Coronavirus latest news: Get different second dose if you’ve had one AstraZeneca jab, Germany urges under-60s

Under-60s who have received their first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine should get a different second dose, German officials have recommended.

Germany restricted the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine to under-60s a week ago.

At the time the country’s’ Standing Commission on Vaccination (STIKO) recommended those who had been already been given the jab should get a second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

The head of the panel told German television on Thursday that recommendation is unchanged. It follows a small number of people developing a rare and sometimes fatal blood clot in the brain after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.

German government talks on whether to adopt the recommendation on second jabs were inconclusive yesterday, and a final decision has been deferred until next week.

The Stiko said its advice that the vaccine be restricted to under-60s also remains unchanged, despite the European Medicines Agency insisting it is safe for use in all ages.

Carolina Darias, the Spanish health minister, said that a decision is yet to be made on the two million Spaniards who have received their first dose of AstraZeneca.

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Covid passports could be time-limited to avert Tory rebellion 

Covid passport[9] laws being considered could have “sunset” clauses to reassure Tory rebels that the measures will be temporary, The Telegraph understands.

Michael Gove’s review into domestic Covid status certificates is looking at time-limiting any legal changes potentially needed to require the checks in certain settings. The move would underscore the Government’s insistence that the measures should not become a feature of life beyond the pandemic.

A source familiar with the review’s work said consideration was being given to making clear that the changes would be “explicitly temporary”, possibly through the use of “sunset clauses”.

Businesses are free to bring in checks themselves, provided they do not breach equality laws. But the Government is likely to go further, encouraging theatres, festivals, nightclubs and events with large crowds to adopt them.

Ben-Riley Smith has more[10].

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Sturgeon pledges free breakfasts amid costs of pandemic

Free breakfasts for secondary school pupils will be trialled in Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has announced, as she reiterated a pledge to offer free breakfasts and lunches to all children at primary school.

The SNP leader revealed the free breakfast scheme will be piloted in secondary schools if her party wins the upcoming Holyrood election.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has been tough for everyone – that’s why so much of our focus in government has been to help families get by in tough times,” Ms Sturgeon said.

“All children in primaries 1 to 3 already benefit from access to free school meals, saving families around £400 per child per year. But if re-elected, we will go much further.

“An SNP government will provide free school breakfasts and lunches to every primary school pupil in Scotland, all year round, and for all children in state-funded special schools in Scotland. This will eventually save them an estimated £650 a year per child.”

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Scrap costly tests for those returning from ‘green list’ countries, Boris Johnson told 

Costly tests for holidaymakers returning from “green list” countries must be abandoned, Tory MPs have told Boris Johnson.

The Prime Minister’s global travel taskforce is due to announce on Friday that travellers from “safe” countries will have to take a gold standard PCR test on or before the second day of their return – a move that would add £480 to the cost of a holiday for a family of four.

This is said to be the preferred option, with holidaymakers allowed to use the cheaper rapid lateral flow tests only to confirm their Covid status before they leave their destination to return home.

The move comes despite Mr Johnson’s pledge on Tuesday to make foreign travel “as easy as possible” by prioritising faster and cheaper tests for holidaymakers.

The two-test model, before and after arrival, is part of the Government’s proposed traffic light system where only arrivals from “green list” countries will be exempt from having to quarantine for 10 days.

Charles Hymas and Harry Yorke have the story[13].

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FTSE 100 achieves new Covid peak 

The FTSE 100 has climbed to a new post-pandemic high, hitting 6,926 points earlier today, reports Simon Foy.

It marks the FTSE 100’s highest intra-day level in more than a year. It went on to settle 0.42pc higher at 6,913 points in the early afternoon. In the eurozone, Paris advanced but Frankfurt turned flat after an earlier advance.

“UK equities entered 2021 at a big discount to peers but have not enjoyed the same bounce as US or some European markets,” noted Markets.com analyst Neil Wilson.

“At last UK equities are bouncing strongly on a combination of strong UK growth expectations, ongoing monetary policy support and expectations for a strong global recovery.”

