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India aims to begin vaccinating its 1.3 billion people against coronavirus from Saturday, a colossal and complex task compounded by safety worries, shaky infrastructure and public scepticism, AFP reports. In one of the world’s biggest rollouts, the planet’s second-most populous nation hopes to inoculate 300 million people – equal almost to the entire US population …

Behavioural experts and government advisers have challenged the idea that tightening rules at Christmas would reduce compliance and fuel rule-breaking. Provided the government explained the rationale for any change in the rules, and didn’t punish anyone who failed to comply, most people would adjust their Christmas plans, experts said – particularly if they were offered …

Britain’s earliest dinosaur was a nimble omnivore that ran around on two legs, unlike its later relatives brontosaurus and diplodocus, research suggests. Standing at about the height of a 10-year-old child, and 1.5 metres in length with a long thin tail, Thecodontosaurus antiquus roamed the Earth during the Triassic period, more than 205m years ago, …

9.11pm EST 21:11 South Korea reports highest cases in nine months South Korea reported 629 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the highest number in nine months. Of the new cases, 295 were from capital Seoul alone, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency reported. A woman hangs on a paper note to wish for her …

8.58pm EST 20:58 US suffers highest daily deaths since April The United States has recorded 2,957 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours, according to Johns Hopkins University, which is its worst toll since 15 April and its second-worst toll of the pandemic so far. 15 April saw record deaths just shy of this week’s figure, at …

Doctors are studying the impact of Covid-19 on pregnant women and their unborn babies in Singapore, where an infant delivered by an infected mother earlier this month had antibodies against the virus but did not carry the disease. The ongoing study among the city-state’s public hospitals adds to international efforts to better understand whether the …

Shoppers will no longer need to queue to get into branches of Asda or Sainsbury’s. Queues to get into supermarkets have become a common site in the coronavirus pandemic as rules mean shops have to limit the number of people inside, ensure customers are wearing masks and offer hand sanitising at the door. But now …

1.59am EST 01:59 Helen Sullivan That’s it from me, Helen Sullivan, on another day of bad and good pandemic news. I’ll now be logging off, but here is an inspirational image for those just starting their morning (yes, smoking is bad – tell it to the cat): Helen Sullivan (@helenrsullivan) logging on https://t.co/sc7Z38gqBu November 22, …

What are the latest restrictions? Two-thirds of the population of Wales are now living in lockdown, including the country’s capital Cardiff plus Swansea and Llanelli. Neath Port Talbot, Torfaen and the Vale of Glamorgan all had new restrictions introduced from September 28. The restrictions mean people should not meet indoors, aside from extended households, and nor should they enter …

Drivers who use hand-held phones in any way behind the wheel will face £200 fines and possible bans when changes in the law take account of smartphones. While making calls or texting on a hand-held mobile while driving is already illegal, taking photos, scrolling through a playlist or even playing games on phones has not …