Standing in the ruins of Beirut

Standing in the ruins of Beirut, President Macron warned Lebanon’s political leaders today that aid would not be delivered to “corrupt hands”.

The French president, who flew in this morning to offer support in the wake of Tuesday’s port explosion, was mobbed as he toured the glass-strewn streets.

The letter, published by the royal palace, did not mention where he would go, nor when exactly he would leave.

Spanish media went into overdrive today about where Juan Carlos had fled as the palace refused to reveal further information.

From Saturday, travellers returning to Germany from high-risk regions – currently most countries outside Europe, as well as Luxembourg and northern Spain – will face mandatory coronavirus tests unless they can show a negative recent result.

If the infection rate continued to rise, Spahn said, schools and shops should remain open but tighter restrictions were likely on the size and type of gatherings permitted. “Freedom goes hand in hand with responsibility,” he said.

The directive, dated 6 August, from the central bank special investigation commission for money laundering and terrorism fighting said the decision would be circulated to all banks and financial institutions in Lebanon, the public prosecutor in the appeals court and the head of the banking authority.

It said the freeze and lifting of banking secrecy would apply to accounts directly or indirectly linked to Beirut Port general manager Hassan Koraytem, Lebanese customs director general Badri Daher and five others, including present and former port and customs officials.

It comes amid an increase in Ireland’s R rate to around 1.8, meaning the virus is spreading.

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said: “We have seen a significant increase in the incidence of COVID-19 over the past week.