Joe Biden, US President-elect, has chosen Xavier Becerra, the Attorney General of California, to be the next US Secretary of Health and Human Services as he prepares to unveil the team that will be tasked with fighting the pandemic in his administration.
US business groups are stepping up pressure on Washington to provide new stimulus finance, even as they signal a partial recovery in economic confidence.
Indoor meals will be closed in New York City and run at reduced capacity in other parts of the state if coronavirus hospitalization rates in those areas do not stabilize.
Michigan will extend coronavirus restrictions to certain businesses, indoor gatherings and in-person high school classes for an additional 12 days.
The World Economic Forum has moved its annual meeting from Switzerland to Singapore due to the continuing risk of coronavirus in Europe.
Société Générale is merging its two domestic retail banking networks, closing 600 branches and cutting costs by 450 million euros, as the French lender seeks to capitalize on the changes in consumer behavior caused by the pandemic.
Denmark has ordered a partial lockdown of its three largest cities, including the sending of most schoolchildren home and the closure of bars, restaurants and fitness centers, as it faces a second wave of Covid -19 which is intensifying.