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”.
Rianna Dean’s stoppage-time header snatched Tottenham a 2-1 win in a lively Women’s Super League London derby against West Ham.
The Hammers thought they had secured a point when Kenza Dali finished neatly into the bottom right-hand corner in the 89th minute, but there was still time for Dean to grab a winner.
Both teams started the game brightly but it was Spurs who deservedly took the lead in the 30th minute.
Emma Mitchell, making her full debut after signing on loan from Arsenal, curled a shot inside the bottom left-hand corner from outside the box after the ball had been half-cleared following a corner.
Spurs winger Rosella Ayane, who caused the West Ham defence problems with her pace and direct running, hit the crossbar with a header 10 minutes later as Spurs finished the half on top.
Tottenham started to build pressure after the break and again came close in the 68th minute when the ball fell to Dean on the volley but it was well saved by West Ham goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan.
Mitchell rocketed an effort inches wide of a post in the 85th minute and just four minutes later West Ham drew level through Dali’s smart finish.
The referee indicated nine minutes of added time and West Ham came to life, nearly scrambling the ball home in the second minute of stoppage time but Tessel Middag could only shoot straight at the goalkeeper.
The Hammers were left to rue that chance as Spurs scored on the break in the last minute of added time. Good running from substitute Angela Addison down the left found Dean in the box and she looped a header into the top left-hand corner.
Report supplied by PA Media.
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Three gang members have been jailed for murdering a man who was shot dead in a case of mistaken identity.
Joseph Williams-Torres was sitting with a friend in a van when he was attacked in Walthamstow on 14 March 2018.
The Old Bailey heard the 20-year-old had been killed “by mistake” as part of a turf war between rival youths.
Hamza Ul Haq, 21, of Manor Park, Loic Nengese, 19, of Walthamstow and a 16-year-old boy were handed life sentences at the Old Bailey earlier.
Ul-Haq was jailed for a minimum term of 28 years, while Nengese was told he must serve at least 21 years in jail.
The 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was jailed for a minimum term of 18 years.
Mr Williams-Torres’s killers had mistaken him for someone else who wore the same beanie hat as him, jurors were told.
The jury was told Mr Williams-Torres was “targeted” by three hooded youths who shot him in the chest and legs while he sat in a van with his friend.
The attack had been part of a series of “retaliatory” acts of violence between rival gangs, and the three defendants were associated with a group known as the Mali Boys, the court heard.
His killers had been out to avenge the murder of one of their own, 17-year-old Elijah Dornelly, in May 2017.
Prosecutor Allison Hunter QC said the Mali Boys had been involved in a bloody turf war with the Higham Hill or Priory Court gang as they tried to “assert their supremacy and control” of the area.
The killers were identified on CCTV fleeing the scene and the 16-year-old dropped his phone, enabling police to trace him.
The three defendants denied murder.
Ul Haq and Nengese claimed they were not the figures captured on CCTV which showed the murder.
The 16-year-old admitted being at the scene but failed to say who he was there with. He also said he thought the attack was going to be a robbery.
Devi Kharran, from the CPS, said: “This was a targeted hit by three ruthless gang members who sought out the wrong victim.
“Joseph was just a couple of weeks short of his 21st birthday and had great plans for his life.
“His family have been left devastated at the loss of their beloved son and brother, but I hope these sentences go some way in providing them with a measure of comfort.”
Two of the three British nationals killed when a Ukrainian plane crashed in Iran have been named.
BP engineer Sam Zokaei and Laing O’Rourke engineer Saeed Tahmasebi were on board the plane that set off from Tehran towards Kyiv.
They were among the 176 people from seven countries who died.
Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 crashed just after taking off from Imam Khomeini airport at 06:12 local time (02:42 GMT).
The airline said the plane underwent scheduled maintenance on Monday.
As well as the three Britons, the victims in the crash included 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians – including all of the crew, 10 Swedes, four Afghans and three Germans, Ukraine foreign affairs minister Vadym Prystaiko said.
