Coronavirus live news: record one-day rise in global infections, says WHO

    The British government’s plan to push people back into the office risks a return to “white middle-aged males” making important decisions in the office, while women and people from ethnic minorities are excluded at home, according to one of the UK’s most senior business leaders. In an interview with the Guardian, Ann Francke, the Chief Executive of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), warned that without careful oversight “blended working” could result in a two-tier system where women without …

Turkey seeing second peak of Covid-19 outbreak – as it happened

  Signs of Covid-19 easing in Brazil Brazil’s Covid-19 death toll appears to be easing for the first time since May, data shows, a sign the Latin American country could be descending from a long infection plateau that has seen it suffer the world’s second-worst outbreak after the United States, Reuters reports. With nearly 4 million confirmed cases, the virus has killed over 120,000 people in Brazil. But the level of average daily deaths dropped below 900 per day last …

Coronavirus live news: Iran death toll exceeds 20,000; Australia to provide vaccines to ‘Pacific family’

A boy looks concerned as a health worker collects a nasal swab from his mother during coronavirus screening in Mumbai. Photograph: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images The ‘carnival virus’ faces down a coronavirus at the Rose Monday parade in Dusseldorf in February. Photograph: Thilo Schmülgen/Reuters Germany’s carnival season is expected to be cancelled owing to fears that the revelry and mass gatherings could contribute to the spread of the coronavirus, writes Kate Connolly, the Guardian’s Berlin correspondent. The health minister, Jens Spahn, …