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Edited by Sarah Collerton

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  1. The latest coronavirus headlines

    Mural to the NHS in Manchester

    As we end our live coverage for the day, here's a quick recap of the latest coronavirus headlines from the UK and around the world:

    • The eldest brother of Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson has died in hospital with coronavirus
    • The foreign ministers of Austria and Belgium have tested positive for Covid-19, days after attending a summit of European foreign ministers in Luxembourg
    • The Vatican has said a man living in the same residence as Pope Francis has tested positive for coronavirus and is now in isolation
    • Night-time curfews will begin on Saturday in several major French cities, including Paris
    • Iranian authorities have announced restrictions in the capital, Tehran, and four other cities are being extended for another week, as the national death toll passed 30,000
    • Israel will start easing its month-long second nationwide lockdown, after a significant decline in the number of new coronavirus cases
    • More than 39.4 million coronavirus cases have been reported worldwide, along with 1.1 million virus-related deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University
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    The coverage has been brought to you by Sarah Collerton, George Bowden, Thomas Mackintosh, Joshua Cheetham and Paul Gribben.

  3. More than 16,000 new virus cases across UK

    There have been a further 16,171 coronavirus across the UK, the government's latest daily figures show.

    This brings the total number of positive Covid-19 infections to 705,428.

    A further 150 people have died within 28 days of a positive test - taking the total number of UK deaths to 43,579.

  4. Deloitte to close four UK offices


    Accountancy firm Deloitte has announced it is set to close four of its UK offices.

    Deloitte UK managing partner Stephen Griggs said: "Covid-19 has fast-tracked our future of work programme, leading us to review our real estate portfolio and how we use our offices across the UK, including London."

    The offices being closed are at Gatwick, Liverpool, Nottingham and Southampton.

    Mr Griggs said the firm is consulting with around 500 employees who work at those offices about the proposals.

    "Everyone based in these locations will continue to be employed by Deloitte and any proposed change is to our 'bricks and mortar', not our presence in these regions," he said.

    "We remain committed to these regional markets and will continue our close relationships with our clients, society partners and communities, just without a physical building."

    In May, Deloitte scrapped its summer internship scheme for students in order to cut costs during the coronavirus crisis.

  5. 'Sterilised' popcorn and old films - India's cinemas reopen

    Movie-goers sit in a cinema in Delhi

    Cinemas have started reopening in India after being closed for seven months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    But watching a movie in a cinema won't be the same now - at least in the foreseeable future.

    There will be no eager crowds or long queues at the ticket counter as social distancing is enforced.

    Names and phone numbers will be collected at the entrance for contact tracing, and seating in cinema will be capped at 50% of the regular capacity.

    Even popcorn will be sterilised under UV rays for eight minutes, reported local media.

    But the biggest blow may well be the lack of new material - for months, cinemas watched helplessly from the sidelines as streaming platforms snapped up Bollywood movies that were willing to opt for an online release.

    This leaves cinemas with no option but to re-release older titles, including those from 2018.

    Read more about cinemas in India reopening here.

  6. NHS app updating at different times 'due to cost'

    Rory Cellan-Jones

    Technology correspondent

    nhs trace app

    The Department of Health says an issue has been resolved with the NHS Covid-19 app, following complaints that it had failed to update when new local alert levels were introduced.

    Some users in London said the app didn't change its display after the level rose from medium to high.

    The BBC has discovered the reason the app's risk level has been updating at different times on users' handsets is down to cost.

    While in theory it would be possible to configure enough remote computer servers to update everyone’s app simultaneously, this would be much more expensive than staggering the risk level change transmissions.

    Those involved believe that by spacing out the updates, they are offering better value to the taxpayer.

    About 18 million people have now installed the app, according to a source, and the more that do so the more need there is to avoid overwhelming the back-end infrastructure, they explained.

  7. Iran coronavirus death toll passes 30,000

    People, wearing medical masks as a precaution against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, are seen as they continue to live fighting against the poverty and coronavirus in southeastern Ni'Matabad village of Tehran, Iran on October 15, 2020

    Iran's health ministry has reported that 253 coronavirus patients have died over the last 24 hours, bringing the national death toll to 30,123.