Rescue teams have been sent to the crash site but the head of Iran’s Red Crescent told state media that it was “impossible” for anyone to have survived the crash.
Tributes have been paid to the two British men who have been named as having been on board the flight.
In a statement, BP said: “With the deepest regret, we can confirm that one of our colleagues at BP, Sam Zokaei, was a passenger on the Ukrainian International Airlines plane that crashed in Iran this morning, reportedly with no survivors.
“We are shocked and deeply saddened by this tragic loss of our friend and colleague and all of our thoughts are with his family and friends.”
Meanwhile, Laing O’Rourke – who Mr Tahmasebi worked for in Dartford – said: “Everyone here is shocked and saddened by this very tragic news.
“Saeed was a popular and well respected engineer and will be missed by many of his colleagues. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this most difficult time and we will do all we can to support them through it.”
Mr Tahmasebi – whose full name was Saeed Tahmasebi Khademasadi – was also a part-time PhD student at Imperial College London’s Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation.
A spokeswoman for the university said: “We are deeply saddened at this tragic news. Saeed Tahmasebi Khademasadi was a brilliant engineer with a bright future.
“His contributions to systems engineering earned respect from everyone who dealt with him and will benefit society for years to come.
“He was a warm, humble and generous colleague and close friend to many in our community. Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with Saeed’s family, friends and colleagues, as well as all those affected by this tragedy.”
At Prime Minister’s Questions earlier, Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn both said their thoughts were with the families of those killed.
A UK Foreign Office spokesman has said: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of life in the plane crash in Iran overnight.”
They said it was “urgently seeking confirmation” about how many British nationals were on board and would be supporting any families affected.
Ukraine’s state aviation service has forbidden its national airlines from using Iranian airspace from Thursday, with the restrictions in place until an investigation into the cause of the crash has concluded.
Ukraine’s embassy in Tehran and Iranian state television both initially said technical issues caused the crash.
But the embassy later removed this statement and said any comment regarding the cause of the accident prior to a commission’s inquiry was not official.
Ukraine said its entire civilian aviation fleet would be checked for airworthiness and criminal proceedings would be opened into the disaster.
The country’s president warned against “speculation or unchecked theories regarding the catastrophe” until official reports were ready.
Ukrainian International Airlines said the flight disappeared from radar just a “few minutes” after take-off.
The Ukrainian national carrier said according to preliminary data there were 167 passengers and nine crew members on board but its staff were “clarifying the exact number”.
“The airline expresses its deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the air crash and will do everything possible to support the relatives of the victims,” a statement said.
The airline, which is investigating the crash, said the aircraft – a Boeing 737-800 – was built in 2016 and had its last scheduled maintenance on Monday.
There was no sign of any problems with the plane before take-off and the airline’s president said it had an “excellent, reliable crew”.
A statement from Boeing said its “heartfelt thoughts” were with all those affected following the “tragic event”.
There are several thousand Boeing 737-800s in operation around the world which have completed tens of millions of flights. They have been involved in 10 incidents, including this crash, where at least one passenger was killed, aviation safety analyst Todd Curtis told the BBC.
This is the first time a Ukraine International Airlines plane has been involved in a fatal crash.
A 15-year-old girl has admitted mugging singer Katherine Jenkins and stealing her phone in London.
The 39-year-old Welsh mezzo-soprano was attacked after intervening in a street robbery as she went to rehearse for a carol concert, on 4 December.
At Highbury Corner Youth Court, the girl admitted stealing Ms Jenkins’ iPhone and assaulting a police officer.
The teenager was handed a six month referral order. She has offered to apologise to Ms Jenkins.
The singer was on her way to a rehearsal for the Henry van Straubenzee charity event, when she witnessed an “older lady being mugged” and intervened to help, her agent said.
“Katherine was then mugged herself,” her agent added.
At the hearing, district judge Susan Williams also ordered the girl’s mother to pay £20 in compensation.
