- Australia launches investigation into security breaches in Victoria's hotel quarantine programme
- Outbreaks linked to errors in the programme have seen Melbourne put back under partial lockdown
- EU leaders are meeting for a fourth day to try and agree a huge virus rescue plan
- Early research suggests a new treatment involving a protein called interferon beta could significantly reduce deaths
- Donald Trump has dismissed Johns Hopkins data showing the US has the seventh-highest mortality rate
- Globally the number of confirmed infections has risen to more than 14.4 million and deaths to 605,000
Welcome to our coverageWelcome back to our coverage on all things coronavirus. Here are the headlines as the week kicks off in Asia.
- Hong Kong is stepping up its measures against the virus after a record new number of cases were recorded on Sunday
- Authorities have announced a raft of new measures including the mandatory wearing of face masks in indoor public spaces
- Health officials in Australia have warned the surge in Melbourne could take weeks to subside despite a new lockdown and orders to wear masks
- Leaders in the EU have warned they may not be able to reach an agreement on an economic stimulus package to cushion the fallout from the pandemic
- US President Trump has claimed the United States has one of the lowest mortality rates from the virus, although data suggests the claim is false
- The number of confirmed infections worldwide is now just under 14.5 million while the death toll has risen above 600,000
Hong Kong situation 'really critical'Officials in Hong Kong have warned the pandemic is out of control in the territory and are stepping up measures to fight the surge.
On Sunday, 108 new infections were recorded, taking the total to almost 1,900 cases.
"I think the situation is really critical and there is no sign the situation is being brought under control," Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said.
She announced new measures , including plans to make it mandatory to wear masks in public indoor venues and a new order for non-essential civil servants to work for home.
With daily cases on the rise, Hong Kong had already implemented measures last week which shuttered many businesses including bars, gyms and nightclubs, and made masks on public transport mandatory.
Lam said more measures would be announced should the number of daily infections not come down.
New South Wales at 'critical point'The Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) has recorded its two biggest days of new infections since April.
While neighbouring Victoria has almost 3,000 active cases, NSW has remained relatively virus-free in recent months. But concerns in Australia’s most populous state are growing due to several infection clusters. NSW has confirmed 38 new infections in the past 48 hours.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said Monday’s additions were all from "known sources", but cautioned that NSW was at a "critical point".
Like the rest of Australia, NSW has already closed its borders to Victoria - which has seen a month-long outbreak in the state capital, Melbourne.
Victorian officials have warned the surge there could take weeks to subside despite a new lockdown and, for the first time in Australia, an order to wear masks.
Australia has recorded more than 11,000 cases and 123 deaths.
Daily cases hit all-time high in IndiaIndia recorded more than 40,000 infections on Sunday, the highest number of daily cases yet. Local media reported that the past week was the "deadliest" with more than 230,000 cases confirmed.
The country crossed the one million infections last week, making it the third country - after the US and Brazil - to do so.
With cases doubling every 20 days, India is now a global hotspot. Yet it's not all bad news - the mortality rate has reportedly dipped below 2.5% for the first time , according to Indian media quoting government data.
This puts it below the global average, and gives India "one of the lowest fatality rates in the world," the health ministry said.
Meanwhile, active cases are dropping in the national capital, Delhi, which a few weeks ago had dominated headlines for rising cases.
As of Monday, the city has around 16,000 active cases - approximately 13% of the more than 100,000 infections confirmed so far, reported The Indian Express newspaper.
Peru passes 13,000 deathsLatin America remains badly hit by the pandemic, with countries struggling to control the spread of the virus. Here's a quick look at the region:
- Peru has now passed 13,000 virus deaths - nevertheless it is going ahead with easing some restrictions. Restaurants can reopen from today but only to 40% of their capacity. Over the past 24 hours, 189 deaths and 4,090 new infections were recorded. Peru, with 33 million residents, has the second-highest number of cases in Latin America
- Mexico, which has the fourth highest virus death toll in the world at 38,888, has now seen its president pledge to improve health standards in the region
- But it's Brazil that remains the worst affected country in Latin America. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, a staggering 2 million people have been infected and more than 79,000 have died. And yet President Jair Bolsonaro - who himself was infected - has continued to criticise social distancing measures, saying they have "killed" the economy
Compulsory face masks and other news from around the worldHere are some of the latest updates as countries around the world try to cope with Covid-19:
- An inquiry in Australia is trying to determine how security breaches may have undermined the Covid-19 hotel quarantine programme in the state of Victoria, where there's been a fresh wave of infections
- Hong Kong is stepping up its measures against the virus after a record new number of cases were recorded on Sunday. Authorities have announced a series of new measures including the mandatory wearing of face masks in indoor public spaces
- In France, masks are also now compulsory in indoor spaces such as shops, restaurants and banks. They were already required on public transport. People can be fined €135 (£122; $154) for failing to comply
- An extended EU summit discussing a €750bn coronavirus recovery fund is due to resume later on Monday. The negotiations are now into their fourth day , with EU leaders so far unable to reach a deal over whether to attribute the money via payable loans or grants
- The latest figures collated by Johns Hopkins University show that more than 14.5 million cases have been confirmed around the world, and there have sadly been more than 606,000 deaths
EU leaders wrangle over huge recovery planHere's what's happening in Europe on Monday morning.
- An extended EU summit discussing a huge coronavirus recovery fund has broken up after a night of talks and will resume later on Monday. The negotiations are now into their fourth day , with EU leaders so far unable to reach a deal. The wealthier states want to limit the overall size of the fund and would like to see it mainly consist of repayable loans, rather than grants
- Spain's north-eastern Catalonia region has again recorded a daily Covid-19 infection figure of more than 1,000, as residents endure new restrictions
- A German abattoir will continue work on Monday despite a coronavirus outbreak among its staff, officials have said. Some 66 of the 1,200 workers at a chicken slaughterhouse in Lohne, northern Germany, tested positive for coronavirus during routine checks, local officials said, as reported by Reuters. There have been a number of outbreaks at several German slaughterhouses which have put the spotlight on working practices in the meatpacking industry
- In France, masks are now compulsory in public indoor spaces from Monday. They were already required on public transport