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Covid origins: Researchers call for new inquiry not ‘tainted by politics’ 

A joint China-World Health Organization (WHO) study into the origins of Covid-19 has provided no credible answers about how the pandemic began, and more rigorous investigations are required, a group of international scientists and researchers have said.

In an open letter, 24 scientists and researchers from Europe, the United States, Australia and Japan said the WHO study, published last week, was “tainted”  by politics.

“Their starting point was, let’s have as much compromise as is required to get some minimal cooperation from China,” Jamie Metzl, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council think tank, who drafted the letter, told Reuters.

World Health Organisation investigators visited Wuhan in January to probe the origins of the pandemic

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The letter said the study’s conclusions were based on unpublished Chinese research, while critical records and biological samples “remain inaccessible”.

The long-awaited WHO study concluded that the virus most likely emerged in an as-yet unknown animal before jumping into bats and then into humans. It said it is “extremely unlikely” that Sars-Cov-2 escaped from a lab.

Anne Gulland has more here[17].

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Vaccines advice could still change for those in their 30s, JCVI suggests 

Advice on vaccines for those in their 30s could change during the rollout of the programme, the deputy chairman of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has suggested.

Professor Anthony Harnden said that safety data will be examined “in scrupulous detail” before the programme is rolled out to the under 40s. 

The scientist said “everybody should remain confident” in the vaccine programme, which he said was going “full steam ahead,” adding that any link with blood clots was a “very, very rare, extremely rare safety signal”.

He said that the latest change in the medical advice – that those under 30 should be offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines in preference to AstraZeneca jab – is unlikely to change.

However, he said scientists would be looking closely at the safety data for those in other groups, and should have “much more clear” data by the time the programme moves to people in their 30s. 

Laura Donnelly has more here[19].

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Under-60s who have received first AstraZeneca dose should get different jab, says Germany  

Under-60s who have received their first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine should get a different second dose, German officials have said.

Germany’s Standing Commission on Vaccination also plans to restrict the use of the AstraZeneca jab in those aged below 60.

This seems to contradict advice from the European Medicines Agency that AstraZeneca’s vaccine is safe for use in all ages.

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Nicola Sturgeon pledges to increase NHS activity to pre-pandemic levels 

Half of all spending on frontline NHS care will go to GPs and community services if the SNP is re-elected in May, Nicola Sturgeon has pledged, as she outlined her pandemic recovery plan.

In a bid to reduce waiting times, the SNP leader also vowed to increase inpatient, outpatient and day-case treatment activity by ten per cent above pre-pandemic levels within the first year of the new parliament.

However, the First Minister’s pledges have been dismissed as “too little, too late” by opposition parties, who point out that the SNP has repeatedly failed to meet its own waiting time targets even before the pandemic. 

As part of a “full-scale post-pandemic remobilisation of the NHS”, Ms Sturgeon promised that her party will set up an expanded network of 10 centres doing diagnostic work and elective surgery.

This would include a renewed Edinburgh Eye Pavilion, as well new elective treatment centres in Ayrshire and Cumbernauld.

Georgina Hayes has the story[22].

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Why under-30s will be offered alternative to AstraZeneca Covid vaccine 

Healthy young people aged 18 to 29 should be offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines instead of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab, it has been recommended amid ongoing fears over blood clots.

On April 7, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said more work was needed to establish a definite link between the AstraZeneca jab and rare brain blood clots, and that the benefit still outweighed the risk for the majority. 

However, the joint committee on vaccination and immunisation has recommended that under-30s be offered an alternative vaccine.

Our Science Editor Sarah Knapton explains all[24].

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Long Covid could ‘essentially ruin your life’, Hancock warns under-30s

Under-30s should not hesitate to take the coronavirus vaccine amid a “course correction” and updated guidance, the Health Secretary has insisted – going as far as to warn that long Covid could “essentially ruin your life”.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Matt Hancock said the UK’s range of coronavirus vaccines is safe and that it would be “fine” for young people to have the Pfizer or Moderna jab if they wished to avoid the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

“Long Covid affects people in their 20s just as much it seems as any other age group and can have debilitating side effects that essentially ruin your life,” he said.

