April 21, 2021

Coronavirus live news: UK records 397 new deaths and a further 15,539 cases; Keir Starmer forced to self-isolate

WHO says virus spreading fast despite vaccine progress; French infections rise to 2.29m; Brazil reports...

WHO says virus spreading fast despite vaccine progress; French infections rise to 2.29m; Brazil reports 627 new deaths. Follow latest updates

7.24pm GMT

A further 315 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 42,194, NHS England said on Saturday.

Patients were aged between 32 and 103. All except seven, aged between 64 and 96, had known underlying health conditions.
The deaths were between 13 April and 4 December.

6.58pm GMT

France recorded 12,923 new infections on Saturday, up from Friday’s 11,221 and bucking a general month-long downward trend.

The country reported on Saturday that the number of people hospitalised with Covid-19 fell again, and now stands at 26,070.

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