Covid live: Sweden scraps almost all restrictions and testing despite pleas from scientists; Spain’s King Felipe tests positive

Sweden scraps almost all of its few restrictions and stops most testing; Spain’s King Felipe tests positive after displaying mild symptoms

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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 news: UK records 81,713 cases; thousands protest in Vienna against mandatory vaccination

UK reports 287 deaths with the seven-day total up 45% on the week before; parliament due to vote next week on the issue, which has polarised country

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Covid live: UK reports nearly 400 virus-linked deaths for second day; Germany chancellor calls for mandatory jabs

UK reports 129,587 new positive Covid-19 cases and 398 more deaths; Germany should make vaccinations mandatory for adults, says Olaf Scholz

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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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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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