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Coronavirus live news: Madrid lockdown looms; 34m jobs lost in Latin America

Northern Ireland’s cumulative cases per 100,000 double in a week; Neanderthal genes increase risk of serious Covid-19, study claims; Russia places huge bet on Covid vaccine. Follow the latest updates34m jobs lost in Latin AmericaMadrid lockdown loomsGermans embrace fresh air to tackle coronavirusIsrael bans mass protests as Covid lockdown tightensSee all our coronavirus coverage 12.56am BST The...

English COVID-19 prevalence high but growth slowing: study

The prevalence of COVID-19 infections in England is much higher than it was at the end of August but there are signs that growth in infection rate is slowing, a study by Imperial College said on Thursday. The findings come after Prime Minister Boris Johnson pleaded with Britons to obey the rules imposed to tackle a rapidly accelerating second wave of the coronavirus, with more than 7,000 new...

Global heating warming up 'nights faster than days'

Effect seen across much of world will have profound consequences, warn scientistsThe climate crisis is heating up nights faster than days in many parts of the world, according to the first worldwide assessment of how global heating is differently affecting days and nights.The findings have “profound consequences” for wildlife and their ability to adapt to the climate emergency, the researchers...