Coronavirus live news: new restrictions due in London; Italy shuts Campania schools weeks after reopening

Global death toll rises as US cases approach 8m; France and Germany see record infection rises; Melbourne could ease restrictions

9.30am BST

Indonesia reported 4,301 new coronavirus cases on Friday, taking its tally to 353,461, the highest in south-east Asia.

Reuters reports that the country also reported 79 more Covid deaths, making a total of 12,347, also the region’s highest.

9.19am BST

Italy has two weeks to stop the rising rate of transmission of coronavirus or it risks following in the footsteps of European neighbours where exponential spreads have ushered back harsh restrictions, an Italian virologist has said.

Italian health officials have declared that the resurgence of Covid-19 has reached an “acute phase”. Massimo Galli, the director of infectious diseases at Milan’s Luigi Sacco hospital, said Italy’s surge was not the result of record testing, as policymakers have suggested, but a sign of a real return among the population most at risk.

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Source: The Guardian
Coronavirus live news: new restrictions due in London; Italy shuts Campania schools weeks after reopening