Covid live: India administers 100m doses of coronavirus vaccine; England prepares to ease restrictions

India hits vaccination milestone as European rollout picks up speed and England prepares to open non-essential retail and outdoor areas of pubs

11.33am BST

Iran reported 258 further Covid-19 deaths in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Sunday, the highest daily toll since early December.

Reuters reports:

That brings the total number of fatalities from the coronavirus to 64,490 in Iran, the worst-hit country in the Middle East.

Health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told state TV that 21,063 new cases were identified in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of identified cases since the pandemic began to 2,070,141.

11.23am BST

Thousands of low-level US inmates released during the pandemic could be headed back to prison, now that a vast number of Americans have received at least their first jab.

Reuters reports:

[A]s more people are vaccinated, thousands could be hauled back into prison to serve the remainder of their sentences, thanks to a little-noticed legal opinion issued by the Justice Department in the waning days of Republican former President Donald Trump’s administration.

Congressional Democrats and justice-reform advocates have called on President Joe Biden and U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to reverse the opinion, but so far the new administration has not acted to rescind the memo.

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Source: The Guardian
Covid live: India administers 100m doses of coronavirus vaccine; England prepares to ease restrictions