Coronavirus live news: India reports cases of new Covid variant; Philippines extends travel bans

Latest updates: South Africa imposes tighter restrictions amid sharp increase in cases; UK told it must vaccinate 2 million people per week to avoid new waveCovid vaccine uptake high in UK despite concerns over hesitancyThe lost year: could Covid lockdown have helped save the planet?South Africa bans alcohol sales; Spain sets up Covid vaccine registerSee all our coronavirus coverage 8.45am GMT The number of deaths in the Netherlands increased at the highest rate since the second world war this year due to the pandemic, the Dutch national statistics office (CBS) has said.Up to last week, about 162,000 deaths were reported in the country of 17 million this year; 13,000 more than would have been expected, the CBS said.Such an increase of the number of deceased has not been reported since World War Two. 8.43am GMT Staying with the UK, a leading social scientist has accused the government of failing to make schools safe. Dr Zubaida Haque, the former deputy director of race equality think tank the Runnymede Trust, said:The key question is are schools safe enough right now? Has the government made schools safer and, in making it safer, can we then keep schools open? Right now, we have a critical situation. Yesterday, we had the highest number of daily Covid cases, over 41,000 cases of coronavirus in this country. By Christmas Day, we had more people in hospitals than at the peak in April this year, so we are in a crisis situation now.The government has delayed opening Parliament because we are in a crisis situation but yesterday we had Michael Gove saying: ‘No, it’s fine, we’re going to have schools open next week and we’ll have a staggered return’ and, frankly, that’s not acceptable, and that’s not safe. Continue reading…

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Coronavirus live news: India reports cases of new Covid variant; Philippines extends travel bans  
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