Covid live: Merkel says all EU states should quarantine UK arrivals; 10% of new French cases are Delta variant
German chancellor says other member states should adopt German restrictions on travellers from UK; Delta variant cases rise in France
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The World Health Organization has said it has concerns about the methods used at one plant producing the Sputnik V vaccine, as Slovakia announced it would sell or donate 160,000 of the 200,000 doses it ordered of the Russian shot.
It comes after US regulators this month told Johnson & Johnson that about 60 million doses of its vaccine produced at a Baltimore factory could not be used because of possible contamination, the New York Times reported.
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The mayor of Moscow has said that over 90% of new coronavirus cases in the city are being registered as the Delta variant of the virus, as the city reports its highest ever death toll.
The mayor, Sergei Sobyanin, said that the city’s healthcare system was operating “close to its capacity” after the spike, prompting him to introduce new restrictions to the city.
Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Russia’s second-biggest city, reported their highest daily numbers of COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday at 88 and 93 respectively.
Sobyanin said the Delta variant appeared to have first entered Moscow in April and spread over the course of May, thus provoking the spike in new cases this month.