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Covid live news: South Africa death toll higher than official tally; more Indian variant cases in Northern Ireland

South African report suggests more than 133,000 people have died from Covid-19; number of cases of Indian variant in Northern Ireland up to 12, say reports

12.16pm BST

Asked about concerns over the Indian variant circulating in the UK, Boris Johnson, the prime minister said: “It is a variant of concern, we are anxious about it.”

Speaking at a primary school in Ferryhill, County Durham, he added:

At the moment there is a very wide range of scientific opinion about what could happen. We want to make sure we take all the prudential, cautious steps now that we could take, so there are meetings going on today to consider exactly what we need to do. There is a range of things we could do, we are ruling nothing out.

12.03pm BST

Spain will be ready in June to use Covid certificates that would facilitate travels, tourism minister Reyes Maroto said as he urged the EU to adopt this measure quickly, Reuters reports.

The European Commission expects to soon finish work on a Covid-19 certificate that would allow citizens to travel more easily this summer in the 27-nation bloc, the EU executive said on Tuesday after a meeting with European affairs ministers.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian: Covid live news: South Africa death toll higher than official tally; more Indian variant cases in Northern Ireland ———