Coronavirus latest: England’s top midwife urges pregnant women to step up for vaccine

US president Joe Biden announced a series of new measures to combat the spread of the Delta variant across the country, including a call for states to offer $100 incentives for jabs and instructions for federal workers to show proof of vaccination or wear masks.

Jefferies on Thursday told staff they will only be allowed to come into the investment bank’s offices if they are fully vaccinated, following a similar edict by Morgan Stanley last month.

Israel will offer a third dose of BioNTech/Pfizer’s vaccine to its elderly population, turning the nation into a test-case for the safety of the Covid booster dose.

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German inflation surged to its highest level for over a decade, boosted by sharp price rises for clothing, food and package holidays, which is likely to fuel more intense debate about Europe’s ultra-loose monetary policy.

US economic growth rose slightly in the second quarter to 6.5 per cent on an annualised basis, a weaker-than-expected increase as strong consumption was offset by lagging private investment.

France’s Europe minister Clément Beaune described England’s latest travel rules, which impose tougher restrictions on people coming from France than on those coming from the rest of the EU, as “excessive and incomprehensible”.

The UK’s NHS Covid-19 app sent a record number of alerts last week advising people to self-isolate after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for the virus.

Industries from pharmaceuticals to food and drink, energy and defence signalled a rebound from the pandemic with a number of UK and European companies reporting strong earnings even as the Delta variant of Covid-19 spreads.

Quarantine measures for athletes deemed close contacts of people who have tested positive for coronavirus are annoying some competitors, who say Tokyo 2020 organisers have diminished their ability to perform well under strict containment protocols.

AstraZeneca revealed strong Covid-19 vaccine sales but warned it would take even longer to secure approval in the US, the world’s largest pharmaceutical market.

Kerala, a southern Indian state renowned for its strong health services, will impose a lockdown this weekend after its reported number of new Covid-19 infections doubled in a month.

Thailand reported a record number of new Covid-19 infections and deaths as the country — one of Asia’s hardest hit by the highly contagious Delta variant — scrambles to make up for delays in rolling out vaccines.

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