Coronavirus live news: vaccinated ‘three times less likely to test positive’; 220,000 children in England jabbed

Study suggests fully vaccinated less likely to pass virus on to others; more 16- and 17-year-olds in UK could be given green light for vaccine

8.46am BST

Macau ordered compulsory coronavirus testing for all residents on Wednesday after a family of four was found to be carrying the Delta variant, breaking the city’s record of over 16 months virus-free.

AFP reports that over the next three days authorities plan to test all 680,000 residents at 41 testing centres, the government said.

The testing is one of a host of new measures announced after the gambling hub recorded 491 days without a single local infection.

The city’s Casinos remain open for now but the resurgence in cases has raised concerns that casinos, Macau’s main economic engine and source of revenues, may have to close in the near-term if the spread is not contained.

8.35am BST

The UK government should “try a whole range” of incentives in order to encourage young people to take up the Covid jab, Labour have argued.

The shadow environment secretary, Luke Pollard, told Sky News that consistent messaging was key to driving uptake among people aged 18-29.

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