Czech Republic scraps mandatory jabs as daily cases hit new high; record cases in Bulgaria – as it happened

Czech government scraps decree to avoid ‘deepening fissures’ in country; Bulgaria reports highest daily tally of pandemic with 11,181 infections

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Covid live: Omicron may be less severe but not ‘mild’, says WHO; threat to arrest unvaccinated in Philippines

WHO chief says calling variant ‘mild’ is not accurate; Philippines president orders arrest of unvaccinated people who violate stay-at-home orders

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UK Covid live: pregnant women made priority group for jabs after research shows higher risk of serious illness

Latest updates: JCVI moves pregnant women into priority group and urges them to get booster and primary doses as soon as possible

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Coronavirus live news: Russia records worst day for new infections; India passes 9m cases

Russia reports 24,318 new cases on Friday; EU ‘to pay $10bn for vaccines’; India confirms 45,882 new cases to take it past 9m infections

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UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson admits government could have handled crisis differently in early months

PM says government did not understand Covid-19 in early weeks; UK death toll rises by 138 to 45,677; ONS figures suggest cases in England stable or possibly rising

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