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The Evening Standard is with you through this coronavirus crisis. That's why we're re-focusing our daily podcast to bring you the best news, analysis and advice on the latest developments - to help you make sense of this fast-changing situation.

Every weekday at 4pm, 'The Leader: Coronavirus Daily’ is packed with the latest information from trusted sources on Covid-19, as well commentary and insight from the Evening Standard's journalists and editors.

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The Evening Standard is with you through this coronavirus crisis. That's why we're re-focusing our daily podcast to bring you the best news, analysis and advice on the latest developments - to help you make sense of this fast-changing situation.

Every weekday at 4pm, 'The Leader: Coronavirus Daily’ is packed with the latest information from trusted sources on Covid-19, as well commentary and insight from the Evening Standard's journalists and editors.

    London scrambles to prepare for coronavirus second wave, as air bridges set to open for travel

    London scrambles to prepare for coronavirus second wave, as air bridges set to open for travel

    If a Leicester-style Covid-19 outbreak hits London, town halls are warning they need more information on how they could enforce a local lockdown. Mayor Sadiq Khan says London isn’t ready for a second surge, and if one hits, more people could lose their lives. The Evening Standard’s Nicholas Cecil has pieced together what plans are in place to stop a surge spiralling out of control, but tells us public health chiefs are operating in the dark.
    And, a list of air bridges with the UK is set to be released this week and airlines are already ramping up their flight schedules. So does this mean summer is saved? Abta’s Sean Tipton tells us we’re likely to see a boom in out-of-season travel.
     
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    Leicester locks down as Boris Johnson plans Britain’s big re-opening

    Leicester locks down as Boris Johnson plans Britain’s big re-opening

    Leicester became the UK’s first city to experience a local lockdown just as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced his ‘New Deal’ plan to soften the blow to Britain’s economy post-pandemic. What does a new surge in coronavirus cases mean
    for the heath of the Midlands city’s businesses? We spoke to local hair salon owner Barrie Stephen who says after weeks of intense preparation and thousands of pounds spent, the news is devastating.


    And, the National Gallery is set to re-open its doors - the first of the museums and galleries to do so as lockdown measures in England begin to ease. Director Gabriele Finaldi says this is a big moment not just for him, but for the recovery of the nation. Arts editor Nancy Durrant spoke with him for a piece in today’s Evening Standard, she tells us what visitors can expect when they visit next week. 
     
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    Local Lockdowns: How would London deal with a second wave of coronavirus? Plus, concern at Brexit chief's National Security appointment

    Local Lockdowns: How would London deal with a second wave of coronavirus? Plus, concern at Brexit chief's National Security appointment

    The city of Leicester is facing two more weeks of lockdown as the rest of England prepares to head to the pub this weekend. Boris Johnson says this is part of the government’s new ‘whack-a-mole’ approach to deal with local flare ups of coronavirus. But if London’s hit, what would a lockdown look like? The Institute for Government’s Alex Thomas tells us it's complicated. 


    And, Sir Mark Sedwill, the government's top civil servant and National Security Advisor has been forced out of both his roles.
    Chief Brexit negotiator David Frost has taken up position as NSA, which the Evening Standard’s Joe Murphy says has some former top mandarins worried - but who will fill his spot at the heart of Number 10?
     
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    London’s illegal street parties: commissioner says ‘cool it’ as police injured. Plus Labour civil war after Long-Bailey sacking.

    London’s illegal street parties: commissioner says ‘cool it’ as police injured. Plus Labour civil war after Long-Bailey sacking.

    More than 140 police officers have been injured in the last three weeks trying to break up massive illegal street parties across London. They're struggling to control the crowds of hundreds gathering in places like Brixton, Streatham and Notting Hill to party until the early hours of the morning. Met Commissioner Cressida Dick's warning people to "cool it," but Evening Standard journalist John Dunne says that will be difficult as the sun comes out and lockdown restrictions ease.


    Also, Labour's at war with itself again following the sacking of Rebecca Long-Bailey. Leader Sir Keir Starmer's had a tense confrontation with left-wingers including Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott, who are calling for the former shadow education secretary to be reinstated. A petition supporting Ms Long-Bailey's also passed its 10,000 signature target. Evening Standard columnist Ayesha Hazarika tells us why Sir Keir is standing firm in his decision.
     
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    Robert Jenrick & Richard Desmond: is a "smoking gun" still to be found? & travel journalist Simon Calder on the rumoured new holiday rules

    Robert Jenrick & Richard Desmond: is a "smoking gun" still to be found? & travel journalist Simon Calder on the rumoured new holiday rules

    A trove of documents, emails and text messages that was supposed to clear Robert Jenrick of allegations he did billionaire Richard Desmond a favour over a planning decision has done anything but. Questions are being raised about the Housing Secretary’s relationship with the businessman, who was complaining about “Marxists” plotting against his plans to build 1,500 homes at Westferry in East London. 
    The Evening Standard's political editor Joe Murphy joins the podcast to talk about new documents he's seen covering the affair. 


    Also, holiday operators are reporting a sudden surge in bookings for Mediterranean villas offering “privacy and space” following reports that air bridges to leading European destinations will be available from next week. A scramble to save a peak summer season worth up to £20 billion is under way ahead of an expected formal announcement on Monday that the much criticised quarantine rules for travellers returning to Britain will start to be eased. Travel journalist Simon Calder, though, says it's too little too late. 
     
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    Health leaders call for review to ensure UK is prepared for 'real risk' of coronavirus second wave

    Health leaders call for review to ensure UK is prepared for 'real risk' of coronavirus second wave

    After the big announcement, the government’s now delivering the details on how lockdown will be eased on July 4th. Guidance has been dispatched to businesses affected , including things like telling pubs to warn customers police can be called if they’re not socially distancing. But as the advice was being delivered, some of the country's top health bosses released a letter warning the UK needs a review of preparedness for a second peak of the infection. We speak to BMA chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul who says around 40% of doctors say they couldn't cope with having to do it all again.


    Also, parts of the UK have seen temperatures above 30c as a heatwave spreads around the country. Could it last until the lockdown restrictions are lifted, or is there stormy weather ahead? Forecaster Jo Farrow, from Netweather, tells us what's happening and how long it will last for.
     
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