Coronavirus live news: India extends record daily run of new infections; Japan to expand quasi-emergency measures

Spike in Indian cases spurred by hundreds of positive tests at major religious gathering; reports emerge of Brazilian health workers forced to intubate patients without sedatives; Japan to extend Covid restrictions to 10 regionsChina’s economy bounces back from pandemic with record 18.3% growthUK workers in insecure jobs twice as likely to die of CovidBooster shot could be needed after nine to 12 months, White House saysSee all our coronavirus coverage 9.23am BST Sweden will ease restrictions on citizens who have had at least one vaccination shot against Covid-19, the Public Health Agency has said.
Reuters report that around one fifth of Swedes have been vaccinated, including almost all those living in care homes for the elderly, and vaccinations are gradually being expanded to people in their 60s.
9.06am BST Russia has vaccinated more than 8 million citizens so far against Covid-19, the deputy prime minister, Tatiana Golikova, was cited by the Interfax news agency as saying on Friday, out of a total Russian population of about 144 million.
Reuters notes it is an increase of about 3 million in the past six weeks. Golikova said on 5 March that 5 million Russians had received at least the first shot of the two-dose vaccine. Continue reading…

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Coronavirus live news: India extends record daily run of new infections; Japan to expand quasi-emergency measures  
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