Coronavirus: Latest global developments

Paris, France: Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:

South America shutdown

Chile closes all its borders for a month, Bolivia shutters its frontier with Brazil, and Peru goes into Easter lockdown as South America moves to put the brakes on surging cases.

Cricket legend in hospital

India's Sachin Tendulkar, 47, one of the greatest batsmen of all time, is admitted to the hospital as a precautionary measure after testing positive for the virus.

Doubling output

Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac says a third production line for its vaccine has been put into use, doubling its annual capacity of the jabs to two billion doses.

Torch road ban

The Olympic torch relay will not be run on public roads in Osaka given rising virus cases, the Japanese region's governor says.

Kazakh surge

Kazakhstan posts its highest daily number of cases as a slow vaccine rollout stokes fears of another nightmare summer in former Soviet Central Asia.

'Divisive' passports

A group of British lawmakers warns ministers against introducing "divisive and discriminatory" vaccine passports after Prime Minister Boris Johnson backs the scheme.

Culture boost

Britain is to offer hundreds of millions of pounds in grants to aid the recovery of cultural venues and heritage sites hit by the pandemic.

Festivals fold again

French festivals are feeling a terrible sense of deja vu as they are forced to cancel events for the second year in a row amid spiking infections and a sluggish vaccine rollout, with a world-renowned comic books festival the latest cancellation.

Putin special measures

Armenia's prime minister goes into self-isolation as a preventative measure against contagion ahead of a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. For the last year, anyone meeting the Russian leader has had to go into quarantine beforehand.

2.8 million dead

At least 2,829,089 people have died of Covid-19 around the world since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally from official sources.

The US is the worst-affected country with 553,120 deaths followed by Brazil with 325,284 fatalities, Mexico with 203,664, India with 163,396, and Britain with 126,764 deaths.

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