- Travellers arriving in the UK from dozens of countries no longer have to self-isolate for two weeks
- The rules are being relaxed for arrivals from more than 60 countries and British overseas territoriesM
- Hong Kong is to suspend all schools amid a spike in locally-transmitted cases of Covid-19, officials confirm
- Top US diseases expert Dr Anthony Fauci has said some states in the country reopened too fast
- "We're in a very difficult, challenging period right now," he said
- It comes as the US posted another record rise in cases of more than 65,000 in 24 hours - according to Johns Hopkins University
- Singapore is holding a national election with strict safety measures in place
- New Zealand's ex-PM Helen Clark, appointed to a WHO panel, says the global response has been "flat-footed"
- A second South American leader, this time in Bolivia, has tested positive for the virus, following Brazil's Bolsonaro
- Globally there are now 12.2 million cases and more than 550,000 deaths
Welcome to our rolling coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic. Here are the latest headlines:
- Some US states reopened too quickly, top US expert Dr Anthony Fauci has said
- For the sixth time in 10 days, the US had a daily record of new infections
- The interim president of Bolivia, Jeanine Áñez, has tested positive
- The Chinese embassy in Kazakhstan has warned of a pneumonia that is deadlier than Covid-19
- Singapore is holding an election with a number of virus measures in place
- Globally, there have been more than 12.2m confirmed infections since the outbreak began, with more than 554,000 deaths linked to Covid-19
Dr Fauci: Some states reopened too quicklyThe US infectious disease expert and government adviser, Dr Anthony Fauci, has said some states reopened too quickly - and are now paying the price with a surge in infections.
"There are some times when despite the guidelines and the recommendations to open up carefully and prudently, some states skipped over those and just opened up too quickly," Fauci told Podcast-19, FiveThirtyEight's weekly podcast. "Certainly Florida I know, you know, I think jumped over a couple of checkpoints," he added.
Confirmed cases in Florida have soared recently, with a recent average of more than 9,000 a day. The average was below 1,000 a day until last month.
Florida health chief: Like a bus accident every dayAs cases soar in Florida, hospitals are beginning to fill up.
Of the state's 207 intensive care units, 45 were full on Thursday, and almost half were more than 90% full.
"When hospitals and health care assistants talk about surge capacity, they’re often talking about a single event," said John Sinnott, chief epidemiologist at Tampa General Hospital.
"But what we’re having now is the equivalent of a bus accident a day, every day, and it just keeps adding."
Australia's Victoria sees record infectionsVictoria has detected 288 new infections in the past 24 hours - the highest daily tally for an Australian state since the pandemic began.
New South Wales had previously seen the greatest number with 211 in March, when travellers returning from overseas were Australia's biggest concern.
The current outbreak, centred in Melbourne, has worsened dramatically due to local transmissions in the past three weeks.
"I know and understand there will be concern across the community to see that number," Premier Daniel Andrews has just told Victorians.
"It was always going to get worse before it got better. We are doing more testing than has ever been done - not by a small margin - but by a massive margin."
More than 37,000 tests were carried out yesterday, he added.
Melbourne's five million residents were ordered back into lockdown yesterday amid fears the city's outbreak could spread elsewhere. Other states have seen relatively few recent infections.
Australia has recorded about 9,000 cases and 106 deaths.
Bolivian leader tests positiveBolivia’s interim president has tested positive for the virus. In a video posted on Twitter, Jeanine Anez said she felt well and strong but would remain in quarantine for two weeks.
The Bolivian government confirmed that at least seven ministers, including its health minister, had tested positive and were either undergoing treatment or recuperating at home.
The country has more than 42,000 confirmed cases and 1,500 deaths -which makes it one of the worst affected countries per capita in the world.
Anez the second leader in South America to contract the virus, after Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro.
Singapore votes amid virus backdropVoting is under way in Singapore's general election, under the cloud of the virus and its economic fallout.
The city state is one of a handful of countries to hold a vote during the pandemic so far.
Strict safety measures are in place, with voters wearing gloves and masks, and given timed voting slots.
Singapore has been one of the worst-hit countries in the Asia Pacific region, with more than 45,000 cases.
The country has been ruled by the same party since independence - the People's Action Party (PAP) - and it is widely expected to retain power.
Australia to halve number of returning travellersAustralian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says there will be "a reduction over 4,000 people coming [back] each week" from Monday.
It's unclear if this means a hard cap of only 4,000 nationals allowed back, as this will depend on capacity in the quarantine system, he said.
Australia is limiting arrivals following the re-emergence of the virus in Melbourne.
"There will be continuing access to Australia but the number of available positions on flights will be less," Mr Morrison said.
"I don't think that's unreasonable in the circumstances we find ourselves in."
All international flights into Melbourne have already been cancelled, meaning most flights into Australia are going to Sydney or Perth.
More than 300,000 Australians have returned home so far since the pandemic began.
US has another record day of infectionsMore than 65,000 infections were confirmed in the US on Thursday, another daily record, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.
There have been more than 3.2m confirmed infections in the US since the outbreak began - the most anywhere in the world.
The number of people dying with Covid-19 is also increasing, with an average of more than 900 for the past three days.
However, President Trump says the increased cases are down to mass testing in the US.