Coronavirus live news: Spain exceeds 1m cases; Lazio region imposes curfew

Coronavirus live news: Spain exceeds 1m cases; Lazio region imposes curfewOctober 21, 2020

Spain is first western European country to pass milestone; Rome among latest to bring in curfew; German health minister has Covid-19

  • Spain is first western European country to pass 1m cases
  • Lombardy cases more than double in a day
  • 300,000 excess US deaths recorded as Cathay Pacific cuts 5,900 jobs
  • New Zealand records 25 Covid cases amid arrival of foreign fishing crews

The US is likely to have enough safe and effective Covid-19 vaccines available to inoculate the most vulnerable Americans by the end of 2020, health and human services secretary Alex Azar said.

The US government is “cautiously optimistic” that one or two vaccines, likely from Pfizer or Moderna, will be available by the end of the year and can begin to be distributed to Americans, officials said during a news conference.

A South Yorkshire council leader in England has described the negotiations with government over Tier 3 (very high) restrictions as a “charade”.

Sheffield City Council leader Julie Dore said it was clear Downing Street officials and ministers were going through the motions for 10 days just to try and prove they were listening.

I can assure you that Dan has been fighting vociferously for the people of Sheffield and South Yorkshire, just like I have been, because we genuinely thought we were in proper discussions and negotiations.

I think it’s outrageous. I entered into it in good faith and, basically, it was just a charade that we went through.

It was more than just delaying tactics. I think it was also them trying to show clearly something that they are not. They don’t care about the North of England.

I feel like I’ve wasted 10 days when it could have been done in 24 hours right at the start – ‘you’re going into Tier 3 and this is the package you’re going to get’.

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