Coronavirus live news: Spain's defence chief quits over alleged vaccination queue-jumping; UK records 1,348 deaths; Israel begins vaccinating teenagers

Vitamin D levels under scrutiny amid Covid surge in Europe; New UK Covid variant may be 30% more deadly, says Johnson; Bulgaria to ease some coronavirus restrictions from 4 FebruaryHome Affairs visa letter forces Australian couple on ‘nightmare’ trip to Covid-hit BritainIsraeli Covid chief’s claim single vaccine dose less effective ‘inaccurate’Covid vaccines: what are the implications of new variants of virus? 6.20pm GMT Portugal reported record daily numbers of coronavirus deaths and new infections on Saturday, the day before the country is holding a presidential election. Total coronavirus-related deaths climbed over the 10,000 mark after a further 274 fatalities were reported in the 24 hours to Saturday, the national health authority said. 6.09pm GMT Spain’s defence chief resigned on Saturday, the armed forces said, after his getting vaccinated despite not being on a priority list caused a row.General Miguel Angel Villarroya’s resignation came as a scandal brews over Spanish military and political officials getting early vaccinations supposedly reserved for health workers and people in retirement homes. Continue reading...

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