German chancellor Angela Merkel: ‘We know a more difficult time lies ahead.’ Photograph: Getty

Germany will restrict the size of gatherings and fine people who flout tracking rules in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus over autum(...)

Health authorities perform random tests for Covid-19 on passengers arriving by ship from Italy in recent days in Corfu, Greece. Photograph: Siegfried Modola/Getty

More than 20.42 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 744,649 have died, according to Johns Hopkins U(...)

Police issue a fine to a man breaking lockdown laws in Melbourne on Sunday as the city struggles to cope with a Covid-19  outbreak. Photograph: William West/AFP

More than 19.8 million cases of coronavirus have been recorded worldwide with more than 731,300 deaths, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkin(...)

A medical professional demonstrates a Covid-19 antibody test in London. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The vast majority of the Irish population are still vulnerable to catching a coronavirus infection, according to early results from a study to investi(...)

Walt Disney World Florida reopens amid a surge in coronavirus cases on Saturday, July 11th. Photograph: John Raoux/AP.

US coronavirus cases rose 2.3 per cent on Saturday with a record 71,389 new infections, exceeding the 1.9 per cent average daily increase of the previ(...)

Dr Camilla Rothe and her team prepare for a shift at Munich University Hospital earlier this month. Photograph: Laetitia Vancon/New York Times

Dr Camilla Rothe was about to leave for dinner when the government laboratory called with the surprising test result. Positive. It was January 27th. S(...)

A barricade blocks access to a street next to apartment buildings fenced off and under quarantine that house mostly employees of the nearby Tönnies meat packing plant in the town of Verl. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Two months after Germany announced looser Covid-19 rules, an outbreak in a meat processing plant has triggered a return to lockdown in the western sta(...)

University  graduates standing in silent tribute for victims of the Covid-19 coronavirus during their graduation ceremony in Wuhan University in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province on Saturday. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

More than 8.9 million cases of coronavirus have been recorded worldwide with more than 468,300 deaths, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins(...)

Brazil had the highest number of new cases with 54,771 infections, a record for a new daily total for any country, followed by the United States with 36,617 new cases. Above, people wearing protective masks walk past partially opened businesses in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the weekend. Photograph: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg

The World Health Organisation has reported the largest single-day increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus infections, recording 183,020 new ca(...)

Medical staff members in full protective gear stand outside a sports centre to assist people who live near or who have visited the Xinfadi Market, a wholesale food market where a new coronavirus cluster has emerged, for testing in Beijing on Tuesday. Photograph: Noel Celis/AFP

More than 8.1 million people have been reported to be infected by coronavirus globally and more than 444,100 have died, according to data provided by (...)

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