Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world, with more than three million confirmed cases in 185 countries and more than 200,000 deaths.
The United States alone has more than one million confirmed cases – four times as many as any other country.
This series of maps and charts tracks the global outbreak of the virus since it emerged in China in December last year.
How many cases and deaths have there been?
The virus, which causes the respiratory infection Covid-19, was first detected in the city of Wuhan, China, in late 2019.
It is spreading rapidly in many countries and the number of deaths is still climbing.
Note: The map and table in this page uses a different source for figures for France from that used by Johns Hopkins University which results in a slightly lower overall total.
The US has by far the largest number of cases, with more than one million confirmed infections, according to figures collated by Johns Hopkins University. With more than 60,000 fatalities, it also has the world’s highest death toll.
Italy, the UK, Spain and France – the worst-hit European countries – have all recorded more than 20,000 deaths.
In China, the official death toll is approaching 5,000 from about 84,000 confirmed cases. Numbers for deaths jumped on 17 April after what officials called “a statistical review” and critics have questioned whether the country’s official numbers can be trusted.
Note: The past data for new cases is a three day rolling average
The outbreak was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March. This is when an infectious disease is passing easily from person to person in many parts of the world at the same time.
More than three million people are known to have been infected worldwide, but the true figure is thought to be much higher as many of those with milder symptoms have not been tested and counted.
While the US and much of Europe has been hit hard by the virus, some countries have managed to avoid similar death tolls.
New Zealand, for instance, says it has effectively eliminated the threat for now after fewer than 1,500 cases and just 19 deaths.
The country brought in some of the toughest restrictions in the world on travel and activity early on in the pandemic but is now relaxing some of these. This week some non-essential businesses will be reopening but most people will still have to stay at home and avoid all social interactions.
While some countries are beginning to ease restrictions, others are only now starting to impose them as cases and deaths begin to rise.
Across Latin America, where many economies are already struggling and millions live on what they can earn day-to-day, there are concerns about the strain the growing number of virus cases could put on health care systems. Of particular concern are Ecuador and Brazil.
Ecuador has already seen its health system collapse – thousands have died from the virus and other conditions that could not be treated because of the crisis. While Brazil has also seen a steep rise in both cases and deaths, with every state in South America’s largest country affected.
Across the world, more than 4.5 billion people – half the world’s population – are estimated to be living under social distancing measures, according to the AFP news agency.
Those restrictions have had a big impact on the global economy, with the International Monetary Fund saying the world faces the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
The UN World Food Programme has also warned that the pandemic could almost double the number of people suffering acute hunger.
Europe beginning to ease lockdown measures
The four worst-hit countries in Europe are Italy, the UK, Spain and France – all of which have recorded at least 20,000 deaths.
However, all four countries appear to have passed through the peak of the virus now and the number of reported cases and deaths is falling in each.
Germany and Belgium also recorded a relatively high number of deaths and are now seeing those numbers decrease, though as Belgium has a far smaller population than Germany the number of deaths per capita there has been higher.
How countries across Europe are deciding to move out of lockdown varies, with the EU saying there is “no one-size-fits-all approach” to lifting containment measures.
Spain has announced a four-phase plan to lift its lockdown and return to a “new normality” by the end of June. Children there under the age of 14 are now allowed to leave their homes for an hour a day, after six weeks in lockdown.
In Italy, certain shops and factories have been allowed to reopen and the prime minister says further measures will be eased from 4 May.
In France, the prime minister said this week that non-essential shops and markets will open their doors again from 11 May, but not bars and restaurants. Schools will also be reopened gradually.
Other European countries easing restrictions include Austria, Denmark, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Germany, where children’s play areas and museums have been told they can reopen and church services can resume, under strict social distancing and hygiene rules.
In the UK, where there have been more than 170,000 confirmed cases and at least 26,000 deaths, lockdown measures are still in full effect. The prime minister has promised a “comprehensive plan” in the next week on how the government will get the country moving again.
New York remains epicentre of US outbreak
With more than one million cases, the US has the highest number of confirmed infections in the world. The country has also recorded more than 60,000 deaths.
The state of New York has been particularly badly affected, with 18,000 deaths in New York City alone, but Governor Andrew Cuomo says the toll “seems to be on a gentle decline”.
