April 18, 2021

Coronavirus live news: WHO urges caution over festive gatherings; Turkey imposes new curfews

Italy reports 672 new Covid-related deaths, a rise on Sunday’s figure, and Croatia’s PM tests...

Italy reports 672 new Covid-related deaths, a rise on Sunday’s figure, and Croatia’s PM tests positive

7.38pm GMT

Spending time with friends and family at Christmas is “not worth putting them or yourself at risk”, according to the head of the World Health Organization.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the body’s director general, said people should consider whether travelling during the festive period is necessary. Urging “extreme caution”, he said that “gains can easily be lost”.

7.22pm GMT

Colombia will keep its land and river borders closed until 16 January in an attempt to stem Covid’s spread.

The country has seen illegal crossings since it closed its borders in March, with many migrants returning home from Venezuela amid its social and economic crisis.

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