Sabrina Fitzgerald, the girl’s counsel, said the teenager took the phone “because she thought she was being filmed”.
There were “issues around peer pressure and poor decision-making skills”, she added.
Ms Jenkins was not in court for the hearing.
Millwall avoided a potential banana skin as they reached the FA Cup fourth round with a 3-0 win against Newport.
Matt Smith’s seventh-minute goal gave the hosts the perfect start at The Den, the striker poking home a corner.
Newport started the second half well and should have been level but Jamille Matt could not beat Bartosz Bialkowski.
And the League Two side were left to rue that miss as Connor Mahoney converted a penalty before Tom Bradshaw sealed the win for the Lions.
Smith, who made a name for himself in the FA Cup as he scored twice to knock Liverpool out in 2013, eased any early nerves with his goal and continued to cause the Exiles trouble until he was replaced on the hour mark.
Matt should have equalised with Newport’s best chance of the game and Padraig Amond almost levelled from the rebound but he could only hit the side netting.
It was not to be for Amond, who failed in his bid to score in a ninth consecutive FA Cup game having been chasing Stan Mortensen’s record of 12 successive games.
Instead the Championship side weathered the pressure from Newport before Mark O’Brien fouled Jon Bodvarsson in the area, and Mahoney confidently took his penalty to double Millwall’s lead.
And the result was put beyond doubt when substitute Bradshaw got on to the end of a low cross to deftly chip the ball beyond Tom King to book Millwall’s place in the fourth round.
East Street Investments has completed its takeover of Championship club Charlton Athletic, ending Roland Duchatelet’s spell as owner.
Much of Duchatelet’s tenure was dominated by friction between the Belgian and a section of supporters and he has been trying to sell the club since the end of 2017.
A deal with ESI was first announced at the end of November, subject to English Football League approval.
Charlton are 19th in the Championship.
Tahnoon Nimer and Jonathan Heller, the chairman and chief executive of Abu Dhabi Business Development, have joined Charlton as directors, while Matt Southall is the club’s new chairman.
Abu Dhabi Business Development is the private office of His Highness Sheikh Saeed Bin Tahnoun Bin Mohammed Al Nahyan.
I believe the club is in safe hands – Duchatelet
Duchatelet said: “It was vital for the long-term health of Charlton Athletic that this deal was completed at the very start of the January transfer window.
“It allows the new owners to commit resources to the football side in order to bring in new players who will help secure the club’s position in the Championship.
“This is a hugely exciting time for everybody involved with Charlton Athletic and I believe the club is in safe hands with His Excellency Tahnoon Nimer, Matt Southall and Jonathan Heller.”
New Charlton chairman Southall added: “This is a great opportunity for ESI and we are thankful to Roland Duchatelet and his team for giving us the chance to build on such strong foundations.
“Now, for us, the hard work begins. We already have plans in place to support Lee (Bowyer, Charlton manager) and his staff over the next month.
“But most important is strengthening our links with both the fans and the Charlton community so they may understand our short-term and long-term plans for the club and how we intend to build on the amazing support and goodwill already shown to ESI.”
Duchatelet’s reign ends
Duchatelet took control of Charlton in January 2014, adding them to his portfolio of clubs that stretched across Europe.
But a group of supporters objected to how he and former chief executive Katrien Meire were running the club and formed a coalition group called Campaign Against Roland Duchatelet (CARD), urging Duchatelet to sell.
Five managerial changes were made in his first two years of ownership and Charlton were relegated from the Championship at the end of the 2015-16 season, during which a series of protests were staged by fans.
On one occasion a game against Coventry City in October 2016 was interrupted when plastic toy pigs were thrown onto the pitch.
Charlton regained their place in the second tier of English football last May, beating Sunderland 2-1 in the League One play-off final.
A professor specialising in human “body-clocks” had been suspended from medical practice after receiving full-time salaries from two universities.
