Coronavirus live news: US cases pass 2.5m as Australia considers new lockdown in Melbourne

Cases approach 10m; new Covid-19 clusters across world spark fear of second wave; UK NHS will take four years to recover. Follow the latest updates

7.23am BST

Adisaster is unfolding in Montgomery, Alabama, where Martin Luther King preached and where Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on the bus. Hospitals are running short of drugs to treat Covid-19, intensive care units are close to capacity, and ventilators are running short.

Between 85% and 90% of the very sick and dying are African American.

Related: ‘Like leaning into a left hook’: coronavirus calamity unfolds across divided US

7.12am BST

Poles began voting in a presidential election Sunday that had originally been scheduled for May but was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, AP reports.

President Andrzej Duda, a 48-year-old conservative backed by the ruling party, is running against 10 other candidates as he seeks a second 5-year term.

Most recent polls showed that no single candidate was likely to reach the 50% required to avoid a runoff. In that case, the two top vote-getters will face each other 12 July.

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