Coronavirus live news: Germany sends healthcare workers to Portugal; first vaccine doses arrive in South Africa

Portugal reports world’s highest seven-day average of new cases; First vaccine doses arrive in hard-hit South Africa; Austria guards against Brazilian variantGermany considering Russian and Chinese vaccinesFrench minister criticises UK’s ‘risky’ vaccine strategyExpert warns US to brace for virulent Covid strainPanic replaces complacency as Covid reality hits Western Australia hardWhat we know about the South African variant of Covid 9.24pm GMT Brazil registered 24,591 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday and a further 595 fatalities attributable to the virus, the nation’s health ministry said. Brazil has registered a total of 9,229,322 Covid-19 cases and 225,099 deaths, the second highest death toll in the world after the US. 9.07pm GMT Canada on Monday reported its first case of a coronavirus variant that emerged in South Africa that is believed to be more contagious than the original, AP reports.Dr David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, said the case was found in Peel region outside Toronto and the person did not have a known history of travel or any known contact with someone who had travelled. Continue reading...

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