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Edited by Lauren Turner

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  1. We’re ending our live coverage for today

    We’re suspending our live page coverage for the day. Thanks for joining us. Come back again tomorrow for more updates.

    Today’s coverage was brought to you by Joshua Nevett, Hazel Shearing, Joshua Cheetham, Paulin Kola, Lauren Turner and Ella Wills.

    Before we wrap up, here’s an overview of all the main developments from across the world today:

    • India recorded more than 90,000 new cases of Covid-19, taking its total above that of Brazil
    • Spain became the first country in western Europe to record half a million infections, after tallying more than 26,000 new infections over the weekend
    • President Donald Trump said a US-made vaccine against the coronavirus may be ready by October, shrugging off safety concerns expressed by Democrats
    • Russia said it would give its coronavirus vaccine to volunteers this week in a post-registration phase of testing
    • The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned the world to be better prepared for the next pandemic, as he urged countries to invest in public health
    • The postponed Tokyo Olympic Games will go ahead next year "with or without Covid", the vice-president of the International Olympic Committee said
  2. What you need to know from the UK

    Our live coverage is coming to an end soon. Here's a round-up of some of the key stories from the UK:

  3. Parkrun to resume in England by end of October

    Parkrun
    Image caption: Parkrun resumed in New Zealand in July

    The weekly mass participation Parkrun events are set to resume in England by the end of October.

    Parkrun events were suspended worldwide in March because of the pandemic.

    Events will operate within Parkrun's government-approved Covid-19 framework, though there have been "minimal changes" to its operating model.

    Parkrun said it was a "watershed moment to drive change" in creating a "healthier and happier planet".

    Read the full story here.

  4. Trump claims US has world’s lowest fatality rate

    In a speech on Monday (see our earlier post), President Donald Trump claimed the US had the lowest coronavirus fatality rate of any country in the world.

    It is not clear what figures Trump was referring to. But according to data recorded by Johns Hopkins University, the fatality rate per 100,000 people in the US ranks among the highest in the world.

    At 57.75, the fatality rate per 100,000 people in the US is the 10th-highest in the world, the university says.

    President Trump also said the US was “rounding the final term” of the pandemic.

    Yet, most health experts agree that the pandemic is far from over, with further rises in infections expected in the coming months.

    In recent days, infections have increased by more than 40,000 a day in the US, adding to the country’s 6.2 million tally, the highest in the world.

  5. France sees rise of 4,203 cases

    France has recorded a rise of 4,203 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, an increase on the previous day's tally, the country's health ministry has said.

    Monday's rise brings the total number of cases in the country to 328,980, the third highest in Europe.

    The number of coronavirus-linked deaths also rose by 25 over the last 24 hours to 30,726.

    France is among a number of European countries that has seen a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in recent weeks, after lockdown restrictions were eased and testing for the disease was ramped up.

  6. Nigerian pair arrested over PPE scam

    Mayeni Jones

    BBC News, Lagos

    Surgical face masks are photographed for illustration photo

    Two Nigerian men have been arrested over a multi-million euro scam involving the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE).

    Nigerian police say both men are members of a cybercriminal network spread between Nigeria and the Netherlands.

    They cloned the website of a Dutch company to obtain €2.3m ($2.7m; £2m) for an order of PPE from the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

    When the PPE didn’t show up, a government representative visited the company’s offices in the Netherlands and was told they had never done business with him. He notified the Dutch police, who arrested two suspects in the Netherlands.

    The investigation was extended to Nigeria, where the remaining alleged culprits, including a 50-year-old with a Masters' degree in cell biology, were eventually found.

  7. President Trump: ‘US will produce vaccine in record time’

    US President Donald Trump
    Image caption: President Donald Trump accused his Democratic rivals of "anti-vaccine rhetoric"

    A US-made vaccine against the coronavirus may be ready by October, President Donald Trump has said.

    In a speech to mark Labor Day in the US, Trump said his administration was on track to produce a vaccine “in record time”.

    “This could have taken two or three years and it’s going to be done in a very short period of time,” Trump said, speaking at the White House.

    “It could be done by October,” Trump added, saying the vaccine will “be very safe and very effective”.

    Some vaccines have entered late-stage trials in the US, including one developed by biotech company Moderna.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has asked states to prepare to distribute a coronavirus vaccine by late October or early November.

    But Democrats have accused the Trump administration of ramping up pressure on health officials to approve a Covid-19 vaccine before November’s presidential election. They fear corners may be cut and safety compromised.

  8. Shapps: Tougher enforcement of quarantine rules

    People who break quarantine restrictions after returning to the UK will face tougher enforcement measures, the transport secretary has said.

    Speaking to MPs, Grant Shapps stressed that failing to self-isolate for 14 days is a criminal offence that endangers "the people you love and others that you've never even met".

