Coronavirus live news: Italy approves measures to lock down half of country; France exceeds 4m cases

Coronavirus live news: Italy approves measures to lock down half of country; France exceeds 4m casesMarch 12, 2021

Restrictions in Italy set to remain until Easter; France total case numbers exceeded 4m on Friday as more than 25,000 new cases were reported

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In the UK, health secretary, Matt Hancock, tweeted:

Huge thanks to everyone involved in the COVID testing programme.

Yesterday, over 1.6 MILLION tests were conducted. A huge team effort.

Mass-testing & the vaccine roll-out are our route to normal.

Reuters reports:

Lawmakers will get their Covid-19 vaccinations in hospital like everyone else from now on, the deputy speaker of Lebanon’s parliament said on Friday following a scandal over MPs receiving early jabs in the legislature.

About a dozen parliamentarians were vaccinated last month despite not being in a top priority group – sparking outrage in a country reeling from the impact of the pandemic and a financial meltdown.

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