Coronavirus live news: South Africa lowers alert level; Jordan ministers sacked for breaches

South Africa’s Covid alert level has been downgraded from three to one; Jordanian ministers sacked breaking Covid laws; First dose of vaccine in UK passes 20m

8.46pm GMT

Hospital chiefs are urging UK ministers to expand the NHS’s supply of beds in intensive care units, which have borne the brunt of the Covid-19 pandemic over the last year.

It is unsafe for patients and unfair on frontline staff for the health service to continue with one of the lowest numbers of intensive care beds in Europe, they have told the Guardian.

Related: NHS hospital bosses urge ministers to increase ICU beds in England

8.34pm GMT

France has reported 19,952 new confirmed Covid-19 cases in past 24 hours, down from 22,046 last Sunday, the health ministry said.

The data from the ministry showed that 122 had died in hospital with the coronavirus, compared with 159 a week today.

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Source: theguardian