July 27, 2021

Coronavirus live news: Italy overtakes UK as European country with highest death toll; Peru suspends trials of China vaccine

Trump hails start of immunisation programme; UK coronavirus hospitalisations increase; WHO warns number of deaths...

Trump hails start of immunisation programme; UK coronavirus hospitalisations increase; WHO warns number of deaths surging

8.12pm GMT

Italy on Saturday became the European country with the highest official number of Covid fatalities, as its new total of 64,036 deaths overtook Britain, according to an Agence France-Presse tally.

The Italian health ministry said that 649 people had died from the virus in the previous 24 hours and that 19,903 new cases had been diagnosed.

7.38pm GMT

The share of Brazilians unwilling to take any Covid-19 vaccine grew to 22{81fee095584567f29e41df59d482e70712cfc555e382220efc71af2368c27a36} this week, from 9{81fee095584567f29e41df59d482e70712cfc555e382220efc71af2368c27a36} in August, and most said they would not accept one made in China, a new poll showed on Saturday, as president Jair Bolsonaro’s comments stoked wider scepticism.

The survey by pollster Datafolha found 73{81fee095584567f29e41df59d482e70712cfc555e382220efc71af2368c27a36} of respondents plan to take a shot and 5{81fee095584567f29e41df59d482e70712cfc555e382220efc71af2368c27a36} do not know if they will, compared with 89{81fee095584567f29e41df59d482e70712cfc555e382220efc71af2368c27a36} and 3{81fee095584567f29e41df59d482e70712cfc555e382220efc71af2368c27a36}, respectively, in August.

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