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  1. A look back at today's main developments

    Passengers on the London Underground

    We're pausing the coronavirus live page for now but will be back on Saturday morning.

    We leave you with a round-up of today's biggest developments from the UK.

    Today's coverage has been brought to you by: Hugo Bachega, Joseph Lee, Victoria Bissett, Paul Gribben, Joshua Nevett and Emma Harrison

    Thanks for joining us.

  2. Two million deaths ‘very likely’ and other global news

    A protest in Marseille
    Image caption: Marseille's restaurant and bar owners have rebelled against coronavirus restrictions

    We’re pausing our live coverage for the day soon. In case you missed them, here are some of today’s main headlines from around the world.

    • The deaths of two million people with Covid-19 is “very likely” unless the world takes comprehensive action to curb the spread of the disease, a senior World Health Organization (WHO) expert has warned
    • Spain's capital Madrid is to extend coronavirus measures from Monday, as the country's government calls for a complete lockdown of the city
    • Hundreds of restaurant and bar owners have protested against a shutdown order to curb coronavirus infections in the French city of Marseille
    • Israel has tightened restrictions on its population in the fight against coronavirus, one week after a second lockdown came into effect
    • Younger, less dense populations and hot, humid climates are being cited as key reasons why Africa has been spared a surge in coronavirus cases
    • The US remains in the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, because infections have not decreased sufficiently since the initial outbreak, the country's leading infectious diseases expert has said
    • More than 32 million cases have been confirmed worldwide, with almost 983,000 deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University
  3. Canada to tighten restrictions as cases climb

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
    Image caption: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned of a looming spike in infections

    Two of Canada's most populous provinces have moved to impose further restrictions on social gatherings, as they seek to stem rising coronavirus infections.

    In Quebec, Health Minister Christian Dubé urged people to avoid social gatherings for 28 days.

    Dubé made the plea as the eastern province recorded a further 637 new cases on Friday, up 10% from the day before.

    Ontario, the most populous province, also saw a rise in new cases. In response, Premier Doug Ford announced on Friday that bars, restaurants and strip clubs will have to close by midnight, and stop serving alcohol by 23:00 local time.

    On a national level, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau resumed his daily Covid-19 briefing, which he had paused over the summer as cases declined.

    In a televised address on Tuesday, he warned that "we are on the brink of a fall that could be much worse than the spring".

  4. Analysis: Eating out and the risk of infection

    Robert Cuffe

    BBC head of statistics

    Diners in London

    This week’s report on coronavirus hotspots from Public Health England has a new analysis.

    It shows that the most common activity people recall doing before their coronavirus symptoms began is eating out.

    MPs wrote to Baroness Dido Harding, the head of NHS Test and Trace, earlier this week asking her to share the evidence behind the 22:00 curfew and table service restrictions.

    Contact tracers asked people what activities they had been doing in the days leading up to their coronavirus symptoms.

    The most common answer from the 45,000 people questioned was eating out (15%) closely followed by shopping (13%).

    We can’t say for certain if this is where people picked up their infection, and can’t say anything about the people who don’t pick up the phone to contact tracers.

    But it adds some evidence to the public debate about the measures the government have announced.

  5. Lockdown dissent grows among Israeli PM's critics

    Yolande Knell

    BBC Middle East correspondent, Jerusalem

    A sculpture decorated with images of people wearing face masks is seen at Habima Square, Tel Aviv, Israel (24 September 2020)

    A political row has continued over the tightening of Covid-19 restrictions in Israel, a week after the country became the first in the world to begin a second nationwide lockdown.

    Critics of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accuse him of trying to block the regular protests against him and his handling of the crisis.

    New rules came into effect at 14:00 (12:00 BST) local time, just ahead of the Israeli weekend.

    They close most workplaces and markets. Synagogues are to stay closed except on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which begins on Sunday evening.

    In parliament, Netanyahu was blocked from pushing through emergency measures to prevent the protests that have become a regular event outside his Jerusalem residence.

    However, anti-Netanyahu groups now say they will form a protest convoy to make their way there with participants, going no further than the 1km (0.6 mile) limit from their homes.

    One group is urging protesters to stage events on their balconies.

