As it happened: Coronavirus deaths pass 20,000

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We are pausing our live coverage

We’re pausing our live coverage for now, but we’ll continue to bring you updates across the BBC News website until our teams in Asia pick things up.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The number of people who have tested positive for the virus worldwide has passed 460,000, with more than 20,000 recorded deaths. But more than 110,000 people have now recovered
  • A quarter of the world’s population is living under some form of lockdown. That figure surged when India – the world’s second most populous country – imposed a strict lockdown on its 1.3 billion citizens
  • Southern Europe remains at the epicentre of the pandemic. Spain’s death toll has surpassed that in China, where the virus originated, and Italy reported another 683 deaths
  • In the US, the White House and the Senate have agreed a huge stimulus package worth more than $1.8 trillion (£1.5tn) to help ease the economic impact of the virus. The legislation is expected to be voted on in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives on Thursday
  • New York state is at the centre of the crisis there, but its governor says social distancing measures appear to be working
  • In the UK, more than 500,000 people have signed up to volunteer with the National Health Service (NHS) to help vulnerable people
  • Meanwhile, Prince Charles, the 71-year-old heir to the throne, has tested positive for the virus
  • The number of coronavirus deaths in the UK now stands at 465 with more than 8,000 confirmed cases

As always, you can find our latest coronavirus stories here.

And we leave you with this video which looks at the innovative ways people are socialising during the crisis:

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