• This daily round-up brings you a selection of the latest news and updates on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, as well as tips and tools to help you stay informed and protected.
  • Top stories: Europe reports 200,000 new cases in a day; Eurozone economic recovery at risk; permanent work from home set to double next year.

1. How COVID-19 is affecting the globe

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have now passed 41.7 million globally, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. The number of confirmed deaths stands at over 1.13 million.

France has extended a 9pm to 6am curfew, which now covers 46 million out of the country's 67 million people.

Australia has said it will slightly increase the number of citizens and permanent residents allowed to return home each week. It's been limited to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading during mandatory 14-day quarantines in hotels.

Indiana, North Dakota, Illinois, Montana, Oklahoma, Utah and Ohio have all reported record daily increases in COVID-19 cases, as the virus continues to spread in the United States.

Britain has increased its COVID-19 restrictions in three more areas to "high", meaning people will not be able to mix outside their household. Several cities are already in the "very high" category.

Using the blood of recovered COVID-19 patients as a potential treatment has little benefit in helping hospitalized patients, according to the results of a study in India.

Slovakia is set to shut most of its schools and require people to stay home – apart from work, essential shopping and nature trips – in a partial lockdown.

The percentage of workers globally who are permanently working from home is set to double next year, according to a survey from US-based Enterprise Technology Research.

Greece has announced a night-time curfew in areas most affected by COVID-19.

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New daily confirmed cases remain high across many countries.
Image: Our World in Data

2. Europe reports 200,000 daily infections

Europe reported more than 200,000 infections in a single day for the first time yesterday, according to a Reuters tally.

It comes as the region's reported coronavirus cases have doubled in just 10 days, with many countries reporting their highest single-day increases in cases in the past week.

As a region, it's reporting more daily cases than India, Brazil and the United States combined. Although, increased testing compared to the start of the pandemic is likely impacting the figures.

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What is the World Economic Forum doing to manage emerging risks from COVID-19?

The first global pandemic in more than 100 years, COVID-19 has spread throughout the world at an unprecedented speed. At the time of writing, 4.5 million cases have been confirmed and more than 300,000 people have died due to the virus.

As countries seek to recover, some of the more long-term economic, business, environmental, societal and technological challenges and opportunities are just beginning to become visible.

To help all stakeholders – communities, governments, businesses and individuals understand the emerging risks and follow-on effects generated by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Marsh and McLennan and Zurich Insurance Group, has launched its COVID-19 Risks Outlook: A Preliminary Mapping and its Implications - a companion for decision-makers, building on the Forum’s annual Global Risks Report.

The report reveals that the economic impact of COVID-19 is dominating companies’ risks perceptions.

Companies are invited to join the Forum’s work to help manage the identified emerging risks of COVID-19 across industries to shape a better future. Read the full COVID-19 Risks Outlook: A Preliminary Mapping and its Implications report here, and our impact story with further information.

3. Eurozone recovery at serious risk

These rising cases are putting the Eurozone's economic recovery at serious risk, according to a Reuters' poll of economists.

Nearly 90% of those surveyed said that there was a "high" or "very high" risk that the resurgence of the virus across the region would halt a Eurozone economic recovery.

“The initial rebound from the lockdown was always going to run out of steam but the second wave threatens to push some countries into another recession and will place the Eurozone recovery on hold,” said Andrew Kenningham, chief Europe economist at Capital Economics.

“There is a growing risk of more severe lockdowns in the near term; these would cause a double-dip recession, although any contraction in GDP would not be as deep as in the first wave.”