Mr Cuomo has suggested some parts of his state could begin to reopen after the current stay-at-home order expires on 15 May.
At one point, more than 90% of the US population was under mandatory lockdown orders, but President Trump has stated that he will not be renewing his government’s social distancing guidelines once they expire on Thursday and some states have already begun to lift restrictions.
Georgia, Oklahoma, Alaska and South Carolina have all allowed some businesses to reopen in recent days following official unemployment figures that showed more than 30 million Americans have lost their jobs since mid-March.
But public health authorities have warned that increasing human interactions and economic activity could spark a fresh surge of infections just as the number of new cases is beginning to ease off.
White House coronavirus taskforce coordinator Dr Deborah Birx has said social distancing should remain the norm “through the summer to really ensure that we protect one another as we move through these phases”.
Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been ruled out until April after the club said he needs surgery on a hamstring injury.
Kane, 26, suffered the injury during Tottenham’s defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day.
No timescale was originally given on the England captain’s return but Spurs now say specialists have advised surgery is required.
He will return to training in April, two months before Euro 2020 begins.
More to follow
League Two side Leyton Orient have signed former Swindon Town goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux on free transfer.
The 26-year-old was without a club after leaving Chilean top-flight side Everton de Vina del Mar, and he has signed an 18-month deal with the O’s.
The move comes after Dean Brill was ruled out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury.
“I think he’s going to make a very big impact here,” interim head coach Ross Embleton told the club website.
“It was disappointing, not so long ago, to lose Dean to a severe injury.
“It was a position we certainly needed to strengthen, despite the good performances by Sam Sargeant since he came into the team.”
Vigouroux, who had spells at Tottenham and Liverpool as a youngster, featured a total of 130 times for Swindon during a four-year stay at the County Ground which ended last summer.
His move to the Breyer Group Stadium is subject to international clearance.
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A man shot dead on Christmas Eve was attacked in front of his family after a night out, police said.
Flamur Beqiri, a Swedish national, was killed in Battersea Church Road in south-west London at about 21:00 GMT.
Neighbours described hearing multiple gunshots followed by a woman screaming “desperately” for help.
A spokesperson for the Met Police said the killing which “saw a man losing his life in such a horrific way” had left his family “devastated”.
The 36-year-old, who had a wife and young child, was pronounced dead at the scene by the emergency services.
Lying in doorway
Neighbour Vittoria Amati, 60, said she heard between “eight to 10” gunshots fired.
“I then heard the screams of the wife. I came out and realised it was one of my neighbours.
“He was lying in front of his doorway in a pool of blood. He was still alive. We were really hoping he would make it.
“You have no idea how desperate she [his wife] sounded.”
A young woman, who identified herself as a nurse, tried to help Mr Beqiri by applying pressure to his wounds, Mrs Amati added.
Det Ch Insp Jamie Stevenson said: “Our investigation is in the very early stages and we are still working to establish what the motive could be that has led to a man losing his life in such a horrific way, on Christmas Eve, in front of his family.
“They have been devastated by this horrible event and are being supported by specialist officers.
“We know that the victim was returning home with his wife and young child following an evening out, when he was shot just yards from his home.”
The officer added the assailant fled on foot in the direction of Battersea Bridge Road.
Supt Richard Smith said: “There is no suggestion that there is any ongoing risk to members of the local community in Battersea.”
The death is the 135th homicide in London in 2019, the highest number in a calendar year since 2008.
The body of a man feared to have been murdered has been found in woodland.
Mohammed Shah Subhani, 27, was reported missing after failing to return to his home in Hounslow, west London on 7 May. He is thought to have had thousands of pounds on him when he disappeared.
His remains were discovered near Gerrards Cross in Buckinghamshire, about 15 miles from his home.
Seven men and one woman have been arrested in connection with the death of Mr Subhani, who was known as Shah.
Mr Subhani’s sister Quirat Subhani said: “We kept our faith high and believed our beloved brother will return.
“It broke our hearts and shattered our world when we were told Shah’s body was discovered in an abandoned woodland 15 miles from home.
“Someone maliciously killed the apple of our eye, turned our world upside down and dumped him in an isolated woodland for his body to decompose, and for us to be left with nothing but his bones – this will haunt us for a lifetime.
“Someone must know something… they must come forward and help us get justice for Shah. Our hearts will never heal but what our brother does deserve is for justice to be served.”
