In the UK, an average of nearly 45,000 cases of the coronavirus per day were reported over the past week, an 83 percent increase from the average two weeks ago. The death toll has risen 141 percent as England’s chief medical officer warned hospital admissions could double every three weeks and hit “scary numbers”.

Despite these troubling statistics, England is set to lift its final restrictions today, even though more than 500,000 people were quarantined by the National Health Service’s test-and-trace app after coming in contact with someone who had positive for the coronavirus.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his chief financial officer, who both had contact with an infected cabinet minister, are among the quarantined. Downing Street originally said yesterday that they would avoid quarantine, which sparked a quick and violent backlash from critics accusing them of double standards.

British Politics: Johnson is under fire for refusing to condemn crowds who booed England’s national football team for kneeling in protest against racial injustice. His refusal is a strong echo of former President Donald Trump’s targeting NFL players kneeling in the U.S. for the same cause

Here are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.

For other developments:

  • Indonesia, the fourth most populous nation, now has the highest number of new coronavirus infections in the world, with 57,000 new cases reported on Friday. Experts estimate that the real number is three to six times as high.

  • American tennis star Coco Gauff has tested positive for the coronavirus and will not be participating in the Tokyo Olympics, which is contributing to the first cases in the athletes’ village.

  • After scandals and outrages, congested host cities, and now a pandemic, some are wondering if the games are worth the effort.

  • Some local governments in China have begun requiring all students – and their families – to be vaccinated before students can return to school this fall.

First person: “The flash floods brought so much with them – cars and containers and torn trees – that it was impossible to launch lifeboats,” said one witness. “I’ve never seen such a raging, rushing river.”

Destruction: Videos, photos and a map show the extent of the damage.

Floods in Europe are just one sign of a global warming crisis, which highlights the reality that the world’s richest nations are unprepared for its aftermath. However, whether mounting disasters in developed countries, including forest fires in Canada and scorching weather in California’s wine country, will affect climate policy remains to be seen.

The extreme weather disasters come a few months before the UN-led Glasgow climate negotiations in November, which is practically a moment of reckoning whether the nations of the world will agree on ways to contain emissions enough to mitigate the worst effects of climate change.

The European Commission last week presented an ambitious roadmap for change that includes a tax on imports from countries with less stringent climate policies. However, it is widely expected that the proposals will meet with fierce objections both inside and outside Europe.

Quotable: “Although not everyone is equally affected, this tragic event is a reminder that no one is safe in a climate emergency, whether they live on a small island nation like mine or a developed Western European country,” Mohamed Nasheed, former president of the Maldives, said of the flood .

Scenes in Siberia: The people of northeast Siberia are suffering from the worst forest fires they can remember. Thick smoke hung over Yakutsk, the coldest city in the world. Outside the city, villagers were digging trenches to keep fires away from their homes and fields.

Four months after the mega-ship Ever Given got stuck in the Suez Canal, neither the canal nor the shipping industry addressed some of the most critical problems that led to the bottoming out. Our investigation examines what went wrong.

Emmanuelle Polack is a 56-year-old art historian and archivist who tries to uncover the difficult history of some of the Louvre’s precious works – and to help them find their way back to their rightful owners.

France has been criticized for lagging behind countries like Germany and the United States in identifying and returning works of art looted during World War II. The Louvre has recently tried to change its image and examine the provenance of its works more thoroughly.

The museum houses more than 1,700 stolen works of art that were returned to France after the Second World War and for which no legal owners have yet reported.

For Polack, the key to uncovering the secret stories of works of art suspiciously changed hands during the Nazi occupation is to follow the money. She sifts through the Louvre’s voluminous files to see how works of art have been bought and sold over the years. The backs of paintings often give clues of sales, restorations, and framers that could lead back to their owners.

“During the occupation, I kept a secret garden above the art market for years,” she says. “And finally, it is recognized as a crucial study area.”

Read more about the Louvre’s restitution efforts.

This icebox cake adds a twist to banana pudding by using chocolate waffles instead of the classic vanilla.

Naomi Osaka, a new three-part miniseries on Netflix, cleverly explores the psychology of the tennis star rather than focusing on her technical skills.

In “The Cult of We”, Eliot Brown and Maureen Farrell investigate how Adam Neumann, a co-founder of WeWork, built a billion dollar company from renting joint workspaces.