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Latest news and updates on the global coronavirus pandemic. Keep up-to-date on numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths, analysis of the government's response, how the NHS is coping and other stories from the UK and around the world.

Cases OverViewConfirmedDeaths
United Kingdom942,27545,675
Global44,287,9651,166,622
Updated: Oct 28 Data source: CDC, WHO

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What do Covid-19 restrictions mean for upcoming festivities?

Government ministers have warned that festivities including Christmas, Bonfire Night and Diwali will not be “normal” this year – but it is unclear exactly what will be allowed. As the patchwork of local lockdowns evolves in England and Scotland alongside national measures in Northern Ireland and Wales, the PA news agency considers what this means for celebrations.
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Latest coronavirus news

  • The Independent

    NHS Covid-19 app update removes ‘ghost’ notification bug

    The unclear notifications have inevitably led to concern among users who receive them and fear that they might need to self-isolate, or could have caught Covid-19. While there have been a number of changes made to improve those notifications, those updates have led to frustrations of their own. A recent update added a second notification that followed almost immediately and let users know if they were safe – prompting irritation among users who felt they were being alerted unnecessarily.

  • The Guardian

    White House coronavirus taskforce warns of 'unrelenting' spread

    White House coronavirus taskforce warns of 'unrelenting' spreadUS is going in ‘wrong direction’ says Fauci as Covid cases rise in 47 states and patients overwhelm hospitals across the US

  • The Guardian

    Covid vaccine tracker: when will a coronavirus vaccine be ready?

    Covid vaccine tracker: when will a coronavirus vaccine be ready?More than 170 teams of researchers are racing to develop a safe and effective vaccine. Here is their progress

  • The Independent

    Coronavirus: ‘Futile and immoral’ to seek herd immunity, says Sweden’s chief epidemiologist

    France and Germany have announced new lockdowns to control the spread of Covid-19

  • The Independent

    Coronavirus surging throughout Europe at ‘surprising ferocity,’ says WHO

    ‘This virus has been picking up extraordinary energy over the last three or four weeks,’ says WHO special envoy professor David Nabarro

  • The Independent

    India coronavirus cases pass 8 million amid rising concerns over festival season

    Experts warn of a second wave in India, with the festival season approaching and temperatures dropping in the north of the country

  • The Independent

    Trump in charts: Nine graphs visualising everything from coronavirus and the economy, to Twitter use and golf trips

    With less than a week to go until election day, we take a look back over the last four years using Trump’s favourite form of visual aid. In a move that was reminiscent of George W. Bush declaring “Mission Accomplished” in 2003 – eight years before the Iraq War officially ended – the White House appeared to claim victory over coronavirus this week. In a news release sent to reporters, the White House Office of Science and Technology listed “ending the Covid-19 pandemic” among the administration’s first term accomplishments.

  • Yahoo Style UK

    England's daily coronavirus death toll expected to reach up to 422 on 5 November, report suggests

    On 28 October, 310 people in the UK died within 28 days of a positive test.

  • The Telegraph

    Angela Merkel heckled in German parliament after warning against Covid-19 'lies and disinformation'

    Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, was heckled by opposition MPs during a speech to parliament on Thursday, while taking aim at groups spreading “lies and disinformation” as the country continues to battle the coronavirus crisis. The speech, which took place the morning after Mrs Merkel announced a range of sweeping reforms to tackle the spread of the pandemic, warned that the German people find themselves in a “dramatic situation”. On Thursday morning, Germany recorded 16,774 new daily coronavirus infections, the highest number of new cases within a 24-hour period since the pandemic began. In a veiled criticism of the far-right Alternative for Germany – staunch opponents of the country’s lockdown measures – Mrs Merkel laid out a plea for unity. “Lies, disinformation, conspiracy theories and hate not only damage democratic debate, but also the fight against the coronavirus” Mrs Merkel said. “Soothing wishful thinking and populist trivialisation (of the coronavirus) is not only unrealistic, it is irresponsible.” The speech was frequently interrupted by jeers from AfD MPs. Such interjections are rare in German parliament, with house speaker Wolfgang Schäuble threatening the hecklers with calls to order and criticising their “dangerous” behaviour.

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