- The Oxford coronavirus vaccine shows a strong immune response in adults in their 60s and 70s, with early results from crucial phase three trials expected in the coming weeks
- Three vaccines - Pfizer-BioNTech, Sputnik and Moderna - have already reported good preliminary data from phase three trials
- The US records more than 250,000 deaths from Covid-19 and nearly 11.5 million cases, as cases soar once again across the country
- Provisional figures show the number of apprenticeships ending in redundancy between March and July in England is two thirds higher than in 2019
- NHS Wales's boss warns it will take "a number of years" for waiting times to recover to pre-coronavirus levels
- More than 200 Facebook workers accuse the firm of forcing staff back to the office despite the risks of contracting coronavirus
Good morning and welcome to our live page coverage. We’ll be bringing you the latest updates on the pandemic from around the world. Here’s what you need to know this morning:
- The Oxford coronavirus vaccine shows a strong immune response in adults in their 60s and 70s after phase two trials, raising hopes that it can protect age groups most at risk from the virus.
- The number of apprenticeships that ended in redundancy in England between March and July was two thirds higher than in 2019, provisional figures show.
- The chief executive of NHS Wales has said it will take "a number of years" for waiting times in Wales to recover to pre-coronavirus levels.
- The US has recorded more than 250,000 deaths from Covid-19 and nearly 11.5 million cases, as cases soar once again across the country.
- In an open letter, more than 200 Facebook workers from around the world have accused the firm of forcing its content moderators back to the office despite the risks of contracting coronavirus.
What’s happening across Europe?
- Italy was the first country hit during Europe’s initial Covid wave and it’s seen another 753 deaths in the 24 hours to last night. The eastern region of Abruzzo has decided to become a “red zone”, joining seven other areas with maximum restrictions.
- Austria’s nursing homes have been badly affected by the second wave of the pandemic. In the 40 days up to 12 November, 323 deaths have been recorded – more than half of the country’s 607 fatalities in that time.
- Strict Covid measures in the Netherlands that came into force two weeks ago have been relaxed, so museums and swimming pools are reopening today and up to 100 people can now attend funerals.
- Cases in Germany have gone up 22,609 in the past 24 hours, close to last week’s peak. The RKI public health agency has appealed to Germans to follow hygiene and distancing measures.
- Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo has warned of a Christmas like no other before it. “The last thing we want is a Christmas wave – if we’re not careful at Christmas we’ll endure the consequences three or four weeks later,” he says.
US records a quarter of a million deathsMore than 250,000 Americans have now died with coronavirus , making it the highest death toll anywhere in the world. The country has now reported 250,029 deaths and nearly 11.5 million cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. In El Paso, Texas, prison inmates have been recruited to move bodies for $2 (£1.50) an hour at mobile morgues as the hard-hit state struggles to cope with the surge in deaths.
That milestone has been reached as the overall situation in the US appears bleak.
Infections are soaring as the virus hits all parts of the country with Thanksgiving - traditionally a large family get-together - looming around the corner.
Case numbers have been hitting new daily highs in the past week. The top US infectious diseases expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, told the BBC that the country was "going in the wrong direction at a very precarious time", with people more likely to gather inside as the weather gets colder.
From Thursday New York City will close its schools - the largest school system in the US. Some states are introducing new restrictions, including Minnesota and Kentucky which on Wednesday ordered all restaurants and bars to temporarily stop indoor eating.
Read - Is this US coronavirus wave the worst yet?
Christmas mingling will come at a cost - scientistThere would be a "cost" to mingling between younger and older generations at Christmas, a scientist advising the government has warned.
"Mixing at Christmas does pose substantial risks, particularly in terms of bringing together generations with high incidence of infection with the older generations who currently have much lower levels of infection and are at most risk of dying if they catch Covid," Prof Andrew Hayward told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
Prof Hayward, a member of the government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, added: "My personal view is we're putting far too much emphasis on having a near-normal Christmas.
"We know respiratory infections peak in January so throwing fuel on the fire over Christmas can only contribute to this."
His comments come as ministers are looking at how to relax restrictions so families can celebrate Christmas together.
Scientists have said that for every day measures are eased, five days of tighter restrictions would be needed.
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Facebook workers say they've been forced back to the officeMore than 200 workers at Facebook globally say they are being forced into the office despite many countries advising people to work from home during the pandemic.
In an open letter , they said the company is "needlessly risking" lives to maintain profits.
Facebook says that the majority of its content moderators are working from home - the company said in August that most employees won't return to the office until summer 2021.
The workers claim they've been called back because Facebook's attempts to use artificial intelligence to identify problematic content have not been very successful.
Oxford vaccine shows 'encouraging' immune response in older adultsThe Oxford coronavirus vaccine shows a strong immune response in adults in their 60s and 70s, raising hopes that it can protect age groups most at risk from the virus.
Researchers say the Lancet phase two findings , based on 560 healthy adult volunteers, are "encouraging".
They are also testing whether the vaccine stops people developing Covid-19 in larger, phase three trials.
Early results from this crucial stage are expected in the coming weeks.
Three vaccines - Pfizer-BioNTech, Sputnik and Moderna - have already reported good preliminary data from phase three trials, with one suggesting 94% of over-65s could be protected from Covid-19.
The UK has already ordered 100 million doses of the Oxford vaccine, manufactured by AstraZeneca, 40 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and five million of the Moderna vaccine.
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