Coronavirus live news: AstraZeneca publishes full trial results; India records highest daily cases in five months

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New Covid variant detected in India; Tokyo Olympic torch relay begins; AstraZeneca publishes full trial results

5.05am GMT

India added 53,476 Covid infections overnight, the highest daily rise since 23 Octover, the health ministry data showed on Thursday.

India has 11.8 million cases, the third-highest amount behind the United States and Brazil.

The country reported 251 new deaths, taking the overall tally to 160,692, the data showed.

4.50am GMT

The Olympic torch relay to the delayed Tokyo 2020 Games began its 120-day journey across Japan following a low-key ceremony at a football training complex in Fukushima.

The ceremony was closed to the public as Japan maintains strict restrictions around the Covid-19 pandemic. Azusa Iwashimizu, a member of the Japanese team that won the women’s World Cup in 2011 was the first torchbearer, running through sparsely populated local streets.

Large crowds have been discouraged from gathering, and the few who did attend were asked to wear masks, socially distance and refrain from cheering or shouting:

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian

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