Coronavirus live news: Italy and Spain limit AstraZeneca jab to over 60s; Ireland expands hotel quar …

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Sumary of Coronavirus live news: Italy and Spain limit AstraZeneca jab to over 60s; Ireland expands hotel quarantine list:

  • Italy and Spain are among countries limiting the use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine to younger people after the EMA yesterday said that a rare type of brain clot could be a side effect..
  • Deaths from over the Easter Weekend caused Poland to have its worst recorded day of Covid-19 fatalities yet during the pandemic..
  • There have been calls for Joe Biden federal government in the US to begin tracking healthcare workers who have died from Covid..
  • You may recall earlier I put in a caveat about Poland record daily death toll – suggesting that sudden jumps in fatalities are often caused by data collection issues..
  • Reuters have just quoted Health ministry spokesman Wojciech Andrusiewicz saying that the record toll included 100 deaths from Good Friday, around 130 from Saturday and 130 from Easter Sunday..
  • Prime Minister Viktor Orban chief of staff Gergely Gulyas told a briefing that 2.6 million people have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine as of Thursday..
  • You may recall that prime minister Igor Matovic resigned last month after a festering political crisis started by the decision to purchase 200,000 doses of Russia Sputnik V vaccine, despite it not being approved for use..
  • The country is yet to administer any doses, and Slovakia health agency SUKL said it didn’t have enough data from the manufacturer to approve it..
  • Norway and Denmark were the first to temporarily halt the Oxford/AstraZeneca shot on 11 March after reporting several cases of a rare clot in the brain called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis combined with a low count of blood platelets..
  • Poland, which yesterday announced that Covid restrictions would stay in place until at least 18 April, has recorded a new daily record of 954 Covid-related deaths….

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