Coronavirus live news: Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trial put on hold; England bans gatherings of more than six

China stages triumphant celebration of beating virus; UK government adds new restrictions; AstraZeneca Plc and Oxford pause vaccine trial again

7.56am BST

More from the UK’s health secretary, Matt Hancock, who has said it is still safe for people to return to work because “we have Covid-secure offices”.

His comments come after the government announced a ban on gatherings of more than six people from next Monday, due to a surge in new infections in the UK.

All of our evidence is that the vast majority of the transmission that we are seeing is essentially in social circumstances, not at work.”

7.50am BST

If you’re waking up to the news that the AstraZeneca and Oxford University Covid vaccine trial had been put on hold again, here’s some details.

A spokesman for AstraZeneca, the company working with a team from Oxford University, told the Guardian the trial has been stopped to review the “potentially unexplained illness” in one of the participants.

Related: Oxford University Covid vaccine trial put on hold due to adverse reaction in participant

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian: Coronavirus live news: Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trial put on hold; England bans gatherings of more than six ———

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