Coronavirus live news: France sees record new cases; virus may be becoming more contagious

US scientists believe virus is mutating, becoming more contagious but not more deadly; EU warns pandemic worse now than at the March peak in several member countries. Follow the latest updates

11.51pm BST

Hello and welcome to today’s live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.

My name is Helen Sullivan and I’ll be bringing you the latest from around the world for the next few hours.

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