Coronavirus: England to continue lockdown easing despite India variant fears; Taiwan raises Covid alert; Australia runs first repatriation flight from India

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12.02pm BST

My colleague Jedidajah Otte reports that according to the health minister Edward Argar, the UK government is acting “coolly” and “calmly” to tackle the coronavirus variant first found in India as social distancing measures are further eased on Monday.

At a press conference on Friday, Boris Johnson said he would press ahead with allowing indoor gatherings of six people or two households in England from next week, though the final stage of lifting restrictions in June could face “serious disruption”.

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11.29am BST

Malaysia has reported a new daily high of 44 coronavirus related deaths, while new infections remained above 4,000 for the fourth straight day.

The health ministry said in a tweet that 4,140 new coronavirus cases were reported on Saturday, pushing the total past 466,000 with 1,866 deaths – the third highest infection rate in the region behind Indonesia and the Philippines

Status Terkini #COVID19, 15 Mei 2021
Kes sembuh= 3,432
Jumlah kes sembuh= 422,329
Kes baharu positif= 4,140 (4,131 tempatan, 9 import)
Jumlah positif= 466,330
Kes kematian= 44
Jumlah kes kematian= 1,866
Kes dirawat di ICU= 503
Bantuan Alat Pernafasan= 272 pic.twitter.com/e2Bs29JZfQ

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