Coronavirus live news: Ireland to reopen schools; France investigates cruise ship deaths
- EU tells six countries to lift Covid border restrictions
- Ireland to start reopening schools as it extends other restrictions
- Boris Johnson ‘very optimistic’ all England restrictions will end in June
- China did ‘little’ to hunt for origins in early months, says WHO document
- Nigeria survey suggests 23% of Lagos residents had Covid last year
Suriname launched a coronavirus vaccination campaign on Tuesday with a small batch of donated doses, as the nation seeks a steady supply of inoculations.
The country, which has a population of about 600,000, has reported 8,869 cases of Covid-19 and 168 deaths. It hopes to bring in 400,000 doses by the end of the year.
The number of patients treated in intensive care units for Covid-19 in France has reached a 12-week peak of 3,435, as regional officials urge for a ban on public gatherings and consider a partial weekend lockdown.
Unlike some of its European neighbours, France has resisted a new national lockdown to control more contagious variants, hoping a curfew in place since 15 December can contain the pandemic.