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Summary for Monday, 28th December

  • South Korea becomes the latest country to confirm cases of the new Covid-19 variant; a family tested positive after returning from the UK last week
  • US President Trump signs a Covid relief bill into law, meaning millions of Americans will receive unemployment benefits again
  • South Africa becomes the first country on the continent to register more than one million Covid cases
  • Hospitals in the south of England say they have seen a "real rise in pressure" as Covid cases rise
  • London Ambulance Service received almost 8,000 call-outs on Boxing Day - one of the busiest in its history
  • A Chinese citizen journalist who covered Wuhan's coronavirus outbreak has been jailed for four years for "picking quarrels and provoking trouble"
  • More than 80.79 million virus cases have been recorded worldwide and 1.76 million deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University


Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. We’ll be bringing you all the latest updates from the UK and around the world. Here are the main headlines:


Cases of new variant in South Korea

South Korea is the latest country to confirm cases of the new variant of coronavirus which was first discovered in the UK.
Three South Korean nationals were found to have the new strain of the virus after arriving from London last week.
The family were tested just after their arrival and have remained in quarantine.
Cases of the more contagious variant have been confirmed in several European countries, as well as Canada and Japan.
South Korea suspended all direct flights from the UK last week. Arrivals from Britain must undergo stricter checks at the airport and will be tested for the virus twice.
South Korea is already battling a resurgence of Covid-19 and has introduced its strictest measures yet to try to bring rising infection rates under control.
Find out more about the new variant here.

Trump signs Covid relief and spending package

US President Donald Trump has signed a coronavirus relief and spending package bill after days of uncertainty, averting a partial government shutdown.
Trump had previously refused to sign the bill, criticising "wasteful spending" and calling for higher payouts to people hit by the pandemic.
The delay meant that around 14 million Americans faced a lapse in unemployment benefit payments and new stimulus cheques. Unemployment benefits will now be restored.
The relief package worth $900bn (£665bn) was approved by Congress after months of negotiation. It is part of a $2.3tn spending package that includes $1.4tn for normal federal government spending.
Republican and Democratic Party lawmakers had been pleading with the president to sign it before a budget deadline of midnight on Monday. If he had not, some government agencies would have had to close, unless legislators could pass a stopgap bill.
Find out more here .

China jails citizen journalist for Wuhan reports

A Chinese citizen journalist who covered the initial coronavirus outbreak in the city of Wuhan has been jailed for four years.
Zhang Zhan was found guilty of "picking quarrels and provoking trouble" , a frequent charge levelled against activists. She is one of several citizen journalists who have run into trouble for reporting on Wuhan.
The 37-year-old former lawyer was detained in May and has been on hunger strike for several months. Her lawyers say she is in poor health.
There is no free media in China and authorities are known to clamp down on activists or whistleblowers seen as undermining the government's response to the outbreak.
In a video interview with an independent filmmaker before her arrest, Zhang said she decided to travel to Wuhan in February after reading an online post by a resident about life in the city during the outbreak.
Once there, she began documenting what she saw on the streets and hospitals in livestreams and essays, despite threats by authorities, and her reports were widely shared on social media.
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UK newspapers: 'Vacc to the future'

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The UK's front pages are dominated by the prospect of an imminent rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
"Covid hope at last", the Sun declares, while the Daily Express has the headline: "We'll be free by February". For the Daily Mirror it's "a shot at freedom".
The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail report that an army of more than 10,000 medics and volunteers has been recruited by the NHS to help deliver the vaccine once it's approved.
The Telegraph, which says the vaccine will be approved this week, suggests teams are trained and ready to begin giving the jab at sports stadiums and racecourses across the country, with a target of vaccinating a million people each week.
"A jab in your village hall", is the Mail's headline. A government source tells the paper: "The vaccine is the way to make us safe and get us through this pandemic. We are throwing the kitchen sink at it."
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'Difficult to keep R number below 1 and reopen schools'

