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Coronavirus live news: global death toll tops 3m; concerns Indian Covid variant could ‘scupper’ UK roadmap

India has another daily record rise in cases; pandemic made 2020 ‘the year of the quiet ocean’, say scientistsPeak District welcomes visitors as Mansfield cases riseWhat are the new Covid variants?For all our coronavirus coverage 9.43am BST The global death toll for coronavirus has now topped a landmark 3m, according to data compiled by John Hopkins University.On Saturday, it was revealed that there were 3,000,225m and global cases now stand at 139,963,964. 9.07am BST The Indian coronavi...
Tags: Health, UK, England, India, Society, World news, Britain, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Brussels, Imperial College London, Mansfield, John Hopkins University, Coronavirus, Danny Altmann, Scotland Public Health England PHE


Denmark bans AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine after rare blood-clot concerns

A vial of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Steve Parsons/Pool Photo via AP Denmark on Wednesday became the first country to stop using AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine. Other shots are available, and older people have been immunized already, the health authority said. Denmark did not rule out reintroducing the vaccine "if the situation changes." See more stories on Insider's business page. Denmark has stopped using AstraZeneca-Oxford University's COVID-19 vacci...
Tags: Health, UK, US, Trends, Eu, European Union, Britain, Healthcare, European Commission, Astrazeneca, Denmark, Pfizer, Vaccine, Oxford University, Danes, Johnson Johnson


Denmark has banned AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine after rare blood clot concerns

A vial of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Steve Parsons/Pool Photo via AP Denmark became the first country to stop using AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday. Other shots were available and older people were immunized already, the Danish Health authority said. Denmark did not rule out re-introducing the vaccine at a "later date" if the "situation changes." See more stories on Insider's business page. Denmark has stopped using AstraZeneca-Oxford University&#...
Tags: Health, UK, US, Trends, Eu, European Union, Britain, Healthcare, European Commission, Astrazeneca, Denmark, Pfizer, Vaccine, Oxford University, Danes, EMA


Global Covid vaccine rollout threatened by shortage of vital components

Pharmaceutical firms warn of delays to items such as the large bags in which vaccine cells are grownCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageVaccine-makers around the world face shortages of vital components including large plastic growbags, according to the head of the firm that is manufacturing a quarter of the UK’s jab supply.Stan Erck, the chief executive of Novavax – which makes the second vaccine to be grown and bottled entirely in Britain – told the Observer that the sh...
Tags: Health, Business, UK, Science, Biology, Society, World news, Medical Research, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Novavax, Coronavirus, Stan Erck


‘A small, sanitised existence’: what effect will the pandemic have on today’s babies?

When my first child was born, there were parties, flights, bus trips, visitors. My second son arrived into a very different worldMy son, 0, doesn’t know any different. One of around 600,000 babies born in Britain in the plague year of 2020, he has spent all eight months of his life (and most of his gestation) in a world defined by distance and disease.His circle is small. He doesn’t get out much. When he does, the faces that peer in at his pushchair are concealed by masks. A baby is usually a ma...
Tags: Health, Family, Children, Life and style, Society, Mental Health, Britain, Parents and parenting, Children's Health, Coronavirus, Aubrey Continue


UK Covid cases could rise again despite vaccine progress – WHO official

Exclusive: Dr Catherine Smallwood says there is potential for surge unconnected to increases in EuropeThe success of Britain’s vaccine programme is not enough to protect it from another wave of coronavirus unconnected to rising cases in Europe, a senior World Health Organization expert has said.Dr Catherine Smallwood, a senior emergency officer at WHO Europe, also said confidence in vaccines may have dipped after changes to the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab rollout, with under-30s to be offered alterna...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Britain, Health policy, World Health Organization, Vaccines and immunisation, WHO Europe, Catherine Smallwood, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


Midsummer 5k swim challenge coaxing UK ‘off the couch’

Outdoor Swimming Society app provides swim programme ending with long-distance crawl at solsticeWith gyms in Britain shut for much of last year downloaded an NHS-backed fitness app over three months in an attempt to get up off the sofa and out for a run.In subsequent lockdowns wild swimming converts have been evangelising about the healing powers of cold water. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Apps, UK, Fitness, Sport, Life and style, UK News, Britain, NHS, Running, Swimming


Back in business - how Israel beat Covid: inside the 9 April Guardian Weekly

This week: Behind Israel’s vaccination success story. Plus, Myanmar’s mass exodus, and Britain’s contentious race report.Get the magazine delivered to your doorThe northern hemisphere spring is well on the way: will it bring renewed grounds for optimism as the world wrestles with the Covid pandemic? Many nations still face difficult weeks ahead as cases surge and vaccination rates are slow. But in others, normality is returning fast as infection rates fall to negligible levels.This week’s Guardi...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Science, Israel, Society, World news, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, New Zealand, Myanmar, Vaccines and immunisation, Auckland, Sarah Boseley, Oliver Holmes


