- People arriving in England from dozens of nations will no longer need to quarantine from 10 July
- A full list of 'low risk' countries is set to be published on Friday but will include France, Spain and Germany
- UK PM Boris Johnson will urge the public to act responsibly ahead of lockdown being eased
- The governor of Texas has ordered face coverings to be worn in public as virus cases rocket
- With 53,000 new cases recorded on Thursday, the US set a new one-day record for new infections
- Globally there are 10.8m virus cases and there have been more than 520,000 deaths
Hello and welcome back to our rolling coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. Here's a quick glance at the latest headlines:
- People arriving in England from dozens of countries will no longer need to go into self-quarantine from 10 July. A full list of these "low-risk" countries is set to be published later today
- Over in the US, the governor of Texas has issued an order requiring residents to wear a face-covering in public spaces. It comes as the state marks record numbers of new infections - seeing more than 8,000 cases on Wednesday alone
- And it's not just Texas. The US has now reported its largest single-day jump in new cases since the start of the pandemic - with more than 53,000 reported on Thursday
- Globally, more than 10.8 million people have been infected with the virus and more than 520,000 people have died as a result of it
England scraps quarantine for 'low-risk' countries
People arriving in England from countries including France, Spain, Germany and Italy will no longer need to quarantine from 10 July, the Department for Transport (DTF) has confirmed.
A full list of exempt countries posing "a reduced risk" from coronavirus will be published later today.
About 60 countries are expected to be included on this list, according to BBC Newsnight's political editor Nick Watt.
Currently, most people arriving into the UK from anywhere, apart from the Republic of Ireland, have to self-isolate for two weeks.
Ministers have been under pressure to ease quarantine measures because of the impact on the travel industry, and a number of holiday companies and airlines had been urging the government to drop the arrangement.
The list of exempted countries will be kept "under constant review", so that if the health risks increase, self-isolation measures can be re-introduced, said the DTF.
Read more here
Delivery driver interview praised in ChinaKerry Allen - BBC Monitoring, Chinese Media Analyst
Beijing broadcaster BTV has been praised for taking the stigma out of having Covid-19 by showing an interview with a delivery driver surnamed Kong, who tested positive in late June.
Today, he has been cured and discharged from hospital. But last month, there was huge concern when he contracted the virus, given that he was delivering food to around 50 people a day.
After he tested positive, Global Times reported that more than 104,000 other delivery personnel were ordered to be tested.
But seeing him today, speaking of how he “was worried that he had harmed everyone”, has got Chinese netizens commenting on how they should feel more grateful about front-line workers, and that he shouldn’t feel guilty.
He is the third patient to be discharged in Beijing; more than 329 people have so far tested positive in the city since one individual case on 11 June.
Texas mandates face masks as cases surgeThe governor of Texas has ordered face-coverings to be worn in public as virus cases in the state continue to rocket.
The directive applies to counties with 20 or more Covid-19 cases - which covers most of the 254 counties in Texas.
Texas hit a record of more than 8,000 cases on Wednesday alone - up from about 2,400 two weeks ago.
It was one of the states that had initially led the charge in loosening lockdown measures. Its governor Greg Abbott had allowed his initial stay-at-home order to expire on 30 April.
But as the virus surged, he began to walk back on this - ordering all bars shut last week and cutting restaurant capacity.
Mr Abbott had initially resisted a state-wide order on masks, going so far as to ban local governments from requiring facial coverings.
Read more about the situation in Texas here
Tokyo cases top 100 againThe number of virus cases in the capital city of Japan has topped 100 for the second straight day, worrying health authorities.
Tokyo reported 124 cases on Friday, according to local media reports - the highest daily tally since a national state of emergency was lifted in late May.
There is now growing concern about a resurgence in the capital - the city's governor said infections could be seen in many places such as "households, workplaces and elderly care facilities".
According to the Japan Times, many of the recent cases are people in their 20s and 30s who have visited nightlife areas in the capital.
What's gone wrong in Melbourne?Australia has been a relative success story but an outbreak in Melbourne is at a "critical stage", experts say.
Infections have surged in the past few weeks - there are now 482 active cases in the state of Victoria.
The numbers remain below Australia's March peak, but what's concerning now is that most cases are being spread locally rather than by people arriving from overseas.
In every other state, the virus has been dramatically slowed or eradicated. So what's gone wrong in Victoria?
We've put together this explainer on five of the key reasons.
Could 'immunity passports' work?It is a concept that would have been unthinkable months ago - but it is something some governments around the world are now considering.
We are talking about "immunity passports" - a document that would certify that you have had coronavirus and will not carry or contract the disease again. This could potentially open a way out of lockdown restrictions for the holder.
But will it create a niche group of antibody-carrying people that can date, travel and work as they wish - while others are still limited by health precautions?
One psychology professor says such a concept could create "a mutli-tier society and increase levels of discrimination and inequity".
Read more about the idea.
North Korea's handling of virus a 'shining success'North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has praised his country's handling of the coronavirus, calling it a "shining success".
In a politburo meeting, he said the country had "maintained a stable situation and prevented the inroad of the malignant virus".
But he added that the country still needed to stay on "maximum alert... without relaxation on the anti-epidemic front".
North Korea maintains that it has zero virus cases - though mosts analysts say this is unlikely.
However, the country did act quickly against the virus, closing its borders and putting thousands into quarantine from as early as January.
More on North Korea's handling of the virus here
Protest, rally or eating out - Where is riskier?Many US states have started the process of reopening, which means larger numbers of people are venturing out to attend protests, rallies, or dine at a restaurant.
Dr Georges Benjamin, the Executive Director at the American Public Health Association, breaks down the risks.
Video journalist: Cody Melissa Godwin. Senior producer: Phoebe Frieze.