A daily round up of the latest on the spread of the coronavirus around the world, with reports from effected areas and details of the latest medical information, and what the global effects are on health, business, sport, travel, and more.”
WHO chief warns of deadly new surge
New countries risk big outbreak says Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Also today: Angela Merkel warns that the third wave has Germany firmly in its grip. And a tale from the sharp end of England’s love affair with the beer garden.
India records 200,000 Covid cases in a single day
The country is suffering a huge surge, with figures doubling in the past ten days. Also: A senior member of Japan’s ruling party has said cancelling the Olympics remains a possibility because of the pandemic, and Sir David Attenborough on what lockdowns have meant for the natural world.
Denmark drops AstraZeneca vaccine
First country to stop use of the jab completely over blood clot fears. Also: the UK trial into whether different vaccines can be mixed expands, and the Dutch experiment into whether cafes and restaurants can open safely.
President Biden's chief medical adviser casts doubt on use of AZ
Dr Fauci says safety concerns over vaccine must first be resolved, also, India authorizes the Russian coronavirus vaccine, Sputnik V, and WHO demands an end to the sale of live wild animals in food markets.
Most of the severely ill patients in Brazil are under-40
Doctors say more under-40s are developing severe symptoms and needing intensive care. Also: wealthy nations urged to fund vaccines for poorer countries; England's lockdown eases; and the Dutch holiday experiment in Greece.
India could pass Brazil in total infections
It has reported a record daily rise of over 150,000 cases and more than 800 new deaths. Also: France increases the gap between first and second vaccinations, and could sunshine help beat Covid?