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The Venice Film Festival is wrapping up the first in-person Covid-era international cinema showcase, with critics, filmmakers and actors cheering organisers for having dared to hold the festival amid a pandemic and for demonstrating how to go to the movies again safely.
The festival’s coveted Golden Lion awards were being handed out Saturday night before a masked audience conspicuously lacking in Hollywood star power, given that coronavirus travel restrictions kept all but a few American productions away, the Associated Press reports.
Hospitals in England are conducting “major incident” stress tests on wards to check if they are ready for a second wave of Covid-19, as the number of admissions begins to climb.
Coronavirus cases have been doubling roughly every seven days and there are signs the increase is beginning to filter through to hospitals.