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Coronavirus live news: European countries to resume AstraZeneca vaccinations; Paris to start lockdown

French PM announces limited lockdown for Paris and other regions; Brazil suffers second-highest daily Covid death toll; European medical regulator says Astrazeneca vaccine is ‘safe and effective’

Brazil registered its second deadliest day in its Covid pandemic, with 2,724 deaths, according to the Health Ministry on Thursday.

The country had 86,982 new cases.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex on Thursday announced a limited month-long lockdown for Paris and several other regions to combat surging Covid-19 cases, AFP reports, while insisting the measures would be less strict than in the past.

While non-essential businesses will close and movement outside will be restricted in the affected regions, schools will stay open and outdoor exercise allowed up to 10 kilometres (6 miles) from home, he said.

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