Before the Beirut blast Lebanon was doing relatively well at managing the pandemic, since then case numbers have been rising and now the nation's caretaker Prime Minister fears the country may "lose control" as case numbers rise.
France orders the mandatory wearing of face masks across Paris to curb a surging rate of coronavirus infections, as fears rise that the outbreak could spiral out of control if swift action is not taken.
While a new vaccine can take in excess of 10 years to develop, the sheer scale of the crisis has created overwhelming pressure to fast-track this process. And with that comes inevitable questions around safety.
Some 1.4 million pupils have returned to school in Wuhan, the Chinese city that shot to prominence for being the world's first epicentre of the novel coronavirus, while in Hungary a plan to close the border to foreigners receives a rebuke from the EU.