France has become the latest European country to announce restrictions for British travelers trying to stop the spread of the Indian variant Covid.
It comes as NHS data in England shows more people are seeking help from their GPs after a significant drop in numbers over the past year, the BBC reported.
The total number of appointments fell by 10%, which means 31 million fewer views.
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Melbourne returns to lockdown
The city that was once Australia’s worst Covid-19 hotspot has announced a seven-day lockdown amid a sudden spike in cases.
The lockdown of Melbourne and the rest of Victoria state comes after a new cluster in the city grew to 26 infections, including one person in intensive care. It is the city’s fourth since the start of the pandemic.
Victoria’s Acting Prime Minister James Merlino said: “Unless something changes, it will get more and more out of control.
The new Melbourne cluster was discovered after an Indian traveler was infected with a more contagious variant of the virus while in quarantine at a hotel in the state of South Australia earlier this month.
The traveler was not diagnosed until he returned home to Melbourne.
Taiwanese Covid Cases Rise
Taiwan reported 667 new national cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, including 266 cases added to previous days’ totals as it readjusts the numbers following delays in reporting positive tests.
Cases continue to rise in Germany
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany rose from 6,313 to 3,662,490, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for Infectious Diseases showed on Thursday. The reported death toll increased from 269 to 87,995, according to the count.
Matt Hancock has not seen Dominic Cummings’ testimony
The Health Secretary will face MPs on Thursday over allegations by former No.10 senior assistant Dominic Cummings that he lied to colleagues and behaved “disastrously” during the Covid pandemic.
Matt Hancock said he did not see Mr. Cummings’ seven-hour evidence to members because he was “saving lives” by taking care of vaccination deployment.
He will answer an urgent question from the House of Commons and is expected to lead a government press conference, the day after a scathing attack by Mr Cummings, who argued the Cabinet minister should have been sacked by 15-20 time.