- There are 11,000 "severely sick" Covid patients in English hospitals - NHS England chief Sir Simon Stevens
- MPs to vote later on England's second national lockdown, which is due to start on Thursday
- Boris Johnson tells PMQs the new lockdown will "expire automatically" on 2 December
- Some shops extend opening hours for second day after long queues on Tuesday evening
- Updated guidance expected on visiting rules for care homes
- Scotland's first minister tells Covid committee she has "grounds for cautious optimism" but situation remains "very fragile"
- The UK recorded a further 397 coronavirus deaths and 20,018 confirmed cases on Tuesday
- Twitter bans conspiracy theorist David Icke for breaking misinformation rules
- Sweden brings in rule of eight for cafes and restaurants as cases spike
Good morning and welcome to our coronavirus coverage.
While all eyes may be on the US election there is still plenty of news to bring you from the UK and around the world.
Here are some of the headlines this morning:
- UK MPs are preparing to vote on a month-long national lockdown in England, to come into force on Thursday. Some Conservative MPs have criticised the plans but the vote is expected to pass
- There are warnings in Wales that the nation’s care homes are a “ticking time bomb” with problems over the testing of care home staff causing concern
- Meanwhile, in Scotland and Northern Ireland there are concerns about pressures on the NHS. In Scotland a leading physician has described the situation there as a “perfect storm” while medical leaders in Northern Ireland asked for “breathing space”
- Independent shops have been "more agile" and better at surviving Covid-19 than chain stores , data indicates. Small independent firms on the High Street suffered a net decline of 1,833 stores in the first half of 2020, according to research by the Local Data Company (LDC) and accountancy firm PwC - fewer than the 6,001 chain stores lost
- Social media giant Twitter has banned British conspiracy theorist David Icke from its platform for violating its rules on Covid misinformation . The 68-year-old had about 382,000 followers. He is already banned from Facebook and Youtube
The things we are not being told as lockdown loomsNick Triggle - Health Correspondent
Lockdown 2.0 is on its way, with ministers saying they have been left with no choice if lives are to be saved and the NHS is not to be overwhelmed.
It seems to be an open-and-shut case. But as MPs prepare to vote on the lockdown a number of questions remain.
- How will it be used to fix test and trace, which is routinely failing to meet its targets?
- How close is the NHS to being overwhelmed? - Figures obtained by the Health Service Journal suggest just over 80% of beds are occupied - a little lower than last winter and well below pre-pandemic levels
- How many people could actually die? - The worst projection, based on data from early October, suggested deaths could reach 4,000 a day. If that was the case there should be 1,000 deaths a day by now - but the current average is a quarter of that
- What is the impact of lockdown? - Government policy is normally accompanied by a full assessment, balancing the benefit of doing something against the cost. When the UK first entered lockdown, this was not done - and it seems to be no different this time.
Read more from Nick here .
11,000 coronavirus patients 'severely sick in hospital'There are 11,000 "severely sick" coronavirus patients - enough to fill 22 hospitals - according to the chief executive of NHS England.
Simon Stevens told Today there had been a "very substantial" increase in admissions in October
He said: "We began early September with under 500 coronavirus patients in hospitals.
"By the beginning of October that had become 2,000. As of today that is just under 11,000.
Stevens added the UK was not unique in this, and pointed to European countries such as France and Germany putting in place stricter restrictions as their infection rates rose.
Step up testing to stop people catching virus in hospital - HuntThe UK must step up testing to stop so many patients catching coronavirus in hospital during the second wave, according to former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
The Commons health committee chairman told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "My biggest worry, frankly, is that we still have not introduced weekly testing of NHS staff.
"We know that up to 11% of coronavirus patients in hospital died last time having caught the virus in a hospital and I think it would be quite unforgivable if we made the same mistake twice and didn't take that terrible weight off the minds of NHS staff of worrying that they might be giving the infection to their own patients."
Hunt suggested that new quick-turnaround tests, like those being tried out in Liverpool , could also be used to allow people to visit relatives in care homes.
"I think this is something the government has looked at but if we are at the point where where we can offer these tests to a whole city, then surely we can find a way of offering them to people who have loved ones with dementia in care homes."
M&S suffers first ever loss as clothing sales hitWe're continuing to see the effect of the pandemic on retail this morning as Marks and Spencer gives a gloomy trading update.
The high street stalwart has fallen to a loss for the first time in its 94 years of trading as a publicly listed company.
In the six months to 26 September, it lost £87.6m, compared with profits of £158.8m in the same period last year.
M&S said clothing sales in particular were dented by lockdowns and the desire for more casual clothes.
At the same time, it has reported strong growth in its joint venture with Ocado, which started delivering M&S food as the start of September.
It said the partnership has reported a 47.9% jump in sales, while profitability has also improved.
Living with children 'doesn't increase virus risk'Adults who live with children are not at greater risk from coronavirus than those who don't, a study has found.
Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Oxford University looked at data on nine million adults, and found sharing a house with under-18s did not increase the risk of getting seriously ill or dying.
In fact, the risk of dying was much lower - perhaps because people with children on average have healthier lifestyles.
One of the research team said it showed "no net harm in kids coming back to the house from school".