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: 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 news live: Omicron carries lower hospitalisation risk, studies suggest; China locks down city of 13 million

Data from the UK and South Africa suggest Omicron carries a reduced risk of hospitalisation and severe disease; Xi’an, China, is under strict lockdown following 52 new infections

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Covid news live: Europe facing ‘another storm’ due to Omicron, WHO warns; Israel announces fourth jab for over-60s

The World Health Organization urges Europe to prepare for a “significant surge” in Covid cases and hospitalisations; Israel prepares for fourth jab after recording first Omicron death

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Covid live: UK reports 45,066 new cases, highest since mid-July; Russia daily cases pass 30,000 for first time

Highest daily cases in UK since mid-July with a further 157 Covid-linked deaths; Russia registers 31,299 new cases in one day

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