  6. Contact-tracing app: First version worked on more phones

    Rory Cellan-Jones

    Technology correspondent

    Isle of Wight app
    Image caption: The original app was trialled on the Isle of Wight

    The original NHS Covid-19 app, which was shelved, would have worked on a larger number of handsets than the app which launched in England and Wales this week, I have discovered.

    VMware Pivotal, the firm behind it, has just published its software code.

    It shows that it works on 97.5% of handsets, and provides more accurate measurements of contacts between users.

    One expert told me the first app was better - but VMware Pivotal says it does not wish to compete.

    The new app doesn't work with a variety of older phones, including iPhones made before 2015, and Android phones not running the Android 6.0 operating system or above.

    It can also generate false readings of close contacts in a third of cases.

    Read more

  7. Outdoor dining to be permanent in New York - mayor

    People eat at a mostly empty restaurant with tables on the street in New York City
    Image caption: Restaurants were allowed to expand outdoor dining in New York City earlier this year

    Outdoor dining will be a permanent, year-round fixture of the restaurant scene in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced.

    The Open Restaurant initiative allowed 9,000 restaurants to reopen their doors and expand outdoor-dining services to help them stay afloat during the pandemic.

    The initiative was set to expire on 31 October, but on Friday Mayor de Blasio said it would continue indefinitely. Outdoor dining throughout the cooler autumn and winter months would be an “important part of how we recover as a city”, he said.

    “I believe this is going to make it a lot easier for restaurants to survive,” the mayor said.

    People walk by restaurants in New York City
    Image caption: Mayor Bill de Blasio said the initiative will help restaurants survive

    Restaurants will be required to observe social-distancing restrictions when indoor dining returns in New York City on 30 September.

    More outdoor space will enable restaurants to accommodate more customers, saving thousands of jobs.

    The industry has welcomed the mayor’s announcement, with restaurant group NYC Hospitality Alliance hailing the move as a “critical lifeline for thousands of small businesses”.

  8. All London boroughs 'areas of concern' - Public Health England

    The London Underground

    We reported earlier on confirmation from London Councils, which represents the city's 33 councils, that the UK capital had been put on the coronavirus watchlist.

    Public Health England's latest coronavirus weekly surveillance report has now been published and confirms all of London's boroughs have been made areas of "concern".

    The report shows the incidence rates in the capital, with the rate in the City of London estimated at 11.5 per 100,000 people, while in Havering it is 30.3.

    Prof Kevin Fenton, London regional director for Public Health England, said: "The placement of London on the watchlist as an area of concern is a reflection of the rising number of cases of Covid-19 being shown by a range of indicators.

    "We are currently seeing much more widespread transmission in the city and being recognised as an area of concern is an important step in our efforts to control the virus."

    He says the new status "will enable us to respond more rapidly and with additional measures should cases rise further and faster".

  9. Two million deaths ‘very likely’ - WHO expert

    Mike Ryan speaks at a news conference
    Image caption: Dr Mike Ryan said two million deaths were possible even with an effective vaccine

    The deaths of two million people with Covid-19 is “very likely” unless the world takes comprehensive action to curb the spread of the disease, a senior World Health Organization (WHO) expert has warned.

    Dr Mike Ryan was asked on Friday whether two million fatalities worldwide was possible before a vaccine against the disease became available.

    “It’s certainly unimaginable, but it’s not impossible,” Dr Ryan told a media briefing at the WHO’s headquarters in Geneva.

    Almost one million people have died with coronavirus worldwide since the disease first emerged in China late last year.

    Dr Ryan, head of the WHO’s emergencies team, said fatality rates were dropping as treatments for the disease improve.

    But he said better treatments and even an effective vaccine would not be enough on their own to prevent further deaths.

    “Are we prepared to do what it takes to avoid that number?,” Dr Ryan said, calling on governments to do everything within their power to control Covid-19.

    “Unless we do it all, the number you speak about is not only imaginable, but unfortunately and sadly, very likely.”

    A graphic showing coronavirus deaths and cases worldwide
  10. Is spread of coronavirus slowing in Africa?

