- Chancellor Rishi Sunak will unveil a plan aimed at minimising further unemployment as stricter Covid-19 restrictions come into force in the UK
- The number of daily reported cases in the UK rose by a quarter to 6,178, according to the latest government figures
- The UK could become the first country to conduct "challenge trials" - where volunteers are immunised with a vaccine before being deliberately infected
- About 2,500 students at a Swiss hospitality school have been placed in quarantine after a major outbreak following private parties
- Canada has announced an ambitious plan to create jobs and invest billions on healthcare, housing and childcare following the fallout from Covid
- Face masks are no longer mandatory on public transport in most of New Zealand as infections continue to drop
Hello from the UK and welcome to our live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.
We will bring you the latest updates from the UK and around the world throughout the day.
Here is a recap of the latest key global developments:
- The number of confirmed coronavirus deaths around the world has passed 975,000, according to Johns Hopkins University
- Around 2,500 students at an elite hospitality school in Switzerland are in quarantine after a spike in cases. Authorities said the number of outbreaks, which emerged after private student parties, more targeted lockdowns impossible
- Face masks are no longer mandatory on public transport in most of New Zealand as cases drop. They are now only required in Auckland – the centre of a recent outbreak – and on planes
- Israel is to introduce more restrictions from this Friday, a week after entering its second lockdown. The new rules were announced on Thursday morning and will allow fewer businesses to operate and impose further curbs on travel
- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced an "ambitious plan" to increase jobs and spending on childcare, including through taxes on "extreme wealth inequality".
UK morning summaryHere's a more detailed look at this morning's main headlines from around the UK to bring you up to speed:
- At 12:30 BST, UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak is due to announce a plan to replace the furlough scheme, aimed at minimising further unemployment as coronavirus restrictions continue into the winter. The plan is expected to be a salary top-up scheme similar to Germany's
- A contact-tracing smartphone app has been launched in England and Wales, designed to tell users they need to self-isolate for 14 days if it detects they have been in contact with someone who was infected
- Pharmacy chain Boots has suspended flu jab bookings amid "unprecedented demand", following calls to increase vaccinations to reduce the impact of flu during the pandemic. But NHS England says stocks remain available
- The UK is discussing plans to be the first country in the world to carry out "human challenge studies" of potential vaccines, where healthy volunteers are deliberately infected with the virus after vaccination to test its effectiveness. The studies could start in London in January
- A former head of the UK civil service, Lord O'Donnell, will say in a speech today that the UK has lacked leadership and "over-promised and under-delivered" during the pandemic
- Northern Ireland ministers will consider whether to follow the rest of the UK in imposing a 22:00 closing time on the hospitality industry
- Hundreds of students at Glasgow University have been told to self-isolate after 124 tested positive for Covid-19.
Latest from EuropeSome 2,500 students at Lausanne’s EHL hotel management school in Switzerland are having to self-isolate until Monday after an outbreak thought to be linked to one or more parties. Eleven positive cases have been identified and authorities say they're too widespread to make the quarantine more targeted.
Three-quarters of the student body have been ordered to remain at home or in their accommodation until 28 September. EHL is one of the world’s top hotel and catering schools.
France is shutting restaurants and bars in its second city Marseille from Saturday, as daily infections nationally hit 13,072 on Wednesday. Mayor Michèle Rubirola says nothing justifies a total closure and another local leader has condemned the move as "collective punishment".
New rules come into force in Munich in southern Germany this morning; masks are compulsory in the city centre for anyone over the age of six and meetings are limited to five people.
Covid-related deaths in Spain have topped 31,000 after 130 more fatalities were reported on Wednesday.
It'll be a big night in the Hungarian capital Budapest, where up to 20,000 fans will be allowed to watch Bayern Munich play Sevilla in the Uefa Super Cup final. But the two clubs expect only around 1,500 of their supporters to travel because of the pandemic.
Israel to introduce stricter lockdown rulesIsrael made headlines last week as it became the first industrialised country to enter a second nationwide lockdown.
But after daily cases reached a record 6,861 in the country on Wednesday, the government has now announced even stricter rules to come into force from Friday.
While the private sector was initially allowed to continue working as long as face-to-face contact with consumers was avoided, only essential businesses will now stay open. There will also be new restrictions on protests.
The government has decided against closing synagogues for Yom Kippur – one of the holiest days in the Jewish calendar – amid opposition from religious groups. However, services will only be able to operate under restrictive measures.
Canada's Trudeau promises 'ambitious' recovery planCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has unveiled an "ambitious plan for an unprecedented reality" amid rising Covid-19 cases in the country.
The announcements made on Wednesday include a plan to create more than a million jobs, a commitment to extend wage subsidies until next summer, and support for industries hardest hit by the virus - like the travel, tourism and hospitality sectors.
There was also a promise to make a significant, long-term investment in childcare, which is seen by some economists as key to helping women fully return to the workforce.
Following the announcement, Mr Trudeau warned Canadians that a second wave of the pandemic was "already under way".
"We're on the brink of a fall that could be much worse than the spring," he said.
Read the full story here .
New Zealand relaxes mask restrictionsFace masks are no longer mandatory on public transport in most of New Zealand as new coronavirus cases continue to fall.
From midnight on Wednesday, they are required only in Auckland, the heart of a recent outbreak, and on planes.
The rest of New Zealand lifted all pandemic restrictions on Monday.
New Zealand was widely praised for its swift response to Covid-19 and everyday life largely went back to normal in June, but the virus reappeared in Auckland in August.
The country's biggest city went back into lockdown, temporarily, as other curbs were re-imposed elsewhere.
New Zealand has now recorded 1,468 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 25 deaths.
Read the full story here .
Volunteer to be given coronavirus: 'It made instant sense'The UK is taking part in talks to run a "challenge trial" where healthy volunteers agree to be deliberately given coronavirus to test whether vaccines work and speed up research.
One of the potential volunteers for the trial, which could take place in London in January, is Alastair Fraser-Urquhart, a student in biomedicine.
He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I think a challenge trial has the potential to save thousands of lives and really bring the world out of the pandemic sooner. It was just something that made instant sense to me."
Part of the group 1Day Sooner, which supports challenge trial volunteers, he said it would mean staying in "bio-containment" at a research facility for two weeks or more to prevent any risk of test subjects infecting anyone else.
Prof Peter Horby, an infectious diseases expert from Oxford University, said challenge trials have a long history going back to the earliest days of vaccination and have "real potential to advance science".
He said a Covid-19 challenge trial would be ethical because the risk to otherwise healthy young people was "extremely low" and some treatments to reduce the severity of the disease are now available, if the vaccines being tested fail.