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Latest updates: Boris Johnson expected to make social distancing announcement on Monday; India’s Covid-19 deaths rose by more than 4,000 for a second consecutive day; New South Wales to extend Covid restrictions for another week

11.26am BST

On Sunday, India’s capital New Delhi and the northern state of Uttar Pradesh extended their lockdown and curfew rules till 17 May.

But pressure is mounting on prime minister Narendra Modi to announce a nationwide lockdown similar to the one imposed during the first wave last year, Reuters reports.

11.13am BST

As a curfew and six-month-long national state of emergency ended across most of Spain at midnight, people danced in streets, chanted “freedom” and partied on beaches overnight.

Reuters reports:

In scenes akin to New Year’s Eve celebrations, hundreds of mainly young people gathered in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol square to applaud the clock striking midnight while in Barcelona revellers headed to the beach with drinks in hand.

Police in Barcelona had the strange task of moving people on after the last curfew began at 10pm, only to let them back at midnight when it ended for good.

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