Coronavirus live news: India passes 20m cases; German plan to give more freedoms to fully vaccinated ‘unfair’

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India records 357,229 new daily cases; law that would lift curbs for those with all jabs discriminates against young people who won’t be able to get jabs for months

The UK’s prime minister Boris Johnson and US secretary of state Antony Blinken agreed on the need for a global rollout of Covid-19 vaccines to end the pandemic, Downing Street said on Tuesday after the pair met in London.

The prime minister and secretary Blinken agreed that the global roll out of vaccines will be key to defeating the coronavirus pandemic,” Johnson’s office said in a statement.

A rise in coronavirus infections on the Greek island of Kalymnos prompted authorities to place it under lockdown on Tuesday, a day after restrictions were eased across the country.

Restaurants and bars reopened in Greece after six months on Monday, as it took a further step towards easing restrictions ahead of the official opening of the tourism season on 15 May.

The Civil Protection Ministry said it was imposing a lockdown on the Aegean island from Wednesday through 10 May “for urgent reasons of serious risk to public health” and to limit the spread of the virus.

Under the measures, residents will only be allowed to leave their homes for workplaces that remain open, to visit the doctor or pharmacy, to walk their pets or for supermarket shopping until 6pm.

Other restrictions include the suspension of construction work and religious ceremonies, excluding funerals with up to nine people. Residents are only permitted to leave the island for health reasons.

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