April 19, 2021

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Coronavirus live news: US distributes 96m vaccine doses; West Bank shuts schools to stem infection rise

Wales allows households with a baby to bubble; Italy announces further restrictions; UK records 290...

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

11.32pm GMT

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.

Related: FDA approves Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose coronavirus vaccine

11.06pm GMT

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.

Reuters reports:

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.

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