Coronavirus live news: Spain reports record 38,869 new cases; fresh lockdown in Portugal from Friday

Spain reports highest single-day spike in new cases; Portugal urges people to stay indoors; Switzerland announces new measures to head off third wave

8.44pm GMT

Lebanon’s caretaker health minister, Hamad Hassan, has tested positive for coronavirus and been admitted to hospital, a statement from the ministry said.

“The minister has been admitted to Saint George hospital for treatment,” the statement said.

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The African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team has secured a provisional 270m Covid-19 vaccine doses for African countries, South African president Cyril Ramaphosa said.

“As a result of our own efforts we have so far secured a commitment of a provisional amount of 270m vaccines from three major suppliers: Pfizer, AstraZeneca (through Serum Institute of India) and Johnson & Johnson,” Ramaphosa, who is the African Union chair, said in a statement.

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Source: theguardian