The arguments for reopening schools in the UK in January are "very finely balanced", says Sir Jeremy Farrar, a member of the UK government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage).
He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "Certainly my own view is that schools opening is an absolute priority.
"But society - and eventually this is a political decision - will have to balance keeping schools open, if that is possible, with therefore closing down other parts of society.
"It is going be a trade-off between one or other. You cannot have everything. You cannot have the whole of society opening, and schools opening and further education and universities, and keep R below one with this variant."
The R number is the number of people that one infected person will pass on a virus to, on average.
Farrar added: "I think there are some very, very tough choices. We are going to see these continued pressures at least over the next two or three months."
He said that he expected the next few weeks to "be very difficult across the whole country".
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Brazil's vice-president tests positive


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Hamilton Mourão is self-isolating in his residence

Brazil's Vice-President Hamilton Mourão has tested positive for coronavirus, his office has announced. Officials did not say whether the 67-year-old was displaying any symptoms but said he would self-isolate in his official residence.
Brazil is the country with the second highest number of Covid-related deaths worldwide after the United States.
A long list of senior politicians in Brazil has had Covid over the past months, including President Jair Bolsonaro, who has long belittled the risks posed by the virus.
The government has come under fire for not giving a date for when a vaccine will be rolled out even as a number of countries in the region started vaccinating its residents.
After saying on Saturday that "I don't give a damn" about the pressure, President Bolsonaro struck a more conciliatory note on Sunday when he tweeted that "we're in a rush to obtain a safe, efficient and high-quality vaccine made by duly certified labs".
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Gove confident schools will open as planned

More about schools reopening now.
Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove has said this morning that ministers are still discussing whether pupils in England should return to school next week.
Children sitting GCSEs and A-levels in the summer are due to go back on 4 January, as are primary school pupils, with others returning a week later.
School trade unions and some scientists are calling for a longer delay to reduce the spread of the new variant of coronavirus.
But Gove said the government was confident primary school pupils and Year 11 and Year 13 pupils in England would be able to return next week.
"We are talking to teachers and head teachers in order to make sure we can deliver effectively. But we all know that there are trade-offs," he said.
"As a country we have decided - and I think this is the right thing to do - that we prioritise children returning to school."
Mr Gove also said he had not ruled out the whole of England being moved into the toughest tier four restrictions .

Oxford vaccine 'a game changer'

The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine can be a "game changer" if it is approved by the UK regulator, according to one of the government’s scientific advisers.
There have been reports that the vaccine is set to become the second Covid vaccine to be approved in the coming days.
Respiratory disease expert Prof Calum Semple said the Oxford vaccine can be stored at more convenient temperatures than the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and it is therefore easier to move around the country.
He told BBC Breakfast: "This vaccine is very important because not only does it generate the antibodies that protect you from being infected, it also generates these 'hunter killer cells' - the T cells - that actually deal with infection.
"They help people who have some degree of infection, if a little bit of virus escapes and starts causing infection it can actually treat that disease as well in the people that have been vaccinated, so it's a very, very good vaccine."
He added that it was likely to not be until summer before herd immunity was reached in Britain through a vaccination programme.
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British skiers flee Swiss quarantine

Hundreds of British skiers are reported to have have fled quarantine in the popular Swiss resort of Verbier.
Some hoteliers only discovered their guests had vanished when room-service trays were left untouched, Swiss media say. Others were called by British tourists demanding their money back once they had crossed into France.
The exodus came on Saturday night after Switzerland imposed a 10-day quarantine, backdated to 14 December, because of the new virus strain spreading in the UK.
A local government spokesman said 420 British guests had booked into accommodation before Christmas - but now only about a dozen were left.
He voiced sympathy for those who had fled.
"We understand their anger," Jean-Marc Sandoz told the SonntagsZeitung newspaper.
"Suddenly families with small children were locked into 20 square metres [215 sq ft], and that's intolerable."

