Coronavirus live news: China builds quarantine centre for 4,000 people; Germany may extend lockdown again

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China builds Covid-19 quarantine centre for Shijiazhuang; Germany mulling compulsory medical masks on public transport; California passes 3m cases

1.12pm GMT

An independent panel reviewing the global handling of the pandemic, led by former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark and former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is to brief the media on their second progress report.

Yesterday, they said that Chinese officials could have applied public health measures more forcefully in January 2020 to curb the initial Covid-19 outbreak, and criticised the World Health Organization for not declaring an international emergency until 30 January (see 11:49pm).

1.00pm GMT

India, one of the world’s biggest drugmakers, will start exports of Covid vaccines as early as Wednesday, government sources told Reuters, paving the way for other countries to secure supplies of the easy-to-store Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

The first batch of exports will be shipped to the tiny nation of Bhutan, said the officials, who asked not to be named as no formal announcement has yet been made in India.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian

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