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Coronavirus live news: UK to consider giving excess vaccine to other countries; WHO approves Oxford jab


Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid jab can now be rolled out globally and participate in Covax; South Africa opens borders

12.36am GMT

Under fire over his management of the coronavirus’ lethal path through New York’s nursing homes, Andrew Cuomo insisted Monday the state didn’t cover up deaths – but the governor acknowledged that officials should have moved faster to release some information sought by lawmakers, the public and the press.

“All the deaths in the nursing homes and hospitals were always fully, publicly and accurately reported,” the Democratic governor said, weeks after the state was forced to acknowledge that its count of nursing home deaths excluded thousands of residents who perished after being taken to hospitals.

Related: Andrew Cuomo insists New York didn’t cover up nursing home Covid-19 deaths

12.28am GMT

New Zealand has recorded no new cases of Covid-19 overnight, either in the community or in managed isolation. It follows a testing blitz after three people tested positive for the UK variant on the weekend.

Some 15,000 tests were done in the past 24 hours and nearly 5,000 results had already been returned by midday on Tuesday: all negative. Ten thousand of the tests were carried out in Auckland.

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