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    • Trump boasts ‘I didn’t listen to my experts’ over China travel ban
    • More than 130,000 Americans have died from coronavirus

    As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the US reached 3m, and another daily record fell with more than 60,000 new cases, Donald Trump insisted the US was “in a good place” and admitted he “didn’t listen to my experts”.

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  1. How often should you wash a cloth mask? And how effective are the disposable ones? The expert guide to choosing, wearing and caring for your face covering

    The British have been slow to embrace face masks, despite calls from public health experts. Uptake has been just 25% in the UK, compared with 83.4% in Italy and 65.8% in the US. The president of the Royal Society, Venki Ramakrishnan, said this week that wearing one “is the right thing to do” and that a refusal to do so should be seen as socially unacceptable as drink-driving or not wearing a seatbelt.

    Perhaps one of the problems has been the changing advice as new evidence emerges. The World Health Organization (WHO) now recommends people wear cloth masks. Ramakrishnan said that in the UK, “the message has not been clear enough, so perhaps people do not really understand the benefits or are not convinced”. It also doesn’t help that the guidance across the UK is different.

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  2. They look after our loved ones but are often forced to ignore sickness as statutory sick pay is such a pittance

    A few days ago, I spent a sunny afternoon with a woman who believed the government had left her little option but to kill.

    Sitting in a park, Grace and I watched her two little boys scampering among the trees. “I was trained to promote life, to preserve life, to save life,” the graduate in public health told me. Yet now she felt, “I and my colleagues may have no other choice except to kill people.”

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  3. Trump’s Tulsa rally ‘likely contributed’ to city’s surge in cases; infections worldwide pass 12m; nearly 3,000 miners infected in Chile. Follow the latest updates

    More on Tokyo’s record daily total of new coronavirus cases.

    Public broadcaster NHK said 224 new cases were recorded in Japan’s capital on Thursday.

    Pubs in Irelandface the risk of prosecution and losing their licences over potential breaches of health regulations brought in to curb the spread of coronavirus, Irish police have said.

    The 26 pubs found to be in potential breach of guidelines represent 1% of the 2,785 premises which reopened last weekend, when bars serving food were allowed to trade again as part of the country’s gradual easing of lockdown.

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  4. Derek Chauvin, the officer kneeling on his neck, replied: ‘It takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk’

    Newly released transcripts of the minutes leading up to George Floyd’s death reveal he told officers “I can’t breathe” more than 20 times, only to have his plea dismissed by Derek Chauvin, the white officer pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck, who said: “It takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk.”

    Floyd’s dying words have become a rallying cry at demonstrations around the world amid a reckoning with systemic racism and police brutality. The chilling transcripts of body camera video recordings that were made public on Wednesday provide the most detailed account yet of what happened after police apprehended Floyd on 25 May.

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