Coronavirus live news: France to enter month-long lockdown; batch of J&J vaccine fails quality control

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P1 variant said to be partly driving cases in Brazil; French president extends measures in 19 French departments to rest of country

9.24am BST

Hong Kong authorities have said they will resume the use of the BioNTech’s Covid vaccine on Monday after abruptly halting inoculations nine days ago due to defective packaging.

A 300,000 dose batch is due to arrive in Hong Kong tomorrow that was produced and packaged at a different plant to the two batches whose use was halted by authorities.

9.09am BST

A quick note from Reuters that the DIVI association for intensive and emergency medicine in Germany has said the country urgently needs a two-week lockdown, faster vaccinations and compulsory tests at schools to break a third wave of the pandemic.

Christian Karagiannidis, the DIVI’s scientific head, said about 1,000 additional patients had ended up in intensive care since the middle of March. On Wednesday, 3,680 people were in intensive care in Germany, DIVI data show.

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