Coronavirus live news: Portugal reports record deaths for fourth day in a row; US intends to join Covax, Fauci tells WHO

Portugal’s daily Covid death toll reaches record high of 221; United States to join the facility aiming to deliver vaccines to poor countriesEU 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 seasonEuro 2020: Uefa ‘thinking about’ switching tournament to one countryUK coronavirus – latest updates 2.36pm GMT The Portuguese government is preparing to shut all schools, kindergartens and universities from Friday as coronavirus cases rage out of control, Reuters reports.Overwhelmed by record numbers of COVID-19 patients, doctors in Portuguese hospitals say they are exhausted and in despair.Western Europe’s poorest country coped well in the first wave of the pandemic last year but has been swamped in recent weeks by a faster-spreading variant of the virus, registering the world’s highest infection and death rates. 2.33pm GMT France is offering all university students cheap meals and counselling to help them cope with the pandemic, AFP reports. President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday promised all students in France two square meals a day for just one euro ($1.21) each to help them cope with Covid-19 restrictions.He said students would also be given subsidies to pay for professional counselling if they felt overwhelmed by the restrictions, which include closed universities, a 6:00 pm nationwide curfew and diminishing opportunities for student jobs. Continue reading...

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