Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:
- More than 936,000 dead -
The pandemic has killed at least 936,095 people worldwide since surfacing in China late last year, according to an AFP count at 1100 GMT on Wednesday based on official sources.
More than 29.6 million cases have been confirmed.
The United States has the most deaths with 195,961, followed by Brazil with 133,119, India with 82,066, Mexico 71,678 and Britain 41,664.
- India cases top 5 million -
India's total virus cases pass five million, health ministry data shows, as the pandemic extends its grip on the vast country at an ever-faster rate.
With its latest one million cases recorded in just 11 days, a world record, India now has 5.02 million infections.
- 'Vaccine nationalism' -
In her first annual State of the European Union address, EU chief Ursula von der Leyen vows Europe will lead the global search for a vaccine and support multilateral bodies like the World Health Organization.
"None of us will be safe until all of us are safe -- wherever we live, whatever we have," she says. "Vaccine nationalism puts lives at risk. Vaccine cooperation saves them."
- 'Within weeks' -
US President Donald Trump accelerates even his own optimistic predictions saying in a town hall event broadcast on ABC News that a vaccine may be available within a month.
"We're within weeks of getting it you know -- could be three weeks, four weeks," he says.
- Madrid mulls localised lockdowns -
The local government of Madrid, the region of Spain hit hardest by the pandemic, says it is considering imposing lockdown measures in neighbourhoods recording the biggest rise in infections.
The region's deputy health chief, Antonio Zapatero, says the restrictions would involve limitations on the size of gatherings and on people's movements and they will be announced by the end of the week.
- Great Synagogue to shut -
Jerusalem's Great Synagogue will be closed for the first time over the Jewish New Year as Israel prepares for a second lockdown, making it the first country to enforce a second nationwide shutdown after recording the world's highest infection rate over the past fortnight.
- Huge losses for football -
FIFA puts the cost of Covid-19 on football around the world at $11 billion in lost revenue, with the pandemic already leading to over 150 football associations to seek financial help from the $1.5 billion emergency relief fund set up by football's governing body.
- 'Afraid of travelling' -
British Airways chief executive Alex Cruz defends heavy job cuts at the airline after the pandemic decimated demand, declaring that customers are "still afraid of travelling".
"Last week we flew 187,000 passengers in and out of the UK. Same week the previous year (it was) under one million," Cruz says.
- No nature congress -
A summit aimed at forging an international plan to reverse nature loss and preserve biodiversity will be delayed for a second time because of the pandemic, organisers say. The 2020 congress rescheduled for January 2021 will now take place at an unspecified date.