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Coronavirus live news: US records highest daily increase in cases, Brisbane under lockdown as single case reported in Australia

Shijiazhuang, Hebei’s capital, on alert; US reports 290,000 cases and 3,676 deaths in 24 hours as Australia changes rules for hotel quarantine

10.09am GMT

Brigitte Macron, the wife of the French president, tested positive towards the end of December, but resumed normal activities after a second test came back negative, French media have reported.

The Europe 1 radio station said she tested positive on 24 December. It reported that she presented no major symptoms and then had two further tests on 30 and 31 December that yielded negative results.

10.01am GMT

Iran’s president has characterised a ban on vaccine imports from the US and Britain, imposed by the country’s’ supreme leader, as an effort to prevent foreign companies testing jabs on the Iranian people. Hassan Rouhani said:

Foreign companies wanted to give us vaccines so they would be tested on the Iranian people but the health ministry prevented it. Our people will not be a testing device for vaccine manufacturing companies. We shall purchase safe foreign vaccines.

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