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Russia has reported 11,823 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, including 1,198 in Moscow, taking the national tally to 4,189,153 since the pandemic began.
The government taskforce also reported 417 deaths in the last 24 hours, pushing the official death toll to 84,047.
The UK health secretary, Matt Hancock, said the number of variant cases across the UK had “fallen quite sharply” and suggested this meant measures at the border were “working”.
He told Sky News:
In the last week or so, there were just over a dozen new cases, which is far smaller than we were seeing even a couple of weeks ago.
So the extra measures that we’re taking at the border are working.
We do have to protect against these new variants, and that is a big challenge.
One of the reviews announced yesterday is a review into international travel. And that review will be informed by the evidence that we’re currently collecting on the impact of the vaccine on these, the so-called South Africa and Brazil new variants.