“The safety system that we have around this vaccine is so sensitive that it can pick up events that are four in a million – I’m told this is about the equivalent risk of taking a long-haul flight.”

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Captain Van-Tam manned the bridge over troubled water

The course of vaccination never did run smooth, especially for poor old AstraZeneca, writes Madeline Grant. EU leaders alternated between questioning its effectiveness, blocking exports of it, accusing greedy Britain of hoarding the vaccine they so despised, while millions of vials lay unused. 

Yesterday came a staggering last-ditch plot twist. First, the European Medicines Agency gave a press conference recommending the vaccine for all age groups.

Then just minutes later, it was the turn of UK regulators to advise against the vaccine, but only for the under-30s, for whom the risks of Covid were minuscule enough not to outweigh the – still minuscule – risk of rare blood clots.

‘Mr Metaphor’ delivered a press conference that didn’t insult the intelligence of his viewers

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Into this rhetorical quagmire sailed deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, armed with his trademark homespun metaphors (last time it was trains, on Wednesday ships). And as it turned out, he was the perfect navigator.

Full piece: JVT and his crewmates sailed through public health message[29]

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‘It’s inhuman we’re left at the mercy of Sage’s models’

The modellers have been at it again, writes Jonathan Sumption. The modelling committee of Sage has produced a report projecting the consequences of ending restrictions in accordance with the Government’s Covid Roadmap.

The projection which has attracted the most attention is that on “pessimistic but plausible” assumptions there will be a third wave in the summer if the restrictions are eased, leading to hospitalisations as bad as at the January peak.

Does that seem odd? It should. The January peak reflected the situation before vaccinations took effect. So we are being told that it is “plausible” to think that the vaccines may make little difference to hospitalisations.

When Imperial College produced its modelling report last March, which pushed the Government into the first lockdown, they pointed out that unless restrictions were kept in place until there was a vaccine, infections and associated hospitalisations and deaths would simply surge again once the restrictions were lifted.

And the goalposts are now being shifted. We are being told that the restrictions may have to be kept in place even though there are now highly effective vaccines. And hospitalisations and deaths are at rock bottom. 

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Number testing positive falls by one-fifth

The number of Britons testing positive for coronavirus in the week ending March 31 has fallen to its lowest figure since September.

29,293 people tested positive for the virus across the week, a rate that has not been seen since September 16 and a decrease of 21 per cent from the previous week.

The Class 313 Coastway train at Brighton station is among the sites being used for virus testing

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Around 5.5 million lateral flow tests were conducted, while 90.2 per cent of all those transferred to Test and Trace were reached in order to provide details of their close contacts.

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Virgin Voyages to offer ‘staycation-at-sea’

Virgin Voyages, the new adult-only cruise line from Sir Richard Branson, will finally make its debut with a series of cruises in British waters this summer, The Telegraph can reveal.

Six sailings will be on offer in August aboard Scarlet Lady – the cruise coming more than a year since the £500 million, 2,770-passenger ship was due to take her maiden voyage, which was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The three- and four-night itineraries, which will all depart from Portsmouth, are only available to UK residents who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Richard Branson pictured on board his new liner

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There won’t be any ports of call but instead each cruise along England’s southern coast will be a “staycation-at-sea”, according to the operator. Cabins can be booked from Tuesday, April 13.

As well only permitting vaccinated passengers to board, capacity will be limited on the ship, with additional testing and health protocols confirmed closer to departure date.

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Turning over a new leaf as lockdown eases

Staff at the London Library have made their final preparations ahead of its reopening on Monday in line with step two of the Government’s roadmap[38].

The library will welcome back bookworms and browsers alike from Monday

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In a sign of the times, visitors will be required to book slots in advance and use designated reading rooms, which will have social distancing and other coronavirus measures in place.

Saba Chaudry and Michael Booth make final preparations

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“We are extremely appreciative of the support and encouragement our members have provided during lockdown and we are thrilled to be able to welcome you back,” the Library said in a statement.

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UK Covid cases fall to levels not seen since July 

Coronavirus cases in the UK have plummeted to levels that have not been seen since July 2020, new data show.

