- Rules requiring Parisians to wear masks come into force as France reports 6,111 new cases - highest since peak of outbreak
- In Spain, children as young as six will have to wear face coverings at school
- Germans are told not to travel to high-risk countries and regions, as top state official says: "Corona is fully back in Germany"
- UK government will encourage people to return to workplaces in a new campaign
- New daily infections in the UK increased to 1,522 on Thursday - the highest since mid-June
- US President Donald Trump pledges a vaccine before the end of the year, "or maybe even sooner"
- About 24.5 million cases have officially been confirmed worldwide so far, with 831,000 deaths
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Good morning from London. We will be keeping you updated on the latest coronavirus news from the UK and across the world today.
Here are the latest headlines.
- Countries across western Europe are announcing tougher infection control measures, as cases surge on the continent. France has made mask-wearing mandatory across Paris, Germany will fine people €50 fine for not wearing a mask in places where it’s mandatory, and in Spain, children as young as six will be required to wear face coverings at school
- US President Donald Trump has accepted the Republican nomination for November’s election in front of a crowd of more than 1,000 people. The audience was seated on white chairs placed just inches from each other on the White House's South Lawn, with little sign of social distancing or mask-wearing. The Trump campaign says it took appropriate health precautions
- A UK study suggests the risk posed by Covid-19 to children with no underlying health conditions is “tiny” - although the risk is higher for black children, children with health conditions and very young babies
- Travellers in Switzerland, Jamaica and the Czech Republic will now need to quarantine for two weeks when they return to the UK, if they arrive after 04:00 BST on Saturday. However, people can now return from Cuba without needing to self-isolate because of a drop in cases there
New clusters emerge in Australia outside VictoriaNew Covid-19 clusters have emerged in Australia, away from the epicentre of the outbreak in Melbourne, Victoria.
New infections largely believed to be linked to gyms and clubs have been found in Sydney. Health officials say 11 new cases have been reported in and around the city since Wednesday, and there are fears that number could grow.
Two schools were also shut after cases involving staff members were confirmed.
A mother at one of the schools told ABC News that she wasn't surprised because "people in the eastern suburbs, in general, haven't been taking any precautions".
In the state of Queensland, correctional facilities were locked down after a correctional services trainer tested positive.
Meanwhile Victoria, which is currently in strict lockdown, has been celebrating its lowest number of daily new cases since the beginning of July. State Premier Daniel Andrews said hopes were high that the spread of the virus was slowing.
Peru says high death rate is down to its 'transparency'The African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) says the continent has seen a 20% drop in the number of new Covid-19 cases over the last week.
While this is potentially good news, Africa CDC warns that it shouldn't be taken at face value, as it could be down to less widespread testing in some countries.
Many African countries, for example, have abandoned random testing and are only testing in areas where cases have already been reported.
The Africa CDC is also concerned about rising daily cases in Tunisia, Morocco, Uganda and Burkina Faso. It says that eastern and northern African regions are still recording increases in new infections.
There have now been more than 1.2 million confirmed cases of the virus on the African continent and more than 28,000 deaths.
Read more about how fast the virus is spreading in Africa here
Go back to work if it's safe, says UK ministerAs the UK government prepares an advertising blitz to encourage people back to work, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said staff at his own department were returning to the office in what he called a "gradual process".
Speaking to the BBC, Shapps said that people should go back to their workplaces where it was safe to do so, adding that there were some things which were "impossible" to do remotely.
"But I suspect we'll see more flexible working than we've seen in the past and it will be for employers and employees to work out the right balance in their particular cases."
Speaking from his home, Shapps acknowledged the return of pupils to school and parents to work tended to "create pressures" on the public transport system.
"We'll be watching those very carefully and looking to, for example, in some cases, to run additional services where we see those problems bubble up," he said.
The government will launch a publicity campaign next week to promote the positives of returning to the workplace - amid a threat to thousands of jobs at sandwich shops and other retailers that rely on customers from city centre offices.
Read more on what bosses have to do to keep staff safe here