- EU leaders have agreed details of a huge economic recovery fund, after four days of talks
- The agreement will provide €750bn (£677bn; $859bn) in loans and grants to member states
- The WHO emergencies chief Michael Ryan says they are seeing "an acceleration of disease in Africa"
- A surge in South Africa could be a "precursor" for outbreaks across the continent, he says
- Africa has not been as badly affected as other regions but South Africa now has 350,000 cases
- Promising early research shows an Oxford University-developed vaccine triggers an immune response
- More countries are bringing in rules to require people to wear masks in public places
- There have been 14.6 million infections worldwide and more than 600,000 deaths
Welcome back to our coverage of the global coronavirus pandemic. Here are the headlines to bring you up to speed this Tuesday.
- In Europe, EU leaders have reached a breakthrough deal for a huge recovery fund to help member states deal with the economic fallout from the pandemic. After what was supposed to be a two-day summit pushed deep into the fourth night, leaders agreed on €750bn (£677bn; $859bn) worth of grants and loans
- The World Health Organization says it is seeing “an acceleration” of the outbreak in Africa, warning that the surge in South Africa could be a precursor for more outbreaks across the continent
- Researchers at Oxford University say a vaccine they are working on successfully triggers an immune response. Researchers in China, Europe and the US have seen similar results in separate vaccine trials
- More countries are expanding rules to get more people to wear masks. France and Hong Kong have made masks mandatory in public indoor spaces and Malaysia is considering a similar rule
EU breakthrough deal on Covid recovery packageEuropean Union leaders have agreed on a massive post-Covid economic recovery package after talks went into a fourth night.
It will see the 27-nation bloc offering €750bn (£677bn; $859bn) in grants and loans to counter the economic impact of the pandemic.
French President Emmanuel Macron said it was a "historic day" though details of the deal have not yet been made public.
The marathon talks had stretched far into a fourth night in Brussels - their summit was initially scheduled to last only two days.
Member states were mostly split between those hit hardest by the outbreak, and those concerned about the costs of the recovery plan.
The breakthrough came after EU Council President Charles Michel presented a new proposal which reduces the amount of money available as grants as opposed to loans.
Europe 'is a force for action'The EU's landmark deal on the recovery plan for its pandemic-hit economies shows the bloc can stand together with a common belief in their future, European Council President Charles Michel told reporters on Tuesday morning.
"This agreement sends a concrete signal that Europe is a force for action," he said at a dawn news conference after the difficult summit went through the night into a fifth day.
"It is about a lot more than money. It is about workers and families, their jobs, their health and their well-being. I believe this agreement will be seen as a pivotal moment in Europe's journey, but it will also launch us into the future."
Oxford vaccine latest to show promiseA coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford appears safe and triggers an immune response .
The vaccine resembles the coronavirus itself and the immune system can learn how to attack it. It is still at development stage though, and will have to go through further rounds of testing.
A technique similar to the Oxford one, developed in China, also seems promising and research in Germany and the US has yielded similar results.
In total there are 23 vaccines in clinical trials around the world and another 140 in early stage development.
Even if developed by the end of the year, a vaccine will not be widely available immediately. Widespread vaccination is likely to be, at the earliest, next year even if everything goes to plan.
What's the latest in Australia?As we've been reporting this past month, Australia is trying to get on top of an outbreak in Melbourne.
In developments today:
- Another 374 infections were recorded in the state of Victoria, of which Melbourne is the capital and biggest concern
- Three more people have died, taking Australia’s toll to 126 from about 12,000 cases in total
- A new lockdown in Melbourne is "having a direct impact" despite numbers not falling as quickly as many hoped, according to Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews
- And Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Australians eligible for the government’s Jobkeeper welfare scheme will receive fortnightly payments of A$1,200 from September, down from A$1,500 currently
Why did the EU deal take that long?The breakthrough followed days of marathon talks in which tempers were often frayed.
Member states were split between those hit hard by the outbreak and keen to revive their economies, and the wealthier members states more concerned about the costs of the recovery plan.
The self-proclaimed frugal four - Sweden, Denmark, Austria and the Netherlands - had opposed allowing €500bn to be offered in the form of grants. The group originally set €375bn as the limit, in addition to wanting conditions such as the right to block requests.
Other members, such as Spain and Italy, did not want to go below €400bn though.
At one point French President Emmanuel Macron reportedly banged his fists on the table, as he told the "frugal four" he thought they were putting the European project in danger.
How does the EU deal work?The European Commission will borrow money and pass that money on to member states - either as loans that have to be repaid or as grants. With its triple-A rating, the Commission can borrow money cheaper than most of the individual member states would be able to.
Much of the quarrelling was over how the overall amount would be split between loans and grants. The wealthier member states wanted more of it as loans while the ones harder hit by the virus, wanted more of it as grants.
In the end, leaders agreed that the Commission will borrow 750bn euros. Of that, it would disburse 390bn in grants and 360bn in cheap loans.
WHO warns over Africa escalationThe World Health Organization has warned that Africa might be headed for a much larger outbreak than current numbers are suggesting.
"I am very concerned right now that we are beginning to see an acceleration of disease in Africa," WHO's emergencies chief Michael Ryan said.
So far, the continent has managed to avoid becoming a hotspot with around 15,000 deaths and 725,000 confirmed infections.
But a surge in South Africa - the continent's worst-hit country - could be seen as a warning for what might happen to the rest of Africa. There are more than 370,000 cases and 5,000 deaths in the country.
"This isn't just a wake-up call for South Africa," Ryan said. "We need to take what is happening in Africa very, very seriously."
Sailing across the Atlantic to see his parents
Coronavirus: The man who sailed the Atlantic Ocean to see his elderly parents
You wouldn't think sailing across the Atlantic alone would be the safest route from Portugal to Argentina.
But that's what Juan Manuel Ballestero did when flights were cancelled and borders shut, at the start of the coronavirus lockdown.
He spoke to the BBC at the end of an 85-day journey.