Coronavirus live: Germany on verge of losing control of Covid fight, warns Merkel

Coronavirus live: Germany on verge of losing control of Covid fight, warns MerkelOctober 26, 2020

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Belgium’s intensive care units will be overrun in a fortnight if the current rate of infection continues, a spokesman for country’s Covid-19 crisis centre has said, writes Daniel Boffey, the Guardian’s Brussels bureau chief.

Dr Yves Van Laethem said the 2000 intensive care beds would be full with patients without a change of course.

Singapore has temporarily withdrawn two flu vaccines after dozens of people in nearby South Korea died after receiving the shots, the South China Morning Post reports.

Forty-eight people had died in South Korea as of Saturday after receiving the vaccines, however the South Korean health authorities said it would continue with its vaccination programme because it had found no direct link to the deaths.

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