California on Thursday reported 552 coronavirus fatalities, among the biggest daily increases in its death toll, as the availability of intensive care unit beds statewide hit a record low.
France will apply a nationwide 6pm-6am curfew for at least two weeks from Saturday and will also tighten border controls on those arriving from outside the EU. A curfew from 8pm has been in place since mid-December, with 25 of the country’s 96 departments already under the earlier 6pm curfew time.
US airports are expected to lose $40bn and see over a billion fewer passengers because of the pandemic. The Airports Council International estimates that airports will lose $23bn in the year to March 2021, and expects they will lose another $17bn over the next year.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received a Chinese-made vaccine on the first day of a nationwide rollout. Mr Erdogan, 66, urged all party leaders and members of parliament to get the vaccine in an attempt to boost public confidence after he was given the CoronaVac injection at a hospital in Ankara.
London’s vaccination programme shows signs of lagging behind other regions in England. About 237,500 doses have been administered in the city of almost 9m. The capital, which accounts for about 16 per cent of England’s population, has received 10 per cent of the nearly 2.4m doses that have been distributed across the nation.
Germany reported a record number of deaths from Covid-19 on Thursday. The Robert Koch Institute, Germany’s main public health agency, said 1,244 people died of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, and registered 25,164 new infections in the same period.
The pace of new US jobless claims accelerated last week to the highest level since August. There were a seasonally adjusted 965,000 initial applications for unemployment aid, higher than the 784,000 claims a week earlier.
The region of Castile and León has asked the Spanish government to allow it to impose a “short, sharp” coronavirus lockdown. Andalusia has made a similar request.