Hello and welcome to today’s live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic with me, Helen Sullivan.
Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon is due to set out what life in Scotland will look like under the lowest level of coronavirus restrictions. Sturgeon is to make an announcement at Holyrood on Tuesday as part of the latest review of the route map out of lockdown.
Meanwhile North Korea has told the World Health Organization it tested more than 30,000 people for the coronavirus through June 10 but has yet to find a single infection. Experts widely doubt North Korea’s claim that it has not had a single case of the virus, given its poor health infrastructure and porous border with China, its major ally and economic lifeline.
Here are the other key recent developments:
- Phillipine president Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to jail anyone refusing to get the vaccine in a televised address when he expressed how “exasperated” he was by his own citizens.
- Venezuelan doctors said they are having to turn people away from appointments for second doses because they are running so low on vaccines.
- The US reached the milestone of dipping below 300 deaths linked to Covid-19 for the first time since March last year.
- The World Bank will work with the African Union to quickly deliver vaccines by helping to finance purchases under a new initiative. They hope the scheme will help reach 400 million people.
- The Biden administration is expected to fall short of the president’s commitment to shipping 80 million Covid-19 vaccine doses abroad by the end of June, as demand in the US plummets.
- Russian president Vladimir Putin warned that the coronavirus situation in some Russian regions is getting worse, as authorities began promoting the idea of revaccination in an effort to stem new cases.
- India gave out a record 8.3 million vaccine doses today under a federal campaign to inoculate all adults for free after weeks of criticism that a chaotic rollout had worsened a second wave that killed hundreds of thousands.
- The UAE has quietly launched vaccine tourism, with the emirate of Abu Dhabi offering visitors free jabs after approving the inoculation of all those with visas issued by its authorities.