UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said it is "absolutely vital as a country we don’t delude ourselves that somehow we’re out of the woods or this is all over, because it isn’t all over". The PM said a “resurgence of the virus” was visible in some countries in Europe and in the US, and that people must continue to follow social distancing guidelines to avoid a second wave
An aid group warned that a lack of testing across Africa is making it "nearly impossible" to understand the extent of the pandemic there
In Europe, several countries reported record daily increases in new cases this week, prompting fears of a wider surge across the continent. Countries including Spain and Romania have imposed stricter lockdown measures
There is little evidence that this would be the case - but does he have the power to delay it?
The short answer is no. It would take an act of Congress - approved by majorities in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives and the Republican-controlled Senate - to change the date of the election.
And the prospect of a bipartisan legislative consensus signing off on any delay is unlikely in the extreme.
What's more, even if the voting day were changed, the US Constitution mandates that a presidential administration only last four years. In other words, Donald Trump's first term will expire at noon on 20 January 2021 one way or another.
WHO chief: World must learn to live with coronavirus
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has said the world must "learn to live" with the coronavirus.
Speaking at a daily press briefing, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: "We must all learn to live with the virus and to take the steps necessary to live our lives, while protecting ourselves and others."
Hospitality businesses have already been allowed to open outdoors in Wales, and indoors in other parts of the UK.
They have been shut since the middle of March, just before the country went into lockdown.
Sturgeon rebuked by UK stats watchdog over England virus rate claim
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Nicola Sturgeon has been rebuked by the UK statistics watchdog over her repeated claim that coronavirus rates in England are five times higher than Scotland.
The Office for Statistics Regulation said it had initially been "difficult" to identify the evidence for the Scottish first minister's claim.
It said the sources later cited by the Scottish government "do not allow for a meaningful comparison to be made".
The Conservatives said Ms Sturgeon had been caught using "dodgy statistics".
But the first minister insisted evidence suggested "the prevalence of the virus is significantly lower in Scotland right now than in England" and accused the Tories of being blinded" by "bitter, partisan politics".
A popular San Diego gym that was operating in violation of the county’s public health order last week has been confirmed as an outbreak hotspot.
At least three cases have now been linked to The Gym in Pacific Beach, officials say. The Gym continue to operate last week, despite being given orders to shut down, according to San Diego media. It has since closed.
On Wednesday, officials reported 498 new cases in San Diego, raising the total infections there to over 28,000. There have also been 547 deaths.
One in three furloughed workers back at work in UK, ONS says
Roughly one in three
in the UK had returned to their jobs in the first two weeks of July,
according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The ONS survey also revealed differences between business sectors, with
more than 90% of water
treatment or IT staff working, but only
around half of employees in hotels,
restaurants and entertainment venues.
However, businesses such as hotels
and restaurants, which only came out of lockdown on 4 July, have seen the
biggest increase in the proportion of staff returning to work.
Football fans find creative solution to stadium ban
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The 2020 season for the Chinese
Super League, China’s Premier League-equivalent, began earlier this week, on 25
But many sporting events are still
banning spectators, meaning that some football fans in the eastern city of
Kunshan were forced to find a creative way to watch their favourite players, without entering
Images have gone viral showing
fans cheering and holding banners from windows at a hotel overlooking the
Kunshan Stadium, at a 27 July
match in the city between the Shanghai SIPG and Tianjin Teda teams.
Many on the popular Sina Weibo
social media platform have applauded the commitment fans made, paying around
450 yuan (£49; $64) to see their favourite teams – technically without breaking
However, there are hints the
authorities aren’t best pleased about this, and hotel staff have told Pear
Video that these “football viewing rooms” may not be available in future.
Former US presidential candidate Herman Cain dies at 74
Herman Cain, the Republican former pizza chain CEO who ran for US president in 2012, has died after testing positive for Covid-19.Cain, who more recently hosted radio and TV programmes, was admitted to hospital on 1 July.
The US state of New Jersey, which has suffered the highest rate of Covid-19 deaths behind bars in the US, appears set to release around 20% of its prison population in an effort to reduce transmission rates among prisoners and guards.
The bill that New Jersey senators are voting on today may release 3,000 inmates who are within one year of finishing their sentence. The American Civil Rights Union has called it the first of its kind legislation in the nation.
The bill's authors contend that the governor has bungled the response in prison outbreaks, allowing thousands of infections and at least 50 deaths, while given early release to fewer than 300 inmates since March.
In comes as other officials around the US order prisons populations reduced in an effort to halt the virus' spread.
England records 12 deaths, Wales two, and Scotland and NI none
A further 12 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospitals in England, NHS England says.
The patients were
aged between 40 and 96 years old and all had known underlying health conditions.
Wales recorded another two deaths. There were no coronavirus deaths recorded in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Separate UK-wide figures, which include deaths in all settings, will be released later.
Top US health official: 'Wearing a mask does not cause Covid-19'
A top US health official has said there is no evidence to suggest that wearing a mask can cause a person to catch Covid-19, after an infected lawmaker blamed his mask for his positive test.
US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn's advice to wear a mask comes after a Texas congressman who tested positive yesterday suggested that his mask was to blame.
Republican Louie Gohmert mused during an interview after he was barred from travelling with President Trump "if my keeping a mask on and keeping it in place, that if I might have put some germs or some of the virus onto the mask and breathed it in".
In an interview with NBC on Thursday, Dr Hahn said there is no "medical evidence that that's the case".
"What our data show is that people should wear masks, particularly when they can't socially distance. And they should follow their local ordinances with respect to masks."
US economy contracts at fastest rate in decades
The US economy has shrunk by a 32.9% annual rate in the April-to-June quarter in the wake of cutbacks in spending during the pandemic.
It was the deepest decline since the government began keeping records in 1947 and three times more severe than the prior record of 10% set in 1958. Reduced spending on healthcare and consumer goods drove the fall.
Also on Thursday, Germany reported a record quarterly decline of 10.1%, while Mexico's economy also reported a double digit contraction.
The International Monetary Fund has predicted that global growth will fall by 4.9% this year.