The number of confirmed coronavirus cases across the globe has surpassed 30 million, according to figures by America’s Johns Hopkins University.
More than 940,000 have died with Covid-19 since the outbreak began in China late last year.
The worst hit nations are the US, India and Brazil, but there is a renewed spike in infections across Europe.
Many northern hemisphere countries are now bracing for a second wave of the pandemic as winter approaches.
In the UK, the government is considering taking further England-wide measures including a short period of restrictions to try to slow a second surge of infections.
Outside Europe, Israel brings in a second nationwide lockdown later on Friday – the first developed nation to do so.
Africa has recorded more than a million confirmed cases, although the true extent of the pandemic in the continent is not known. Testing rates are reported to be low, which could distort official figures. (BBC)