    Case numbers have also risen by 4,103 to 526,490, a ministry spokesperson told state TV channel IRINN.

    Iran's total number of deaths is the highest in the Middle East, and the 10th highest in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

    Shortly after the latest figures were announced, Iranian authorities said they would be extending closures and restrictions in Tehran and four other cities for another week to help curb infections.

  8. Scottish Premiership game off after positive Covid test

    St Mirren team

    Scottish Premiership side St Mirren have been forced to call off this afternoon's game with Motherwell after another member of their team tested positive for Covid-19.

    Two players had already contracted the virus earlier this week with a third forced into self-isolation.

    Now St Mirren have postponed their showdown with Motherwell at the Simple Digital Arena after the latest test result meant a number of other squad members would have to go into self-isolation.

    Chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick added: "It is very disappointing that we are faced with this situation despite the numerous precautions and safeguards that are in place within the club."

  9. 86 further deaths in England hospitals

    A further 86 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, new NHS data has shown.

    It brings the total number of confirmed deaths reported in English hospitals to 30,910.

    The NHS said the latest patients were aged between 44 and 99 and that all but two patients, aged 62 and 79, had known underlying health conditions.

    The deaths were between 16 September and 16 October.

    The number of deaths of patients with Covid-19 by region are as follows:

    • East of England - 2
    • London - 11
    • Midlands - 17
    • North East & Yorkshire - 15
    • North West - 33
    • South East - 4
    • South West - 4
  10. Another EU foreign minister tests positive

    Sophie Wilmes pictured during a plenary session of the Chamber at the Federal Parliament in Brussels, Thursday 08 October 2020.

    Belgium's Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmès has announced she has tested positive for coronavirus - saying she potentially contracted it from a family member.

    In a series of tweets, Ms Wilmès said that rising cases in the country were a reminder "that no one is safe".

    "Take care of yourself and especially for each other," she added.

    It comes days after Ms Wilmès attended face-to-face talks with several other EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg.

    Since the 12 October meeting, Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg has also tested positive.

  11. Kansas City hospitals 'bursting at the seams'

    A sign outside St. Luke's Hospital turns away visitors as the Coronavirus Pandemic causes a climate of anxiety and changing routines in America on April 02, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri.

    As cases rise in Kansas City, in the US state of Missouri, many hospitals in and around the city are so full they are having to turn away ambulances and refuse non-emergency care, ABC News reports.

    Marc Larsen, an operations director at Saint Luke's hospital - the region's second largest care provider - told the American broadcaster that many hospitals are "bursting at the seams".

    "The current trajectory and the rapid increase in infections is a big concern for me," said Mr Larsen.

    "With our numbers where they are coming into influenza season, I worry that the facilities will continue to be pushed to the brink."

    Missouri is one of several states in the midwestern US which is grappling with a surge in coronavirus cases.

    More than 11,200 have been reported over the last seven days, bringing the state's total number of cases to nearly 155,000.

  12. 1,167 new virus cases in Scotland

    Scotland has recorded 15 deaths of coronavirus patients in the past 24 hours, the latest official figures show.

    This takes the death toll under this measure - of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days - to 2,609.

    A total of 1,167 people have tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 46,399.

    There are 675 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus as of yesterday, up by 46 in 24 hours and of these patients, 62 were in intensive care, up by four.

  13. Analysis: 48 hours of stand-off and counting...

    Jonathan Blake

    BBC political correspondent

    Andy Burnham

    When two sides cannot even agree on the arrangement of a phone call, it doesn't bode well for the bigger picture.

    After 48 hours of stand-off between Downing Street and the mayor of Greater Manchester, it seemed there might be some progress.

    Downing Street claimed they had "reached out" and a call had been arranged between Andy Burnham and No 10 for Sunday morning.

    But soon after that Mr Burnham's spokesperson said nothing had been agreed.

    This may seem like a tedious running commentary on the logistics of negotiations, and on one level it is.

    But as coronavirus cases continue to rise there is a lot riding on these discussions, or lack of.

    People in Greater Manchester may be wondering how long it will be before action of some sort is taken, and what restrictions they'll be asked to endure when it is.

