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The US unemployment rate fell to 10.2 per cent in July from 11.1 per cent in June, while employers added fewer jobs than June as the economic rebound from the pandemic was hindered by a jump in Covid-19 cases in the American south and west. The US labour department said employers added 1.8m jobs in July, a much slower pace from 4.8m in June.
New York schools will be allowed to reopen when the academic year begins in September, as the state that served as the pandemic’s early hotspot in the US declared a turning point in its fight against the coronavirus. Andrew Cuomo, the state’s governor, said on Friday that all New York school districts aiming to reopen would need to set out specific plans for doing so.
Britain will “not hesitate” to add other countries to its quarantine list, chancellor Rishi Sunak said on Friday, as fears grow that rising numbers of Covid-19 cases across Europe could disrupt the summer plans of thousands of UK holidaymakers. Last week, Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas were added to the list of countries subject to14-day quarantine requirements and the spotlight is now on France.
More than 1m employees and freelancers working for festivals, concerts and other events such as Glastonbury, pictured, will lose their livelihoods and put the future of live events in the UK at risk if the government doesn’t provide financial support, according to estimates by Plasa, an events business group. “We will lose a skillset that has taken years to build up,” said Peter Heath, chief executive.
The UK government on Friday tightened local lockdowns in England by adding Preston to areas where different households cannot meet indoors. The number of new virus cases in Preston, a city of 140,000 people in Lancashire, north-west England, rose to 32.8 per 100,000 people in the week to August 3, up from 20.3 in the previous seven days.
Tens of thousands of Bolivians blocked roads across the country over a decision to delay the presidential election due to coronavirus, prompting fears of a repeat of the chaos and bloodshed that followed the last election nine months ago. The Organization of American States accused protesters of “preventing the passage of oxygen tankers and ambulances necessary to attend the pandemic”.