The current daily average of symptomatic infections is 1,924, according to the ZOE Covid Symptom Study, down 98 per cent from a peak of 69,000 at the start of January.

One in every 1,394 Britons currently has the virus, the study estimates, with a national R rate of 0.7 which falls to just 0.5 in Wales.

“Admissions and deaths are also continuing to decline, putting the UK in a similar place to July last year,” said Tim Spector, the lead scientist behind the study app.

“These figures are among the lowest in Europe. It’s unlikely that cases will continue to fall at this pace, but with the vaccinations programme and the weather improving, it’s likely they will remain low.”

It comes as new Test and Trace data revealed that the number of Britons testing positive for coronavirus fell to its lowest figure since September.

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Keep taking the AstraZeneca vaccine, say family of first named blood clot victim

The family of a solicitor who died from a blood clot on the brain after taking the AstraZeneca vaccine has urged the public to “keep saving lives” by continuing to take the jab.

Neil Astles, 59, was given his first dose on March 17 but died in hospital on Easter Sunday after suffering from 10 days of worsening headaches and loss of vision.

Neil Astles

Mr Astles, a married solicitor at Warrington Borough Council, is the first named person in the UK suspected to have died from side-effects linked to the Oxford jab.

Bill Gardner and Sarah Knapton have the story[41].

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More than 700,000 AstraZeneca vaccines sent to Australia from UK despite shortage 

Australia’s vaccine rollout was boosted by a shipment from Britain that was kept quiet to avoid controversy, according to reports in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock did not deny the 717,000 doses manufactured in the UK had been sent to Australia but said it was not the Government who made the shipment.

Australia has entered the vaccine row with the European Union in recent weeks after the bloc placed tough export controls on jabs.

Read the full story here[43].

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Northern Ireland’s vaccination programme to be expanded to 40-44 year olds

People in that age bracket will be able to book a jab from noon on Thursday.

Health Minister Robin Swann described the expansion as “very welcome news to people in this age group”.

“Vaccination is by far our best defence against Covid-19 and is essential to our goal of getting Northern Ireland out of lockdown on a sustainable basis,” he said.

The Department of Health described the rollout of the vaccination programme as dependent on the availability of vaccine supplies.

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Britain will achieve herd immunity on Monday

Britain will pass the threshold for herd immunity on Monday, according to dynamic modelling by University College London (UCL), placing more pressure on the Government to move faster in releasing restrictions.

According to the UCL results, published this week, the number of people who have protection against the virus either through vaccination or previous infection will hit 73.4 per cent on April 12 – enough to tip the country into herd immunity.

The number is in stark contrast to the modelling released by Imperial College this week, which suggested there was just 34 per cent protection by the end of March.

Sarah Knapton has more here[46].

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Oxford professor: ‘I’m more worried about Covid-19 than the AstraZeneca vaccine’

Professor Andrew Pollard, director of the Oxford vaccine group, said “this is not the time to waver” over rare blood clots linked to the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine because coronavirus cases are rising in Europe and other nations around the world.

“We have brilliant haematologists here in the NHS who are looking out for any patients to make sure they get the best possible treatment, which is being worked out by them if one of these very rare cases were to happen,” he said.

“What I did wake up this morning worrying about, is the pandemic. It’s not over, it really does continue to threaten the whole of humanity – today about 12,000 people around the world will be confirmed dead as a result of coronavirus.”

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Health Secretary: There is ‘more than enough’ vaccine doses to cover under-30s

Matt Hancock said there is “more than enough” Pfizer and Moderna doses to cover the remaining 18-29 year olds.

“There are 10.16 million people aged 18-29 in the UK, 1.6 million of them have already had their first jab,” he said.

“Anybody who’s had the jab should continue with the second jab because there’s no evidence of this affect after a second jab and we have more than enough Pfizer and Moderna vaccine to cover all of the remaining 8.5 million people aged between 18-29 if necessary.”

He insisted the UK remained “on track” to hit the target of all adults being offered the jab by the end of July.

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‘We don’t know if AstraZeneca vaccine causes thrombosis’

Prof Beverley Hunt, medical director at the charity Thrombosis UK, said: “We started noticing these very unusual cases of quite unusual sites of thrombosis in the body associated with the low platelet count.

