Coronavirus live news: UK sets new record of 873,784 daily vaccinations; Germany mulls lockdown extension

Head of NHS hails record which, in England, represents 27 vaccines per second; Germany considering extending lockdown into April despite protestsUK minister hints Covid rules on foreign travel could extend to summer
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7.32pm GMT Public Health England’s head of immunisation has said “lower-level” restrictions such as social distancing rules and face masks may be required for “a few years”.Asked if she expected certain restrictions such as face coverings and distancing to continue, Dr Mary Ramsay told BBC1’s The Andrew Marr Show: I think we are talking about quite a long period of time. We may eventually get back to a much more normal situation but I think people have got used to those lower-level restrictions now and I think people can live with them and the economy can still go on with those restrictions, with those less severe restrictions in place.So I think certainly for a few years, at least until other parts of the world are as well vaccinated as we are and the numbers have come down everywhere, that’s when we may be able to go very gradually back to a more normal situation. 7.10pm GMT Lifting the UK’s ban on foreign holidays in the coming months could risk another lockdown next winter, Boris Johnson is being warned, amid mounting alarm about a third wave of infections sweeping continental Europe.Scientific experts and opposition politicians are urging the government to be extremely cautious before loosening travel restrictions, with their concerns about the prevalence of new variants of the virus overseas increasingly shared by Whitehall. Related: Allowing summer holidays abroad risks another lockdown, Johnson is warned Continue reading…

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Coronavirus live news: UK sets new record of 873,784 daily vaccinations; Germany mulls lockdown extension  
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