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Coronavirus live news: Japan’s PM announces state of emergency for Tokyo; US suffers record daily deaths

State of emergency will last until 7 February; Johns Hopkins says 3,865 Americans died in 24 hours; London hospitals could be overwhelmed by Covid

Malaysia has reported its biggest daily rise in coronavirus cases with the government considering imposing restrictions in some areas. Businesses warned that another nationwide lockdown would further batter the economy.

Reuters reports:

Should a second total lockdown be instituted, there is grave fear over the collapse of the business sectors and economy given that the several major states are the hub and heart of the country*s economic activities.

There has been a 24% increase in people testing positive for the coronavirus in the week to 30 December in England, the country’s test and trace scheme has said.

England has seen a spike in cases resulting in a new national lockdown.

The number of close contacts identified has notably increased across the last 3 weeks and is more than double the number identified at the end of November.

Latest: 311,372 people in England tested positive for coronavirus in the week to 30 December, the highest since Test and Trace began and a 24% increase on the previous week.

This increase in positive cases is in spite of a 29% fall in people being tested over Christmas (24-29 December) compared to the previous week. The number of people being tested had been rising throughout December.

Improvement in turnaround times may be because labs processed 740,564 fewer tests in the week to 30 December, compared to previous week. Fewer people got tested over Christmas.

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