Coronavirus live news: Irish urged to be vigilant as lockdown ends; Russia has record daily deaths

Latest updates: Irish warned to minimise socialising; WHO ‘will do everything’ to find Covid origin; Mexico and Brazil seeing ‘alarming’ case surge

11.20am GMT

The UK and other countries should steer clear of cutting government spending to ensure a stronger economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has said.

In its latest economic outlook report, the leading global thinktank said it expected the UK economy to contract by 11.2% this year, compared with the 10.1% fall in GDP it was forecasting in September. The Paris-based organisation also sharply downgraded its forecasts for UK growth next year, to 4.2% from 7.6% three months ago.

Related: Don’t cut government spending to boost Covid rebound – OECD

11.16am GMT

The European Medicines Agency said it has received an application for marketing authorisation for Moderna Covid-19 vaccine candidate.

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