Covid live news: EU not renewing orders for AstraZeneca jabs after June; lockdown extended in New Delhi

International aid has poured in for India, where record infection rates have overwhelmed hospitals, depleting medicines, oxygen tanks and other supplies. Earlier this month, Qatar Airways also airlifted 300 tonnes of aid free of charge from Doha to India. Emirates will provide free spare capacity to transport supplies from charities based in Dubai, divisional senior … Read more

Coronavirus live news: two more Indian states go into lockdown; UK ‘could be protected from Covid by August’

Germany’s anti-lockdown movement has co-opted the image of Sophie Scholl, the Germany resistance fighter who was born 100 years ago on Sunday, to the dismay of their opponents. Scholl, who was executed by the Nazis for distributing anti-Nazi pamphlets, is an emblem of courage and a national hero in Germany. She has, perhaps inevitably, been … Read more

Australia news live: Morrison confirms India travel ban to end 15 May; NSW premier ‘very pleased’ with state’s handling of Covid outbreak

I will consult with the premiers and chief ministers today as part of that national cabinet meeting, and the National Security Committee of Cabinet will consider those matters further next week and in the weeks ahead. But what’s important is that the biosecurity order that we have put in place has been highly effective, it’s … Read more

Australia news live: minister to hold urgent roundtable with Indian-Australian community leaders

A big old hello to you all on this fine Wednesday morning. Matilda Boseley here, ready to guide you through this Wednesday’s worth of news. Now, it probably comes as no surprise that all eyes are once again on India today, as federal immigration minister Alex Hawke moves to an urgent roundtable with Indian-Australian community … Read more

Australia news live: medical chief did not advise jail time for India arrivals; over-50s eligible for AstraZeneca Covid vaccine

12.38am BST00:38 Department of health secretary Brendan Murphy and Aged care minister Richard Colbeck are fronting a Senate estimates committee this morning. Colbeck has been asked about the new sanctions on returning Indian citizens, saying “there is not a specific sanction in relation to [India]”, but said those sanctions were a result of the Biosecurity … Read more

Coronavirus live news: controversial England care home rule scrapped; India daily cases top 400,000 for first time

It was the first time India’s daily case count had topped 400,000 after 10 consecutive days over 300,000. Deaths related to Covid-19 jumped by 3,523 over the past 24 hours, taking the total toll to 211,853, according to official data. The world’s biggest producer of Covid-19 vaccines has a limited number of shots available, worsening … Read more

Australia live news: Australia live news: Covid breach at Brisbane airport after traveller tests positive; Brittany Higgins and PM to meet

Former Liberal staffer will speak to Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese in Sydney, and Brisbane and Melbourne on Covid alert. Follow latest updates Some 16% of public servants have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, survey finds India wants access to cheap copies of Covid vaccines. So why is Australia holding out? Coronavirus WA: Perth … Read more

Australia news live: two men reported to have died of blood clots after receiving Covid vaccine

Well, in terms of that, we’ll allow the court process to take its course. The electors of Braddon, on Saturday, will be able to make a decision about Mr Brooks and that’s what a democracy is all about …. As I’ve said, innocent until proven guilty. We’ll allow that process to take its court: The … Read more

Biden to give Covid update as pressure builds on US to help India and others – live

Biden spent his first 100 days in office encouraging Americans to mask up and stay home to slow the spread of the coronavirus. His task for the next 100 days will be to lay out the path back to normal. When he entered office, Biden moved swiftly to overcome vaccine supply issues and more than … Read more

Covid live: Indian PM Narendra Modi says ‘storm’ of coronavirus infections has shaken country

Coronavirus has killed at least 3,100,659 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 10am GMT today. At least 146,337,640 cases of coronavirus have been registered. The vast majority have recovered, though some have continued to experience symptoms weeks or even months … Read more