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Deaths in India from Covid rose by a record 3,780 in the past 24 hours, health ministry data showed, while daily infections rose by 382,315.
It comes a day after India followed the United States by passing 20 million infections as the virus continues to squeeze the world’s second-most populous nation in its grip.
Hong Kong will lift its ban on flights from the UK and Ireland this week, if the local coronavirus situation and other “relevant overseas places” does not change, our correspondent in Taiwan, Helen Davidson reports.
The ban on incoming flights has been in place since December, when it was announced suddenly in response to the virulent strain emerging in the UK. It left a number of Hongkongers stranded in the UK.
Considering that the epidemic situation is still unstable in the existing extremely high-risk places such as India, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Brazil and South Africa, the Government will continue to restrict people who have stayed in those places from boarding a flight for Hong Kong.