Coronavirus live: EMA reviewing AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines over rare side effect reports

EMA looking at reports of rare bleeding condition and four cases of rare blood clots in J&J jab; Merkel plans new German law to force state restrictions

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Brazil’s Sao Paulo state and the city of Rio de Janeiro are easing restrictions on hospitality businesses and other activities, Reuters reports. Authorities made the announcement on Friday, even as Latin America’s largest country continues to break its own grim records for daily Covid-19 deaths.

Sao Paulo will allow customers to pick up takeaway food from bars and restaurants starting on Monday, while professional sports games will be permitted without crowds, along with a series of other specific activities, vice-governor Rodrigo Garcia told journalists.

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Varying coronavirus health outcomes in the UK are the result of “intersecting forms of disadvantage”, including structural inequalities faced by certain communities, PA reports that experts have said.

A combination of political, economic and social factors can have “exponential impacts” on certain groups, according to a paper from the ethnicity subgroup of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage).

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