Coronavirus live news: India becomes second country to pass 8m cases; France braces for lockdown

France reimposes national lockdown; Iran suffers record deaths; China reports highest cases in two months. Follow latest updates

6.39am GMT

More than 500 scout troops are facing closure after fundraising activities from jumble sales to supermarket bag packing were cancelled because of Covid, the movement has warned.

It means the 113-year-old institution faces the possible loss of at least 7% of its 7,300 groups.

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6.27am GMT

Taiwan celebrated 200 days without a single locally transmitted case on Wednesday.

Despite being incredibly close to China and with high volumes of travel and trade, Taiwan has recorded just 550 cases and seven deaths so far this year. Since January it has not seen more than 30 daily cases, and most have been imported.

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