Daily coronavirus thread: The US reported its biggest one-day jump in cases since July, South Korea’s job market worsened and remdesivir was found to have no impact on Covid-9 mortality, the WHO said. Follow our live coverage: on.ft.com/3nSJbal
Wisconsin, Ohio and North Carolina, which Donald Trump won four years ago but where Joe Biden is even or leading, hit record new Covid-19 cases on.ft.com/3dsM6Ss Image
UK arrivals from Italy, San Marino and the Vatican will have to self-isolate for two weeks from 4am on Sunday on.ft.com/3nU9flB
Londoners will be banned from indoor socialising with other households under a ‘high’ Covid-19 alert level from Saturday. Here’s what to know: on.ft.com/3dDX47O
Boris Johnson will on Friday have to decide whether to order the economic closure of northern England’s cities against their will on.ft.com/31ex5i2
UK pub chain JD Wetherspoon has slumped to its first annual loss since 1984 owing to the pandemic. Follow our live coverage here:
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Across Europe, countries are reimposing painful restrictions on public life as coronavirus cases surge. ‘Parts of Europe have lost control.’ on.ft.com/2T197lT Image
The FT View: If the UK government decides to impose a circuit-breaker lockdown, it has two overriding duties:
💰 Ensure adequate financial support to companies and individuals
🦠 Use the time it will buy to fix the shambolic test and trace system

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