Coronavirus live news: expert warns NHS will struggle to cope; Bulgaria shuts nightclubs as cases surge | World news

Spanish regions have urged the central government to take measures that would give them legal backing to impose curfews as coronavirus cases rise. As of Saturday, 10 of Spain’s 17 regions, including Valencia, Asturias, Castilla-La Mancha and the Basque Country, had called on the government to decree a state of emergency, which would allow regions […]

Coronavirus live news: doctor clears Trump to return to public events on Saturday; record global case rise | World news

3.41am BST03:41 The squeeze on Britain’s beleaguered retail sector from tighter coronavirus restrictions reducing numbers of shoppers on the high street clung on into September, data showed Friday, AFP reports. Latest figures from industry body the British Retail Consortium and analytics company ShopperTrack showed that UK retail footfall was down by 30.1% in September compared […]

Coronavirus live news: Indonesia sees record case rise; India deaths pass 90,000 | World news

2.29am BST02:29 New Zealand rugby officials are “disappointed” over the Rugby Championship schedule, saying they did not agree to a change in dates which could mean the All Blacks players spend Christmas in quarantine, AAP reports. New Zealand Rugby released a statement on Thursday following the draw announcement saying the schedule had changed from the […]

Coronavirus live news: Paris due to unveil tighter restrictions; record weekly rise in global cases | World news

Getting a front-row seat to Milan’s fashion week is harder than ever this year, with uninvited influencers and buyers nursing bruised egos as the shows start on Wednesday under coronavirus restrictions. The virus, which is resurgent in Europe, forced many luxury houses to put off confirming their presence until the last minute – and in […]

Fossil upends theory of how shark skeletons evolved, say scientists | Environment

The partial skull of an armoured fish that swam in the oceans over 400m years ago could turn the evolutionary history of sharks on its head, researchers have said. Bony fish, such as salmon and tuna, as well as almost all terrestrial vertebrates, from birds to humans, have skeletons that end up made of bone. […]

Sweden’s top coronavirus expert brands masks ‘very dangerous’ and says country will NOT make wearing them compulsory

SWEDEN’S top coronavirus expert says wearing masks is very dangerous and the country will not make it compulsory. Anders Tegnell is sceptical that face masks will control the spread of Covid-19 because they give the impression that it’s safe to be in a crowded room or on public transport. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog […]

Coronavirus live news: Spain to close night clubs and ban public smoking; Italy orders testing for some travellers | World news

In Greece, which has also seen a dramatic increase in coronavirus cases, authorities have announced further precautionary measures in an all-out bid to curb the spread of transmissions. A midnight curfew on bars and restaurants was extended nationwide with businesses being ordered to adhere to the new rules in Athens and on popular islands including […]

Mauritius declares emergency as fuel spills from grounded ship

The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has declared a “state of environmental emergency” after a Japanese-owned ship that ran aground two weeks ago began spilling tons of fuel. rime Minister Pravind Jugnauth announced the development as satellite images showed a dark slick spreading in the turquoise waters near environmental areas that the government called “very […]

Coronavirus live: Colombia faces calls to put capital into total lockdown | World news

10.32pm BST22:32 Face masks to be mandatory in English shops Face masks will become mandatory in shops across England, UK government ministers are to announce on Tuesday, following mixed messages, a cabinet split and mounting pressure on the country’s prime minister Boris Johnson to change public advice, Jessica Elgot, Heather Stewart and Vikram Dodd write. […]