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Mexico Covid death toll leaps 60% to reach 321,000
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Mexico Covid death toll leaps 60% to reach 321,000

Mexico’s government has acknowledged that the country’s true death toll from the coronavirus pandemic now stands above 321,000, almost 60% more than the official test-confirmed number of 201,429. Mexico does little testing, and, because hospitals were overwhelmed, many Mexicans died at home without getting a test. The only way to get a clear picture is...

Merkel threatens to centralise Covid response as some states refuse to act
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Merkel threatens to centralise Covid response as some states refuse to act

Angela Merkel has threatened to centralise Germany’s pandemic response as several of the country’s federal states refuse to implement an emergency brake mechanism on easing restrictions in spite of rapidly rising infection rates. Interviewed on German television on Sunday night, the German chancellor complained that the political instruments to break a third wave of the...

UK shift to local shopping could last beyond pandemic
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UK shift to local shopping could last beyond pandemic

Small local grocery stores and online retailers are likely to benefit from permanent changes in shopping habits after a year of Covid-19 restrictions, according to a report one year on from the first lockdown. More than nine in 10 of people who have shopped locally say they will continue to do so, a survey by...

‘Vaccine certificates’ would allow state to ‘demand that we provide our papers’, David Davis warns
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‘Vaccine certificates’ would allow state to ‘demand that we provide our papers’, David Davis warns

Requiring a “vaccine certificate” to enter venues would end the centuries-old ban on allowing the state to “demand that we provide our papers”, a senior Conservative has warned. David Davis condemned the proposal – currently being considered by the government – as a “massive intrusion” on ordinary life which would “discriminate” against the young and ethnic minorities. The...

EU to widen criteria for possible Covid vaccine export bans
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EU to widen criteria for possible Covid vaccine export bans

The EU is expected to take into account the level of vaccination coverage in a country such as the UK and its record in facilitating exports to the bloc when deciding on whether to prohibit individual vaccine shipments. The revision of the export authorisation scheme, widening the criteria that will guide Brussels’ decisions on individual...

Boris Johnson ‘happy’ to take either AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine when his turn comes
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Boris Johnson ‘happy’ to take either AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine when his turn comes

Boris Johnson is confident that both the AstraZeneca and Pfizervaccines against Covid-19 are “safe and effective” and would be willing to take either when he is called to get his jab, Downing Street has said. The expression of faith in the vaccines came as some European nations – including the Republic of Ireland – temporarily suspended use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca product after reports...

Florida women wear ‘granny’ disguise to try to get Covid vaccine
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Florida women wear ‘granny’ disguise to try to get Covid vaccine

Two Florida women aged 34 and 44 dressed up as “grannies” – wearing bonnets and gloves – in a failed attempt to pass as old enough to be eligible for coronavirus jabs, according to local media reports. WFTV, an ABC-affiliated TV station in Orlando, reported that the pair had valid vaccine cards after having their first shots,...

Next shares near all-time high as sales hold up during pandemic
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Next shares near all-time high as sales hold up during pandemic

Shares in the UK clothing retailer Next are close to an all-time high, thanks to a strategy that has seen the company sail through Covid-19 headwinds. With the start of the first lockdown last March, Next feared shuttering its high street stores would have a disastrous impact on finances. But sales have held up better than anticipated, bolstered by...

Coronavirus vaccine: Boris keeping UK supply secret in case EU rivals demand bigger share
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Coronavirus vaccine: Boris keeping UK supply secret in case EU rivals demand bigger share

Yesterday vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi told MPs he was unable to say how many doses of Covid vaccines the UK was receiving because of “national security”. Today the Prime Minister’s official spokesman indicated the Government was worried other countries would try to limit future deliveries if they knew the extent of Britain’s stock. He said:...

Covid sleuth shames Brazil’s party people as deaths pass 200,000
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Covid sleuth shames Brazil’s party people as deaths pass 200,000

Fuelled by black coffee, yellow-tipped cigarettes and white, incandescent rage, the faceless sleuth lurks on social media poised to unmask his next target. “It’s outrageous, bizarre, it’s horrifying – a collective genocide,” fumed the twentysomething activist who burns the midnight oil scouring the internet for footage of parties being thrown despite a rapidly deteriorating Covid...