- Countries across Europe have been looking at different measures to allow students and teachers to return safely
- Pupils in England’s secondary schools will have to wear masks in corridors in local lockdown areas
- Spain is to use 2,000 soldiers trained in tracking to help areas identify people exposed to the virus
- Cases in the US have been falling as a result of the adoption of face masks and lower testing rates, experts say
- North Korea's Kim Jong-un has chaired a meeting to assess preparations to prevent the spread of the coronavirus
- Argentina reports a new record number of cases as the country prepares for the annual Tango World Championships
- Germany has agreed to extend a scheme that tops up pay for workers affected by the pandemic by another year
Welcome back to our live coverageThanks for joining our live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s early in the morning here in London, and a lot has happened while we were asleep.
To help you catch up, here are the main headlines:
- The number of new cases of the virus continues to fall in the US - however, experts point to both an increase in mask-wearing, and a fall in the number of tests being carried out. More than 1,000 deaths are still being reported per day in the country
- Meanwhile, US First Lady Melania Trump acknowledged the pain caused by the pandemic, and offered her sympathy to people who have lost loved ones at a speech at the Republican National Convention
- In the UK, secondary school pupils in England will have to wear masks in school corridors in local lockdown areas, after the government reversed its guidance
- Spain is going to call in the army to help identify people who’ve been exposed to the coronavirus. The government says it will make 2,000 soldiers trained in tracking available to regions, which are responsible for healthcare
- German coalition parties have agreed to extend measures to counter the economic impact of the pandemic, such as prolonging short-term work subsidies, and bridging aid for small and medium-sized companies. It was also announced yesterday that the German economy contracted by a record 9.7%
- There have now been more than 23.9m confirmed cases of the virus worldwide, and almost 820,000 people have died, according to the tally kept by US-based Johns Hopkins University
Face coverings U-turn for England's secondary schoolsThe government has reversed its guidance so that secondary pupils – those aged from 11 to 16 – in England will have to wear masks in school corridors in local lockdown areas.
Head teachers in any secondary school will also have the "flexibility" to introduce masks in their schools.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson says it follows updated advice from the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Department for Education says that, for most areas of England, it is keeping its recommendation against using face coverings – but that schools will be able to make their own decision whether to ask pupils and staff to wear them.
This will be in "communal areas" of schools such as corridors, where it is difficult to have social distancing, and when schools "believe that is right in their particular circumstances".
Secondary school pupils in Scotland and Northern Ireland will have to wear face coverings between lessons from Monday.
Read more on the guidance in England here.
What are the face covering rules in UK schools?That depends on where you live.
In Scotland , all pupils over the age of 12 will have to wear face coverings in corridors and communal areas from 31 August. On school buses, everyone over the age of five will have to wear face coverings. They will not have to wear them in classrooms.
The advice is similar in Northern Ireland , with changes also coming into affect from Monday. Education Minister Peter Weir said guidance on face coverings would be updated to include wearing them in the corridors of post-primary schools.
The advice for secondary school pupils in England is that "schools will have the discretion to require face coverings in communal areas if they believe that is right in their particular circumstances".
However, in areas where transmission of the virus is high - and where government interventions such as local lockdowns are in place - face coverings will be mandatory for pupils in year 7 and above in parts of schools where social distancing is not possible. This will not include in classrooms during lessons, where the government says they could "inhibit learning".
The new guidance also applies to further education colleges, but not to primary schools.
In Wales , the use of face coverings is "advised in circumstances where it may be difficult to stay two metres away from others". A decision about whether they will be required for schoolchildren is expected today.
F1 millionaire Briatore in hospital: Latest from Europe
Flavio Briatore has been involved in a row with a Sardinian mayor over Covid restrictions on nightclubs
Here are some of the latest key developments from across Europe:
- Former Formula One boss Flavio Briatore is being treated in a Milan hospital amid an outbreak at his nightclub on the Italian island of Sardinia. The millionaire businessman helped lead Michael Schumacher to motor racing success - but this month he has been at the heart of a local row over early closures for nightclubs during the Covid pandemic. Reports say up to 63 staff at his Billionaire club have tested positive - Flavio Briatore's condition is said to be stable
- German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz says the economy is doing a little better than was feared a few weeks ago - he believes Germany will return to pre-crisis levels at the end of 2021 or the start of 2022
- The southern city of Munich will start banning alcohol sales after 21:00 if infections reach 35 per 100,000 people - the current rate is 28
- France's second city Marseille will require the wearing of masks throughout the city from late tonight. Marseille has a rate of 177 cases per 100,000 - the national average is 33
- Turkey is banning engagement ceremonies and limiting weddings to an hour in 14 provinces. It's reported 1,502 infections in 24 hours, the highest since June. But football fans will be able to see their teams play again from October. Stadiums can open at 30% capacity.
Spain to enlist 2,000 soldiers to track virusSpain is going to enlist the help of the army to identify people who've been exposed to the coronavirus, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said.
About 2,000 soldiers who are trained in tracking are going to be sent to the regions.
Some experts have blamed a lack of virus trackers for a surge in cases in parts of the country, including Madrid and Catalonia.
Spain has more than 400,000 confirmed cases of the virus - the highest in western Europe - and one of the fastest infection rates on the continent. Almost 29,000 people have died.