Daily updates on the coronavirus and its impact on health, business and travel.
US prisoners defraud the authorities of up to a billion dollars in pandemic employment relief
An anti-fraud taskforce in California says tens of thousands of prisoners have defrauded the authorities of up to a billion dollars in pandemic employment relief. Also, French President Emmanuel Macron has announced a slight easing of the country's second coronavirus lockdown which will see shops re-open from Saturday. And the Australian Open tennis tournament is likely be delayed as talks continue over staging the tournament in Melbourne, which has only recently emerged from months of lockdown.
Sweden changes tack as restrictions are imposed
Swedish government bans public events with more than 8 people, also: Bishop who conducted the funeral of the head of Serbia's Orthodox Church - who died of Covid-19 - tests positive himself, and Qantas says future travellers will have to be vaccinated.
Latest Covid-19 vaccine proves highly effective
The Oxford University vaccine has shown to be up to 90% effective in large-scale trials. Also, Australia lifts travel restrictions as European countries bring in more measures, and the impact of the pandemic on our language.
California introduces night-time curfew
Thirty seven million residents will be affected by the new measure. Also, the Australian state of Victoria relaxes restrictions, and the unlikely award for Covid communication.
Pandemic to dominate G20
World leaders at the online summit are being asked to raise billions of dollars to fund vaccines worldwide. Also: Trials targeted at those who can't tolerate vaccines begin, and Amazon postpones Black Friday in France - after pressure from local bookshops who are losing business in lockdown.
India launches door-to-door Covid-19 survey in Delhi
India has recorded more than nine million cases and authorities are determined to test those who are asymptomatic. Also: the WHO urges people to rethink Christmas, and the pizza maker who prompted a statewide lockdown in Australia.