- Argentina registers a record 8,713 new cases and 381 deaths as Latin America struggles to contain the virus
- A 48-hour lockdown is in force across the Gaza Strip after the first infections were recorded among the public
- Head teachers in England want to know whether staff and pupils will be allowed to wear face coverings when schools re-open
- In Scotland's secondary schools, face coverings will be used in corridors and shared areas
- Hundreds of thousands of young people receive vocational BTec qualifications after results were delayed
- Scientists in Hong Kong say they've seen the first confirmed case of re-infection
- More than 23.6m cases of Covid-19 have been reported globally, and 813,000 deaths
Welcome to today's live updates on the coronavirus pandemic and thank you for joining us. Here are the main international headlines so far:
- Argentina has confirmed a record 8,713 new cases of coronavirus and 381 more deaths in 24 hours. Cases have been rising rapidly in Argentina along with other countries in the region
- Dr Anthony Fauci, the top US virus expert, has warned against rushing out a Covid-19 vaccine before it has been proven to be safe and effective. President Trump is reportedly mulling plans to put out a vaccine before it has been fully tested
- World-record sprinter Usain Bolt has tested positive for the coronavirus, Jamaica's health ministry confirmed. The eight-time Olympic gold medalist is self-isolating at his home in Jamaica
- Schools in and around the South Korean capital, Seoul, have been ordered to switch to online classes as authorities try to tackle an increase in coronavirus cases. The country was widely praised for controlling its initial outbreak but cases linked to a church have caused a new spike in infections
- In Mexico, the new school year has begun with lessons for state school students taking place on television. Children haven't been allowed to enter classrooms since March. Although barely half of homes have access to the internet, more than 90% have a TV
- The Gaza Strip has imposed an immediate 48-hour curfew after the first locally transmitted coronavirus infections were recorded. Four members of a family at a refugee camp tested positive
- Hong Kong scientists have reported the first confirmed case of an apparently healthy patient being re-infected with Covid-19, four months after the first infection
UK morning summaryHere’s a quick round-up of the main stories from the UK this morning, to bring you up to speed:
- Head teachers in England are calling for clarity over whether teachers and pupils can wear face masks , as Scotland plans to make them mandatory in corridors and shared areas
- As schools in Leicester, one of the UK’s virus hotspots, prepare to return tomorrow, clinically vulnerable parents who have been told to remain isolated tell the BBC they fear sending their children to classes will put them at risk
- Students are beginning to receive revised grades for vocational BTec qualifications , which had been delayed to bring them in line with GCSE and A-level results. It comes after the government’s last minute-decision to use teacher-assessed grades for GCSE and A-levels, following the cancellation of exams
- In Northern Ireland, pupils studying for English Literature exams may not have to read any novels for their course over the next year, as the exam board seeks to reduce course content to reflect the lost teaching time. And in Wales, the Plaid Cymru party is calling for next year’s exams to be scrapped and replaced once again with assessments by the school or college
- Thousands of patients infected with coronavirus caught it in hospital , a study suggests. Researchers from King’s College London studied 10 UK hospitals and one in Italy, finding that at least one in eight patients caught the virus in hospital. But they said this rate is relatively low and patients had better outcomes that those infected in the community, perhaps because their condition was spotted earlier
- Restaurateurs in Scotland are calling for a ban on background music to be abolished , saying it is the “kiss of death” for ambience. The ban was introduced on 14 August to try to prevent customers raising their voices and leaning in to hear - potentially increasing the risk of transmitting the virus
- And Notting Hill Carnival is adjusting to life in the Covid-19 era . Instead of a million people gathering in West London for Europe’s largest carnival, performances will be streamed online to people’s homes
Argentina battles fresh outbreaksMore now from Argentina where health officials have confirmed a record 8,713 new cases of coronavirus and 381 more deaths over 24 hours.
The health ministry has warned that although quarantine measures have been tightened in the capital Buenos Aires and its suburbs, cases are now increasing in other regions.
The province of Buenos Aires saw 5,656 of the new infections with Jujuy province the next worst affected with 352. Santa Fe had 209, Córdoba 208, Mendoza 172 and Entre Ríos 124. In total, Argentina has seen more than 350,000 infections and 7,366 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Latin America and Asia are the regions that currently have the highest number of daily confirmed cases.
Argentina recently joined Peru, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates in moving forward with clinical trials for a coronavirus vaccine developed by China National Biotec Group (CNBG).
Usain Bolt isolating after positive test
The world-record sprinter Usain Bolt has tested positive for the coronavirus, Jamaica's health ministry confirmed.
It comes just days after the eight-time Olympic gold medalist celebrated his 34th birthday with a lavish party.
Bolt posted a short video message on Twitter in which he said he had taken a test on Saturday and that he was now self-isolating at his home in Jamaica. He said he would call his friends "and tell them once they came in contact with me to be safe, quarantine and take it easy".
One in eight virus patients 'infected in hospital'A study of 10 UK hospitals and one in Italy found at least one in eight patients who were treated in hospital for coronavirus had been infected on-site .
The King's College London researchers said it was a relatively low rate of hospital-acquired infection and showed that effective infection controls were in place.
They analysed 1,500 cases up to 28 April, covering the peak of cases in the UK.
"The majority of these patients had already been in hospital for a long time," said lead author
"They were older, frailer and had pre-existing health conditions."
The patients who caught the virus in hospital also had better outcomes than those who were admitted with the virus, probably because they were diagnosed and treated more quickly.
Empty Kenya school fills classrooms with chickens
The closure of all schools in Kenya until next January has left the owners of many private facilities struggling to survive, our colleagues Basillioh Mutahi and Mercy Juma report.
At Mwea Brethren School, owner Joseph Maina has filled the classrooms with chickens to bring in some much-needed income.
"We decided that we must do something [with the school] for survival," he told the BBC.
Roka Preparatory, another school in central Kenya, also converted its premises into a farm and is growing vegetables in the former playground.
"Things have never been this bad," said James Kung'u, who founded the school 23 years ago.
You can read more on this story here .