Spain plans to force tougher controls on Madrid, the worst-hit region in Europe, after a face off between the country’s leftwing government and the region’s centre-right administration.

North Carolina will from Friday begin lifting coronavirus restrictions for some businesses including large outdoor venues, cinemas and bars, governor Roy Cooper announced.

Florida reported its biggest daily jump in deaths in almost a week on Wednesday. Deaths attributed to the disease rose by 173, authorities revealed, up from 106 on Tuesday. That compared with an increase of 203 last Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia is set to cut spending by 7 per cent next year as it faces sliding revenues from the impact of coronavirus and lower oil prices. The kingdom’s pre-budget statement for 2021 forecast expenditure at 990bn Saudi riyals ($264bn), down from SAR1.1tn this year.

Boris Johnson said more coronavirus restrictions could be imposed soon as his chief scientific adviser admitted the virus was not “under control”. Johnson also said that plans are being put in place to allow students home safely for Christmas.

Passengers were allowed to disembark from the Mein Schiff 6 and go sightseeing in the Greek port of Piraeus on Wednesday after two days of testing showed the German-operated cruise-ship was free of coronavirus, an official from Tui Cruises said.

The US National Football League said it would postpone a scheduled game this week due to a coronavirus outbreak among one of its teams, the Tennessee Titans, throwing America’s most-watched sport into uncertainty less than a month into its season.

Shareholders of Arabtec, one of the largest construction companies in the Middle East, have voted to liquidate the company in what would become the highest profile corporate collapse since the coronavirus crisis upended the United Arab Emirates’ real estate sector.

Private employers added more than 700,000 US jobs this month in a sign that hiring picked up more than forecast, according to a survey. Payroll processor ADP said on Wednesday the private sector gained 749,000 non-farm jobs in September, more than the 650,000 anticipated by economists polled by Reuters.


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