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China's painful year fighting the coronavirus

In December 2019, a "mystery pneumonia" was reported to have appeared at a market in Wuhan.
From that moment on, life in China - and the rest of the world - was never the same again.
From the initial days of despair to the present new normal, we track the highs and the lows of China's tumultuous year battling the Covid-19 disease.

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South Africa passes one million infections

South Africa has become the first country on the continent to register more than one million Covid-19 cases.
The country's president is expected to announce tougher restrictions as some hospitals and medical centres struggle under a huge rise in admissions.
A new coronavirus variant - known as 501.V2 - is believed to be driving the surge in infections. It was identified by a network of South African scientists in the Eastern Cape province and then rapidly spread to other parts of the country.
The new form of the virus appears unrelated to the new variant identified in the UK, although both have a mutation in a crucial part of the virus used to infect the body's cells.
South Africa has now confirmed 1,004,413 infections and 26,735 deaths since the outbreak began in March.
Read more here .

Germany passes 30,000 deaths

More than 30,000 people in Germany have now died with Covid-19.
According to the country's Robert Koch Institute, 348 new deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number to 30,126.
The news comes two days after Germany began rolling out the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.
Germany entered a hard lockdown earlier this month , with measures relaxed slightly over Christmas.
The country has seen more than 1.6 million cases since the pandemic began.
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Warning over 'super-spreader' New Year parties

As Northern Ireland enters the third day of a six-week lockdown, its health minister has urged people to stay at home to prevent the spread of the virus.
During the first week of the lockdown - which includes New Year's Eve - no gatherings, indoor or outdoor, are permitted between 20:00 and 06:00 GMT.
Health Minister Robin Swann said a New Year's Eve house party "would not just be against the law... it could be a super-spreader event, could leave people very seriously ill and could even cost lives".
He added: "Please stay at home as much as possible. Please don't be tempted to visit friends this week. We need a concerted and united push in the next few months to get us to a better place.
"This will save lives and ease the pressures on our health service at this most challenging time."
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Sydney restricts New Year's Eve fireworks


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Sydney's world-famous New Year's Eve fireworks display is set to look very different this year, as new rules are announced to combat coronavirus.
The city had originally planned to allow thousands of front-line workers to attend the display but a new cluster of cases in Sydney's northern suburbs has led to new restrictions.
Now, only people with a booking at a restaurant or other venue and a valid permit from local authorities will be able to enter the city's central business district to watch the display over Sydney Harbour.
Residents, their guests and workers at local venues will still be able to enter the zone, although they will also require a pass.
Instead, authorities hope that people will watch a seven-minute display on TV at midnight.
Australia has recorded over 28,300 cases and 909 deaths since the pandemic began.
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The latest Covid-19 headlines

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How to stay positive through the winter

With Christmas over and the long, dark months upon us, winter can be tough for many of us in normal times - let alone during a pandemic.

But the country's leading mental health experts say there are things many of us can do to give ourselves a lift.

From moving more to thinking less, here are some of their top tips to stay positive through the winter.

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Some non-urgent care to be paused in Scotland

Some non-urgent care services within Scotland's healthcare system will have to be paused, the president of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow has said.
Dr Jackie Taylor told BBC Breakfast the focus would be on urgent cases - and the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine programme.
"Everybody has been working over the last nine months to try and ensure that we catch up with the backlog, and we will continue to do that," she said.
"But the harsh reality is that some places that are under pressure, some of that non-urgent work will have to be paused. We have to focus on urgent work and we have to be able to roll out the vaccination programme."
She added: "As healthcare professionals, we want to be able to treat everyone, we want to ensure everyone gets the best of care, but unless we get a grip of Covid and really get on top of this then we won't be able to open up the other services again."