Britain urges EU to meet commitments on Covid vaccine supplies

Minister refuses to say if UK would hit back if exports of AstraZeneca’s Covid jab are halted Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageUK ministers have urged the EU to stand by its commitments on vaccine supplies ahead of expected discussions between Boris Johnson and European counterparts over a row centred on a production plant in the Netherlands.Helen Whately, the care minister, repeatedly refused to say if the UK would hit back if Brussels placed an export ban on vaccines...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Britain, Netherlands, Health policy, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Brussels


Vaccine wars: the week that rocked the UK’s Covid jab rollout

After a week of bans, U-turns and warnings of supply shortfalls, public confidence in vaccination has been dented. Can Britain get back on the fast track out of lockdown? Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFor Stacey Harris, the hardest part of organising vaccinations over the last couple of months has been fending off patients. “They’d be ringing up, coming into the surgery saying ‘I want my vaccine,’” she told the Observer.But last week that popularity evaporated. On T...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, France, European Union, Society, World news, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Kent, HARRIS


EU to send formal letter to AstraZeneca in Covid vaccine dispute

Bloc hopes to resolve row as it emerges big member states back threat to halt jab exportsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe EU is to send a formal letter to AstraZeneca in an attempt to resolve its dispute over vaccine supplies, a spokesperson has said, as it emerged that capitals including Paris, Berlin and Rome backed the bloc’s threat to halt vaccine exports to countries that were not reciprocating, including Britain.The Anglo-Swedish company has said it will not ...
Tags: Health, Europe, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Rome, Britain, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Paris Berlin, Coronavirus


The Latest: Michigan makes homeless people vaccine-eligible

By The Associated Press DETROIT — People who are homeless will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines in Michigan starting Monday. Health officials say it’s a critical step in curbing infections and making sure vulnerable populations have access. “Our vulnerable populations are high priority for us right now,” Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail said, according to the Lansing State Journal. “This opens the door to make sure that population is also vaccinated and we don’t continue to have outbreak...
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The Latest: Arizona lifts capacity limits; 19% vaccinated

By The Associated Press PHOENIX — One day after Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey lifted capacity restrictions at restaurants, gyms and other businesses, the state reported 1,735 confirmed coronavirus cases. Arizona doesn’t have a statewide mask mandate. With 54 more confirmed deaths on Saturday, the totals rose to 825,119 cases and 16,323 deaths. The number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations dipped below 1,000 for the first time in four months. On Friday, 966 COVID-19 patients occupied inpatient bed...
Tags: Health, Europe, Utah, Business, England, Milan, Sweden, Minnesota, California, Cdc, Washington, Senate, Germany, Angela Merkel, Berlin, Uncategorized


The Latest: Senate OKs $1.9T COVID bill, nears final passage

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Senate has passed a sweeping pandemic relief package over Republican opposition, moving closer to a milestone political victory for President Joe Biden. The $1.9 trillion bill approved Saturday carries direct payments of up to $1,400 for most Americans, extended emergency unemployment benefits and spending for COVID-19 vaccines and testing. It also provides billions to states and cities, schools and ailing industries. Democrats say their “American Rescue ...
Tags: Health, Europe, Utah, Business, England, Milan, Sweden, Minnesota, California, Washington, Senate, Germany, Angela Merkel, Berlin, Uncategorized, Alabama


The Latest: Ireland reaches half million vaccinations

By The Associated Press LONDON — Ireland has given out half a million coronavirus vaccinations about two months after the first inoculation. Prime Minister Micheal Martin says the health department announced the figure on Saturday. It includes both first and second doses and comes 63 days after the first shot was given to a Dublin senior citizen. “Good news,” Martin tweeted. “The vaccines are having a significant impact on mortality and serious illness.” Ireland has experienced a spike in infect...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, England, New York, Milan, Sweden, Minnesota, California, Cdc, Montana, Washington, Senate, Germany, Angela Merkel, Berlin


Daughter calls for Kent man to be recognised as UK's first Covid victim

Peter Attwood died in hospital on 30 January last year, weeks before first UK Covid death was declaredThe daughter of a man who died of Covid in Kent before the virus had been detected in the UK has called for her father to be officially acknowledged as Britain’s first victim of the pandemic.Peter Attwood, 84, a retired company secretary from Chatham, died on 30 January last year at Medway hospital. A postmortem report completed last August based on retained samples from his lungs found that “th...
Tags: Health, UK, Society, UK News, Britain, Kent, Medway, Chatham, Coronavirus, Peter Attwood


Brazilian Covid variant: what do we know about P1?

Six cases have been detected in Britain. What threat does the variant pose, and how is it different?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTwo coronavirus variants have been detected in Brazil, or in people who have travelled from Brazil, called P1 and P2. They are similar but it is P1 that is causing concern in the UK, after the detection of six cases – three in England and three in Scotland. The hunt is on for more – and to identify one of the people infected, who appears ...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Science, Biology, Scotland, Americas, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Britain, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology, Brazil


Brazil Covid variant: what do we know about P1?

