Coronavirus live news: Iran passes 1m Covid-19 cases; WHO looks at possible ‘e-vaccination certificates’ for travel

Coronavirus live news: Iran passes 1m Covid-19 cases; WHO looks at possible ‘e-vaccination certificates’ for travel

December 3, 2020

Iran reports 13,922 new infections to go past 1m cases in total; WHO investigating prospects e-vaccination certificates; Italy to limit travel outside of towns

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Switzerland cannot allow a third wave of the coronavirus, health minister Alain Berset has said, calling the situation “very worrying” as infection levels stabilise at a high level. He said the country may need to tighten restrictions.

The government is due to discuss on Friday its approach to fighting the pandemic. Coronavirus infections rose by 4,455 in a day, data from Swiss health authorities showed.

The promise of Covid-19 vaccines is “phenomenal” and “potentially game-changing”, Hans Kluge, the World Health Organization’s regional director for Europe, has said.

He said supplies were expected to be very limited in the early stages and countries must decide who gets priority, though the WHO said there is “growing consensus” that first recipients should be older people, medical workers and people with co-morbidities.

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