  14. Confusion over Greater Manchester restrictions

    Mural in Manchester

    People in Greater Manchester are facing confusion over Covid-19 rules, as local leaders denied Downing Street's claim that talks have been arranged to resolve a row over tougher restrictions.

    No 10 told the BBC it had arranged a call with the region's mayor, Andy Burnham, on Sunday morning.

    However, Mr Burnham's office said "nothing has yet been arranged".

    It comes after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he may intervene to place Greater Manchester into tier three - very high - in England's new system of rules - something Mr Burnham has been resisting.

    He is instead pressing for more shielding measures for the vulnerable, extra financial aid and stricter local powers to shut down venues breaking virus guidelines.

    Read more here.

  15. Man living in papal residence tests positive

    People wearing a face masks, walk in St. Peter Square at the Vatican, on October, 13, 2020.

    The Vatican has said that a man living in the same residence as Pope Francis has tested positive for coronavirus and is now in isolation.

    The man has not been named, and did not not show any symptoms of the illness before testing, according to a statement. An undisclosed number of people who came into contact with him have also been isolated.

    The Pope is regularly tested for Covid-19, and is continuing with his regular schedule, Reuters reports.

    It's not the first time this has happened. Back in March, someone else living in the residence - which has about 130 rooms and suites - contracted coronavirus during the height of Italy's outbreak.

  16. Wales records 674 new coronavirus cases

    There have been a further 674 cases of Covid-19 recorded in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 34,679.

    Public Health Wales said five further deaths had been reported, with the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic rising to 1,708.

  17. Scuffles on last night out in London's Soho

    Pub goers in central London enjoyed their last night out on Friday, before new coronavirus restrictions came in.

    The capital moved to Tier 2 on Saturday, meaning people cannot mix with other households indoors, including in pubs.

    The night saw police and pub goers clash in London's Soho:

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    Video caption: Covid-19: Clashes in Soho before lockdown
  18. No 10 schedules Greater Manchester curbs call

    Jonathan Blake

    BBC political correspondent

    An artist works on a mural in Manchester
    Image caption: An artist works on a mural in Manchester, where an argument over virus restrictions continues between local and national leaders

    A phone call between Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and a representative of No 10 has been arranged for Sunday morning, Downing Street said.

    A spokesperson told the BBC they had "reached out" to Mr Burnham on Saturday morning.

    The development comes after the prime minister yesterday said he would intervene and impose restrictions in the region if agreement couldn't be reached with local leaders.

    The mayor's office has been approached for comment but did not immediately respond.

    Read the latest here.

  19. Analysis: How long can stand-off last?

    Jonathan Blake

    BBC political correspondent

    Andy Burnham

    At least 48 hours have passed since there was any discussion between the government and leaders in Greater Manchester.

    It's not complete radio silence - I understand conversations have continued between officials in Whitehall and the region's local authorities.

    But there won't be a breakthrough until politicians on one side pick up the phone.

    Both camps have indicated they're ready to talk, but neither seems willing to make the first move.

    The prime minister did not put a time limit on his pledge to impose restrictions if no agreement can be reached, but he will only be able to wait so long.

    One thing everyone involved agrees on is that something needs to be done as coronavirus cases continue to rise.

    Given the political fault lines this row has exposed - Conservative vs Labour, north vs south, local vs national - deciding exactly what is proving far more difficult.

  20. Greater Manchester Police chief defends virus enforcement

    The chief of Greater Manchester Police has defended its role in enforcing coronavirus regulations after a report suggested officers were caught in the middle of a political fight over tougher rules.

    Discussions between the government and local leaders over putting the region into the highest level of restrictions are at a stalemate.

    A Daily Telegraph article said Boris Johnson has held back on new restrictions in Greater Manchester amid fears over enforcement of the rules because the police answer to Mayor Andy Burnham.

    But Ian Hopkins, Greater Manchester Police chief constable, said in a statement that it was for politicians to decide regulations and his officers would enforce them proportionately.

    Ch Con Hopkins said the force's approach has been supported by both Greater Manchester's mayor and Home Secretary Priti Patel, and he has been in regular contact with them throughout the pandemic.

    Meanwhile, businesses in Greater Manchester say they are frustrated by the uncertainty over whether the area will be moved into the highest level of restrictions.