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Has the public been misled? One in four patients classed as a "Covid hospitalisation" is actually being treated for other reasons, official figures reveal.
An NHS national stocktake has established for the first time how many people categorised as coronavirus cases had an alternative primary cause to be admitted.
Of 5,021 patients classed as hospitalised by Covid this week, 1,166 were under treatment for other reasons.
Health Editor Laura Donnelly says Tory MPs accused the Government of making "flawed decisions based on misleading data", with leading scientists questioning why the true picture was only beginning to emerge now.
Meanwhile, there is some good news for holidaymakers. Britons in Spain are poised to escape quarantine next week after ministers received data showing there are no beta variant cases in the country's main tourist areas.
Home Affairs Editor Charles Hymas has seen the analysis. France is also expected to be moved off amber-plus and possibly to the watchlist when ministers review the red, amber and green lists next week.
BMX gold for Team GB - as rowing row takes toxic turn
Beth Shriever took a gold medal and Kye Whyte a silver as Team GB made history in BMX racing in Tokyo early today.
They are the first British medallists in the sport since it was introduced to the Olympic roster in 2008 - a vindication of British Cycling's decision to diversify its medal targets in the run-up to the Games.
It comes as Duncan Scott is set to become the most decorated British Olympian at any one Games after winning his third medal in four days in Tokyo, ahead of Sunday's 4x100m relay when Team GB are clear favourites for another gold.
Racing on Friday morning in the 200m individual medley, Scott became the first British swimmer to win a hat-trick of medals since 1908.
After its worst Olympic performance for 45 years, the culture war engulfing British Rowing took an extraordinarily toxic turn early today, with men's eight bronze medallist Josh Bugajski accusing former coach Jurgen Grobler of "destroying" athletes.
In a remarkable interview, Bugajski alleged that Grobler, who retired in August 2020, had made his life a misery for three years with his brutal training methods.
"What he did to them was just destroy them - destroy their soul, destroy everything," Bugajski told Chief Sports Writer Oliver Brown in Tokyo.
From storms to 40C: How to weatherproof your home
As we have seen in recent weeks, summer is rapidly becoming the season of heatwaves, wildfires and flash floods.
Future British summers are likely to regularly see temperatures of above 40C and extreme summer flooding events are also becoming more likely as a warmer climate enables the atmosphere to hold more moisture, which then dumps down on us in rainfall.
So how can you guard against our shift to a sub-tropical climate? Joe Shute looks at how our homes will cope.
Daily dose of Matt
Today's cartoon | View Matt's latest cartoon on an inventive idea for flood-risk homes.
Also in the news: Today's other headlines
Satellite roulette | Russia and China are a daily threat in space, the chief of the Air Staff said, as he claimed that future conflicts would be "won or lost" beyond the Earth's atmosphere. Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston said Moscow and Beijing were engaging in "questionable" activity such as flying satellites within "close proximity" of others, as well as more “dangerous activity” that could destroy other satellites. Read how the UK witnesses "reckless" behaviour from the two adversaries.
Jabs for jobs | Compulsory workplace rules cannot apply to vegans
Investigation | Sexual harassment inquiry at fashion retailer Asos
Spoiled and sneering | American TV portrayal of Prince George
Quarantine | Geronimo the alpaca must die, High Court judge rules
Weekly news quiz | Who won Britain's first gold medal in Tokyo?
Around the world: Feeling the heat in Turkey
Smoke overshadows a beach from a blaze in southern Turkey - one of dozens that have claimed three lives over two days. Villages have been evacuated as well as some hotels in the resorts of Bodrum and Marmaris as more than 4,000 personnel tackle the fires. Officials are investigating if they were started deliberately. View more world pictures of the day.
Comment and analysis
Jeremy Warner | What is really behind absurd travel rules?
Ryan Bourne | Campus class warriors try to cancel free market
Matt Ridley | No, we are not facing an insect apocalypse
Judith Woods | The joys of a make do and mend holiday
Reader letters | Electric car owners will lose money feeding power
Billie Eilish, Happier than Ever, review | Delicate, defiant follow-up from teen superstar
Peter Kay's comeback | 'Why the comedian is getting back on stage to help my sick daughter'
Business and money briefing
Analysis | The damage caused by Europe's assault on AstraZeneca is now becoming clear. The company's decision to make its Covid jab without taking a profit has squeezed margins. The firm is now weighing up whether it wants a future in vaccines at all. Hannah Boland examines how EU leaders destroyed AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine dream.
Outbreak | Manchester United have had a scare just a fortnight before the new Premier League season after a string of positive Covid tests that forced the cancellation of their penultimate pre-season friendly. It is understood that up to nine members of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's playing squad and staff tested positive for the virus following first team training.
And finally... for this morning's downtime
Limbo | Four refugees start a new life on a remote Scottish island... what happens next? Ben Sharrock's comedy looks at the trials and tribulations of resettlement in the Hebrides. The director explains to Susannah Goldsbrough why it is so funny.