Covid-19 is continuing to spread around the world, with more than 176.3 million confirmed cases and 3,810,045 deaths across nearly 200 countries recorded since China reported its first cases to the (WHO) in December 2019. The US remains the worst-hit country with 34,315,873, followed by India, Brazil, France and Turkey.

The head of the EU drug regulator's Covid-19 task force said on Sunday that AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine had a favourable risk-benefit profile for all age groups and particularly for those aged over 60.
 
Italian newspaper La Stampa earlier quoted European Medicines Agency (EMA) task force chief Marco Cavaleri as saying countries should avoid giving the vaccine to people aged over 60 in addition to younger age groups, amid fears over very rare blood clotting and as alternative vaccines become available.