Coronavirus latest: India puts oxygen cylinders on edge as boom threatens to overwhelm healthcare

Pregnant women in the UK could now be offered a shot of Covid-19, government advisers said on Friday should not have the Oxford / AstraZeneca jab. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization recommended that pregnant mothers should only have the BioNTech / Pfizer or Moderna shot taken.

The US will invest $ 1.7 billion to tackle Covid-19 variants, as public health experts warn that new strains of the virus could drive infections even more. Americans are vaccinated. The White House announced on Friday that it was allocating funds from the $ 1.9 tonne economic relief package signed last month to fight the variants.

There were 77 cases of a new variant linked to a boom in Covid-19 cases found in India in the UK as the government wants to strengthen its defenses against strains that could evade existing vaccines. The cases were reported by the government on Thursday evening, together with 56 new cases of the variant that were first identified in South Africa.

The number of EU citizens arriving in the UK before the pandemic was revised upwards by the official statistical body. The National Statistics Office said on Friday that the EU’s net migration averaged 216,000 people a year, during the nine years to March 2020, before the first exclusion, 76 percent higher than previous figures.

A worker prepares a dose of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine at Dae Hueng Presbyterian Church in Gardena, California
A worker prepares a dose of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine at Dae Hueng Presbyterian Church in Gardena, California © Patrick T Fallon / AFP via Getty Images

Modern warned that it will deliver less than expected vaccines to the United Kingdom, Canada and other countries, following a shortage of production in its European supply chain. The Boston-based biotechnology company said Friday it would reduce the number of doses it sends to the UK from April.

Apple has temporarily his shops closed in Michigan, which has become the latest hotspot for coronavirus in the US. “Due to the current Covid-19 conditions, we are temporarily closing our stores in Michigan. We are taking this step with an abundance of caution, as we are closely monitoring the situation, ‘the company said on Friday.

Santander told UK mortgage brokers that when assessing the mortgage application of a self-employed borrower, the 2020-21 financial year would be set aside if their business was adversely affected by the coronavirus crisis. From Monday, Santander will base his assessment in the two tax years before the pandemic.

The CEO of the Cooperative Group will receive a bonus of more than £ 1 million this year, despite the mutual choice not to give up the business rate relief. Steve Murrells will receive £ 1.35 million, an increase of £ 735,000 by the 2019 result, which takes his total payment up to £ 2.2 million. More than half of this year’s bonus is a deferred grant from 2018.