Coronavirus live news: France should consider closing borders, says adviser; WHO team to arrive soon, says China

France should consider closing borders with countries that have strong presence of UK variant; China says WHO Covid-19 inquiry team to arrive 14 January

11.20am GMT

More than half a million people were placed under lockdown in Beijing on Monday as the Chinese government imposed strict measures to stamp out a handful of Covid-19 cases.

China has largely brought the virus under control, but is tackling a number of local infections with lockdowns and mass testing.

11.14am GMT

Hospitals in Northern Ireland have narrowly averted declaring a major incident after off-duty staff responded to an appeal to report for work.

Last weekend was the busiest 48 hours for the region’s hospitals since the pandemic began, and the pressure is expected to intensify further, with all six health trusts warning that the number of Covid patients could double by the third week of January.

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