Six cases have been detected in Britain. What threat does the variant pose, and how is it different?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTwo coronavirus variants have been detected in Brazil, or in people who have travelled from Brazil, called P1 and P2. They are similar but it is P1 that is causing concern in the UK, after the detection of six cases – three in England and three in Scotland. The hunt is on for more – and to identify one of the people infected, who appears ...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Science, Biology, Scotland, Americas, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Britain, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology, Brazil


The Latest: First US J&J vaccine doses shipping Sunday night

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Nearly 4 million doses of the newest COVID-19 vaccine will be shipped Sunday night, and will begin to be delivered to states for injections starting on Tuesday. White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients announced that the entire stockpile of the newly approved single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will go out immediately. J&J will deliver about 16 million more doses by the end of March and 100 million total by the end of June. Though the new shot is easier...
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The Latest: US panel endorses 3rd vaccine option from J&J

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A U.S. advisory panel has endorsed the new one-dose COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson as a third option to bolster the national effort against the coronavirus pandemic. Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted overwhelmingly to recommend the vaccine for adults 18 years old and up. The ruling followed emergency clearance of the vaccine by U.S. regulators a day earlier. Members of the group emphasized that all three vaccines now av...
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The Latest: Utah cancels vaccine dates for thousands

By The Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is canceling about 7,200 coronavirus vaccine appointments after an error in the state health department’s registration website allowed people without qualifying conditions to register for the shots. Department spokesman Tom Hudachko said in a statement that the error allowed residents who are not 65 or older or who don’t have an underlying medical condition to sign up. The Salt Lake Tribune reported Sunday those appointments are being canceled. Peopl...
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The Latest: Brazil’s capital returns to COVID-19 lockdown

By The Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s capital has entered a two-week lockdown, joining several states in adopting measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 as intensive care beds begin to fill in some important cities. At least eight Brazilian states adopted curfews over the past week due to the rise in cases and deaths from COVID-19. Thursday was Brazil’s deadliest day since the beginning of the pandemic, with 1,541 deaths confirmed from the virus. So far 254,000 people have died ov...
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Germany set to give AstraZeneca jab to older people

Regulator concedes process had ‘somehow gone wrong’ and could soon approve vaccineCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGermany 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 r...
Tags: Health, Europe, Germany, World news, Medical Research, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, European Medicines Agency, Coronavirus, MHRA Germany, Standing Committee on Vaccination Stiko


Germany now says its seniors could get AstraZeneca jab

Regulator concedes process had ‘somehow gone wrong’ and is set to approve vaccineCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGermany 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 re...
Tags: Health, Europe, Germany, World news, Medical Research, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, European Medicines Agency, Coronavirus, MHRA Germany, Standing Committee on Vaccination Stiko


What’s next as COVID-19 vaccination drive comes under new management?

In Long Beach, port workers qualify for the front of the coronavirus vaccine line. Statewide, Gov. Gavin Newsom wants 10% of vaccines guaranteed for educators going forward. But some counties began vaccinating teachers a month ago. Some counties embrace the state’s conclusion that medical marijuana workers are health care workers and qualify for early shots; others do not. There’s a system operated by the state to make vaccine appointments, but myriad other appointment systems are used by counti...
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The Latest: Biden to mark 500,000 lives lost with ceremony

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON __ President Joe Biden will mark the U.S. crossing 500,000 lives lost from COVID-19 with a moment of silence and candle lighting ceremony at the White House. The nation is expected to pass the grim milestone on Monday, just over a year after the first confirmed U.S. fatality due to the novel coronavirus. The White House said Biden will deliver remarks at sunset to honor those who lost their lives. He will be joined by first lady Jill Biden and Vice President Ka...
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The Latest: New Zealand to remove restrictions from Auckland

By The Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand will remove remaining coronavirus restrictions from Auckland on Monday after an outbreak discovered in the largest city fades away. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said more than 72,000 tests had found no evidence the virus was spreading in the community. Auckland was placed into a three-day lockdown this month after a mother, father and daughter tested positive. Another five contacts later tested positive. After the lockdown ended, Auc...
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The Latest: California coronavirus death toll tops 49,000

By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — California’s death toll during the coronavirus pandemic has topped 49,000, even as the rates of new infections and hospitalizations continue to plummet across the state. California reported another 408 deaths Sunday, bringing the total since the outbreak began to 49,105 — the highest in the nation. Health officials said Sunday that the number of patients in California hospitals with COVID-19 has slipped below 7,000, a drop of more than a third over two weeks...
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The Latest: California coronavirus death toll tops 9,000

By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — California’s death toll during the coronavirus pandemic has topped 49,000, even as the rates of new infections and hospitalizations continue to plummet across the state. California reported another 408 deaths Sunday, bringing the total since the outbreak began to 49,105 — the highest in the nation. Health officials said Sunday that the number of patients in California hospitals with COVID-19 has slipped below 7,000, a drop of more than a third over two weeks...
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The Latest: Grieving Italians mark a COVID-19 anniversary

By The Associated Press CODOGNO, Italy — Italians are marking one year since their country was shocked to discover it had the first known locally transmitted COVID-19 case in the West. With church services Sunday and wreath-laying ceremonies, including in small northern towns which were the first to be hard-hit by the pandemic, citizens paid tribute to the dead. Italy has a confirmed death toll from the virus of 95,500. While the first wave of infections largely engulfed Lombardy and other north...
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