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Coronavirus news – live: Thousands join illegal ‘quarantine’ raves, risking virus spread, as UK records lowest daily death toll since lockdown began

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Video purports to show party-goers at illegal 'quarantine rave' in Manchester

Thousands of people defied social-distancing rules to attend two illegal “quarantine raves” on Saturday night, prompting fears they will be spreading the coronavirus in the community.

About 4,000 people turned up for one event in Greater Manchester, where a 20-year-old man died from a suspected drug overdose, and a woman was raped at the other rave, which had 2,000 party-goers.

Police condemned the mass gatherings, and deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner said those who went were irresponsible and should be ashamed.

Another 36 deaths of people with the virus in the UK have been recorded, in the lowest daily rise since lockdown began on 24 March.

The fall in cases has given the government "more margin for manoeuvre" in easing the two-metre social-distancing rule, Boris Johnson has said.

However, in China, where a fresh outbreak has emerged, Beijing officials confirmed the country’s highest daily total of coronavirus cases in two months.

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Eight new cases in fresh Chinese outbreak

China has reported its biggest one-day jump in coronavirus cases in two months after closing the biggest wholesale food market in Beijing and locking down nearby residential communities.

​Officials confirmed eight new cases in the first seven hours of Sunday.

The Xinfadi market on Beijing's southeastern side was closed on Saturday after more than 50 people in the capital tested positive. They were the first confirmed cases in 50 days in the city of 20 million people.

China, where the pandemic began in December, had relaxed most of its anti-virus controls after the Communist Party declared victory over the disease in March.

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Surge of cases and deaths in Iran

Iran recorded 2,410 new cases and 71 deaths on Saturday, the health ministry said.

It takes the country's total number of infections to 184,955, and deaths to 8,730.

President Hassan Rouhani warned he would reimpose restrictions to stem a surge in cases if health regulations are not observed.

He blamed the surge on travellers spreading the coronavirus to previously low-risk provinces.

The country fears a second wave of the pandemic as lockdown measures have been eased.

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Older women with pension delays 'forced to risk health to keep working' 

Women who had expected to get their pension at 60 and who now have to wait until 66 say they cannot afford to stop working during the lockdown. Maya Oppenheim reports:

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Flights resumed by easyJet

Passengers are told to wear masks throughout the flight, and must ask permission before using the aircraft toilet, writes Simon Calder:

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Animal baby boom at zoo after people disappear

Peacocks, ostriches and baboons have had more babies than usual at a Palestinian zoo during the closure as nature took its course free from human distractions.

Fifteen animals were born at the tiny Qalqilya Zoo in the Israeli-occupied West Bank during the two months that it shut its doors to visitors - three times more than usual, zoo officials said.

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'Church services in lockdown make me blub'

It might seem a bit unusual for a millennial to admit being a Christian, says Helen Coffey, but having a faith family is unlike anything else: 

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Thousands defy rules to join illegal 'quarantine raves'

Thousands of people are thought to have attended illegal 'quarantine raves' in Manchester.

One event, at a beauty spot, ended with rubbish strewn over a country park.

Empty bottles, nitrous oxide canisters and plastic bags were left strewn across Daisy Nook Country Park in Oldham.

At the rave in Carrington in Trafford, empty beer crates, glass bottles and silver canisters covered the grass.

A sign reading 'quarantine rave' was left there, and residents launched a huge clean-up operation.

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'Quarantine rave' crowds defy rules

Footage from one of two "quarantine raves" in Manchester shows crowds of hundreds of people close together in defiance of social-distancing rules.

On social media, those attending were branded "selfish and stupid" and accused of prolonging the virus and the lockdowns for everyone.

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