- Germany says people returning from high-risk countries will be required to take a Covid-19 test
- India becomes the third country to surpass two million coronavirus cases, after infections doubled in just 20 days
- France, Spain and Greece record their highest number of new cases in weeks
- Facebook and Twitter penalise Donald Trump and his campaign for posts showing "harmful Covid misinformation"
- In the UK, 50m face masks bought by the government will not be used in hospitals because of safety concerns
- A fire in a hospital in India kills eight coronavirus patients
- Australia is set to introduce more travel restrictions as it battles a new wave of infections
Hello and welcome to our coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. Thanks for joining us - it's Helier, Josh and Dulcie on the live page today.Our teams from around the world will be bringing you the latest developments. To start with, let's kick off with a summary of the latest top stories around the world.
- As it stands there have been 18.8 million infections and 707,000 deaths related to the coronavirus pandemic globally, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University
- Coronavirus cases increased markedly in Europe on Wednesday. France recorded its highest number of cases for more than two months , while Spain also saw its biggest post-lockdown rise
- Lockdown restrictions on non-essential businesses took effect in the Australian state of Victoria, the epicentre of the country’s Covid-19 outbreak
- Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will not impose a state of emergency, despite a worrying rise in infections in the country
- Facebook and Twitter have penalised Donald Trump and his campaign for posts they said contained "harmful Covid misinformation" - where the president claimed children were "almost immune" to coronavirus
- The coronavirus is highly transmissible, so it is unlikely the world will be able to eradicate the disease entirely, says the top infectious diseases expert in the US, Dr Anthony Fauci
Latest headlines from the UKThere have also been plenty of developments in the UK - let’s take a look at the latest headlines:
- Fifty million face masks bought by the government in April will not be used by the National Health Service (NHS) because of safety concerns . The government says the masks, which use ear-loop fastenings rather than head loops, may not fit tightly enough
- The streets of Aberdeen were "eerily quiet" during the first night of Scotland's first local lockdown , with bars, cafes and restaurants shutting up for at least seven days following a rise in cases
- The UK economy faces a less severe downturn that initially feared - but the jobs market recovery will be slow, warns the Bank of England
- There is growing speculation that the reopening date for indoor pubs in Northern Ireland that only sell alcohol will be delayed. The chief medical officer has advised that so-called "wet bars" should not reopen on Monday as planned , BBC News NI understands
- There has been a surge of interest in moving to the country due to city dwellers' priorities changing during the coronavirus lockdown, estate agents have said
France, Spain and Greece see worrying rises in infectionsFrance, Spain and Greece were among the European countries to record marked increases in new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, fuelling fears of a second spike in infections during the holiday season.
France added another 1,695 new cases within 24 hours, its highest number of daily coronavirus infections in more than two months , taking the total to 228,576.
In Spain, there were a further 1,772 infections during a 24-hour period, pushing the country’s total number of cases to 305,767.
Meanwhile in Greece, an additional 124 cases were detected in the last 24 hours, bringing the country’s total to 4,973.
Coronavirus cases have been on the rise since countries began to ease lockdown restrictions that sent the global economy into a tailspin.
As governments try to ease the economic damage caused by the pandemic, social-distancing measures designed to curb the virus are becoming harder to enforce.
Eight patients die after fire at Indian Covid-19 hospital
The hospital in Ahmedabad was treating coronavirus patients
A fire has broken out at a hospital for coronavirus patients in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad, killing eight people, officials say.
The blaze broke out inside a critical-care unit at 03:00 local time (21:30 GMT) on Thursday.
A staff member's PPE kit went up in flames due to a short circuit, a senior fire department official, Rajesh Bhatt, told the BBC.
"The staffer started running around the critical care unit in panic and the fire spread as a result," he said.
Police say they have detained one hospital director and begun an investigation.
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Facebook and Twitter penalise Trump over virus postsMisinformation has been a huge concern for social media networks during the coronavirus pandemic, with Facebook, Twitter and others actively removing some content.
On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump fell foul of moderators on Facebook and Twitter.
Both websites sought to penalise Trump and his election campaign for posts in which the president claimed children were "almost immune" to coronavirus.
Facebook deleted the post - a clip from an interview Trump gave to Fox News - saying it contained "harmful Covid misinformation".
Twitter followed by saying it had frozen a Trump campaign account until a tweet of the same clip was removed.
US public health advice makes clear that children have no immunity to Covid-19.