with up to 90% in some areas remaining closed to more pupils amid rising fears about the spread of coronavirus.

Figures obtained by the Guardian showed that in large parts of the north-east not a single primary school opened to more pupils on Monday, the government’s target date for reopening after the 10-week lockdown.

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Wed, 03 Jun 2020 20:11:12 GMT
Business secretary tested for Covid-19 after feeling ill during Commons speech

Alok Sharma self-isolating after feeling unwell while delivering statement on Wednesday

Alok Sharma, the business secretary, has been tested for coronavirus after feeling unwell while delivering a statement in the House of Commons.

The cabinet minister has gone home to self-isolate following his appearance at the dispatch box earlier on Wednesday.

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Wed, 03 Jun 2020 19:29:06 GMT
Coronavirus live news: Germany reveals major stimulus plan as global cases grow by 100,000 a day

€130bn German package cuts VAT, offers cash grants; Mumbai introduces new restrictions after hurricane; Italy opens borders; Follow the latest updates

The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus was first detected late last year, has tested nearly 10 million people in an unprecedented 19-day campaign to check an entire city, AP reports.

It identified just 300 positive cases, all of whom had no symptoms. The city found no infections among 1,174 close contacts of the people who tested positive, suggesting they were not spreading it easily to others.

Mexican health authorities reported 1,092 coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, the highest toll in one day so far, with total infections surging past 100,000.

The number of deaths was more than twice a previous record, and daily infections were also at an all time high of 3,912.

The additions bring the total number of known cases to 101,238 and deaths to 11,729. Health authorities have previously said the real number is higher.

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Thu, 04 Jun 2020 00:57:31 GMT
Global report: confusion over travel restrictions as EU starts opening borders

Some countries reluctant to allow visitors from worst-hit nations, including UK and Italy

Italy reopened its borders to European travellers, and other EU member states look set to follow suit by mid-June. Yet confusion remains over which will welcome visitors from countries with higher infection rates, including Britain.

As the UK home secretary, Priti Patel, confirmed on Wednesday that Britain would enforce a 14-day quarantine period on almost all overseas arrivals from 8 June, Italy said its borders were no longer closed to most travellers from Europe.

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Wed, 03 Jun 2020 16:41:46 GMT
How were medical journals and WHO caught out over hydroxychloroquine?

Studies under microscope after Guardian investigation reveals flaws with data from US company Surgisphere

Some scientific papers stop the world in its tracks. In the middle of a raging pandemic, a study in the world’s leading global health journal that seemed to prove President Trump wrong to laud the drug hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19 was always going to have a massive impact. It did. When the paper flagged a higher risk of death on the drug, trials were stopped all over the world, including one by the World Health Organization.

Now it’s in danger of unravelling.

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Wed, 03 Jun 2020 17:34:15 GMT
Obesity and coronavirus: how can a higher BMI increase your risk?

Experts call for more weight loss treatment in UK as studies show obese people are more vulnerable

Less than a year ago, Boris Johnson was taking a stand. Milkshakes, he said, should not be taxed.

“If we want people to lose weight and live healthier lifestyles, we should encourage people to walk, cycle and generally do more exercise. Rather than just taxing people more, we should look at how effective the so-called ‘sin taxes’ really are, and if they actually change behaviour.”

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Wed, 03 Jun 2020 11:48:00 GMT
Which UK shops are reopening and when as Covid-19 lockdown eases?

From John Lewis to McDonald’s, chains adapt for customers’ return or deliveries

Many non-essential shopping chains are preparing to let customers back into stores as the coronavirus lockdown eases.

Outdoor non-food markets and car showrooms were allowed to reopen from Monday 1 June. From Monday 15 June, a much broader range of retailers will reopen their doors, including clothes shops, toy stores, electronics retailers, booksellers, indoor markets, shoe shops, tailors, auction houses and photography studios.

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Wed, 03 Jun 2020 14:12:12 GMT
Coronavirus latest: at a glance

A summary of the biggest developments in the global coronavirus outbreak

Key developments in the global coronavirus outbreak today include:

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Wed, 03 Jun 2020 22:51:17 GMT

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