Det Ch Insp Noel McHugh, from the Metropolitan Police, said Mr Subhani had “everything to live for and was loved by everyone”, adding: “Not only was he murdered, he was prevented a decent and dignified burial.”
‘Very challenging terrain’
Police revealed for the first time that they were searching at Hedgerley Lane, near Gerrards Cross, because a stolen black BMW X5 on cloned plates had been seen in the area in the days after Mr Subhani disappeared.
This vehicle had two occupants who “appeared to be loitering”, Mr McHugh said.
He said he believed the killers were “confident [this search] would never happen” and that Thursday’s discovery presented a “significant springboard for our investigation”.
Mr McHugh described the land officers have been searching as “very challenging terrain”, and said those involved had to “build bridges and walkways, and divert significant volumes of water”.
The crime scene is expected to be examined for a further three weeks.
Police say they know Mr Subhani went to Acton police station on the afternoon of 7 May where he may have picked up a set of number plates and two mobile phones.
They say he possibly intended to have £3,800 returned to him, although this did not happen.
He then went to Hounslow where he was due to collect £5,000 at a business premises on Derby Road, police said.
Officers believe he drove his white Audi Q3 there but that someone else drove it away.
The Met previously said Mr Subhani might have become “out of his depth in some kind of criminal activity”.
A reward of £20,000 remains on offer for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
The rumour parakeets arrived in the UK when rock star Jimi Hendrix released a pair in London’s Carnaby Street in the swinging 60s has finally been scotched.
They also didn’t escape across the country during the wrap party for the movie The African Queen, in 1951.
In fact, reported sightings from the 1860s have been uncovered, Goldsmiths and Queen Mary universities say.
Intentional releases may have also been encouraged in 1929-1931 and 1952 when fatal “parrot fever” hit the headlines.
The bright green non-native ring-necked parakeets now thrive across the UK.
Originally from Africa, it has become a successful invasive species in 34 countries on five continents, the study’s lead author, the late Steven Le Comber, says.
As well as the rumour from the Bogart and Hepburn classic, in 1951, another suggests that a flock kept at Syon Park escaped when a plane crashed through the aviary roof, in the 1970s.
However, the researchers found their spread across the UK is more mundanely down to repeated intentional releases and not to do with publicity stunts.
Numerous sensational accounts of human deaths due to psittacosis infections from birds were published in 1929.
And in 1932, the Middlesex County Times reported parakeets had been spotted in Epping Forest, with the paper blaming the “parrot disease scare” of 1931 for the observations in the wild.
“Scary” health stories often prompt a strong public reaction, said Sarah Elizabeth Cox, postgraduate history student at Goldsmiths.
“If you were told you were at risk being near one, it would be much easier to let it out the window than to destroy it,” she said.
This latest study used geographic profiling, a statistical technique originally developed in criminology to prioritise large lists of suspects in cases of serial crime, to analyse spatial patterns of parakeet sightings.
When applied to biological data, the model can identify the origin sites of diseases or introduction sites of invasive, non-native species.
None of the “suspect sites” connected to origin myths showed up prominently in the geoprofile of more than 5,000 unique records dating from 1968 – 2018.
By 1961, birds were a more popular pets than cats and dogs in the UK, with 11 million birds in captivity, of various species, and it seems obvious there would be an increase in escapes, researchers said.
Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend says he once lost £46,000 in one night but being charged by the FA for betting “probably saved me as a human being”.
Townsend, 28, says a mixture of an addictive personality and boredom while on numerous loan spells away from Tottenham contributed to his gambling.
In 2013, he was fined £18,000 and given a ban by the Football Association for breaching betting regulations.
“It snapped me back to reality,” Townsend told the Players’ Tribune.
“I really feared for my whole career. When the thing that you love in life can be taken away from you, it changes your perspective.”
Townsend says, while on loan at Birmingham, he was in a hotel in Blackpool the night before the Championship play-off semi-final in May 2012 and could not fall asleep.
Instead, he kept “checking my phone, placing more bets”.
“I’m probably the only lad in history to lose £46,000 lying in bed on a Wednesday night in Blackpool,” he added.
Townsend admits he was thankful to the FA for realising he was “just a stupid kid who made a mistake” after being caught by the governing body.
He began having counselling for his gambling addiction.
