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Greece reimposes Covid curbs after Christmas easing; just under 3 million Americans vaccinated so far as US death toll continues to rise; expert defends UK decision to delay second dose of vaccine

Greece will tighten Covid restrictions for a week from Sunday, closing hair salons, bookstores and some other shops that had been allowed to reopen in the run-up to Christmas, the government has announced.

The National Education Union’s (NEU) joint general secretary, Dr Mary Bousted, has said her union will be holding an emergency meeting to discuss the “chaos which is engulfing our schools”.

Explaining why it is calling for schools to close for the first two weeks of term, she told BBC Breakfast:

It will be helpful with two weeks’ Christmas break where there was mixing over Christmas and unfortunately that has raised levels of infection, but you would hope that for a month where there largely has been less mixing, viral levels will go down in the community and they will go down in schools. If they haven’t, then we’re in a really dangerous situation.

Related: Government faces major revolt on schools reopening in England over Covid fears

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