    Peter Mwai and Christopher Giles

    BBC Reality Check

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has said the Covid-19 outbreak in Africa may have passed its peak, but warns governments not to be complacent as countries relax their restrictions.

    The number of new daily confirmed cases overall has been dropping for about two months now, although some countries are still seeing a rise in cases.

    The humanitarian relief body International Rescue Committee says it believes the true scale of the pandemic may be hidden because of a lack of testing and issues with data.

    And the WHO says changes in testing capacity and strategy can also affect numbers.

    Confirmed cases in the top six countries
  11. Where have local lockdowns been announced?

    Leeds city centre

    A series of local lockdowns have been announced today in the north of England and in parts of Wales, including its two biggest cities.

    Different households in Leeds, Stockport, Wigan and Blackpool are banned from meeting in private homes or gardens in an effort to slow rising cases of coronavirus from midnight.

    In Wales, Cardiff and the county of Swansea go into lockdown at 18:00 BST on Sunday, 24 hours after the Carmarthenshire town of Llanelli.

    People will not be able to enter or leave the areas without a reasonable excuse, the Welsh government says.

    They will also not be able to meet indoors with anyone they do not live with, with extended households suspended.

    Find out how many coronavirus cases there are in your area

  12. Denmark extends restrictions as cases spike

    People ride the Metro wearing face masks, shortly after midnight, in Copenhagen, Denmark
    Image caption: Denmark has had fewer cases than its European neighbours so far

    Denmark is the latest European country to see a second spike of coronavirus infections, mirroring a concerning pattern happening across the world.

    On Friday, Danish health minister Magnus Heunicke said restrictions already in place would be extended by two weeks until 19 October.

    "A rise in new infections was expected, but it has come earlier than we had anticipated," Heunicke told a news conference.

    Under the rules, public gatherings of more than 50 people are banned.

    Denmark has fared better than many other European countries, recording 24,357 cases and 643 deaths, the latest WHO data shows. However, the country has seen a pronounced spike in recent days, tallying 678 on Friday.

  13. US still in first wave of infections, expert says

    The US remains in the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, because infections have not decreased sufficiently since the initial outbreak, the country's leading infectious diseases expert has said.

    Dr Anthony Fauci said the second wave of a pandemic happens when infections of a disease subside significantly before a marked resurgence at a later date.

    During the flu pandemic of 1918, for example, infections spiked in the spring then "literally disappeared", before an “explosion” of cases in autumn, Dr Fauci said.

    "Rather than say, 'a second wave,' why don't we say, 'are we prepared for the challenge of the fall and the winter?'," Dr Fauci told CNN.

    World Health Organization (WHO) data shows the US has recorded more than 13,000 new infections of coronavirus a day since late March.

    New cases dipped slightly after hitting a peak of 74,354 on 19 July, but have continued to increase by at least 40,000 a day since then, according to the data.

    At least 202,000 people have died with Covid-19 so far in the US, the highest number of fatalities in the world.

    Graphic showing that cases are still high in many US states
  14. 'Don’t scapegoat students over outbreaks'

    Sean Coughlan

    BBC News, education correspondent

    Student accommodation

    Students should not be made "scapegoats" for a wave of Covid outbreaks, says a lecturers' leader.

    Jo Grady of the UCU university staff union said it was the "completely predictable" outcome of encouraging large numbers of students to return.

    With universities in England returning, she called for them to switch as much as possible to online teaching.

    The Department for Education says it is supporting universities to have a mix of online and face-to-face teaching.

    Dr Grady said tough restrictions on students in Scotland and increasing warnings for students in England did not mean outbreaks were a consequence of "reckless behaviour" by students.

    Earlier, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said students were not to blame for recent outbreaks at the country's universities.

    Some students have claimed that they are being "singled out" after they were told not to visit pubs or restaurants over the weekend.

    Read more from Sean

  15. WHO chief: US had no good reason to withdraw from body

    Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
    Image caption: Dr Tedros said he "didn't believe" the US's decision to withdraw from the WHO

    President Donald Trump "doesn't have any good reason to withdraw" the US from the World Health Organization (WHO), its Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said.

