October 24, 2020

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Coronavirus live news: one million deaths worldwide; Netherlands reports record daily rise in cases

Global death toll passes one million; Angela Merkel says new action is needed in Germany; New York test positivity rate climbs

6.35pm BST

The head of the International Monetary Fund has given a stark warning that Covid-19 will lead to a lost generation unless urgent steps are taken to prevent the pandemic widening the gap between rich and poor countries.

Kristalina Georgieva, the IMF’s managing director, said financial support for the most vulnerable countries had to be stepped up to prevent long-time scarring that would roll back anti-poverty efforts of recent decades.

Related: No lost generation: can poor countries avoid the Covid trap? | Kristalina Georgieva

6.18pm BST

New York City will impose fines on people who refuse to wear a face covering as the rate of positive tests for coronavirus climbed above 3% for the first time in months, mayor Bill de Blasio has said.

Officials will first offer free masks to those caught not wearing one. If the person refuses, they will face an unspecified fine, de Blasio told reporters, according to Reuters.

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