BBC news with Neil Nunes.
The head of the United Nations has said that the coronavirus pandemic is a threat to all humanity. António Guterres said that individual country responses were not enough, and international cooperation and solidarity were crucial in the fight against the disease. The U.N has launched a two-billion-dollar funding drive to help vulnerable countries, which lack even the most basic healthcare facilities.
Here in Britain, the prime minister Boris Johnson has defended the government's response to the pandemic in the face of continued criticism that too few frontline health workers are being tested or getting essential protective equipment. Earlier in parliament, the opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn asked why some medical staff had been forced to buy their own protection gear from shops.
President Putin cited concerns over the spread of Covid-19 as postponed a referendum on constitutional change, that would allow him to stay in office for many more years. Official statistics show a steady and sharp rise in the infection rate in Russia.
Italian media say a person who lives in the same guesthouse as Pope Francis is being treated in hospital for a coronavirus infection. One newspaper says the person is thought to be a priest living in the Santa Maria guesthouse. The Vatican has not commented.
In other news, Afghanistan's national security council says representatives of the government and the Taliban will meet face-to-face for further discussions on the exchange of prisoners. No date was given for the talks.