Coronavirus live news: WHO mission will fly directly to Wuhan; US CDC expands pre-flight Covid testing

Coronavac less effective than previously thought; US coronavirus testing requirements expanded to most international air travellers; WHO investigation team will fly directly to Wuhan

5.49am GMT

California lifted a stay-at-home order in the 13-county Sacramento region on Tuesday as hospital conditions improved, a rare turn of good news as the state pushes through what Governor Gavin Newsom called “its most intense surge” of the coronavirus.

The order imposed 10 December banned gatherings outside a household and shuttered or restricted many businesses. With virus cases and hospitalisations more stable now, the region can resume outdoor dining and worship services, reopen hair and nail salons and other businesses, and increase capacity at retailers Gatherings of up to three households are allowed.

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Source: The Guardian
Coronavirus live news: WHO mission will fly directly to Wuhan; US CDC expands pre-flight Covid testing