Coronavirus live news: global cases exceed 60m; the Americas record worst week since pandemic's start

Global cases pass 60m, according Johns Hopkins University; The Americas report more than 1.5m cases in the last seven days, says WHO

8.45pm GMT

In a global push to end violence against women, activists held rallies on Wednesday and world leaders called for action to stop abuse, which has worsened during the coronavirus pandemic.

Protests from France to Ukraine were held on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to draw attention to the millions of women killed or abused every year by their partners and close relatives.

8.09pm GMT

The majority of England will enter the two toughest tiers of Covid restrictions from next week, ministers are set to announce amid signs of a growing parliamentary rebellion and fears that the measures could remain unchanged until spring.

On Thursday Matt Hancock, the health secretary, is expected to say that most of the country will be placed into tiers 2 or 3, which include significant restrictions on hospitality, after the national lockdown ends on 2 December.

Related: Most of England will enter two toughest tiers when lockdown is lifted

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Source: theguardian