Coronavirus live news: France sees record new cases; virus may be becoming more contagious

US scientists believe virus is mutating, becoming more contagious; EU warns pandemic worse now than at March peak in several countries

7.47am BST

The Czech Republic’s daily coronavirus caseload rose to 2,913 on Thursday, the second highest figure on record.

Data from the health ministry shows the total number of infections now stands at 58,374 in the country of 10.7 million people, which has been experiencing a surge in infections in recent weeks after a relaxation of lockdown measures in the summer.

7.20am BST

The UK government borrowed £35.9bn in August in an effort to tackle the economic fallout from Covid-19, official figures show.

It means the national debt hit a record £2.024 trillion at the end of August – £249.5bn more than the same time last year – according to the Office for National Statistics, pushing borrowing up to 101.9% of gross domestic product (GDP).

Public sector net debt was £2,023.9 billion at the end of August 2020, 101.9% of GDP, £249.5 billion more than at the same point last year https://t.co/4OWYxcUcS8 pic.twitter.com/Qed3wtQUk5

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