Globally, there have been more than 26 million cases of coronavirus recorded, and more than 863,000 have died, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University. Here's the latest.
India sees highest daily spike: India reported 83,337 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, the highest daily increase announced by the country’s Health Ministry. Only the United States and Brazil have recorded more cases and deaths than India, which has 3,853,406 cases, including at least 67,376 deaths.
Israel also sees surge: Israel recorded 3,074 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, the country's biggest one-day spike since the pandemic began, according to the Ministry of Health.
The surge comes just two days after schools reopened, and two weeks before the high holidays in Israel, when Jews congregate in synagogues and homes to observe Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Sanofi and Glaxo start Phase 1/2 trials of their coronavirus vaccine: Sanofi Pasteur and GlaxoSmithKline said Thursday they are starting early stage trials of their experimental coronavirus vaccine, one of several being backed by the US federal government’s Operation Warp Speed. The companies said they were recruiting 440 healthy adults at 11 trial sites to test out the vaccine in a randomized, double blind and placebo-controlled trial.
The CDC has told public health officials around the United States to prepare to distribute a potential coronavirus vaccine as soon as late October: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has told public health officials around the United States to prepare to distribute a potential coronavirus vaccine as soon as late October. It also provided planning scenarios to help states prepare.
France to unveil recovery plan: The French government will announce details of a 100 billion euro ($118 billion) economic recovery plan on Thursday, which Prime Minister Jean Castex says should generate 160,000 jobs by the end of next year.