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Today's most pressing coronavirus stories from around the globe in one place.
Starting with Luxembourg:
- The latest figures from the Ministry of Health show that 206 new cases of coronavirus were discovered yesterday
- The use of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine for over-65s has been approved in Luxembourg.
- The latest weekly report from the Ministry of Education shows that 351 coronavirus cases were recorded in the week of 22-28 February.
- Following a year of restrictions, adaptation and uncertainty, cross-border workers and residents of Luxembourg shared their expectations for 2021 with our colleagues from RTL 5Minutes.
- To date, half of those over the age of 75 have been invited to get vaccinated against Covid-19, whether they are resident of a care home or not, according to Minister of Family Corinne Cahen.
- For the week of 22-28 February, the number of positive Covid-19 cases increased by 5.1% from 1,249 to 1,313. 3,101 contacts were traced back, marking a 13.5% increase.
- Besides test results in Luxembourgish, French, English and German, Luxembourg authorities now also accept results in Portuguese, Spanish and Italian.
- After a year battling coronavirus, exhausted health workers in South Africa are celebrating a drop in cases but dread another wave of infections -- a scenario that could strike just months from now.
- Italy has blocked a shipment to Australia of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine in the first such export ban under an EU vaccine monitoring scheme, an EU source told AFP on Thursday.
- Europe's drug regulator launched an in-depth review of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine on Thursday, putting it on course to be the first non-Western jab used across the 27-nation EU.
- Modified vaccines designed to protect against emerging coronavirus variants will get fast-track approval under a pact announced on Thursday by medicines regulators in Britain and four other countries.
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday agreed to gradually ease virus curbs in Europe's top economy, caving to political pressure and public discontent seven months before a general election.
- President Joe Biden on Wednesday slammed "Neanderthal" decisions by Texas and Mississippi to drop mask-wearing mandates, underscoring that the Covid-19 pandemic across the United States remains far from beaten.
- Overseas spectators are likely to be shut out from the Tokyo Olympics, Japanese media reported Thursday, after organisers said that public safety would be the "top priority" at the coronavirus-delayed Games.
- German flag carrier Lufthansa said Thursday it lost a record 6.7 billion euros in 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic wiped out demand for travel and left flights grounded.