“We don’t know whether [the vaccine] is causal or not. There is a time relationship between when we see people with this very odd thrombosis and having their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. We’ve seen patients who have been presenting with thrombosis in the head or abdomen from about day four after the vaccine.

“I think it’s very important to tell people that lots of people get side effects from the AstraZeneca vaccine and they usually settle down by day four or five. What we’ve seen is people presenting with the worst headache they have ever had on day four and they have proved to have thrombosis in the large vein of the head.”

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Drinkers urged to take cash to the pub to beat indoor payments rules 

Drinkers should take cash to the pub with them next week to avoid falling foul of new rules that say staff should take payments for drinks outside, writes Tony Diver.

Guidelines have been drawn up that ban pubs from taking payments indoors – potentially shutting out a third of the sector from Monday’s reopening.

A pub in London offering takeaway pints

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The Telegraph understands ministers will attempt to change the rules before Monday so customers can go inside as a “last resort”, but drinkers have been urged to bring cash so they can pay safely outdoors. Industry leaders met officials on Tuesday to push for a U-turn.

Read the full story here[51].

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Complaints against Covid-19 test supplier after quarantined travellers left waiting days for kits

East Yorkshire-based Latus Health has been accused of providing an “appalling” service, with customers claiming they received their £175 coronavirus tests late – potentially delaying their exit from quarantine.

The healthcare firm, which is on the Government’s official list of test suppliers, said there had been “some delays” with Royal Mail and that it pays for a 24-hour next day delivery service.

However, some 70 people have joined a Facebook group to complain about the firm, which is listed as a test provider on the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) website.

People returning to the UK from non-red list countries are required to quarantine for 10 days at home and take two Covid-19 tests – one on day two and another on day eight – before they can leave, depending on a negative result.

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Indonesia says arrival of 30m AstraZeneca vaccine doses delayed 

Indonesia’s health minister said on Thursday that the country would receive 20 million doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine via a bilateral deal in 2021, instead of the 50 million doses that had been initially agreed.

The remaining 30 million doses will be shipped in 2022, minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin told a parliamentary hearing.

Indonesia is also slated to receive 54 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in phases via the COVAX global-vaccine alliance scheme, though Budi said Indian export restrictions would delay shipments in April.

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Venezuelan mayor marks homes of virus patients with red symbol

A mayor in central Venezuela has begun placing red warning symbols on the homes of people with Covid-19 and also threatened to cut welfare handouts for those breaking quarantine, prompting the country’s chief prosecutor to open an investigation.

“We are protecting our people,” said Luis Duque, the mayor of Sucre municipality in Yaracuy state, pointing to a white paper sign on a home with a red circle and line drawn through. This indicates that there is a Covid case or a suspected Covid case, so the people are alert,” he added in a video posted this week to his Instagram account.

Telling local radio radical measures were needed as Venezuela tackled a second wave of the coronavirus, Mr Duque said benefits including food handouts and cooking gas could be cut if people did not comply with quarantine orders.

The move by Mr Duque, a member of President Nicolas Maduro’s ruling Socialist Party, brought accusations of discrimination from the country’s opposition and prompted Chief Prosecutor Tarek Saab to open an investigation.

Read more: Beijing colour-codes buildings based on how many staff members have been vaccinated [55]

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New Zealand suspends entry for travellers from India 

New Zealand on Thursday temporarily suspended entry for all travellers from India, including its own citizens, for about two weeks following a high number of positive cases arriving from the South Asian country.

The move comes after New Zealand recorded 23 new positive coronavirus cases at its border on Thursday, of which 17 were from India.

“We are temporarily suspending entry into New Zealand for travellers from India,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a news conference in Auckland.

India is battling a deadly second wave with daily infections this week passing the peak of the first wave seen last September.

A social worker wearing PPE walks amid burning funeral pyres as he performs last rites of the Covid-19 victims in Bhopal

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South Korea reports surge in cases, more restrictions expected

South Korea reported 700 new coronavirus cases, its highest daily figure since early January, and the Prime Minister reiterated warnings on Thursday that new social distancing rules would likely be needed.

