Coronavirus live news: Greater Manchester facing tier 3 restrictions; Ireland announces return to lockdown

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Authorities in Lombardy in Italy have been given the green light to impose a curfew as the region embraces itself for a surge in hospital admissions.

The curfew will run from 11pm to 5am, and is expected to be in place from Thursday. Medium and large shopping malls will close at weekends.

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A London-based company has secured a UK government contract worth up to £10m to intentionally infect healthy young volunteers with Covid-19 to hasten the development of a vaccine, science correspondent Natalie Grover reports.

So-called “challenge trials” have the potential to yield results more quickly than conventional vaccine field trials in which researchers must wait for participants to get infected in the real world. They can also be used to develop treatments and compare multiple vaccine candidates.

Related: Covid: firm secures £10m to infect young volunteers to hasten vaccine

“Even if the long-term effects turn out to be even worse than what we suspect, I still think there are many volunteers – including myself – who would be willing to go ahead because the benefit could be possibly saving people’s lives.”

Related: The volunteers lining up for Covid-19 challenge trials

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