Here’s what you need to know on 17 August. This article was updated at 4pm.
Deaths: The government said 41,369 people had died in the UK within 28 days of testing positive for COVID-19 as of 5pm on Sunday, an increase of 3 on the day before.
Policy: A-level pupils in England Wales will receive their predicted grades instead of those awarded via an algorithm, after a government U-turn. Thousands of pupils were downgraded based on previous results in the school or area. Exams were cancelled this year because of the pandemic. Read more here.
Local lockdown: Northern Ireland is close to needing some local lockdowns implemented after 93 new COVID-19 cases were recorded over the weekend. Antrim & Newtownabbey and Mid & East Antrim were particularly affected. Read more here.
Crime: Police broke up a wedding reception attended by more than 100 guests after officers found it to be in breach of coronavirus regulations. Attendees were told to disperse at the event in Blackburn on Sunday evening, while a wedding organiser was given a fixed-penalty notice after more than 50 guests went to a separate reception in Greater Manchester. Read more here.
Domestic abuse has soared during the lockdown, an investigation has found. Two-thirds of women in abusive relationships have suffered more violence from their partners during the pandemic, BBC’s Panorama found. Read more here.
Travel: Croatia is the next country that could be placed on the government’s quarantine list. The nation passed the government’s marker of more than 20 cases per 100,000 people on Sunday. Read more here.
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Rest of the world
Victoria, in Australia, has recorded its highest daily death toll as 25 people died with coronavirus overnight. More than 300 people have died since its second wave began. Read more here.
New Zealand’s general election has been delayed for a month amid fears of a spike in coronavirus cases. Opposition parties said they had been unable to campaign in Auckland because the city is in lockdown. Read more here.
Thousands of churchgoers in South Korea have been asked to quarantine after more than 300 worshippers tested positive for coronavirus. The outbreak, linked to the Sarang Jeil Church in Seoul, is the nation’s largest in almost six months. Read more here.
France is planning on making face masks mandatory at work after Paris was again declared a coronavirus “red zone”. The government is to propose the introduction of compulsory masks in shared workspaces later this week after a spike in COVID-19 cases. Read more here.
More than 100,000 people have signed up to take part in vaccine trials in the UK. Professor Chris Whitty praised the selflessness of the British public. Read more here.