October 20, 2021

Covid live news: Ireland passes 100,000 cases; Starmer calls for England lockdown

Latest updates: Labour leader says bring in restrictions within the next 24 hours; UK sees...

Latest updates: Labour leader says bring in restrictions within the next 24 hours; UK sees 54,990 new cases and 454 more deaths; South Korea had over 600 new cases on Saturday

9.45pm GMT

Brazil recorded 17,341 additional confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, along with 293 deaths from Covid-19, the country’s health ministry said on Sunday.

Brazil has registered more than 7.7 million cases of the virus since the pandemic began 10 months ago, while the official death toll has risen to 196,018, according to ministry data.

9.38pm GMT

Parents face more disruption and uncertainty as local authorities across the country scramble to delay schools reopening in the face of rising coronavirus infection rates and the UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, admitted that more could be shut in the coming weeks.

Related: Parents face week of uncertainty over school reopenings in England

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