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* UK to end quarantine for travellers from ‘low-risk’ countries

July 03 (HT) The British government said Friday it is scrapping a 14-day quarantine rule for arrivals from a number of countries deemed “lower risk” for the coronavirus, including France, Spain, Germany and Italy. The change takes effect July 10, just over a month after the UK began requiring international arrivals to self-isolate for two weeks.
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* Death toll rises above 160 in Myanmar jade mine collapse

July 03 (HT) The death toll in a landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar has risen above 160, with more feared dead, authorities said on Friday, as search efforts continued for a second day. A heap of mining waste collapsed into a lake on Thursday and buried many workers under mud and water.
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* Hong Kong: US passes sanctions as world condemns new law

July 02 (BBC) The US House of Representatives has approved new Hong Kong-related sanctions, after Beijing imposed a security law that was condemned by countries around the world. The measure, which was passed unanimously, penalises banks that do business with Chinese officials.
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* Donald Trump again hails US Covid-19 testing as cases rise by record levels

July 03 (HT) President Donald Trump, yet again, hailed the United States’ coronavirus testing as Covid-19 cases in the country increased by more than 55,000 on Thursday, a new daily global record for the pandemic. A surge in coronavirus cases over the past week has put Trump’s handling of the crisis under the microscope and led several governors to halt plans to reopen their states after strict lockdowns.
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* Coronavirus: ‘I’m all for masks,’ says Trump in change of tone

July 02 (BBC) US President Donald Trump, long opposed to wearing a face covering in public, says he is "all for masks" and they make him look like the Lone Ranger. Mr Trump also maintained that face coverings do not need to become mandatory to curb Covid-19’s spread.
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