Latest updates: Pfizer vaccine 88% effective against symptomatic disease from the India variant after second dose, AstraZeneca jab 60% effectivePfizer and AstraZeneca ‘highly effective’ against India Covid variantMinisters ‘failed to act on Bedford Covid variant surge for two weeks’CDC studying reports of heart inflammation in young vaccine recipientsNo 10 ‘tried to block’ data on spread of new variant in English schoolsSee all our coronavirus coverage 11.15am BST Turks are once again enjoying a taste of normality after the lifting of a three-week “full” lockdown, the country’s first. The Turkish health ministry says the number of coronavirus infections has dropped by 72% after record-breaking highs of more than 60,000 new cases a day in April.The success rate has been used as an argument that the country is ready for the crucial summer tourism season. Yet Turkey still has the fifth highest number of Covid-19 cases in the world and doctors said the officially reported drop in new cases is statistically impossible, showing instead a huge reduction in testing. Related: Turkey’s leaders accused of ‘playing political games’ over Covid response 11.04am BST France’s Covid-19 contact-tracing app has been downloaded by 16.5 million people, almost 25% of the country’s population, surpassing the minimum level it needed to function properly, a year after it initially launched, the minister for digital affairs has said.Reuters reports:The “Tous Anti-Covid” (all against Covid) app, initially launched last June under the name “StopCovid”, will grant access to a “health pass” that people can use to attend sports events, festivals and theme parks with large crowds.This pass, which was approved by French lawmakers earlier this month, will come into effect from 9 June. Continue reading…
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Publish date : 2021-05-23 10:15:35
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