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Coronavirus newest: One other Hong Kong lockdown yields no new instances as China infections fall to 3-week low

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Britain’s wave of Covid-19 infections continues to recede slowly, authorities scientists mentioned. The determine for the entire UK is between 0.7 and 1.1 – a wider unfold than the 0.8 to 1.0 vary of per week in the past. “The variety of new infections is broadly flat or shrinking by as much as 5 per cent on daily basis,” their assertion mentioned.

Canada introduced that each one arriving passengers will likely be required to take a Covid-19 take a look at and quarantine in a lodge for 3 days at their very own expense. Worldwide flights can land solely in Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Montreal. Ottawa has additionally cancelled all flights to Mexico and the Caribbean till the tip of April.

France has tightened its coronavirus restrictions, closing its borders for arrivals from outdoors the EU from Sunday and shutting malls from the identical day with out imposing a full new lockdown. “Any entry to France or exit coming from or going to a rustic outdoors the EU will likely be forbidden,” mentioned Jean Castex, prime minister.

The US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention has prolonged a declaration banning evictions of tenants that might be detrimental to public well being management measures to sluggish the unfold of Covid-19 to March 31. It was as a consequence of expire on Sunday, however Rochelle Walensky, the CDC director, signed the extension on Friday.

Passengers disembark from a British Airways jet at Heathrow

British Airways, easyJet and Virgin Atlantic will grasp on to profitable take-off and touchdown slots with out having to make use of them after the UK prolonged waivers to airport guidelines. Carriers have parked their fleets through the pandemic, prompting suspension of guidelines forcing airways to make use of their slots 80 per cent of the time or lose them.

Covid-19 vaccine producer Moderna has instructed Italy and France it would ship fewer doses than anticipated in February. Domenico Arcuri, the Italian particular commissioner answerable for Italy’s pandemic response, mentioned Moderna had instructed Rome that supply volumes can be 20 per cent lower than deliberate from early February.

Getir, a Turkish start-up backed by enterprise capitalist Michael Moritz and valued at about $850m, has launched a speedy supply service for grocery and nook store objects in London. Enterprise capitalists and public traders have pumped cash into supply firms, which have boomed through the pandemic.

AstraZeneca has secured EU regulatory approval for its coronavirus vaccine, at the same time as French president Emmanuel Macron solid doubt over the jab’s effectiveness for older individuals. The European Medicines Company on Friday mentioned it backed the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab for all people aged 18 and over.