Coronavirus live news: Portugal reports nearly half its total death toll in one month; concern at Italy reopening

In January, 5,576 people died with Covid in Portugal, 44.7% of all 12,482 fatalities in the pandemic; experts say easing could cause spike in casesGermany considering Russian and Chinese vaccinesExpert warns US to brace for virulent Covid strainDeaths of rough sleepers surge in Rome as shelters turn many awayPanic replaces complacency as Covid reality hits Western Australia hardUK coronavirus updates - live 1.12pm GMT South Africa’s first batch of Covid-19 vaccine doses have arrived at the OR Tambo international airport in Johannesburg, state broadcaster SABC reported on Monday.The one million AstraZeneca doses, produced by the Serum Institute of India, will be rolled out to the country’s overstretched healthcare workers. 1.04pm GMT The UK’s quarantine system “isn’t working”, the shadow home secretary has said after two people without travel links tested positive for the variant detected in South Africa.Deeply worrying & shows the UK Govmt’s quarantine system isn’t working-UK is exposed to virus mutations with around 21,000 people arriving every day. Conservative MPs must vote with @UKLabour today to secure our borders against Covid & help stop vaccine progress being undermined. https://t.co/O3o8gOLfb0 Continue reading...

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