Wales allows households with a baby to bubble; Italy announces further restrictions; UK records 290 deaths and 7,434 cases – follow all the day’s news as it happens
- Concerns grow as UK Covid testing labs scaled back before even opening
- House approves $1.9tn Covid aid bill despite minimum wage setback
- New Zealand: Auckland to go into seven-day Covid lockdown
- One million Covid vaccine doses administered in Wales
- Captain Sir Tom Moore: tributes paid by family at funeral
- See all our coronavirus coverage
The US Food and Drug Administration has authorised Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine for emergency use, making it the third vaccine available to the US public and securing another vital step in the US fight to control Covid-19.
The decision was a formality after an independent expert advisory panel late on Friday afternoon recommended drug regulators approve the one-shot vaccine.
Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest city, woke up on Sunday morning to a second lockdown in a month as health authorities try to rein in a coronavirus cluster of the more contagious UK variant.
The seven-day lockdown, announced late Saturday by prime minister Jacinda Ardern, follows a three-day stay-at-home order in mid-February after a local emergence of the UK variant of the new coronavirus that causes Covid-19.
Genomic sequencing of a new case recorded on Saturday, which prompted the lockdown, was linked to the existing cluster, health authorities said on Sunday, bringing it to 13 cases.