- Liverpool is to take part in the first trial of city-wide coronavirus testing in England
- If the pilot is successful, the government says it could be rolled out to "millions" by Christmas
- Nicola Sturgeon has asked for clarity on whether the furlough scheme will be extended in Scotland beyond 2 December
- Michael Gove has apologised for wrongly suggesting that playing golf or tennis would be exempt from the new lockdown
- Sports coaches have criticised the decision to suspend all children's grassroots sport during England's new lockdown
- Universities and colleges in England face "significant funding shortfalls and heightened uncertainty", a report warns
Welcome to our live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. Here are the latest stories you need to know about in the UK this morning:
- People in Liverpool will be offered regular Covid-19 tests underthe first trial of whole-city testing in England
- Children's grassroots sport played outside of school will be suspended during England's four-week lockdown, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has said
- More than a quarter of the incidents which the UK's National Cyber Security Centre responded to were Covid-related, according to its latest annual report
- Universities and colleges in England face "significant funding shortfalls and heightened uncertainty" due to the pandemic, a report warns
- A rape campaigner, who gets traumatic flashbacks when her mouth is covered, is calling for government to "educate" the public about mask exemptions
- More than a third of workers are concerned about catching coronavirus on the job, according to a study by the Resolution Foundation think tank
Will England's lockdown end on 2 December?That was the question posed to Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick on BBC Breakfast earlier.
Prime Boris Johnson said he expected the lockdown to last until 2 December, after which England's regional tiered system will be reintroduced.
However, on Sunday Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove conceded the lockdown could be extended beyond the December deadline if infections had not been brought under control.
Speaking about whether the lockdown would end on 2 December, Mr Jenrick said: "Well that’s our hope and our expectation.
"We didn’t want to be doing these measures. We wanted to continue the proportionate and regionalised approach for as long as possible, but the evidence at the end of last week was very stark.
“If these measures have the effect that we hope and expect them to have, then we will be exiting them on the 2 December.
"We’ll return to the tiered approach at that point, so we’ll be looking at what does the data say about different parts of the country and be able to ease restrictions accordingly."
Latest from around the worldAnd here are the main coronavirus stories elsewhere in the world this morning.
- A new national lockdown has come into force in Austria , including a curfew between 20:00 and 06:00 and cafes and restaurants closing apart from for takeaway
- France reported a record 52,518 new Covid-19 cases on Monday – its worst daily figure – and another 418 deaths
- The World Health Organization’s emergencies chief, Dr Mike Ryan, has urged people to support governments trying to protect populations from coronavirus, saying European leaders in particular are facing a very difficult situation with limited options
- US President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, have attacked each other over how to deal with the pandemic as they delivered their closing pitches to voters in critical states, ahead of Tuesday’s election
The key developments from the last few hours:
- China reports 49 new cases. China reported 49 new Covid-19 cases for 2 November, up from 24 a day earlier, the national health authority reported on Tuesday. The National Health Commission said in a statement 44 of the new cases were imported infections originating from overseas.
- Panama president self-isolating. Panama’s President Laurentino Cortizo has began self-isolating after a close coworker tested positive for the coronavirus, the presidency said on Monday, without revealing the name or position of the person who was infected. Cortizo has taken two coronavirus tests, which were both negative, but will continue isolating “until he repeats the tests in a few days”, the presidency said on Twitter.
- Canada announced new requirements for travellers on Monday, and fines of up to $1,000 for those who do not comply.
- New Zealanders coming home for Christmas warned quarantine hotels may be full. New Zealand’s quarantine hotels are approaching capacity as the military warns there may not be room to house Kiwis planning to return home for Christmas.
- WHO warns it’s ‘not too late’ to take critical action. World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday that a recent spike in Covid-19 cases in some countries in Europe and North America presented leaders with a “critical moment for action”. “This is another critical moment for action,” he said. “Another critical moment for leaders to step up. And another critical moment for people to come together for a common purpose. Seize the opportunity, it’s not too late.”
- France reported a record 52,518 new Covid-19 on Monday and the number of people hospitalised with the disease rose by more than a 1,000 for the fourth time in eight days, as the pandemic showing no signs of abating despite a new lockdown.
- Portugal considering state of emergency to tackle Covid-19.Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said he is pondering declaring a state of emergency as a preventive measure to fight the spread of the coronavirus at a time when infections are soaring.
- Italy’s coronavirus strategy is ‘wasting time’, says scientific advisor. Italy is working towards measures that could include a national 9pm curfew, a ban on inter-regional travel and the closure of shopping malls at weekends.
- Slovakia carries out Covid mass testing of two-thirds of population. Two-thirds of Slovakia’s population of 5.4 million people were tested for coronavirus over the weekend as part of a programme aimed at making it one of the first countries to test its entire population .
- Germany begins ‘light lockdown’. Germany goes into “lockdown light” mode today, as the country’s disease control agency recorded 12,097 new confirmed Covid-19 infections in the last 24 hours. Bars, cinemas, theatres, museums, fitness studios and swimming pools will remain closed from today, while cafes and restaurants are allowed to offer takeaway food only. Meetings in public are restricted to two households and no more than 10 people. Unlike during the first lockdown in the spring, schools and nurseries will stay open.
- Coronavirus infections fall for third day straight in the Netherlands. The number of new coronavirus infections in the Netherlands rose by nearly 8,300 over the past 24 hours, the slowest pace in roughly two weeks.
- Iran reports record high Covid death toll as travel bans go into force. Iran reported a record 440 Covid deaths in the past 24 hours, pushing the country’s death toll to 35,738 as a ban on travel in and out of major cities came into force.
- Donald Trump tries to stoke fears of Covid lockdown under Joe Biden. In the final hours before election day, one of Trump’s closing messages to Americans was an exaggerated threat: that a Joe Biden presidency will result in a national Covid-19 lockdown. Speaking in Iowa on Sunday , the president said the election was a “choice between a deadly Biden lockdown … or a safe vaccine that ends the pandemic”.
- The European Union (EU) has agreed to provide Mozambique with 100 million euros ($116.30 million) in coronavirus-related aid. The EU cut off direct budget support to Mozambique in 2016 after the country revealed the existence of hefty state-guaranteed loans that it had not previously disclosed.
- T-cell Covid immunity ‘present in adults six months after first infection’. Cellular (T-cell) immunity against the virus that causes Covid-19 is likely to be present within most adults six months after primary infection, with levels considerably higher in patients with symptoms, a study suggests .