Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:
- End in 'less than two years' -
The World Health Organization says it hopes the planet will be rid of the coronavirus pandemic in less than two years -- faster than it took for the Spanish flu.
By "utilising the available tools to the maximum and hoping that we can have additional tools like vaccines, I think we can finish it in a shorter time than the 1918 flu," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says.
- WHO recommends masks for over 12s -
The World Health Organization recommends that children over 12 should wear masks in the same contexts as adults in the bid to rein in the pandemic.
In fresh guidelines developed in cooperation with UNICEF it says the children should wear "a mask under the same conditions as adults, in particular when they cannot guarantee at least a one-metre distance from others and there is widespread transmission in the area".
- Embattled Lebanon locked down -
Lebanon's new two-week stay-at-home order comes into force after record numbers of cases piled pressure on health services that are also struggling to cope with thousands injured by a deadly August 4 blast at Beirut's port.
Compliance with the measures varied across the country on the first day, the National News Agency says.
- France: more than 4,500 new cases -
France records more than 4,500 new cases over the past 24 hours, health authorities announce.
It is the second day in a row since May that the bar of 4,000 new cases in 24 hours is passed.
- Madrid recommends confinement -
The regional authorities in Madrid recommend the population in the areas most affected by the coronavirus go into confinement.
The total number of cases counted in Spain grew by more than 8,000 in 24 hours, 1,000 more than the previous day.
- British debt soars -
British government debt exceeds £2 trillion ($2.6 trillion) for the first time following large state borrowing as the pandemic pushed the UK economy deep into recession, the Office for National Statistics says.
Meanwhile, German's Finance Minister Olaf Scholz says his country must take on yet more debt in 2021, thus loosening again its debt rules, to lessen the impact of the coronavirus.
- More than 790,000 deaths -
The pandemic has killed at least 793,847 people worldwide since surfacing in China late last year, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Friday.
More than 22.7 million cases have been registered in 196 countries and territories.
The United States has recorded the most deaths with 174,290, according to Johns Hopkins University, followed by Brazil with 112,304, Mexico with 59,106, India with 54,849 and Britain with 41,403.
By Friday there were 252,233 deaths in Latin America and the Caribbean and 212,135 in Europe.