Coronavirus live news: Thai PM urges people to ‘just stay home’; Singapore will let police access contact-tracing data

Thailand dealing with biggest coronavirus outbreak yet; Singapore will use contact-tracing technology for criminal investigations; South Korea expands ban on social gatherings nationwideJapan considers new state of emergency for Tokyo amid Covid resurgenceIndia’s approval of Covid vaccines triggers mass immunisation drive‘The numbers are real’: Fauci hits back at Trump on US Covid deathsUK coronavirus restrictions ‘probably about to get tougher’, says PM See all our coronavirus coverage 10.05am GMT In Germany, the health ministry is seeking advice on whether to delay administering a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from BioNTech and Pfizer to make scarce supplies go further, according to a document seen by Reuters on Monday.The ministry is seeking the view of an independent vaccination commission on whether to delay a second shot beyond a 42-day maximum now foreseen, after a similar move by Britain, according to the one-page document. 9.43am GMT Singapore said on Monday its police will be able to use data obtained by its coronavirus contact-tracing technology for criminal investigations, a decision likely to increase privacy concerns around the system.The technology, deployed as both a phone app and a physical device, is being used by nearly 80% of the 5.7 million population, authorities said after announcing its use would become compulsory in places like shopping malls. Continue reading…

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Publish date : 2021-01-04 10:05:06

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