Covid live news: Latvia reports high rise in cases; weekly deaths in Scotland highest since February

Posted by on September 29, 2021 9:36 am
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Latvia reports 1,203 new coronavirus cases, most in unvaccinated people; Scottish numbers come amid rise in hospitalisations

2.36pm BST

The French government plans to extend the country’s Covid health pass requirement until next summer, the government’s spokesman has said.

“What we will propose to the parliament is to maintain for several more months, until the summer, the possibility of using it,” Gabriel Attal told reporters after being asked about the state of emergency and use of a health pass to gain access to venues such as restaurants, bars and cinemas.

2.19pm BST

YouTube is to remove videos that spread misinformation about all vaccines, as it steps up a crackdown on harmful content posted during the coronavirus pandemic.

From Wednesday, the video streaming site, which has already banned Covid jab falsehoods, will take down content that claims any approved vaccine is dangerous and causes chronic health defects. Under previous guidelines, the platform demoted – effectively hiding from view – videos that spread misinformation about non-Covid vaccines or promoted vaccine hesitancy.

Related: YouTube to remove misinformation videos about all vaccines

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