Prof Akhilesh Reddy, a medical doctor, was paid by University College London (UCL) and the University of Cambridge.
He made a £50,000 mortgage repayment, saying he thought the extra money was a salary “overlap”.
The Medical Practitioners Tribunal suspended him from the medical register for misconduct.
In December 2016, UCL became aware Prof Reddy may have two salaries and raised concerns with the University of Cambridge.
The neurologist and researcher gave inconsistent statements about the money, claiming he only noticed the salary issue when he checked his account in February 2016, five months after starting at UCL, the tribunal heard.
He said he thought the universities were “sharing his salary”, that there was an “overlap” in his salaries and also that he thought the large sum was just his salary from UCL.
However, the tribunal dismissed his claims, saying he was a “financially aware man”, as shown by his making the £50,000 repayment in February 2016 and his negotiation of a UCL salary nearly double that of his Cambridge one.
In a statement read to the tribunal, Prof Reddy said he thought “all necessary people were fully aware of the position.”
Prof Reddy has moved to Pennsylvania to continue his research following the allegations.
He has since repaid the “large amount of money” and the tribunal said he had showed remorse for his actions.
A UCL spokesman: “UCL immediately took action as soon as we became aware that Akhilesh Reddy was drawing two salaries and he is no longer employed by UCL.
“This was a unique set of circumstances that involved the complex transfer of an academic group who remained for a period of time at their previous university before moving to a laboratory separate from UCL’s campus.
“The behaviour of the individual involved fell seriously below the standards of behaviour we expect from members of UCL’s academic community.”
A University of Cambridge spokesman said it was “profoundly disappointed” by Prof Reddy’s actions.
Anti-Semitic graffiti has been daubed on a synagogue and several shops in north London during the Jewish festival of Hanukkah.
The Star of David, a Jewish holy symbol, and 9 11 were spray-painted in Hampstead and Belsize Park on Saturday, referencing a conspiracy theory.
South Hampstead Synagogue was among the premises targeted, with reports being made to police from about 23:30 GMT.
Police are treating it as a racially motivated hate crime.
The graffiti references an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that Jews are responsible for the 9/11 terror attack.
The vandalism was carried out six days after the start of Hanukkah – one of the biggest festivals of the year for Jewish people. No arrests have been made.
Conservative councillor for Hampstead Oliver Cooper said he spent Sunday morning patrolling the neighbourhood after “appalled” residents alerted the Community Security Trust charity, which works to protect the Jewish community.
Mr Cooper said: “My first reaction was shock and horror.
“I’ve had to report anti-Semitic graffiti in Hampstead a number of times before, including by a banned neo-Nazi group, but I have never seen anything approaching this extent.”
Mr Cooper said he came across the graffiti in nine places, and others also posted photographs of the markings on Twitter.
Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn Tulip Siddiq said the vandalism was “unbelievable, senseless, disgusting anti-Semitism at the heart of our community”.
“I am in touch with Camden Council and Borough Commander (Raj) Kohli regarding clean-up and attempting to find these criminals – we must all stay vigilant in order to continue the fight against this hatred,” she said.
Insp Kev Hailes, of the Met, said: “This is clearly a concerning incident and one we are taking seriously.
“We have liaised with our partners in order to remove the graffiti and various inquiries are under way to find who is responsible.
“Officers will be on patrol throughout the area in order to provide some reassurance to local communities.”
Charlton loanee Jonathan Leko faces a long absence after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament, and has gone back to parent club West Brom.
Forward Leko, 20, returned to Albion to begin treatment having scored five goals in 21 games during a loan spell which was meant to last all season.
He suffered the injury only 11 minutes into the Addicks’ 2-2 Championship draw at QPR on Saturday.
“Jonathan is out for the rest of the season,” Charlton boss Lee Bowyer said.
“It came from nothing – he jumped, landed, jolted his knee a bit and has done his ACL.
“He’ll be out for the rest of the season, going into next season as well.”