Coronavirus live news: surge testing to begin in east London after South African and Brazilian varia …

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Sumary of Coronavirus live news: surge testing to begin in east London after South African and Brazilian variants detected; WHO approves Moderna vaccine for emergency use:

  • Pope Francis kicked off a month-long marathon of worldwide Roman Catholic prayer on Saturday to ask God for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic and said money spent on armaments should be used instead to prevent future outbreaks..
  • It comes after Kenya president Uhuru Kenyatta lifted the Covid-19 lockdown he imposed last month, allowing for a reopening of bars and restaurants, religious services and schools as the rate of infections eases..
  • Crowds gathered in the capitals of Finland and Sweden on Saturday as hundreds marched in protest over their governments’ measures to limit the spread of Covid-19, AFP reports..
  • In Stockholm between 500 and 600 people marched with banners demanding “freedom and truth”, in an event that lasted more than two hours despite police attempts to disperse the crowd..
  • Pakistan will reduce the number of international flights by 80 per cent to help curb rising Covid-19 cases, the government said on Saturday..
  • All international passengers upon arrival at Pakistani airports on remaining services would be required to undergo rapid antigen testing (RAT) and will also have to show an RT-PCR test conducted within 72 hours before boarding a Pakistan-bound flight..
  • Passengers with a negative Covid-19 test will still undergo self-quarantine at home for 10 days, and those found positive will be shifted to a self-paid facility for the same period of time..
  • Belgian police fired water cannon and tear gas to clear a crowd of several hundred gathered in a park to protest against Covid lockdown rules..
  • The prime minister, Alexander de Croo, had urged the crowds to stay away, and hundreds of officers were deployed before the order to clear the park was given AFP reporters in the Bois de la Cambre, a large park in the city, saw fireworks set off and some missiles thrown before police moved in..
  • The number of people in intensive care units in France with Covid-19 fell for the fifth day running, decreasing by 94 to 5,581, health ministry data showed on Saturday..
  • A suspected Covid-19 patient receives oxygen supply at a Sikh shrine, or gurdwara, where oxygen is made available for free by various Sikh religious organizations in New Delhi, India..
  • Idrees Mohammed/EPA Surge testing is to be deployed across parts of east London after several cases of the South African and Brazilian variants were detected..
  • The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said NHS Test and Trace was working with Tower Hamlets council to provide additional testing and genomic sequencing in targeted areas within the E1 postcode from Sunday….

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