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Coronavirus live news: India detects new variant; Germany scraps strict Easter shutdown


Indian health ministry reports ‘new double mutant variant’; Angela Merkel retracts restrictions, saying she made a ‘mistake’

11.42am GMT

Pope Francis has ordered salary cuts at the Vatican to save ordinary employees’ jobs amid the economic fallout of the pandemic, Reuters reports.

Cardinals have been told to take a 10% salary cut, while other clerics will also see their pay reduced. Lower-paid lay employees will not be affected by the cuts, a Vatican spokesperson said.

11.30am GMT

France’s employment minister Elisabeth Borne has left hospital after being admitted last Friday following a positive Covid-19 test.

Sortie de l’hôpital à l’instant, je suis soulagée. Merci au personnel soignant qui m’a accompagnée pendant ces jours difficiles pour leur travail formidable et à vous tous pour vos messages de soutien. J’ai une pensée pour nos concitoyens qui luttent en ce moment contre ce virus.

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