As of 9:15am on 26 October 2020, there are 42,745,212 confirmed cases of coronavirus around the world. [World Health Organisation]
As of 9am on 25 October 2020, there are 873,800 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK out of 28,744,108 tested. [GOV.UK]
216 countries, areas or territories are affected by COVID-19 with Latin America being the epicentre of the virus. [World Health Organisation]
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London, Elmbridge, Essex, Barrow-in-Furness, York, North East Derbyshire, Erewash and Chesterfield will all move from local COVID alert level medium to high from 17 October. This will mean that households will be unable to mix in any indoor setting and groups of more than six will be banned in any setting
The public will be required by law to self-isolate, supported by payment of £500 for those on lower incomes who cannot work from home and have lost income as a result. New fines for those breaching self-isolation rules will start at £1,000
Chancellor Rishi Sunak outlined the Winter Economy Plan to support firms over the coming months. The CBI broke down what this means for business
Boris Johnson announced additional COVID-19 restrictions, including a 10pm hospitality curfew, working from home where possible and increased fines for not wearing a mask, adding that these restrictions could be in place for the next six months
The new 'rule of six' has come into effect, prohibiting individuals from socially meeting with people from other households in groups of more than six
The NHS COVID-19 app is currently being trialled for use across businesses from 24 September. The app will allow customers in England to check-in to establishments with their phone and requires businesses to have visible NHS QR code posters upon entry
Drugmakers AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson said they were set to resume their paused coronavirus vaccine trials in the United States after the US Food and Drug Administration authorised the restart. AstraZeneca's trial had been on hold since early September, and Johnson & Johnson's trial had been paused since earlier this month following health scares
The French government expanded its 9pm to 6am curfew to cover two-thirds of the country - 46 million people - from Friday night for six weeks. The curfew had been in force in Paris from last week. The new measures followed a record 41,622 new coronavirus infections in one day bringing the total infected to over one million, the highest in Europe after Spain and Russia
Following an announcement by Prime Minister Micheal Martin on Monday, Ireland became the first European country to announce a return to a full lockdown with the entire population to be confined for six weeks, though schools remain open
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has said his government will not buy a Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccine until it was approved by the health regulator, a day after his health minister said it would be added to the immunisation programme. Trials with the Sinovac vaccine are also being conducted in Turkey and Indonesia. Brazil has had nearly 5.3 million confirmed cases - the third highest tally in the world after the US and India - and is second only to the US in terms of deaths, with nearly 155,000 registered so far, according to data collated by Johns Hopkins University
In another sign of China’s economy recovering faster than the rest of the world, government statistics showed that the world’s second largest economy expanded 4.9% in the July to September quarter on a year on year basis. This was quicker than the 3.2% recorded in the second quarter but less than the 5.2% predicted by analysts
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