Golf legend Greg Norman in hospital with Covid-19

Former world number one golfer Greg Norman is back in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.
The 65-year-old Australian went to hospital on Friday with a mild fever, cough, aches and pains and a headache. The 1986 and 1993 Open champion then returned home to self-isolate and await the result of a Covid-19 test.
"I hope this will be my final update on this Covid saga - back in hospital after getting a positive result," he posted on Instagram.
Norman said that, despite being "fit and strong" and having a "high tolerance for pain", the virus was "like nothing I have ever experienced before".
He added that he was on "the path to full recovery" and hoped to return home to isolate later on Monday.
Norman spent more than 300 weeks at the top of the world rankings and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001.
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Lorry queue in Kent shrinks


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At one point there were thousands of lorries and their drivers stranded in Kent after France closed the border on 20 December due to fears over the new Covid-19 variant in the UK.
Now the Department for Transport says fewer than 60 are waiting to cross.
Transport Minister Robert Courts said there was more to do, but progress had been made.
Amid concerns about the new variant, France is refusing to allow lorry drivers in without a negative test result.
Of the 21,849 coronavirus tests on hauliers that have now been carried out in Kent, only 66 (0.3%) were positive results.

Finland reports first case of UK variant

Finland has become the latest country to confirm a case of the new Covid-19 variant that was first identified in the UK.
On Monday, officials confirmed that at least one Finnish citizen who had recently returned from the UK tested positive at the weekend. According to the AP news agency, the individual and their family are in isolation.
Reuters news agency, meanwhile, reported that there were two cases of the new variant in Finland.
The news comes after South Korea announced that three of its citizens who had returned from London had the new strain.
Cases of the more contagious variant have also been confirmed in several European countries, as well as Canada and Japan.
Find out more about the new variant here .
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How Covid-19 altered world events in 2020

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The year 2020 has been like no other. The coronavirus infected tens of millions of people, impacted 80% of jobs, and placed billions in lockdown.
It's tempting to imagine how 2020 would have turned out differently without a pandemic. What extra time would we have had with loved ones? What birthdays, weddings and milestones did we miss?
And while the crisis affected all of us personally, it also shaped news events around the world, with knock-on effects for millions.
From the US election and Hong Kong protests, to fighting in Ethiopia's Tigray and a political crisis in Israel, find out how world events were affected here .

Ex-minister dies of Covid-19 in Japan


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A former Japanese transport minister has died of Covid-19, his party has confirmed.
Yuichiro Hata, who was 53 and the son of former Prime Minister Tsutomu Hata, died on Sunday, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan said.
The news comes as Japan announced a ban on non-resident foreign nationals from entering the country, following the emergence of a new strain of coronavirus in the UK.
The new variant has since been detected in a number of other countries, including South Korea and Finland.
Japan has recorded almost a quarter of a million cases and 3,152 deaths during the pandemic, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.
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Merkel's chief of staff vaccinates health workers

With Germany's vaccination campaign under way, Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff personally got involved on Monday.
Helge Braun, who is a trained doctor, administered vaccines to members of staff at the intensive care unit of the University Hospital in Giessen.
"I came to the clinic because I wanted to show support - not just here at this location, but rather across Germany, for all those who were busy in intensive care over Christmas," he was quoted as saying by local media.
Germany began its vaccination campaign on Saturday.
The country has recorded more than 30,000 deaths since the pandemic began.

Indonesia to ban foreign travellers for two weeks

Indonesia is set to ban international visitors for two weeks, beginning on 1 January.
Foreign minister Retno Marsudi announced the ban, citing concerns around the new strains of coronavirus. So far, the two most alarming strains are currently spreading in England and South Africa.
The new regulation applies to all foreign visitors with the exception of high-level government officials, Marsudi said.
The announcement comes days after Indonesia banned travellers from the Britain and tightened rules for those arriving from Europe and Australia to limit the spread of the new strain. Indonesia banned all tourists earlier this year, but some exemptions have been made for business travellers.

