Coronavirus live news: China reports highest cases since January; France adopts vaccine passports law

Posted by on July 26, 2021 2:40 am
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China starts testing 9.3 million people in Nanjing as 76 new cases reported; French parliament adopts law despite protests

7.39am BST

British ministers will meet on Monday to sign off additional emergency testing sites for workplaces in England hit hard by the “pingdemic”, so more workers can avoid the requirement to self-isolate for 10 days, amid warnings of mounting chaos across the economy.

Refuse depots and police stations are among the sites being considered for testing centres as the Covid-O cabinet subcommittee meets to discuss how best to avoid disruption of key services by the huge number of people self-isolating due to notifications from the NHS Covid-19 app.

Why should our people be infected with Covid? They are panicking and trying to force our workers back to work, where it’s not safe.

We have discussed the possibility of taking action at a senior level, and I can say that nothing has been ruled out.

Related: Additional emergency workplace testing to be introduced in England

7.18am BST

Indonesia’s decision to relax some Covid-19 curbs this week, despite reporting record-high deaths in recent days, is being driven by social and economic concerns rather than epidemiological advice, public health experts said on Monday.

Reuters has this report on the situation there:

As the country grapples with the worst coronavirus outbreak in Asia, president Joko Widodo announced on Sunday that while overall curbs in place since July would be extended for a week, some measures would be eased.

Businesses, including salons, garages, traditional markets and restaurants with outdoor areas will now be allowed to conditionally reopen, while malls will be permitted to operate at 25% capacity outside of designated higher-risk “red zones”.

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