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Coronavirus live news: UK records a further 156 deaths; thousands protest in Turkey against Covid measures

Overall death toll for UK now stands at 134,144; more than 2,000 demonstrate in Istanbul against coronavirus mandates including vaccinations and masks

A zoo in Atlanta, US, said at least 13 western lowland gorillas have tested positive for Covid-19, including 60-year-old Ozzie, the oldest male gorilla in captivity, Associated Press reports.

Employees said the gorillas had been coughing, had runny noses and showed changes in appetite.

Plans for Covid vaccinations for 12- to 15-year-olds across the UK are to be announced by the government this week, with a mass inoculation programme beginning in schools within two weeks, the Observer has been told.

New proposals for a Covid booster programme are also expected to be set out on Tuesday, but it is thought ministers may be backing away from plans for Covid passports in confined settings such as nightclubs amid opposition from some Tory MPs.

Related: Covid jabs for 12- to 15-year-olds ‘set to start in weeks’

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