Coronavirus live news: Global cases pass 25m; Auckland prepares to exit lockdown

Demonstrations in Germany and UK against coronavirus restrictions; Australian opposition calls for wider care home inquiry; Turkey sees two-month high in cases. Follow all the developments live

7.59am BST

More than 25 million people around the world have been infected with Covid-19, according to the Johns Hopkins University, which has been monitoring case numbers throughout the pandemic.

The university’s tracker has just been updated to reflect the global tally passing the milestone.

7.49am BST

AFP: Thousands of tearful Shiite pilgrims wearing gloves and face masks flooded Iraq’s holy city of Karbala Sunday to mark Ashura, one of the largest Muslim gatherings since the Covid-19 pandemic started.

Ashura, on the 10th day of the mourning month of Muharram, commemorates the killing of the Prophet Mohammed’s grandson Hussein at the Battle of Karbala in 680 AD – the defining moment of Islam’s confessional schism.

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