Coronavirus live news: Ireland surges to worst infection rate in world; Spain sees record rise in weekend cases

Ireland’s 10,100 cases per million puts hospitals under severe strain; more than 61,000 new cases reported in Spain since Friday

8.33pm GMT

A 75-year-old US lawmaker has tested positive for Covid-19 after being locked down to avoid a mob attacking the US Capitol last week, saying she believed she was exposed while sheltering in place with maskless colleagues.

US representative Bonnie Watson Coleman, a New Jersey Democrat, said in a statement that a rapid test result came back positive and she was awaiting the results of a more comprehensive test, noting she had already received the first shot of the two-dose coronavirus vaccine.

Following the events of Wednesday, including sheltering with several colleagues who refused to wear masks, I decided to take a Covid test.

I have tested positive.

8.30pm GMT

British supermarket group Sainsbury’s has said it will enforce the wearing of masks in stores with security guards who will also ensure that people shop alone, amid concern about the possibility Covid-19 is spreading in stores.

The company said in a statement it had reduced the number of customers allowed into stores at any one time, as it followed Morrisons in tightening the rules.

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Source: theguardian