Coronavirus live news: Portugal bans all UK flights; France recommends surgical masks

Move aimed at tackling spread of new variant; Cloth masks ‘fail to provide enough protection’; Rio carnival cannot be held even in middle of year, warns city mayorHungary breaks ranks with EU to license Russian vaccineEU could ban travellers from Britain to contain Covid variantsWealthy UK flyers opt for private jets to evade Covid and lockdownsBlow for French ski resorts as Covid rules hit holiday season 9.58pm GMT Spanish tennis player Paula Badosa has become the first player to test positive to Covid-19 while in hard quarantine ahead of the Australian Open.The world No 67 was one of 72 players forced to isolate in their hotel rooms after passengers on three separate charter flights to Melbourne tested positive.pic.twitter.com/9SLzW46HuZ Related: Australian Open: Spanish tennis player Paula Badosa tests positive to Covid-19 9.49pm GMT Portuguese prime minister António Costa has said all flights to and from Britain will be suspended from Saturday onwards as Portugal scrambles to tackle the rapid spread of the new variant of the coronavirus.Only repatriation flights will be allowed between both countries, Costa told a news conference. Continue reading...

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