Coronavirus live news: WHO monitoring new Mu variant; France rolls out booster jabs for over-65s and vulnerable

Mu has been designated a ‘variant of interest’ and has mutations suggesting it could be more resistant to vaccines; nationwide booster campaign to begin in French care homes on 12 September

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Taliban advances in Afghanistan ‘deeply concerning’, says Pentagon – as it happened

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Coronavirus live news: Russia sets new record daily death toll; at least 66 die in Iraq Covid hospital fire

780 deaths is Russia’s highest daily death toll since pandemic began; angry crowd blaming local authorities for negligence

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Coronavirus live news: Thailand confirms record community cases; Pfizer to ask for third dose approval

Thailand reports 9,276 community cases and 72 deaths; Pfizer to ask US regulators to authorise booster dose to combat Delta variant

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Coronavirus live news: Brazil records more than 500,000 deaths from Covid; US has given more than 317,100,000 jabs – as it happened

Additional 2,301 fatalities push Brazil across grim milestone; US says 317,117,797 Covid vaccines have been administered

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Coronavirus live news: WHO warns of risk of second wave in Africa; India cases rise by world record 414,188

UK no-quarantine travel list to be announced; India deaths rise by 3,915; delayed vaccine supplies, a slow rollout and new variants risk new wave in Africa

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Coronavirus blog as it happened: surge testing to begin in east London after variants detected; WHO approves Moderna vaccine

Saturday’s news on Covid developments around the world

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