A summary of today’s developments:
15-day curfew in Mumbai
India’s richest state Maharashtra imposes tougher lockdown measures, involving the closure of non-essential shops, including in regional capital Mumbai.
Maharashtra: Migrant workers in Mumbai were seen returning to their native places.
“Now that curfew has been imposed, what would we do here? What would we eat? We’re leaving the city because we don’t want to go through the pain we endured during the lockdown,” says a labourer. pic.twitter.com/IxraZoNS1j
— ANI (@ANI) April 13, 2021
UK trial on switching Covid-19 vaccines
A UK study into using different Covid-19 vaccines in two-dose inoculations is being expanded to include shots made by Moderna and Novavax, researchers said on Wednesday.
The trial, known as the Com-Cov study, was first launched in February to look at whether giving a first dose of one type of Covid-19 shot, and a second dose of another, elicits an immune response that is as good as using two doses of the same vaccine.
France suspends all Brazil flights
France suspends all flights to and from Brazil to curb the spread of a new Covid-19 variant found there.
Johnson & Johnson vaccine paused over rare blood clots
Top US health authorities recommend a “pause” in the use of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine as they investigate any links between it and blood clots. Following the announcement, Johnson & Johnson says it will delay the rollout of the vaccine in Europe, and South Africa also suspends use of the jab.
WHO urges halt to sale of live wild animals
The World Health Organization calls for a halt to the sale of live wild mammals in food markets to prevent the emergence of new diseases.
Ramadan begins for 2nd time in Covid-era
Surging cases in many parts of the world overshadow the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, with festivities curtailed by contagion fears.
Berlin to impose tougher measures
The German government agrees on controversial changes to a national infections control law, handing Berlin more power to impose tougher measures such as night-time curfews to halt the raging pandemic.
Britain says it has offered vaccine to all over-50s
Britain says it has met its target to offer by April 15 a first vaccine dose to all over-50s, the clinically vulnerable and health and social care workers.
US Covid cases march higher, hospitalisations up
The United States is the worst-affected country with 562,533 deaths, followed by Brazil with 354,617, Mexico with 209,702, India with 171,058 and Britain with 127,100.