Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:
- All eyes on French president -
French President Emmanuel Macron is widely expected to announce tighter coronavirus restrictions in a primetime television interview late on Wednesday.
Media reports suggest a curfew is likely for the capital and other cities where hospitals risk being overwhelmed.
- Global death toll -
At least 1,087,513 people have died of the coronavirus since it emerged in China late in 2019, according to an AFP tally at 1100 GMT on Wednesday.
At least 38.2 million cases have been recorded around the world.
The US has the highest death toll in the world at 215,914, followed by Brazil with 150,998, India 110,586, Mexico 84,420 and Britain 43,018.
- Catalonia to close bars, restaurants -
Bars and restaurants are to be closed across Spain's northeastern Catalonia region for the next 15 days to slow rising coronavirus infections, the regional government announces.
The measures will come into force overnight Thursday to Friday, lasting at least 15 days before being reviewed, says interim regional leader Pere Aragones, describing them as "painful but necessary".
- Netherlands in partial lockdown -
The Netherlands goes into partial lockdown from 10:00 pm (2000 GMT) to curb one of Europe's biggest coronavirus surges, with all bars, cafes and restaurants to close.
The Dutch government took a more relaxed line than its European neighbours for months, but has scrambled to control the second wave of the disease.
- Merkel gets tough -
German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants tougher measures up to fight a surge in coronavirus infections, including requiring masks in more places and limiting numbers of people gathering for private events, according to a draft policy paper seen by AFP.
Proposals to be discussed with premiers from Germany's 16 states, would see the restrictions kick in once an area records 35 new infections per 100,000 people over seven days.
- G20 meets to boost recovery -
G20 finance ministers and central bankers meet for online talks aimed at spurring global recovery from a coronavirus-triggered recession.
The virtual talks, hosted by current G20 president Saudi Arabia, come a day after the International Monetary Fund warned that global GDP would contract 4.4 percent in 2020 and the damage inflicted by the pandemic would be felt for years.
- Northern Ireland pubs to close -
Northern Ireland orders the closure of pubs and restaurants for four weeks and extends mid-term school holidays to try to control rising coronavirus cases.
The province already had some of the toughest restrictions in the UK, but First Minister Arlene Foster says a "deeply troubling" increase in infections and hospitalisations requires further action.
- Pope vows to keep distance -
Pope Francis promises to do better at keeping his distance from the faithful after his relaxed attitude to virus restrictions raised eyebrows in recent days.
The Argentine, who has rarely been seen wearing a mask since the virus first took hold in Italy in February, has been snapped by photographers several times in recent weeks joking with prelates who were also without masks.