DEATHS AND INFECTIONS
* Britain's opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer has called for a two-to-three-week "circuit breaker" lockdown, piling pressure on PM Boris Johnson who is struggling to sell his own COVID-19 plan.
* The Netherlands will return to a "partial lockdown", while Ukraine will extend its lockdown until the end of the year and Italy has imposed new restrictions on gatherings, restaurants, sports and school activities.
* New COVID-19 infections, hospitalisations and deaths have all spiked further in France as the nation braces for potential additional restrictions.
* Russia has reported record high daily cases and deaths but authorities say they do not plan to impose lockdowns across the country.
* Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive, Portugal's Football Federation says.
* Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Republican-led US Senate will vote on a scaled-down coronavirus economic relief bill of the type Democrats have rejected as they hold out for trillions in aid.
* Mexico plans to vaccinate more than 116 million people or roughly 90 per cent of its population by the end of 2021.
* The Philippines has reported 1990 new infections, the lowest number in three weeks.
* Australia's most populous state will ease restrictions despite reporting the biggest one-day jump in new cases in six weeks.
MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA
* Iran's death toll has risen by 254 to 29,070, with the number of confirmed cases spiking to 508,389 in the hardest-hit Middle Eastern country.
* Johnson & Johnson says it will take at least a few days for an independent safety panel to evaluate an unexplained illness of a study participant that led to a pause in the company's COVID-19 vaccine trial.
* US drugmaker Eli Lilly says the government-sponsored clinical trial of its COVID-19 antibody treatment similar to one taken by President Donald Trump has been paused due to safety concerns.
* The European Union has agreed to pay more than 1 billion euros to Gilead for a six-month supply of its antiviral drug remdesivir.
* JPMorgan Chase & Co executives are cautiously optimistic the pandemic will not send the economy into the worst possible tailspin.
* The number of people claiming temporary Irish jobless benefits will increase by up to 115,000 in the event of stricter restrictions, officials say.
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