Wednesday’s tally compares with an average of 477 cases last week, according to data from the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency and will fuel fears that the country may be facing a fourth wave of infections.

Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun told a government meeting a new wave of infections could disrupt South Korea’s vaccination programme which has been suffering delays as the international vaccine-sharing scheme COVAX struggles to provide promised doses on time.

South Korea also said on Wednesday it will temporarily suspend providing AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine to people below 60 as it undergoes reviews in Europe.

Students maintain social distance as they wait to undergo swab tests in Daegu, South Korea

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Brazil detects first case of South African variant

Brazil has recorded its first confirmed case of the highly contagious variant discovered in South Africa, a fresh danger sign for a country already ravaged by the world’s worst daily death toll and scrambling to make space for burials.

Scientists warned on Wednesday that yet another new variant could be emerging in Brazil’s inland city of Belo Horizonte.

The Federal University of Minas Gerais said in a statement that two samples taken in the city included a previously unseen set of 18 mutations, including some in the same genes modified by the South African variant and Brazil’s already prevalent variant, known as P.1.

The detection of additional variants adds to concerns that a brutal Covid-19 wave battering Brazil may keep breaking grim records for weeks to come.

Healthcare workers treat a patient among others suffering from the coronavirus at a field hospital set up at Dell’Antonia sports gym in Santo Andre

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Venezuela claims sanctions blocking vaccine purchases

Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza claimed on Wednesday that without economic sanctions against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, the country would already have purchased all 30 million coronavirus vaccines it needs.

The US, one of many countries not to recognise MMr aduro’s reelection in 2018, has frozen millions of dollars of Venezuelan money in US bank accounts.

It views the election as fraudulent, and along with European and other countries recognises opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s acting president. Washington has handed control of the frozen funds to Mr Guaido.

“If Venezuela did not have its resources blocked we would have been able to buy the 30 million vaccines the country needs three months ago,” Arreaza said in an interview with AFP. “As they are blocked, here we are.”

Graffiti reads “In the face of the new strain, face mask for sure” amid a spike in infections in Caracas

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Kent variant most dominant ‘lineage’ in US

The highly infectious Kent variant of Covid-19 is the most dominant “lineage” of the virus in the US, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.

Dr Rochelle Walensky, director of CDC, said hospitals are seeing more younger adults being admitted with severe disease, which can be attributed to increasing prevalence of variants.

The Kent variant, known as B117, was first identified in the US in December after it swept across the UK at the end of last year before spreading across the world.

During a White House coronavirus response team’s briefing on Wednesday, she said: “Based on our most recent estimates from CDC surveillance, the B117 variant is now the most common lineage circulating in the United States. So there are many different lineages. There are several different kinds of, sort of, wild-type variants, and this is, in fact, the most common lineage right now.”

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Music helped UK listeners get through lockdown

Music helped listeners in the UK get through the pandemic-enforced lockdowns, new research has suggested.

More than a quarter of those surveyed said they had increased their listening time compared to before the country shut down, according to a survey from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

Only 11 per cent of those asked said they listened to less or no music at all, the BPI said, and a jump in consumption was most pronounced in the 16-24 age group.

The BPI, the UK record labels association, said 45 per cent of respondents in this age group listened to more music since the first national lockdown in March last year.

And the survey suggested people relied on their favourite songs for a boost while separated from their friends and loved ones.

Read more: The 30 best calming and relaxing songs to listen to [62]

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  46. ^ has more here (www.telegraph.co.uk)
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  54. ^ 5:35AM (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  55. ^ Beijing colour-codes buildings based on how many staff members have been vaccinated  (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  56. ^ 4:33AM (www.telegraph.co.uk)
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  62. ^ The 30 best calming and relaxing songs to listen to  (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  63. ^ 2:11AM (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  64. ^ urged the public to “keep saving lives” (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  65. ^ first Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine dose should get the second (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  66. ^ Britain will pass the threshold for herd immunity (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  67. ^ take cash to the pub (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  68. ^ laws being considered could have “sunset” clauses (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  69. ^ French Open – will be delayed (www.telegraph.co.uk)

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