- Politicians in Germany are calling for a ban on private parties as daily new cases surge above 2,000 - highest since April
- "A certain recklessness has spread" during the summer, senior politician in Angela Merkel's party says
- Public Health England publishes study suggesting the risk of outbreaks in schools is low
- Children are more likely to be harmed by not returning to school than if they catch Covid-19, the UK's chief medical adviser says
- But Labour leader warns the government's commitment to reopen schools is at risk because of exams chaos
- South Korea reports its highest single-day rise in infections since early March as strict new measures come into force
- India, which has the highest number of new infections in the world, records a total of more than three million cases
- The global coronavirus death toll stands at 800,000 people worldwide
Welcome to our live coverageIt’s Sunday morning here in London, and we’re going to be spending the rest of the day keeping you updated on the coronavirus pandemic.
A lot happened overnight while we were sleeping. To help you get up to date, here are a few of the main headlines.
- More than 800,000 people have now died worldwide, according to the tally kept by US-based Johns Hopkins University
- In the UK, Chief Medical Adviser Chris Whitty has warned that children would be more harmed by not returning to school than they would be if they caught coronavirus. He said that while “the chances of children dying from Covid-19 are incredibly small”, missing lessons “damages children in the long run”
- In England, from Friday police will be able to fine people up to £10,000 for organising illegal gatherings of more than 30 people, such as raves
- In India, the number of confirmed cases of the virus has exceeded three million. The country has the highest rate of new infections in the world, and the third-highest number of cases after the US and Brazil.
- South Korea has reported its highest single-day rise in cases (397) since early March. It comes as stricter social distancing rules, previously in place just in the capital Seoul, come into force nationwide
- The Irish parliament is going to be recalled early from its summer recess because of a growing scandal over a parliamentary Golf Society dinner held last week just hours after the government tightened coronavirus restrictions. The agriculture minister, who attended, has already resigned over it
- US Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has said that if elected in November, he would be willing to enforce a national lockdown in response to a second surge of the virus if scientists recommended doing so
South Korean restrictions come into forceNationwide social distancing restrictions are now in place across South Korea as health officials warn of a rapidly worsening situation in a country that months ago seemed to have Covid-19 under tight control.
From today, there are restrictions on large gatherings such as religious services, and nightclubs, karaoke bars, internet cafes and beaches have been closed.
The measures previously only applied to the capital Seoul, but have been extended to the rest of the country because of a surge in new cases.
On Sunday, the country reported its highest single-day rise in cases since early March. As of midnight on Saturday there were 397 new infections, the latest rise in more than a week of three-digit daily increases. Most of these cases were in the greater Seoul region.
'I am scared to go out' - Cases in India hit three millionThere have now been more than three million confirmed cases of coronavirus in India.
The country has the third-highest number of total cases recorded after the US and Brazil, but it is reporting the highest daily number of new infections.
Of course India has a huge population of more than 1.3 billion people so that needs to be kept in mind when comparing its figures to other countries. However there are concerns about the relatively low amount of tests it has been carrying out.
While the situation is easing in areas that were initially badly hit, such as the capital, Delhi, new hot spots are emerging in other areas - such as Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in the north, and in southern Indian states.
In Bangalore, in the southern state of Karnataka, people have been telling the AFP news agency how the virus is impacting their lives.
"I am really scared," said a resident called Ramesh. "I am scared to go out, scared to go to the office. At home, my mother is a senior citizen aged about 67, my wife is pregnant, and we have a three-year-old child at home. I am really scared to go out."
England to punish illegal ravers with heavy finesOrganisers of illegal gatherings of more than 30 people could face fines of up to £10,000 under new powers given to police in England from Friday.
People who attend gatherings could be fined £100, doubling on each offence up to £3,200. This level of fine will also apply to those who those who flout the rules around face coverings where they are mandatory - such as on public transport or in shops and supermarkets.
It comes after police in the city of Birmingham said they attended more than 70 unlicensed street and house parties on Saturday night, while police in Huddersfield broke up an illegal rave involving about 300 people.
Meanwhile in London, the Metropolitan Police says it has responded to more than 1,000 unlicensed events since the end of June.
Read more on this story here.
Virus outbreaks at reopened schools in BerlinWhile UK health officials say coronavirus outbreaks in schools are rare, this hasn't been the case in some other countries.
In Germany's capital Berlin, just two weeks after the city's schools reopened, cases of Covid-19 have been reported in at least 41 of the city's 825 schools. According to reports, all age groups have been affected - elementary, secondary and vocational schools.
As a result of the outbreaks, education officials in Berlin say hundreds of pupils and teachers have had to go into quarantine.
Some states in the US have also reported clusters linked to reopened schools, as has Israel.
In France, which is planning to reopen its schools in just over a week after summer holidays, all pupils over the age of 11 will have to wear face masks at all times.
New rules in north-west England 'confusing'Stricter new measures designed to stop the spread of coronavirus in north-west England have been branded "confusing".
It comes as residents in Oldham and parts of Blackburn and Pendle have been told not to socialise with other households.
Local council leaders said it was "unclear" how the rule would be implemented and policed and urged the government to issue detailed guidance.
Workplaces, childcare facilities and businesses, including pubs and restaurants, will remain open.
Under the new rules, introduced on Saturday, residents are advised to only use public transport for essential travel.
Restaurants are advised to only cater for pre-booked customers, with a maximum of six people per table.
Residents can also attend the weddings, civil partnerships and funerals of members of their household and close family, with ceremonies limited to 20 people.
Find out more about the measures and where they are in place here
Stampede in Peruvian nightclub after Covid raidAt least 13 people have died in a stampede at a nightclub in the Peruvian capital, Lima, after it was raided by police for breaking coronavirus rules.
Officials said more than 120 people tried to squeeze through the only exit at Thomas Restobar, and were then trapped between the door and a staircase on the club's second floor.
A statement released by the Interior Ministry said police did not used weapons or tear gas when they stormed the club. More than 20 people were arrested.
Nightclubs and bars have been closed in Peru since March in an attempt to fight the virus there. Peru has had the second-highest number of infections in Latin America, after Brazil, with almost 600,000 total cases.
Anger grows at right-wing church at centre of S Korea outbreakLaura Bicker - BBC News, Seoul
The local headlines are using words like “alarm” and talking about a “bigger, deadlier wave” of Covid-19 in South Korea.
Why? The country has recorded its highest number of daily cases since early March, fuelled by an outbreak at a right-wing church in Seoul called Sarang Jeil that has led to more than 800 infections alone.
South Korea has been here before. An outbreak in a church in February swept through the city of Daegu infecting, at its height, a thousand people a day.
But the difference this time is that the virus has spread through every province in the country except the island of Jeju, and health officials are warning this wave could prove far more devastating.
The problem at the centre of this latest Covid-19 crisis is political. Conservative churchgoers have always despised the current liberal President Moon Jae-in and accuse him of being a communist.
Sarang Jeil’s followers believe that the virus was planted in their church with the aim of closing down all opposition to the Moon government. Some have even accused North Korea of deliberately infecting them.
Health officials are desperately trying to persuade them that this is not a conspiracy and they simply need worshippers to be tested. But on Friday the police had to intervene to get a full list of church members for contact tracing purposes.
Meanwhile the entire country is facing new social distancing measures and public anger towards Sarang Jeil is growing.