Coronavirus live news: Paris faces being placed on ‘maximum alert’ as India nears 100,000 deaths

Bars and restaurants in Paris face closure from Monday; Turkey condemned for underreporting cases; Scottish National Party lawmaker suspended after travelling by train despite positive test. Follow the latest updates

12.02am BST

French authorities may place Paris on maximum virus alert as soon as Monday, potentially requiring all bars to close and other new restrictions as Covid-19 cases surge, Health Minister Olivier Veran said Thursday, AFP reports.

The capital and its closest suburbs, comprising nearly seven million inhabitants, have already breached the maximum alert thresholds, Veran told a press conference.

11.44pm BST

Hello and welcome to today’s live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic with me, Helen Sullivan.

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