Coronavirus live news: EU drug agency to respond to AstraZeneca blood clot concerns; Delhi imposes curfew

Drug agency denies already finding causal link between AstraZeneca jab and blood clots; Australia says EU asked it to withdraw Covid vaccine export permit applications; Delhi night curfew in place until 30 April

12.15pm BST

Malta will start a gradual easing of pandemic-related curbs this month, prime minister Robert Abela said on Wednesday, as the country forges ahead with vaccinations at a much faster rate than elsewhere in the EU.

Reuters reports:

Abela told reporters schools would reopen on Monday and the government will consider reopening restaurants and non-essential shops on April 26. Masses will resume in churches on April 18.

“Restrictions will be eased gradually, but children cannot afford to lose more of their education experience in the classroom,” Abela said.

12.06pm BST

Nigeria has directed its 36 states and federal capital territory to stop giving first doses of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine once they use half their current stock in order to safeguard supply for the second dose, its health minister said.

Reuters reports:

Osagie Ehanire said the directive came amid concerns over when Nigeria would get another shipment of the shots after India put a temporary hold on all major exports of the doses made by the Serum Institute of India (SII).

India, the world’s second most populous country, is aiming to preserve supply to meet domestic demand. It reported a record 115,736 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, a 13-fold increase in just over two months.

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