- The authorities in Mexico City are delaying a planned reopening of the economy by a week
- The country is now one of the world's worst-affected, having surpassed 20,000 deaths.
- World Health Organization says there were 150,000 new cases on Thursday - half from the Americas
- Cases are accelerating just as people are "fed up" of lockdown, WHO head says
- Greta Thunberg tells the BBC the world needs to learn the lessons of coronavirus and treat climate change with similar urgency
- The UK lowers its coronavirus alert level from four to three
- A review into the 2m social distancing rule will conclude "within the coming days", the UK culture secretary tells the BBC
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Welcome to our coverage of the coronavirus pandemic - thanks for joining us. We will bring you the latest updates from the UK and around the world throughout the day.
Here is a recap of the latest key developments worldwide:
- Cases are continuing to rise in Mexico, where deaths surpassed 20,000 on Friday. The mayor of the capital, Mexico City, has delayed the reopening of businesses until infections drop
- Brazil has confirmed more than one million cases of Covid-19 , becoming the second country to do so. President Jair Bolsonaro has faced criticism for his response to the crisis
- The Supreme Court in Oklahoma has ruled that US President Donald Trump can hold an election rally in the state , rejecting a lawsuit that cited concerns over Covid-19
- The UK government said a review into the two-metre social-distancing rule in England will conclude within days . Businesses have warned that they may no longer be viable if the restrictions are not eased
- The government of Victoria, Australia, has scrapped plans to ease restrictions after reporting a spike in coronavirus cases
- The head of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the world was in a "new and dangerous phase" of the pandemic as cases spike globally
Mexico City halts reopening as deaths hit 20,000Mexico City has delayed a planned reopening of businesses until coronavirus infections drop, its mayor has said, as cases continue to surge nationwide.
The city had been hoping to open hotels, restaurants and shopping centres as part of its traffic-light system for easing the lockdown.
But on Saturday the mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, said the city would remain at red - the highest level of lockdown - until next week.
As of Friday, hospital-bed occupancy was at 65% and case numbers had not decreased to the point where opening the economy would be possible.
"The activities we announced … cannot open, we’re going to wait for the infections to reduce,” the mayor said.
The coronavirus epidemic is yet to reach its peak in Mexico, where deaths surpassed 20,000 on Friday, one of the highest tolls in the world.
Mexico has confirmed more than 170,000 infections to date, but the true number is thought to be much higher because of insufficient testing. Mexico City is the worst-affected area in the country.
Brazil becomes second country to pass one million casesBrazil has become the second country in the world to confirm more than one million cases of Covid-19, and there are no signs suggesting the outbreak is easing there.
Coronavirus has become a highly political issue in Brazil, and far-right President Jair Bolsonaro's response to the crisis has been heavily criticised at home and abroad.
Experts say his refusal to follow scientific advice, such as social distancing or the imposing of lockdowns, is partially responsible for the severity of the outbreak, which has claimed the lives of more than 54,000 people.
The numbers, however, are thought to be much higher because of insufficient testing. Only the US has had more confirmed cases and deaths.
As there was no national lockdown in Brazil, states and cities adopted their own measures. After months of restrictions, some are slowly being lifted, even though the infection level remains high.
There is still concern that the health system will be unable to cope in some places, and that the disease is spreading faster in deprived neighbourhoods and remote areas, such as indigenous communities, where access to adequate care is difficult.
UK app: Where did it all go wrong?On Thursday, we heard that the UK government was ditching the development of its own National Health Service contact-tracing app. Software from Apple and Google will be used instead.
Our technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones has been looking into how the reversal came about. Read more from him here
Reasonable to relax two-metre rule in England, says scientific adviser
Pubs and restaurants could reopen further on 4 July in England, when the government hopes to ease more restrictions
Ministers are under pressure to review the two-metre social-distancing rule in England, and a government-commissioned review will conclude "within the coming days" , Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has told the BBC.
Critics of the rule say it will stifle economic recovery for many industries, such as the hospitality sector, and limit capacity in schools and hospitals.
Now, a scientific adviser to the UK government has said the rule could be halved to one metre with "various caveats and other precautions".
"I’m still saying that two metres is safer than one," Sage member Prof Calum Semple told the BBC.
"But in my opinion it's now a reasonable political decision to relax these rules, perhaps accelerate school opening and start opening up other parts of the economy, where it becomes harder to maintain a two-metre rule and where you might envisage going down to one metre with various other caveats and precautions."
He said the reason he had changed his opinion was because "we're in a position where there are low levels - and sustained low levels - of transmission throughout the country".
Prof Semple was speaking the day after the UK downgraded its coronavirus alert level , to three.
Under the new level the virus is considered to be "in general circulation" and there could be a "gradual relaxation of restrictions". Previously transmission was thought to be "high or rising exponentially".
At last some good newsEarlier this week, researchers in the UK announced that a commonly used, and cheap, steroid had been found to significantly reduce the risk of dying in severely ill Covid-19 patients.
The findings on dexamethasone are a rare piece of good news.
Our health correspondent Fergus Walsh has been looking into the work of a small team at Oxford University. Read his piece here
Australian state reimposes lockdown restrictionsThe government of the state of Victoria in Australia has scrapped plans to ease Covid-19 restrictions after a spike in cases was reported.
Victoria’s tally of coronavirus cases jumped by 25 to 1,817 on Saturday, the biggest increase in more than a month.
State Premier Daniel Andrews said the spike in cases meant that a planned lifting of social-distancing restrictions on businesses would be delayed until 12 July.
Household gatherings would also be restricted to no more than five people until that date, he said.
Andrews expressed frustration at having to reimpose restrictions, blaming family gatherings for the increase in infections.
He said family-to-family transmission was responsible for more than 50% of the new cases, adding: "It's unacceptable that families anywhere in our state can, just because they want this to be over, pretend that it is".
He said authorities would be willing to go "door to door" to enforce coronavirus restrictions to avoid further infections, according to TV network 9News
How might pubs and cafes reopen in England?Pubs, restaurants and cafes in England are hoping to reopen on 4 July, but some business owners have warned that the two-metre rule will limit their capacity too severely.
Trade body UK Hospitality is calling for the rule to be relaxed.
Its chief executive Kate Nicholls has warned that only about 30% of pubs and restaurants could break-even under the current rule, but that would increase to 70% with a one-metre rule.
She told the BBC that draft government guidance on restarting hospitality firms contain a "degree of flexibility" and would allow businesses to undertake their own risk assessment.
A raft of possible measures reported in The Times newspaper suggested how parts of the sector could look significantly different compared to pre-lockdown:
- Drinkers could be asked to order via an app rather than going to the bar
- Staff could patrol to enforce social distancing
- Tables at restaurants might not be set in advance
- Room service in hotels could be left outside of the doors to guests' rooms
Nicholls said it was "possible for certain types of premises" to throw out menus after every use and to bring out cutlery only with food but that other premises "will choose to manage their risk in a different way".
"As the guidelines cover from a burger van in a park right the way through to the Fat Duck in Bray, you need to have something that takes account everything in between rather than a one-size-fits-all."