Coronavirus - 23 August


• The UK signs a deal with Pfizer for 35 million more vaccines

• Anti-vaccine protesters enter the UK ITN office

• Beijing lifts lockdown measures, starting from today

• New Zealand extends lockdown by three days

• Coronavirus was the ninth leading cause of death in England during July

World news

• Health Secretary Sajid Javid has announced that 80 private travel test providers listed on the government's website are to be issued two-strike warnings over misleading prices.

• Coronavirus was the ninth leading cause of death in England and the 22nd in Wales during July, according to analysis from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

• The UK government has signed a deal with Pfizer for 35 million more doses of its vaccine, to be delivered from the second half of 2022.

• A group of anti-vaccine passport protesters have entered ITN Production’s London headquarters on Gray’s Inn road in Camden.

• The IHS Markit/CIPS Composite PMI for the UK in August hit a six-month low of 55.3, falling from 59.2 in July.

• Kenya has received 880,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine from the US.

• China’s official coronavirus statistics today recorded zero new additional local infections.

• Beijing has relaxed its remaining local lockdowns, starting from today.

• In New Zealand, the nationwide level 4 lockdown has been extended by three days until midnight on 27 August. Meanwhile in Auckland, the epicentre of the country’s latest outbreak, restrictions will be in place until at least 31 August.

• A third dose of the Pfizer vaccine has significantly improved protection from infection and serious illness among people aged 60 and older in Israel compared with those who received two, according to findings published by the health ministry.

• A Spanish court has rejected a request by the regional government of Catalonia to reimpose a virus curfew in Barcelona.