Coronavirus live news: US suffers record daily deaths; Japan to declare state of emergency in Tokyo

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Leaked documents show London critical care bed deficit even under ‘best’ case scenario – report; European Medicines Agency approves Moderna coronavirus vaccine; Japan reports record cases

6.06am GMT

Hospitals in London could soon be overwhelmed by Covid-19 and left short of almost 5,500 beds they need to cope with the explosion in cases, NHS leaders have revealed.

The health service’s lead doctor for the capital shared the worrying analysis with the most senior medics in the city’s NHS hospital trusts on a Zoom call on Wednesday afternoon.

Related: Dire warning that London hospitals could be overwhelmed by Covid

5.56am GMT

The rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine in Australia has been brought forward to mid-to-late February with the Morrison government aiming to have four million receive the jab by March.

Announcing the accelerated rollout on Thursday, the prime minister Scott Morrison also indicated it would be up to the states and territories to decide whether the vaccine could be made compulsory for some groups, such as aged care workers:

Related: Australia to roll out Covid vaccine in February, with goal for 4m jabs by March

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian

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