Coronavirus live news: UK variant found in Germany in November; India records six cases of British strain

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Latest updates: variant found in elderly patient after daughter returned from UK; India finds six cases of UK variant; ‘tier 5’ mooted in England as cases surge

Ireland began administering the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on Tuesday, amid surging Covid-19 cases.

Annie Lynch was the first person in the country to receive the vaccine at Dublin’s St James’s Hospital, Ireland’s health service said. Health staff and patients at four hospitals were also vaccinated.

Scotland has recorded a further seven deaths amongst people confirmed to have had Covid-19 and nearly 2,000 new infections over the last 24 hours, but health officials have warned many more fatalities have not yet been officially reported.

The latest data showed 1,092 people were in hospital, the fifth daily increase since 24 December and the highest daily total since late November, and 65 in intensive care. The test positivity rate jumped to 14.4% of the 14,179 people who were tested.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian

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