Coronavirus live news: US records highest daily increase in cases, Brisbane under lockdown as single case reported in Australia

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Shijiazhuang, Hebei’s capital, on alert; US reports 290,000 cases and 3,676 deaths in 24 hours as Australia changes rules for hotel quarantine

8.47am GMT

Emphasising the severity of the situation in the UK, an epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has said the new variant should be treated as a “new pandemic within a pandemic”.

Dr Adam Kucharski, an adviser to the UK government, told BBC Radio 4’s Today:

The early signals we’re seeing are suggesting that there is probably less movement in the population than there was in November, but perhaps slightly more than there was in April. And, obviously, that’s concerning because, with this new variant, essentially each interaction we have has become riskier than it was before.

Even if we went back to that last spring level of reduction in contacts, we couldn’t be confident we would see the same effects as we saw last year because of the increased transmission.

8.40am GMT

Fraudsters are targeting elderly and vulnerable people with a fake vaccine, the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCAA), has said.

Officers warned that the scammers are demanding bank details or cash payments for access to a jab – something the NHS would not do when administering a legitimate dose.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian

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