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Coronavirus live news: Argentina to return to strict lockdown; China has its citizens in Thailand vaccinated

China has started vaccinating Chinese citizens living in Thailand; Argentinian president announces ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown starting Saturday; Japan expected to expand state of emergency to Okinawa

There are some quotes this morning from the UK’s justice secretary Robert Buckland which are not going to go down well with the country’s anti-mask brigade. PA Media reports that he has said he would be minded to keep wearing a face covering in public if he was suffering with a cold, even after coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

He told Sky News: “I think that whatever the regulations might be, and clearly as we come out of this Covid period all of us want to see an end to the use of regulations so we can live our lives as we would want to live, there will be a certain sense I think for a lot of us to carry on wearing masks.

Hungary will lift most remaining Covid-19 curbs, including a night-time curfew, as soon as the number of those vaccinated reaches 5 million this weekend, prime minister Viktor Orbán has said.

Orban told state radio masks would no longer need to be worn in public, and gatherings of up to 500 people could be held in the open air, with events in closed spaces open to people with vaccination cards.

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