Coronavirus live news: England rocked by easing U-turn as Australia cases mount

edited August 1 in UK Political Debate

Almost 300,000 new infections on Friday, led by US, Brazil and India; Boris Johnson warns of second lockdown. Follow all the developments live

That’s where I might leave you for now, but Aamna Mohdin is here to take you through the rest of the day’s news.

Here is the latest opinion piece by Guardian columnist Andy Beckett:

So much seems unusual about this Conservative government: its constant disruptiveness; its preference for rhetoric over functional policies; its mixture of brazen U-turns and cult-like discipline; its flirtations with the far right alongside leftwing-sounding plans to “level up”; its deadly reluctance to curtail small freedoms in a pandemic.

Related: Why Boris Johnson's Tories fell for a tiny sect of libertarian provocateurs | Andy Beckett

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