* The United States is the hardest-hit country with 129,947 deaths. It is followed by Brazil with 64,867, Britain with 44,220, Italy with 34,861 and Mexico with 30,639 fatalities.
* Stock markets in Asia and Europe rallied, choosing to pin their hopes on the economic recovery from the coronavirus as lockdowns end, rather than worry about the spread of cases.
* Pakistan’s health minister Dr Zafar Mirza on Monday tested positive for Covid-19, becoming the latest senior minister in the country to be hit by the deadly virus.
* Australian officials say they plan to effectively seal off the state of Victoria from the rest of the country after it announced a record 127 new cases as the virus spreads through Australia’s second city Melbourne.
* Meanwhile in the Balkans, Kosovo’s government re-imposed nightly curfews in the capital Pristina and three other towns in a bid to curb an increase of coronavirus infections.
* Chinese authorities detained Xu Zhangrun, a law professor who published essays criticising President Xi Jinping over the coronavirus pandemic and Xi’s efforts to consolidate power, according to friends of the man.
* The world’s most visited museum, the Louvre in Paris, reopened after nearly four months of coronavirus closure, with a restricted number of visitors enjoying a rare chance to view the “Mona Lisa”, the “Venus de Milo”, and the Louvre’s vast antiquities collection.
* The first-ever online Paris fashion week clicked off with the world of glitzy and sweaty catwalk shows thrown into an existential crisis by the coronavirus.
* The British government has said it will spend nearly $2 billion to help theatres, art galleries and other cultural institutions survive the coronavirus crisis.