    "We absolutely will be stepping up measures and I'm working with the home secretary and others to secure that, and I again will say more about it very soon," he said.

    Mr Shapps also suggested it was more important for testing capacity to be made available for schools and universities rather than recent arrivals from overseas.

    "Schools have gone back, universities have gone back, pressure on testing is very real at this particular moment in time," he said.

    "I am not sure that we should be prioritising holidaymakers returning in the testing system over, for example, children going back to school."

    Asked whether passengers could be tested before they fly, he said it is "worth additional examination".

    "A sort of pre-quarantine is something that other countries are using ... it's not an entirely straightforward solution, but I do think it is worth additional examination, and again I look to the scientists to help advise on this and they're being very forthcoming with that advice," he said.

  9. Caerphilly county to go under local lockdown

    The county borough of Caerphilly in Wales is to be placed under a local lockdown from 18:00 BST on Tuesday after a "rapid" rise in coronavirus cases.

    People will not be able to leave or enter the borough without good reason, the Welsh government said.

    Face masks will be required for everyone over 11 in shops and people will not be able to meet indoors.

    Seeing others within extended households will be banned, and no overnight stays will be allowed.

    There have been 133 new Covid-19 cases in Caerphilly county in the last seven days.

    Read the full story here.

  10. Is it safe to take public transport?

    Rachel Schraer

    BBC Health Reporter

    People waiting by a bus stop in London

    Children are returning to school in the UK and Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants people to return to workplaces, making public transport services busier.

    A lot of the potential risk of infection on trains and buses depends on how crowded they are and how far away you can keep from other people at stops, stations and on board.

    Coronavirus spreads when an infected person coughs, sneezes or exhales small droplets packed with the virus into the air.

    These droplets can enter the body through the eyes, nose and mouth, either directly or after touching a contaminated object.

    The risk indoors, in enclosed spaces, is higher than outdoors. Indoors, good ventilation helps - so being able to open a window on public transport can be an advantage.

    Read more.

  11. Reality Check

    Democrats and Republicans spar over vaccine plans

    Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Sen Kamala Harris (D-CA.), delivers remarks during a campaign event on August 27, 2020 in Washington, DC

    The race to roll out a coronavirus vaccine before the US presidential election in November has led to a fierce exchange between Republicans and the Democratic vice-presidential candidate, Kamala Harris.

    In an interview with CNN, Ms Harris said she did not trust the president, and refused to say whether she would take a vaccine if it were approved by his administration before the election on 3 November.

    The chairwoman of the Republican Party responded on Twitter, saying Harris was "casting doubts on a vaccine for political purposes".

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    Harris had told CNN she did not think public health experts would get the last word on the efficacy of a vaccine because "they’ll be muzzled".

    Asked if she would trust a vaccine pledged by the Trump administration by the end of the year, Harris said: “I would trust the word of public health experts and scientists but not Donald Trump.”

    However, Dr Anthony Fauci, America’s top infectious disease expert, has said he’s confident the process won’t be influenced by politics.

    He said “a vaccine would not be approved for the American public unless it was indeed both safe and effective”.

  12. Mexico to print one million death certificate forms

    Relatives carry the coffin of Maria Eugenia, 71, who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), during her funeral at the Municipal cemetery in Nezahualcoyotl, State of Mexico, Mexico, August 21, 2020.

    More than a million extra death certificate forms will be printed in Mexico after three states in the country reported shortages.

    Baja California said it had run out completely of the forms while Mexico state and Mexico City reported running low.

    The certificates are printed on special forms to make it harder to falsify them.

    Mexico's coronavirus death toll exceeds 67,000, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. But health experts say the real number probably lies much higher and that many deaths are not being attributed to the coronavirus because so few tests are being carried out.

    Only the US, Brazil and India have had registered more Covid-related deaths.

  13. Positive tests on HMS Queen Elizabeth

    HMS Queen Elizabeth

    The Royal Navy says a small number of crew tested positive for Covid-19 on board the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth - delaying her planned departure from Portsmouth this afternoon.

    The BBC understands fewer than 10 crew were taken off the carrier and have been put in isolation ashore.

    The Navy says the delay to her departure would be short and she is still expected to set sail within the next few days.

    A Royal Navy spokesperson says: “A small number of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s personnel have tested positive for Covid during routine preparation for sailing.

    "Those affected have been isolated and are working with the NHS Test and Trace system to ensure the virus does not spread further.

    "The crew will continue to follow appropriate health guidelines and the HMS Queen Elizabeth will depart once their status has been confirmed.”

  14. Extend furlough scheme 'or risk second wave of job cuts'

    Manufacturing employees

    The UK risks a second wave of job cuts and a slower economic recovery if it does not extend its furlough scheme, leading business groups have warned.

