- Australia sees its worst day yet in the pandemic, with more than 500 new cases
- The overwhelming majority of them are in the city of Melbourne
- The head of the Pan American Health Organization says the virus shows "no signs of slowing down" in the Americas
- President Donald Trump says the pandemic is going to get worse, and urges Americans to wear face masks
- Leading Democrat Nancy Pelosi dubs Covid-19 "Trump virus"
- Health experts in the UK have told politicians Sars-Cov-2 virus will be with us for "decades"
- There have been nearly 15m cases of the new virus worldwide and more than 600,000 deaths
Welcome back to our global coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. Here are the headlines to bring you up to speed this Wednesday morning.
- The pandemic is showing no sign of slowing down in the Americas, the head of the Pan American Health Organization warns.
- Carissa Etienne says the virus is surging in Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru. More than 300m people risk developing complications from Covid-19 because of underlying conditions, she says
- US President Donald Trump has warned the United States pandemic may "get worse before it gets better". He also asked all Americans to wear face coverings, saying "they'll have an effect" and show "patriotism"
- In the UK, health experts have warned politicians the Sars-Cov-2 virus will be with us for "decades"
- In Australia, the state of Victoria has announced another record number of daily cases, with 484 in the past 24 hours
Latest from around EuropeAn Austrian woman goes on trial today for ignoring quarantine rules. The unprecedented case involves a woman from Klagenfurt accused of going to the post office while suffering from Covid-19 and not wearing a mask. She could face a three-year jail term.
Ireland's government has relaxed quarantine rules on travel to and from 15 European countries but says the safest thing is still not to travel. The "green list" includes Malta, Finland, Norway, Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Hungary, Slovakia and the Baltic republics. The UK, France and Spain remain on the quarantine list.
France's public health authority says it's still too early to give a precise coronavirus death toll - but says 29,186 deaths in hospitals and care homes were directly linked to the virus from March to the end of May. At one point, at the end of March, the mortality rate was 60% higher than normal.
Pandemic 'not slowing down' in AmericasThe Pan American Health Organization has warned the pandemic in the Americas shows "no signs of slowing down".
Director Carissa Etienne said high levels of infectious disease and chronic conditions meant that three out of 10 people - over 300 million - were at increased risk of developing complications.
She said the virus was surging in Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru, with some Central American countries seeing the highest weekly increases since the arrival of the virus.
Mexico's health ministry, meanwhile, confirmed that the number of deaths there has risen above 40,000; only the United States, Brazil and the UK have more.
Etienne also pointed to some bright spots: Chile, Argentina and Uruguay made "important progress" in fighting influenza, highlighting the value of Covid-19 prevention measures like handwashing and social distancing.
Nine in 10 Melbourne cases failed to heed symptomsAnother record spike - 484 cases - has been confirmed in Victoria, Australia, nearly two weeks into a lockdown in the state capital of Melbourne.
Victoria's Premier Daniel Andrews he was "very unhappy and very sad" to report that people aren't following the rules. Of the 3,810 cases detected in the past two weeks, officials have found that:
- Nearly 90% of cases did not isolate between first feeling symptoms and getting tested
- 53% of people did not self-isolate while waiting for their results
"People have felt sick, they've got symptoms and they've kept going shopping. They've kept going to work," Andrews said. "They have been at the height of their infectivity. And they have just continued on as usual."
However, he said it wasn't about blaming people, noting that many would have felt the pressure to work to "feed their kids, and pay their bills". He stressed that the state was offering 1,500 Australian dollars (£840; $1,070) sick leave payments to those who needed it.
Paid quarantine for international arrivals in DelhiInternational passengers arriving at Delhi will have to pay for their quarantine of seven days. This will be followed by a week of home quarantine, according to the latest guidelines.
Passengers will also have to undergo two rounds of mandatory screening before they can go into quarantine.
India has been badly hit by the virus - with more than a million cases, the country has the third highest caseload in the world.
Its national capital, Delhi, dominated headlines in June when cases were spiking at an alarming rate - but it seems like there has been a drop in infections in recent weeks. The capital has confirmed over 120,000 infections and 3,663 deaths so far, according to health ministry data.
Tokyo 2020 'depends on vaccine or treatment'The Tokyo Olympics, already pushed to next year, will hinge upon the development of a coronavirus vaccine or treatment, organising committee president Yoshiro Mori said Wednesday.
The Tokyo 2020 Games should have kicked off this Friday, but they were postponed in March as the pandemic spread across the globe.
Asked whether Tokyo could hold the Olympics next year if the situation remained unchanged, he said that "if things continue as they are now, we couldn't".
Yet he also said he was hopeful there would be enough progress until then. "I can't imagine a situation like this will continue for another year."
Outbreak 'devastating' tourism in Africa
Tourism numbers across Africa are sharply down.
A few countries on the continent are starting to allow international flights again. Yet this raises a dilemma: open up too fast and foreign tourists could bring a new outbreak of Covid-19; remain closed for too long and more livelihoods will be lost and there might be little left to salvage.
"To say the impact of the crisis has been devastating is an understatement, Naledi Kabo, CEO of Africa Tourism Association, told the BBC.
"I don't think tourism will ever look like it did before."