The total number of deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide has increased to 1,201,642 with the global confirmed cases reaching 46,607,519 as of 8:30 pm BJT on Monday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
Current status (data as of 8:30 pm BJT, November 2):
A four-week partial shutdown has started in Germany, with restaurants, bars, theaters, cinemas and other leisure facilities closing down until the end of the month in a drive to flatten a rapid rise in coronavirus infections.
The Portuguese government intends to declare a health emergency enabling stricter curbs to be imposed in the fight against a surge in coronavirus infections, Prime Minister Antonio Costa said Monday.
Australia remains "on track" to have domestic borders open by Christmas, Health Minister Greg Hunt has revealed. As of Monday afternoon, there had been 27,602 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia, and the number of new cases in the last 24 hours is eight, according to the latest figures from the Australian government Department of Health.
COVID-19 vaccine testing has begun in Vietnam on monkeys, according to the Company for Vaccine and Biological Production (Vabiotech) under the country's Ministry of Health.
Thirteen more US soldiers and five other individuals in South Korea tested positive for COVID-19, the US Forces Korea (USFK) has said.