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Coronavirus live news: Russia imposes new restrictions after case rises; Japan to send 1m vaccines to Vietnam

Several regions in east of Russia attempt to combat outbreak; Israel to end indoor mask mandates; Vietnam will receive 1m AstraZeneca doses manufactured in Japan

Hong Kong providers of shipping services are breathing a sigh of relief after authorities announced they would ease strict quarantine restrictions imposed last July on vessels calling at the Asian shipping hub, trade sources said.

From Tuesday, crew of non-cargo goods vessels visiting Hong Kong for shipping services, including bunkering and provision supplies, will be exempt from the curbs, subject to conditions, the Marine Department told shipping firms in a letter.

As the rate of coronavirus infections in Germany continues to fall, mandatory mask-wearing rules are set to be relaxed around the country.

Berlin’s senate is today expected to announce that people will no longer have to wear face masks in busy shopping streets or zoos. Visitors to theatres, cinemas or opera houses will probably be allowed to wear simple cloth masks rather than medical FFP2 masks. A night-time ban on drinking in public spaces is also expected to be lifted in the German capital.

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