Coronavirus live news: global deaths pass 975,000 as Israel plans for stricter lockdown

Israel announces plans for stricter lockdown; Paris to unveil tighter restrictions; Follow the latest updates

7.43am BST

The UK health secretary, Matt Hancock, has said fewer than 10,000 people a day are estimated to be contracting Covid-19 in the UK.

Britain reported 6,178 new daily cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, which is a similar level to the number during the first peak earlier this year. However, far more people are now being tested for the disease so the two figures are not directly comparable.

(At the peak), we estimate through surveys that over 100,000 people a day were catching disease, but we only found around 6,000 of them, and they tested positive. Now we estimate that it’s under 10,000 people a day getting the disease. That’s too high, but it’s still much lower than in the peak.

7.18am BST

Good morning from the UK. It’s Josh Halliday in Manchester, England, to guide you through the next few hours of global pandemic news. First, a look at today’s UK headlines.

The front pages are dominated by the multi-billion pound economic package set to be outlined by the UK chancellor Rishi Sunak later today. His statement in the House of Commons will start at 12.30pm GMT.

Thursday’s Guardian: Sunak axes budget in scramble for urgent measures to save jobs #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/FKH3Wa9PLp

Thursday’s Daily Mail: Price we can’t afford to pay #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/95JT7aXGh3

Thursday’s Times: Sunak puts billions into new Covid rescue plan #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/UqYxHQ3CiV

Thursday’s Daily Telegraph: Wage subsidies to replace furlough #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/w91uTMnRtz

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