- The US has bought almost all the world's upcoming supply of Covid-19 treatment drug remdesivir
- Top US health expert Dr Anthony Fauci warns cases in the US could reach 100,000 a day
- The UN's labour agency says the virus's economic impact is far worse than feared
- EU borders are reopening to people from 15 countries but the US is excluded
- Australia is battling rising cases in Victoria, which is facing a possible new state-wide lockdown
- UK PM Boris Johnson has pledged to speed up infrastructure projects to boost the economy
- The UK has the third highest Covid-19 death toll globally, after the US and Brazil
- Worldwide there have been nearly 10.5m confirmed infections and more than 509,000 deaths
Hello and welcome to another day of rolling coverage of the coronavirus pandemic that continues to rage, with worrying lines coming out of the US and Latin America.
Here are the latest updates:
- The Trump administration says it has secured half a million doses of the Covid-19 drug remdesivir - that amounts to most of the upcoming global supply
- It comes as top US health expert Anthony Fauci warns that cases in the country could reach 100,000 a day
- The European Union is opening borders to people from 15 countries - but not the US
- And Australia is battling a rise in cases in Victoria that could lead to a new statewide lockdown
US strikes an 'amazing deal' on remdesivirUS President Donald Trump's administration has secured almost all the world's upcoming supply of the drug remdesivir. The drug, produced by the firm Gilead Sciences, is the first approved by authorities in the US to be used to treat Covid-19.
It has been shown to help people recover faster from the disease.
A statement from the Department of Health and Human services says Trump struck an "amazing" deal with Gilead for 500,000 doses which amounts to 100% of Gilead's production in July, 90% of it in August and 90% in September.
A treatment course of remdesivir is, on average, 6.25 vials.
Czechs hold party to 'farewell' pandemic
The World Heath Organization this week warned that the pandemic was not even close to being over, but in the Czech Republic, a party has been held to give the coronavirus a "symbolic farewell".
Several thousand people celebrated on Charles Bridge in Prague on Tuesday.
Guests brought food and drinks and were encouraged to share them with their neighbours. There was no social distancing, something people in countries under lockdown will find hard to relate to.
Read more about the party here
Plea for 300,000 to obey Melbourne lockdownThe Australian state of Victoria has recorded another 73 infections as an outbreak grips Melbourne.
After two weeks of daily double-digit increases, the state is re-imposing a lockdown in 36 suburbs from midnight tonight (14:00 GMT Wednesday).
It will affect about 300,000 residents in the city of five million, and last for four weeks.
Speaking today, Premier Daniel Andrews said he was buoyed to see "some consistency" in the infection rate after a massive testing blitz.
But he warned a statewide lockdown was possible if people became complacent with Australia's worst outbreak in almost three months.
"To families across those lockdown suburbs, if we all work together and if we all stick together over these next four weeks we can regain control of community transmission,” he said.
Some states have banned Victorians from entry. The rest of the country continues to experience few or no cases - Australia has had about 7,700 in total and 104 deaths.
South Korea distributes stocks of remdesivirSouth Korea has started distributing stocks of remdesivir, a drug being used to treat Covid-19.
The supply has been donated by Gilead Sciences and discussions are under way to purchase supplies in August, the Korea Centers for Disease Control said.
"Patients who are eligible for remdesivir are limited to severe patients with pneumonia and in need of oxygen therapy," the disease control agency said in a statement.
Remdesivir is an anti-viral medicine that has been used against Ebola. The drug cut the duration of symptoms from 15 days down to 11 in a clinical trial at hospitals around the world.
It is unclear how many doses have been donated to South Korea by the US company.
June was 'worst month of India outbreak'A whopping majority of infections and deaths in India happened in June - more than 400,000 cases and nearly 12,000 fatalities were reported last month, according to the Times of India newspaper.
To put that into perspective, India currently has 568,092 confirmed cases and 17,400 deaths, according to figures from the health ministry.
This means that around 70% of India's caseload happened in June. Experts had earlier warned that the country's peak would occur when the monsoon began - typically between July and August.
India eased out of its lockdown in early June even as cases were rising at an alarming rate.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed the second phase of "unlocking India" via a televised address. He urged citizens to not be careless and continue to enforce effective measures like social distancing, saying that many were not responsible enough in the first phase.
EU reveals countries considered 'safe' from todayThe EU has decided that from today, its borders will be reopened to citizens from 15 non-EU countries including South Korea, Canada and Japan.
China also features on the "safe" list however it is subject to a reciprocal agreement, which is still pending.
The UK is automatically included as "safe".
The list does not feature the US, Brazil and Russia - countries that have reported high numbers of cases.
However the decision is not legally binding and states can choose not to open up to all of the countries on the list.
Read more about the countries considered safe here.
What is remdesivir?Remdesivir is an anti-viral medicine that has been used against Ebola. It works by attacking an enzyme that a virus needs in order to replicate inside our cells.
It has been approved for use in Covid-19 patients by the US and the UK, among other countries.
Early data suggests it can cut recovery time by about four days , but there is no evidence yet that it will save more lives.
Gilead Sciences has signed agreements with drug makers in South Asia to expand supply.
The agreement between Gilead and five generic pharmaceutical companies in India and Pakistan will help make the medicine for 127 countries.
Badly hit Indian state to open places of worshipThe southern state of Tamil Nadu will open places of worship in rural areas. Among the worst-hit in India, the state on Tuesday announced new social distancing measures for devotees , reported local media.
According to the guidelines, only small temples, mosques churches and other religious places in rural areas will be open to the public starting Wednesday.
People over 65 years, pregnant women and children under 10 as well as those with any underlying health issues have been advised to stay home. Only those with no symptoms will be allowed in.
Guests must maintain six feet distance and wear a mask. They will also have to wash their hands and feet with soap before entering the premises, according to the new measures.
Officials are on high alert as clusters linked to religious places have been reported from various places across the globe, including South Korea and Germany .