Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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There have been some striking developments around the world this week alone so here is a short summary of the latest:
- Tens of millions of Europeans are currently living under lockdown
- Italy reports a rise in its death toll to more than 1,800
- Hard-hit Iran and Spain also see a spike in deaths
- Germany is to restrict border entries from France, Switzerland and Austria
- Austria bans gatherings of more than five people, and orders schools and shops to shut
- UK over-70s are to be asked to self-isolate for an extended period
- Voters go to the polls for local elections in France despite widespread restrictions
Several European governments have ordered partial or complete lockdowns to stem the spread of Covid-19, leaving once-buzzing streets all but silent as photos above show.