Coronavirus live news: France sees another record daily rise as Victoria records 14 new cases

England is facing ‘perfect storm’ and rule-breakers face heavy fines; Poland and Indonesia also see record daily rise. Follow developments here

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The first wave of coronavirus swept through a world unprepared. Authorities struggled to test for the disease, and didn’t know how to slow the spread of Covid-19.

Lockdowns brought the virus under temporary control in some places, including the UK, buying a window for the revival of education and the economy, and time to prepare for future waves that epidemiologists said were almost inevitable.

Related: Global preparation: how different countries planned for the second wave of Covid-19

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Six months ago, Boris Johnson gave the nation a “simple instruction” – to stay at home to stop the spread of the disease. The weather that day in most of the country was pretty good for early spring – widespread sunshine after a frosty start, with a high of 15C.

Later, as restrictions eased and temperatures rose, green spaces became places for (mostly) socially distanced gatherings – birthday parties, family reunions, picnics and barbecues. People took their laptops to the park during working hours, pubs sold drinks from open windows, and some faith organisations moved worship outdoors.

Related: Bundle up: Britons urged to embrace an alfresco Covid winter

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