- More than 600,000 people have died with the coronavirus around the world
- Nearly a quarter of them were in the US
- The world has seen the largest single-day increase in cases, the WHO says
- The number of new cases of coronavirus rose by almost 260,000 in 24 hours
- The EU is in its third day of talks to try to agree a rescue package for virus-hit countries
- Millions of people have been told to stay at home amid an outbreak in the Spanish region of Catalonia
- The global number of infections now stands at 14.3 million - Johns Hopkins University
Good morning and welcome to our coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.
We’ll be updating you on the latest updates from the UK and around the world.
Here are your latest headlines:
- The number of new cases of coronavirus rose by almost 260,000 in 24 hours – the largest single-day increase since the pandemic began, the World Health Organization (WHO) said
- More than 600,000 people have now died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University
- Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he does not want to impose a second lockdown in the event of another coronavirus outbreak
- Russia’s ambassador to the UK has rejected allegations that this country’s intelligence services tried to steal coronavirus vaccine research . UK security services said on Thursday that hackers targeting vaccine developers “almost certainly” operated as “part of Russian intelligence services”
- EU leaders are meeting for a third day of discussions over a massive post-coronavirus economic recovery plan
- The death toll in the US has now surpassed 140,000. More than 3.7 million cases have been confirmed
- Australia’s Victoria state has recorded 363 new cases and three deaths. The government there has made it mandatory for people in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire to wear masks when outside their home
Biggest single day increase in cases since pandemic beganThe number of new coronavirus cases rose by almost 260,000 in 24 hours – the largest single-day increase since the pandemic began, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday.
The WHO said it is the first time the number of new daily infections has surpassed a quarter of a million.
Countries with the biggest increases were the US, Brazil, India and South Africa.
Read more here
New cases around the worldMore than 14 million cases have been confirmed and deaths have now surpassed 600,000 since the outbreak began, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Here are some of today's updates from countries around the world:
- The Philippines has recorded 58 deaths and 2,241 additional infections
- Australia had three deaths, bringing its total number to 122
- Russia recorded 95 more deaths and 6,109 new cases
- China reported 16 new infections, 13 of those in Xinjiang province
- Hong Kong says it has 108 new confirmed cases
- Pakistan said 46 people had died and 1,579 new cases had been detected, according to PTI news agency
- Iran has confirmed 209 deaths and 2,182 confirmed cases
Czech Republic records high number of active casesRob Cameron - BBC Prague Correspondent
A few weeks ago people had been celebrating the relaxing of restrictions in the country
The number of active cases of coronavirus in the Czech Republic has risen to 4,764, more than the previous high of 4,737 in April.
However, some have questioned the relevance of this statistic, as it takes a relatively long time to declare someone clear of Covid-19. The number of people in hospital - 135 - is also far lower than during April's peak, when the number was around 450. And only around two dozen of them are in need of supplementary oxygen or intensive care.
On Saturday, 113 cases were confirmed. Many of the new cases are in the country’s industrial north-east where an outbreak at a mine occurred.
On Friday, authorities tightened restrictions in the northeast of the country. The compulsory wearing of masks was reinstated along with a limit on restaurant opening hours.
The Czech Republic has had 358 deaths and 13,885 cases since the pandemic began there.
Iran records 209 new deaths as spike continuesIran has confirmed 209 deaths and 2,182 confirmed cases in the past 24 hours.
Of the new people diagnosed, 1,324 have been hospitalised, a health ministry spokeswoman said.
People have been urged to avoid gatherings, adhere to social distancing and wear masks.
Yesterday, President Hassan Rouhani said that some 25 million people in the country had been infected by the virus. He also warned that 35 million people could become infected in the next few months.
However today health officials downplayed the president’s estimate, saying it was based on serological blood tests that measure exposure to the virus and cannot be relied on to show the current stage of the disease.
Iran's health ministry on Friday said 13,791 people had died from the virus.
Read more here about Iran’s struggle to contain a covid surge
Hong Kong situation 'critical' after cases spikeHong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam says the virus situation there is not yet under control after more than 100 new cases were recorded on Sunday.
“I think the situation is really critical,” she said.
Non-essential civil servants will work from home from Monday, she said. The city has more than 180,000 civil servants.
Amusement parks, gyms and other venues will remain closed for another week.
More than 2,000 cases have been recorded in Hong Kong and 12 people have died.
New Hong Kong measures announcedHong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has now announced that the city will conduct 10,000 tests a day. She also announced that authorities would make wearing face masks mandatory in indoor public spaces.
People already have to wear face coverings on public transport.
Last week the government brought back social distancing measures, closing bars, gyms and clubs. These restrictions will be extended.
Read more about the situation in Hong Kong here
Melbourne to make mask wearing mandatoryThe Australian city of Melbourne is set to make mask wearing in public mandatory as it faces a spike in cases.
Victoria state, where Melbourne is located, reported a further 363 infections on Sunday. A lockdown is currently in place in Melbourne and some of its surrounding areas.
Premier Daniel Andrews said people in the city and in Mitchell Shire would be required to wear a face covering from midnight on Wednesday.
“You won’t be able to leave home without your mask and then wear it where it is absolutely essential to stop the spread of the virus,” he said.
Those who do not comply with the rule will face a $200 fine (£111, $140).
Australia has reported 12,000 cases of the virus since the pandemic began and 122 deaths.
Hong Kong spike and other headlinesGood afternoon to those of you are just joining us. Here's a round-up of the main stories at lunchtime here in the UK:
- The World Health Organization has reported the largest single-day global increase in cases - almost 260,000 in 24 hours - since the pandemic began
- Hong Kong has also recorded its highest one-day increase in cases since the pandemic began, says the territory's Chief Executive Carrie Lam
- Melbourne, Australia, is set to make mask wearing in public mandatory as it faces a spike in cases; a lockdown is currently in place in the city and some of its surrounding areas
- Russia's ambassador to the UK has rejected allegations his country's intelligence services tried to steal coronavirus vaccine research
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he does not want to impose a second national lockdown in the event of another Covid-19 outbreak, likening the option to a "nuclear deterrent"
- Ten new temporary "Nightingale courts" have been announced in England and Wales, in a bid to tackle a backlog of cases caused by the coronavirus pandemic