Coronavirus live news: UK expands trial on mixing vaccines; France stops all flights from Brazil over variant fears

UK study to examine if vaccines can be safely mixed; French PM says P.1 variant is partly to blame for fuelling third wave in France

12.15pm BST

The Ukrainian capital Kyiv will stay in strict lockdown until 30 April amid rising case numbers and fatalities, despite tight restrictions imposed in March, the mayor said on Wednesday.

Reuters reports:

“We have no other choice, otherwise the medical system will not cope with such a number of patients, otherwise there will be even more deaths,” mayor Vitali Klitschko told a televised briefing.

Earlier, in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus, Kyiv limited its public transport services, closed schools and kindergartens, theatres and shopping centres, and banned spectators from sporting events. It allowed cafes and restaurants to provide only takeaway food, and recommended that all state employees to work from home.

12.04pm BST

Covid-19 case numbers in Scotland are being underestimated by more than half, according to a leading expert in infectious disease.

Professor Mark Woolhouse said data from SPI-M, a sub group of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), shows there is a “persistent problem in Scotland and indeed the whole of the UK with missing Covid-19 cases”, PA reports.

What those numbers imply is that we’re consistently underestimating in Scotland the size of our epidemic terms of case numbers by roughly 50 or 60%. That’s quite a large disparity, and it’s a problem.

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