Exams to go ahead for 2021 in England

GCSE and A-Level exams will “absolutely” go ahead next year in England, UK cabinet minister Michael Gove has said.
Gove said the exams were “critically important in making sure students have a chance to show what they’ve learnt and what their skills are” and gave them “robust, independently verified qualifications” which were a “passport to a better future”.
This differs dramatically from the rest of the UK:
In Scotland, higher and advanced higher exams will not go ahead, and will be replaced with teacher assessed grades based on evidence of the student’s attainment.
In Wales, there will be no end of year exams for those taking GCSE, AS level and A level qualifications approved by Qualifications Wales and delivered by WJEC in summer 2021.
Northern Ireland is set to reduce their exams, but not cancel them entirely.
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Philippine president's security team given unauthorised vaccine


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The Philippines' Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned against the use of unauthorised vaccines after members of President Rodrigo Duterte's security team received a Chinese-made vaccine that has not yet been approved.
"Vaccines will only be approved if there is reasonable scientific evidence to show that benefit outweighs risk,” the FDA's director general said in a statement.
No coronavirus vaccine has yet been given the green light by the FDA.
The head of the country's presidential security team said on Monday that workers in close contact with Duterte had been immunised with the Sinopharm jab, but added that the president was still waiting "for the perfect or appropriate vaccine", according to the AFP news agency.
The Philippines has reported more than 470,000 coronavirus cases and 9,124 deaths since the pandemic began, figures from Johns Hopkins University show.
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Russia extends UK flight suspension

Russia has extended its suspension of flights to and from the UK until 12 January, Russian news agencies report.
"For the benefit of ensuring the safeguarding of the population's health the duration of the restrictions has been extended until 2359 hours on 12 January 2021," the Moscow-based headquarters for combating Covid-19 said in a statement cited by Interfax news agency.
Russia introduced a week-long UK flights ban on 22 December after scientists identified a new variant of coronavirus in the UK.
Other governments also announced restrictions on UK travel. Cases of the variant have since been reported in countries including South Korea and Finland.
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More than 40,000 new cases found in the UK

Meanwhile, the latest figures for the whole of the UK have also been released.
A further 41,385 people across the UK have tested positive for Covid-19, and 357 more people have died, the latest government figures show .
An additional 2,143 people have been admitted to hospital.

Cases in Scotland top 120,000

The latest Scottish government figures show there have been 120,891 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country, and 4,416 people have died following a positive test for the virus.
Our analysis of the key figures for the coronavirus outbreak in Scotland can be found here .

Everton v Man City off amid positive tests

Turning to English Premier League football, Manchester City's Monday night trip to Everton has been postponed .
Two City players had already tested positive for coronavirus, and it is now believed that the 2019 league champions have found more positive results in the latest round of testing.
More on this developing story from our colleagues at BBC Sport can be found here .

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More than 40,000 new cases found in the UK

Meanwhile, the latest figures for the whole of the UK have also been released.
A further 41,385 people across the UK have tested positive for Covid-19, and 357 more people have died, the latest government figures show .
An additional 2,143 people have been admitted to hospital.

Cases in Scotland top 120,000

The latest Scottish government figures show there have been 120,891 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country, and 4,416 people have died following a positive test for the virus.
Our analysis of the key figures for the coronavirus outbreak in Scotland can be found here .

Everton v Man City off amid positive tests

Turning to English Premier League football, Manchester City's Monday night trip to Everton has been postponed .
Two City players had already tested positive for coronavirus, and it is now believed that the 2019 league champions have found more positive results in the latest round of testing.
More on this developing story from our colleagues at BBC Sport can be found here .