“That not only saved my football career, it also probably saved me as a human being,” explained the former England international.
“It opened me up to the possibility that actually talking to somebody about what I was going through was OK.
“I’m not telling this story for the whole world. I’m telling it for the people out there who have had their knocks – for those who have been misunderstood, depressed, lost, and especially the ones who have battled addiction.”
If you’ve been affected by anything in this story, help and support is available via the BBC Action Line.
A man who pretended he was a Grenfell Tower squatter and claimed to have helped survivors escape the fire has been jailed for five and a half years.
Alvin Thompson convinced Kensington and Chelsea Council officials he had been sleeping rough there at the time of the June 2017 tragedy.
Thompson, 51, who was put up in hotels, defrauded the council of more than £90,000, Isleworth Crown Court heard.
He was convicted of two counts of fraud.
Police were able to show his bank transactions and passport records revealed Thompson actually lived in Archway, north London.
CCTV did not show him either fleeing the fire, or entering the tower at any point in the preceding two weeks, the Met Police said.
Det Con Lisa Cook said: “Thompson’s behaviour was despicable; he showed complete disregard for the suffering of those who lost their lives, and their families.
“Now he will have plenty of time in prison to think about what he has done.”
Andrew Lloyd Webber has announced he is to join forces with ticket resellers Twickets in a bid to beat touts.
The theatrical grandee, whose LW playhouses include The London Palladium and the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, hopes the move will bring consumer-friendly ticket resale to the West End.
Fans have often been charged over the odds on secondary ticketing platforms.
The new system means unwanted tickets bought at the box office can be resold for no more than the original price.
Twickets will also add a fee of 10% to 13% of the face value.
Rebecca Kane Burton, CEO at LW Theatres said: “We continue to strive to not only offer our customers an incredible experience, but also help them when things don’t go to plan.
“Providing a safe, secure and easy way to resell tickets is best practice and yet another step LW Theatres is taking to innovate and improve theatre-going.”
Lord Lloyd-Webber has produced best-selling and long-running musicals including Cats and Jesus Christ Supsterstar.
Twickets launched in 2015 as a more ethical ticketing company, helping fans get into concerts by the likes of Adele and Arctic Monkeys, but this is their first official tie-in with a UK theatre group.
“The UK is in the midst of a market shift away from rip-off secondary ticketing platforms and towards capped consumer-friendly resale services,” said Twickets’ founder Richard Davies.
“I am proud Twickets is at the forefront of this change, and delighted we can extend our service to theatre lovers via this groundbreaking partnership with LW Theatres.”
The partnership will not stop touts from putting tickets on other ticket resale sites, but intends to give theatregoers a trusted option for trading unwanted tickets at a fair price.
The move comes after the West End production of Hamilton scrapped a paperless ticketing scheme intended to combat unauthorised resale.
Producers argued that increased customer awareness and action against sites like Viagogo meant they could reintroduce a “more open” system, including printed paper tickets.
Hamilton and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, two of the biggest West End hits in recent years, say tickets that are re-sold will be cancelled.
Music stars including Adele, Little Mix and The Spice Girls also teamed up with Twickets as the official ticket reseller for their last tours.
Seventeen people have been arrested in early morning raids across east London in an international human trafficking investigation.
A total of 29 women aged 20 to 40 were rescued in the operation by the Met, supported by officers from Romania.
The potential victims were taken to a “place of safety”, and the suspects, 14 men and three women, remain in custody.
Sixteen warrants were executed at properties in Redbridge, Havering, Barking and Dagenham and Tower Hamlets.
The suspects, who were aged between 17 and 50, were held on suspicion of modern slavery, controlling prostitution, Class A drug offences and firearm offences relating to a stun gun.
They remain in custody in a central London police station.
Four warrants were carried out in Romania at the same time, leading to the arrest of a man in Constanta.
‘One fell swoop’
Det Ch Insp Richard McDonagh, said: “The Met recognises the seriousness of modern slavery and the devastation it brings to people’s lives.
“Today’s synchronised operational activity [had] the aim of, in one fell swoop, dismantling an organised crime network and providing support to the victims.”
A spokesman for Romanian police in the UK said: “Romanian police officers working shoulder to shoulder with our British partners is a great achievement, a proof of our mutual permanent support and a great professional reward.”