    President Trump announced the termination of the country's relationship with the WHO in May, accusing the UN agency of failing to hold China to account over the coronavirus pandemic.

    “My first reaction was, to be honest, I didn’t believe it,” Dr Tedros said in an interview with Time Magazine. "Even now I believe that the US administration doesn’t have any good reason to withdraw from WHO."

    In 2019, the US was the global health agency's largest single contributor, providing 15.18% of its total budget.

    Dr Tedros said the impact of US withdrawal was uncertain, but stressed it was the country’s "global leadership" that mattered more to him than its financial contribution.

    Nevertheless, Dr Tedros was hopeful co-operation would prevail over division, especially when vaccines against Covid-19 are distributed.

    "The basic principle we're following now, in terms of distribution of the vaccines, is to give vaccines to some people in all countries, not all people in some countries," he said.

  16. Israel's new lockdown rules come into effect

    A policeman speaks to shop owners at a market in Jerusalem
    Image caption: A policeman speaking to shop owners at a market in Jerusalem

    It has been a week since Israel went into its second nationwide lockdown, and now new restrictions have come into effect to help stop the rise in cases.

    From this afternoon, businesses not officially considered essential were ordered closed, and travel restricted to 1km (0.6 miles) from people's homes.

    Other planned rules which would affect protesters and synagogue-goers have not yet been approved by parliament, amid disagreements.

    Covid-19 cases in Israel have continued to rise despite the latest lockdown. A new record of more than 8,000 infections for a single day were recorded on Thursday in Israel, which has one of the highest rates of infections per capita in the world.

  17. Virginia governor tests positive ahead of Trump rally

    Ralph Northam
    Image caption: Democratic Governor Ralph Northam - and his wife Pamela - tested positive

    The governor of the US state of Virginia has tested positive for coronavirus.

    Democratic Governor Ralph Northam and his wife Pamela were both tested on Thursday, after a member of staff at their residence was found to have Covid-19, a statement released on the governor's website said.

    The governor is currently asymptomatic, while the first lady has mild symptoms. Both will isolate for 10 days, the statement added.

    He is the second governor in as many days to test positive, after Missouri Governor Mike Parson and his wife announced they had been infected on Thursday.

    The news comes ahead of a planned rally by President Donald Trump in the state, which health officials have warned could pose a "severe health risk".

    According to the Washington Post, the director of the local health district had asked the company that operates the airport where the rally is planned to adhere to the state's 250-person limit on gatherings.

  18. BreakingFurther 6,874 UK coronavirus cases reported

    A further 6,874 UK coronavirus cases have been reported in the last 24 hours, according to the latest government figures.

    There have also been 34 deaths, according to the statistics, but the government says this does not including Scotland due to a power outage at National Records of Scotland.

  19. London mayor calls for ban on household visits in city

    Sadiq Khan

    In an interview with the Guardian, London Mayor Sadiq Khan says household visits must soon be banned for the capital's nine million residents.

    His remarks come after London councils said that London is now on England's coronavirus watchlist - which is expected to be confirmed by Public Health England later.

    Khan tells the the newspaper: "It's obviously bad news that London is an area of concern.

    "But the good news is that finally the government will pull their finger out and give us additional support."

    He said he had lobbied the prime minister for tougher measures in London, saying: "If you go too late, we will already be in a north-east, north-west, Birmingham-type situation. You've got to go early, particular in the absence of testing.

    "One of the things that I said to the prime minister is: I think we should be following what's happening around the country and stopping social mixing of households , and I say that with a heavy heart."

  20. Virus figures ‘look downright terrible’ - Dutch PM

    Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte
    Image caption: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the rise in cases was "very worrying"

    Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has expressed alarm over a “worrying” rise of coronavirus infections in the Netherlands, warning of new measures to control the disease.

    Rutte issued the warning as the country saw another daily record of new coronavirus infections on Friday, tallying 2,777 over the past 24 hours. Cases have risen sharply since the beginning of September.

    "The figures look downright terrible,” the PM told reporters at a news conference. “In short, the situation is very worrisome and will force us to take extra measures.”

    He said the new measures will be announced next week. The coronavirus situation in The Hague, Rotterdam and Amsterdam was of particular concern, he said.