    Manufacturing body Make UK said the job retention scheme should last beyond October for hard-hit sectors that are already slashing posts.

    The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) said a replacement was needed to avoid a "cliff edge".

    But the prime minister has refused to extend the scheme, saying it would only keep people "in suspended animation".

    Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, workers placed on leave have received 80% of their pay, up to a maximum of £2,500 a month.

    At first this was all paid for by the government, but firms are now having to make a contribution to wages as well.

    Read the full story here.

  15. BreakingLockdown restrictions extended in west of Scotland

    Coronavirus restrictions on home visits in the west of Scotland have been expanded to Renfrewshire and East Dunbartonshire after a rise in the number of cases.

    The move comes the week after measures were re-imposed in Glasgow city, West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire.

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said acting quickly now could "stem the tide of transmission" in the area.

    But she has warned that there is a "definite trend" of rising case numbers across Scotland.

    Read the breaking story here.

  16. BreakingSpain becomes first western European nation to surpass 500,000 cases

    Spain has reported 2,440 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, as it became the first country in western Europe to record half a million infections.

    The country's ministry of health said 26,560 new infections had been registered since Friday - including Monday's rise.

    The increase has pushed Spain’s total number of infections to 525,549, up from 498,989 on Friday, the health ministry said.

    The ministry said another 98 deaths had been added to the official count, bringing the overall toll to 29,516.

    Spain managed to bring its initial outbreak under control earlier in the year, after a first wave that took a heavy toll on the country’s elderly population.

    But as lockdown restrictions were lifted in late June, infections rose from a few hundred a day to a new peak of over 10,000 recently.

    Cases have since decreased and, despite Monday's milestone, hospitals have had enough capacity to cope with Covid-19 patients and the death rate remains relatively low.

  17. Thousands may wait until 2022 for justice

    Dominic Casciani

    Home Affairs Correspondent

    The Crown Court of England and Wales

    Hundreds of thousands of people in England and Wales may have to wait until 2022 for justice despite a government announcement to speed up work in the Crown Courts, lawyers have warned.

    Ministers unveiled measures - including holding suspects for longer - in an attempt to manage pressure on courts amid the pandemic.

    But critics say delays in criminal courts are entirely of the government's making and pre-date coronavirus.

    More than 9,000 trials have been put back since the UK went into lockdown.

    On Sunday, the Ministry of Justice announced that it wanted Parliament to pass temporary legislation to extend the time that defendants can be held in custody in England and Wales while awaiting trial.

  18. WHO chief: ‘This will not be the last pandemic’

    World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
    Image caption: WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has urged the world to be ready for the next pandemic

    The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned the world to be better prepared for the next pandemic, as he urged countries to invest in public health.

    Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday that public health was “the foundation of social, economic and political stability”.

    Without robust health systems, countries cannot respond effectively to outbreaks of infectious diseases, Dr Tedros said.

    “This will not be the last pandemic,” Dr Tedros said at a briefing in Geneva. “History teaches us that outbreaks and pandemics are a fact of life. But when the next pandemic comes, the world must be ready – more ready than it was this time.”

    To date, more than 27 million people have been reported to be infected by coronavirus globally and almost 900,000​ have died, a tally by Johns Hopkins University says.

  19. UK hospital admissions remain low despite spike in cases

    Coronavirus infections are rising sharply in the UK, yet according to government data, hospital admissions related to the disease remain low.

    The latest figures show 756 people are currently receiving treatment in hospital for Covid-19. Of those patients, 69 are in ventilator beds, the data says.

    Experts say hospital admissions are a key indicator of how much pressure the pandemic is placing on the health system.

    The low number of hospital admissions might be partly explained by the age demographic of people who have recently contracted coronavirus.

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock said a third of all cases in England last week were people aged between 20 and 29.

    Studies have shown that younger people are less vulnerable to the virus than older people.

    A graphic showing the rise in coronavirus cases in the UK
  20. South Korean pastor linked to outbreak jailed again

    South Korean pastor Jun Kwang-hoon
    Image caption: Jun Kwang-hoon has for years been an outspoken critic of the South Korean government

    A controversial South Korean pastor, whose church has been linked to a resurgence of coronavirus cases, has been jailed again after a court revoked his bail, local reports say.

    Jun Kwang-hoon was accused last month of breaching his bail conditions by taking part in an anti-government rally in the capital, Seoul.

    The decision comes after Jun was released on bail pending an investigation into charges he violated election laws ahead of a parliamentary poll in April. He was also charged with defamation against President Moon Jae-in.

    Jun, 63, has for years been an outspoken government critic. Many of South Korea’s recent coronavirus infections have been linked to his Sarang Jeil Church.

    Read more: South Korea church coronavirus cluster causes alarm