Coronavirus live news: Vladimir Putin self-isolating; new China outbreak grows

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The British health secretary, Sajid Javid, has said the government may need to reintroduce mandatory face masks and advise the public to work from home, as he set out the government’s plans for coping with Covid in England through the autumn and winter.

He told the House of Commons: “Any responsible government must prepare for all eventualities,” as he set out what he called the government’s “Plan B”, in the event that the virus surges.

He conceded that mask-wearing and vaccine passports for crowded venues could be introduced if necessary – as well as “communicating clearly and urgently to the public the need for caution”.

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As a Kenyan from a farming community that has experienced the ravages of the climate crisis, no one is keener to see a successful climate summit held in Glasgow than me. But this year, due to restrictions placed by the pandemic on those attending from the global south, I fear Cop26 will not be a success. It is because of this that it must be postponed until next spring.

The UK government is aware of the issues facing those wishing to attend the conference in person, which is why it has offered vaccines to delegates unable to receive them in their home countries and to pay for their hotel quarantine. However, obstacles still remain. The vaccine rollout has been slow, and for those receiving the AstraZeneca jab, the deadline for receiving both doses within eight to 12 weeks of the conference starting has passed.

As one of the millions of unvaccinated Africans, the thought of travelling to Scotland, where cases recently spiked, is a scary one. The frustrating thing is that it didn’t need to be this way. The reason why only 1.4% of people in the global south have been vaccinated is because the G7 failed to waive patents on vaccines and rich countries have hoarded available shots.

  • Mohamed Adow is the director of the climate and energy thinktank Power Shift Africa

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Covid boosters to be offered to over-50s in UK, watchdog confirms

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Here’s a summary of the latest developments

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