Brazil overtakes Italy as country with third-highest coronavirus deaths Brazil has overtaken Italy as the country with the third-highest Covid-19 death toll after a daily record of 1,473 fatalities took its total tally to more than 34,000. The figure was published by Brazil’s health ministry on Thursday night and means only the United States and the United Kingdom have registered more deaths because of the pandemic. The official number of infections rose to nearly 615,000, second only to the US. In an online broadcast shortly before the numbers were released, Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro made almost no mention of the victims but continued to publicly attack efforts to slow the advance of coronavirus with quarantine measures and social distancing. “We can’t go on like this.
Biden challenges Trump with ‘Buy American’ economic plan Image copyright Getty Images Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden has laid out his rescue plan for the coronavirus-crippled US economy, while berating President Donald Trump as incompetent. Mr Biden said his $700bn (£560bn) plan would be the biggest investment in the US economy since World War Two. The 100 greatest UK No 1s: No 1, Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls West End Girls is a lens on to a glamorous demimonde. Primped young women and hungry young men meet in a corner of London that is starting to gentrify, although still seedy enough to expose the transactions behind the flirtation. You can almost hear their egos rattle as they use each other for sex and drugs, second-hand cool and sly oneupmanship, parsing the social codes in a suspicious, cinematic rush: “Have you got it? Do you get it? If so, how often? Which do you choose, a hard or soft option?”
Walt Disney World reopens in Florida amid Covid-19 surge Image copyright AFP Walt Disney World Resort has begun to reopen in Florida despite a coronavirus surge across the US state. The site's Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom opened on Saturday. Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios are expected to follow from 15 July. Visitors will be required to wear masks and adhere to other safety measures across the complex in Orlando. Premier League confirms first fixtures and free-to-air games for season restart The Premier League has published the official fixtures for the first three rounds of the restarted season, and revealed 33 games will be available on free-to-air TV. The English top flight will restart behind closed doors on 17 June after a three-month hiatus with two matches: Aston Villa v Sheffield United (6pm kick-off) and Manchester City v Arsenal (8.15pm). The first full round of fixtures will begin with Norwich v Southampton at 6pm on Friday 19 June. That match will be shown live on Sky’s Freeview channel, Pick. Free-to-air games will be on the BBC, Pick and Amazon Prime Video.
Coronavirus: Florida sets new state daily case record of 15,299 Image copyright Getty Images Florida has registered a state record of 15,299 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours - around a quarter of all of the United States' daily infections. The state, with just 7% of the US population, surpassed the previous daily record held by California. Florida, which began lifting coronavirus restrictions in May, has proved vulnerable due to tourism and an elderly population. Its figures eclipse the worst daily rates seen in New York in April. 'I’m stupidly, feverishly excited': Proms performers on how they feel to be back on the Royal Albert Hall stage Isata Kanneh-Mason I’ve grown up watching and admiring the Proms, I have been part of the audience for so many concerts in previous years and the level of excitement and high energy is always extremely compelling and always memorable. I’m so thrilled to be making my Proms debut this year, but am of course sad that it isn’t under “normal” circumstances. I will miss the energy and excitement of a live audience, but in these difficult times musicians have to be adaptable, and I feel continually inspired by the willingness to find ways to make concerts happen despite the current restrictions. We will always need live music and an audience for it – I really hope that live concerts are able to happen again sooner rather than later. They bring a spontaneity and an excitement that cannot be replicated, and both audiences and musicians need this.• Isata Kanneh-Mason is a pianist
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Actress Kelly Preston, John Travolta's wife, dies aged 57 Image copyright AFP Kelly Preston, the actress and wife of John Travolta, has died aged 57. Travolta posted on Instagram: "My beautiful wife Kelly has lost her two-year battle with breast cancer. She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many." The couple had been married for nearly 29 years. Preston's career included roles in Twins, From Dusk Till Dawn, Jerry Maguire and The Cat in the Hat.
Football's biggest matches should be played at neutral grounds, police say Consideration should be given to playing high-stakes matches at neutral venues if football returns this season to minimise the impact on the emergency services, the national football policing unit has said. Playing all the remaining Premier League, EFL and FA Cup matches in the 2019-20 season at their original venues would “present challenges” to the police, said DCC Mark Roberts as governing bodies continue to hold talk about a safe return amid the coronavirus pandemic. Roberts flagged up the possibility of matches where titles, promotion or relegation are on the line being relocated, or being prevented from going ahead if crowds were to gather outside the original venues. “We’ve done the work assessing the remaining fixtures – I think it’s 92 to finish the Premier League season and 341 in the Football League, seven to complete the FA Cup,” he said. “We all need to look at options about what games absolutely need to be played.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: US Supreme Court oldest justice treated for possible infection Image copyright Getty Images US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been taken to hospital in Maryland "for treatment of a possible infection", the court has said. It said in Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Hospital she "underwent an endoscopic procedure... to clean out a bile duct stent that was placed last August". Ms Ginsburg, 87, was "resting comfortably" and would stay in the hospital for a few days. Beyond Fortnite: seven online shooting games for grown-ups Two years after its release, Fortnite still dominates the online gaming space, sucking all the air out of the room with its 350 million players, massive celebrity endorsements and ruthlessly compelling dance routines. But, far away from that game’s rainbow-coloured cartoon scapes, there are team-based shooters requiring patience, strategy and cooperation; where real-world physics, weapons and environments replace laser pistols and super powers, and where a single wrong move can blow the whole operation. If you’re looking for a tactical step up from run-and-gun blasters, here are seven of the best examples. Arma III (PC) Based on a perilous proxy war taking place on a fictitious Mediterranean island, Bohemia Interactive’s near-future military simulation originally won praise for its deep, open-world campaign mode.
Naya Rivera: Glee star died of accidental drowning, California officials say Image copyright Getty Images Actress Naya Rivera died of accidental drowning, officials in California have said after a post-mortem examination. "The cause of death is drowning, and the manner of death is accident," the Ventura County's Medical Examiner said. The 33-year-old, best known for playing cheerleader Santana Lopez in Glee, went missing during last Wednesday's boat trip with her son at Lake Piru. After a long search, divers found her body on Monday, prompting an outpouring of love and sympathy from her co-stars.