The United States has recorded its one-millionth coronavirus case while its death toll now exceeds the loss of life recorded by the US military in the Vietnam War.
The US – where millions of jobs have gone – reached the grim milestone as it registered 58,365 deaths. And the overall US case load rose to 1,010,717 in a public health disaster that could threaten President Donald Trump’s re-election chances.
Across the Atlantic, some countries are taking tentative steps back towards normal life by preparing to reopen some businesses. In the UK, the Government relaxed its key rule for easing the lockdown amid increasing signs that Boris Johnson is preparing to refine restrictions within days.
And in France, shops, markets and some schools could reopen next month, with face masks required on public transport and work-from-home orders staying in place for several more weeks.