Joe Biden, the US president-elect, has chosen Xavier Becerra, the California attorney-general, to be the next US health and human services secretary, as he prepared to unveil the team that will be charged with tackling the pandemic in his administration.
US business groups are turning up the heat on Washington to provide new stimulus funding, even as they report a partial recovery in economic confidence.
Indoor dining will be closed in New York City and operate at reduced capacity in other parts of the state should coronavirus hospitalisation rates in those areas fail to stabilise.
Michigan will extend coronavirus restrictions on some businesses, indoor gatherings and in-person lessons at high schools for another 12 days.
The World Economic Forum has moved its annual meeting from Switzerland to Singapore because of the persistent risk of coronavirus in Europe.
Société Générale is merging its two domestic retail bank networks, closing 600 branches and cutting €450m in costs, as the French lender looks to capitalise on changes in consumer behaviour wrought by the pandemic.
Denmark ordered a partial lockdown of its three largest cities including sending most schoolchildren home and closing bars, restaurants and fitness centres as it deals with an intensifying second wave of Covid-19.