Coronavirus live news: WHO says Covid ‘war’ can be won; White House predicts 90,000 more deaths by March

Posted by on January 27, 2021 7:33 pm
Categories: Global Stories

US CDC chief says 90,000 could die in next four weeks; Madrid health authorities pause vaccinations amid supply issues; ‘We are in the fight of our lives,’ says WHO

12.33am GMT

New Zealand has been ranked the best performer in managing Covid-19 while Australia is ranked eighth, according to an index published by the Lowy Institute today.

The Lowy Institute’s new interactive feature – the Covid Performance Index – looks at how countries and territories have performed in responding to the pandemic.

12.23am GMT

Extra Covid testing centres have been set up overnight in Auckland as health officials raced to trace contacts of two fresh cases in New Zealand and closed down the quarantine hotel believed to be at the centre of this week’s outbreak.

One man waiting in line in Orewa said he had moved 20 metres in 90 minutes but early queues appeared to ease by the middle of the day. Additional health staff have also been brought in from other regions.

Related: New Zealand sets up extra Covid test centres as quarantine hotel at heart of outbreak closes

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