Covid live news: UK records 40 more deaths and 37,960 new cases; Japan to lift state of emergency

Posted by on September 27, 2021 12:24 pm
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UK records 40 coronavirus-linked deaths in the past 24 hours; Japan to lift Covid state of emergency in all regions at the end of September

5.24pm BST

A federal judge ruled that a Wisconsin, United States, sheriff violated free speech protections guaranteed by the first amendment when he asked a teen to remove an Instagram post about Covid-19 that “upset” local parents in March last year.

The teen, Amyiah Cohoon, and her parents sued the sheriff’s department after a deputy threatened to arrest family members if Amyiah did not delete an Instagram post which described her experiences when possibly infected by Covid-19. She was 16 at the time.

Defendants may have preferred to keep Marquette county residents ignorant to the possibility of Covid-19 in their community for a while longer, so they could avoid having to field calls from concerned citizens, but that preference did not give them authority to hunt down and eradicate inconvenient Instagram posts.

Related: Judge rules in Wisconsin teen’s favor after sheriff threatened jail over Covid post

5.20pm BST

In the United States, president Joe Biden will receive a coronavirus booster jab on Monday, the White House announced.

It comes days after his administration gave the go-ahead for a third shot of Pfizer’s vaccine in certain populations.

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