Covid live: Saudi Arabia reveals Mecca restrictions; Italy reports almost 300 daily deaths

Only vaccinated people will be allowed to perform umrah; Italy death toll reaches 111,326

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Coronavirus live news: Brazil sets new grim record with 1,910 deaths in 24 hours; Greece extends lockdown

Brazil suffers another day of record Covid losses; Greece prolongs lockdown to 16 March

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Coronavirus live news: ‘Highly likely’ BioNTech vaccine works against new variant; Taiwan confirms first local case since April

BioNTech’s CEO says tests being run on mutant strain; US could require negative Covid-19 tests for passengers from Britain

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Coronavirus live news: Czech Republic shuts shops to curb Europe’s fastest growth in cases; record deaths in Russia

Czech Republic limits movement to essential trips only; Russia nears 25,000 Covid deaths; US death toll might be ‘underascertained’

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Coronavirus live news: US deaths near 150,000 as Hong Kong warns hospitals could collapse

Hong Kong outbreak ‘overwhelming’ medical system; pilgrims quarantined in Mecca as hajj begins; WHO warns pandemic is ‘one big wave’

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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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Coronavirus live news: Florida reports a record 10,000 new cases in one day

US state records biggest one-day increase in its new cases; Sweden records 947 new cases in a day; Tokyo confirms 107 new coronavirus infections; Russia cases pass 660,000

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