Coronavirus live news: England Christmas rules relaxation expected to stay; Tokyo confirms record new cases

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Boris Johnson not expected to tighten rules in England despite calls from experts to act; Japanese city of Tokyo confirm highest one-day case total

10.10am GMT

So far almost 140,000 people in the UK have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in the first week of rollout of the shot developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, the minister in charge of deployment of the vaccine said on Wednesday.

“A really good start to the vaccination programme. It’s been seven days and we have done: England: 108,000, Wales: 7,897, Northern Ireland: 4,000, Scotland: 18,000. UK total 137,897,” Nadhim Zahawi said in a tweet.

A really good start to the vaccination program. It’s been 7 days and we have done: England:108,000 Wales: 7,897 Northern Ireland: 4,000. Scotland:18,000 U.K Total 137,897. That number will increase as we have operationalised hundreds of PCN (primary care networks)

10.07am GMT

Despite proximity to China, fatalities in Thailand from Covid-19 stand at 60, while Cambodia has officially recorded zero.

Read Rebecca Ratcliffe’s report on how Thailand and Cambodia have managed to keep Covid cases so low.

Related: How have Thailand and Cambodia kept Covid cases so low?

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian

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