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Coronavirus live: Italy toughens curbs in more regions as cases increase; WHO warns against hastily easing measures

De Croo gave Belgians a glimpse of light at the end of a five-month period of restrictions that have only allowed schools, shops and, more recently, hairdressers to operate. “The situation remains very delicate. We must remain cautious and we must do everything to keep the situation under control,” De Croo told a news conference […]

Italy blocks export of 250,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Australia

Italy has blocked the export of 250,000 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine to Australia in an escalation of a row with the Anglo-Swedish company. In the first such intervention under the EU’s controversial export authorisation scheme, the Italian government ordered that the doses remain in the bloc with the backing of the European commission. The […]

Coronavirus live news: 168m children worldwide have missed school for a year; Brazil reports record deaths

11.10pm EST 23:10 Australia’s economic recovery continues with 3.1% growth in December quarter Katharine Murphy The Australian economy grew by 3.1% in the December quarter as the domestic recovery from the pandemic-induced shock consolidated. The continued bounce back in growth late last year as coronavirus restrictions eased followed a 3.4% increase in GDP in the […]

Coronavirus live news: vaccine acceptance rising in UK, France and US; South Africa eases restrictions

SII, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, is producing the AstraZeneca vaccine, developed with Oxford University, for dozens of poor and middle-income countries. The precise reason for the audit of SII’s manufacturing processes and facilities was not clear, but a green light would mean the drug could be exported to the European Union, the source said, […]

Coronavirus live news: US approves Johnson & Johnson vaccine; first AstraZeneca jabs arrive in Sydney

Thailand kicked off its Covid inoculation campaign on Sunday, with cabinet ministers, health officials and medical professionals among the first in the queue to receive vaccinations, Reuters reports. The first doses of vaccine, developed by China’s Sinovac Biotech, were given to Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, who is also the health minister, among others at […]

Germany set to give AstraZeneca jab to older people

Germany could soon authorise the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for seniors after the head of the country’s vaccination committee said his body’s advice to give the Oxford-developed vaccine only to those under 65 had “somehow gone wrong”. Unlike the European Medicines Agency or Britain’s MHRA, Germany’s Standing Committee on Vaccination (Stiko) last month recommended […]

Coronavirus live news: UK will face ‘enormous strains’, says chancellor; New Zealand PM says Auckland to go into lockdown for seven days

“I am certainly not going to argue with an eminent scientist but I think what I would say is a week on Monday we are at a moment, a national moment – 10 million children and young people are going to start the process of going back into their schools. “The government today is launching […]

Report finds Saudi crown prince approved killing of Jamal Khashoggi – live

Report: MBS approved 2018 killing of Washington Post columnist Further actions from Biden administration expected Blinken announces ‘Khashoggi Ban’ allowing US visa restrictions CDC head warns of concerning US shift in Covid cases Omar leads calls to fire Senate official who blocked $15 wage rise Sign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing […]

Coronavirus live news: Finland announces lockdown plan; Ukraine registers 40% jump in new cases

The country has the world’s second-highest number of Covid-19 infections after the United States, with cases recently surging as mask wearing declines and states have eased social distancing measures. A lack of confidence in a homegrown vaccine country could prevent India from meeting its target of vaccinating 300 million of its 1.35 billion people by […]

Manhattan district attorney reportedly subpoenas Bannon’s financial records – live

The county’s courthouse flags remained at full staff, ignoring DeSantis’ Tuesday order directing its US and Florida state flags to be flown at half-staff. He also ordered the Town of Palm Beach and the State Capitol in Tallahassee to fly their flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset today. Those flags were lowered. Palm Beach […]