Coronavirus live news: Japan confirms new Covid strain; rich countries stockpiling 1bn extra vaccine shots

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Rich nations stockpiling one billion extra doses; WHO urges against letting guard down amid fall in cases; Japan finds new strain, immigration centre reports infections

Russia has reported 13,433 new cases in the last 24 hours, including 1,972 in Moscow, taking the national tally to 4,139,031. Reuters reports that Russian authorities also recorded another 470 deaths, raising the official toll to 82,396.

African nations have collectively surpassed 100,000 confirmed deaths, as the continent praised for its early response to the pandemic now struggles with a dangerous resurgence and medical oxygen often runs desperately short, the Associated Press reports.

The 54-nation continent of some 1.3 billion people has barely seen the arrival of large-scale supplies of vaccines, and a variant of the virus dominant in South Africa is already posing a challenge to vaccination efforts.

Health officials who breathed a sigh of relief last year when African countries did not see a huge number of deaths are now reporting a jump in fatalities.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian

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