- Millions of children in England are returning to classroom teaching after more than two months of home-schooling
- Primary schools are expected to be open for all pupils, while secondary schools will have a phased return to class
- Secondary school pupils in England will take regular rapid Covid tests and need to wear masks in class
- Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the return as an important first step towards a "sense of normality"
- Teaching unions have called for checks to be made during the Easter holiday for any spikes in infections
- Hundreds of thousands of care home residents in England will be able to receive indoor visits from a nominated friend or relative from today
- Scotland's first minister has said mass gatherings of Rangers fans celebrating the side's Premiership win were "disgraceful"
- Police say arrests were made and fines issued after fans took to the streets in breach of Covid rules
- The UK reported 5,177 new Covid cases on Sunday, while 22.2 first vaccine doses have been given
Good morningWelcome to our rolling coronavirus coverage. We'll bring you the top stories from around the world throughoout the day.
Our main headlines this morning are:
- Millions of children in England are going back to school after more than two months studying at home in the latest lockdown.
- Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said crowds celebrating Rangers first Scottish title win in 10 years were "infuriating and disgraceful" and could delay the end of the Covid lockdown.
What’s the latest from Europe?
- Germany is further easing its lockdown restrictions, with five people from two households allowed to meet from today. Museums and galleries will also reopen
- People aged over 65 and other high-risk groups in Russia's capital Moscow are no longer required to self-isolate and their free travel on public transport is reinstated today following months of restrictions
- Spain's government has cancelled all marches to celebrate International Women’s Day in the capital Madrid amid high infection numbers. However, marches are expected elsewhere in the country
- Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg has warned that the country is likely to require stronger coronavirus measures following a rise in cases. Non-essential shops and some schools are already closed in and around the capital Oslo, with restaurants only allowed to provide takeaways
- More than 100 sailors from Kiribati in the Pacific Ocean are stranded in northern Germany after almost two years away from their families. Their government sealed off borders at the start of the pandemic to stop the virus getting onto the island and they remain unable to return home
Summary of latest global coronavirus news so far today:
- The US has administered 90.35m doses of vaccine according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency said 59m people had received one or more doses while 30.6m people have received the second dose as of Sunday.
- The UK has reported a further 82 deaths within 28 days of a positive test, bringing the total to 124,501. This compares with 144 last Sunday, and is the first time fatalities have dropped below triple digits since October.
- North Macedonia received its first batch of Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccines on Sunday, after beginning its vaccine rollout last month.
- France has donated 15,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses to Slovakia as the country battles against the world’s highest coronavirus mortality rate.
- More than a thousand clubbers in Amsterdam were given a short break from lockdown as part of a trial investigating how large events can operate safely amid the pandemic.
- Mexico’s health ministry has reported 2,734 new confirmed Covid-19 cases and 247 further fatalities, bringing the total tally to 2,128,600 infections and 190,604 deaths, Reuters reports.
- A German MP has announced his resignation after it was revealed that his company had made hundreds of thousands through deals to procure face masks.
- Police used tear gas against protesters in Athens on Sunday night after footage of an officer beating a man during a coronavirus lockdown patrol went viral.
New Zealand air crew member tests positiveElle Hunt - The Guardian
Just as Auckland’s lockdown lifts and New Zealand celebrates two weeks free of community transmission, a new case of Covid-19 has been identified in an airline crew member .
The Ministry of Health said on Sunday evening the individual had returned to New Zealand from Japan on 28 February and initially returned a negative test result before testing positive during routine surveillance testing.
The crew member was moved into a quarantine facility in Auckland. The ministry believes the risk was low due to Auckland observing Level 3 restrictions in the past week but the 14 other air crew on the same flight are being isolated and re-tested while a supermarket the individual visited is being deep-cleaned.
Epidemiologist Michael Baker has suggested that the processes for air crew may need to be revisited as an “area of vulnerability”.
UK records lowest deaths since October as England schools return on MondayThe UK has recorded its lowest daily deaths since October, with just 82 people dying on Sunday from Covid. It brings the total deaths to 124,501 and is down from 144 last Sunday.
It’s the first time deaths have dropped below triple figures in five months. There were also 5,177 new cases recorded, which is the lowest daily count since September.
The figures come as schools prepare to return in England after months of remote learning.
All children will be able to return to class from Monday under the first step to ease restrictions, but secondary schools can stagger the return of students over the week to allow for mass testing.
Secondary school pupils are being asked to take three voluntary Covid-19 tests on site and one at home over the first fortnight. They will then be sent home-testing kits to do twice-weekly.
The Department for Education (DfE) is also advising secondary school students to wear face coverings wherever social distancing cannot be maintained, including in the classroom.
But primary schoolchildren are not being asked to carry out Covid-19 tests or wear face masks on their return.
Pupils in England, except children of key workers and vulnerable pupils, have been learning remotely since the start of the lockdown in January.
The latest Government figures show that more than one in four (27%) primary school pupils in England were being taught on-site in the week after half-term.
Overall, nearly a fifth (18%) of state school pupils were in class on 25v February, up from 16% on the week before half-term, according to the DfE statistics.
Head teachers have criticised the government’s scheme for helping disadvantaged pupils catch up as chaotic and confusing. You can read our full story on that here.
Schools return in England, the full storySean Coughlan - BBC News, education correspondent
As we reported earlier, millions of children in England return to school today.
Many secondary schools will have a phased return during the week, allowing pupils to take Covid tests, and face masks will be worn in classrooms.
Most primary schools are expected to open for all pupils from Monday.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the return as an important first step towards a "sense of normality".
It marks the first step of the "roadmap" out of the national lockdown , which has been in place since the beginning of January.
The government is now considering various measures to help pupils in England catch up on lost learning, including longer school days and shorter holidays, according to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson .
Read more here.