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'Growing concern' over UK Covid cases

After it emerged a short time ago that a further 41,385 people across the UK had tested positive for Covid-19, the medical director of the government agency Public Health England has urged people to co-operate to fight the virus.
Dr Yvonne Doyle said: "This very high level of infection is of growing concern at a time when our hospitals are at their most vulnerable, with new admissions rising in many regions.
"We have all made huge sacrifices this year but we must all continue to play our part in stopping the spread of the virus, which is still replicating fast."
She said the "basics" of hand washing, mask wearing, social distancing and abiding by the restrictions in place in your area remained essential.
But she also said there was "hope on the horizon".
"We can tackle this virus by working together as the vaccine continues to reach the most vulnerable first, and then many more over the weeks and months ahead," she said.

Mexican singer-songwriter Armando Manzanero dies


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Mexican composer and singer Armando Manzanero has died of Covid-19. He was 85.
Dubbed "the king of romanticism", he had received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Latin Billboard Awards in the United States only two months ago.
Manzanero had been diagnosed with Covid on 17 December and was put on a ventilator five days later.
During his career he wrote more than 400 songs, many of which became immensely popular in the Spanish-speaking world.
Among his most famous songs in Spanish are Adoro (I adore) and Cuando estoy contigo (When I'm with you).
Some - such as Yesterday I Heard the Rain and It's Impossible - were translated into English and performed by famous US singers such as Elvis, Tony Bennett and Perry Como.
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Eight get too much vaccine by mistake in Germany

In Germany's mass vaccination campaign eight care home workers were accidentally each given five times the normal dose of vaccine.
The seven women and one man, aged between 38 and 54, work at a retirement home in the town of Stralsund in north-eastern Germany.
Four are now reported to have mild flu-like symptoms and have been admitted to hospital for observation. But so far none of the eight has any serious ill-effects.
More than 18,000 people have been inoculated with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19 since Germany's mass vaccination began on Sunday, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) says.
The priority groups are those aged 80 and above and those who look after them in care homes and hospitals.
BioNTech, quoted by German NTV news, says that in its early vaccine trials some volunteers received up to 100 micrograms (mcg), whereas 30mcg is a normal dose. The bigger doses did not make the volunteers ill, it said.

Northern Ireland's new lockdown explained

When lockdown was first introduced in Northern Ireland at the end of March, it saw a raft of new restrictions introduced on everyday life.
While many of those measures were relaxed, a number have since been tightened again.
A new six-week lockdown took effect in Northern Ireland on 26 December, which will be reviewed after four weeks.
Find out what you can and can't do under the new guidelines here .
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Nigeria variant 'should not be compared' to UK and S Africa variants

A leading scientist who identified a new coronavirus variant in Nigeria has cautioned against comparisons with new variants found in South Africa and the UK.
Christian Happi, head of the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics and Infectious Diseases in Nigeria, said more studies were needed to see whether the country's new variant was linked to a recent spike in infections.
Nigeria's new variant was found in two out of 200 samples collected between August and October.
South Africa said its new variant, which appears to be separate to a new variant found in the UK, could explain a recent increase especially affecting younger people. It has become the first country in Africa to register more than one million coronavirus cases.
Nigeria saw a 52% increase in cases last week, Reuters news agency reports. It has recorded more than 82,000 cases and 1,200 deaths since the pandemic began.

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Bye for now

We're closing our live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic for the day.
The news story that has dominated 2020 shows no sign of winding down as we move towards 2021.
In today's main developments:

  • Finland became the latest country to confirm a case of the new Covid-19 variant that was first identified in the UK
  • South Korea also confirmed cases of the new variant as a family tested positive after returning from the UK
  • In the UK, a further 41,385 Covid cases and 357 deaths were reported
  • England's "very high" Covid infection level is a "growing concern" as hospitals struggle to cope with rising demand, a health official has said
  • Russia extended its suspension of flights to and from the UK until 12 January, Russian news agencies report
  • A Chinese citizen journalist who covered Wuhan's coronavirus outbreak was jailed for four years for "picking quarrels and provoking trouble"
  • The English Premier League football match between Everton and Manchester City has been postponed amid positive tests among the City squad
  • More than 200 British skiers reportedly fled coronavirus quarantine in the Swiss resort of Verbier.


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