Paris and several other French cities face month of restrictions; numbers soar in Europe amid new lockdowns; in Australia, Victoria is expected ease restrictions after recording just two new cases – follow live

12.41am BST

Millions of Europeans faced tough new coronavirus restrictions on Saturday as governments stepped up efforts to slow the surge in infections, after the World Health Organization reported a “very concerning” 44-percent rise in European cases over one week.

From Saturday evening, Paris and several other French cities go under a nighttime curfew that will last at least a month. England is banning mixed household gatherings in the capital and other areas, and Italy’s most populous region is limiting bar openings and suspending sports events.

12.27am BST

Good morning/afternoon/evening - wherever these words find you. Ben Doherty in Sydney here, helming our rolling coverage for the new few hours. If you’d like to be in contact, I can be found on email: or reluctantly on twitter @BenDohertyCorro.

To the state of play this morning (it’s morning where I am):

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