Covid live news: schools in Ontario to stay shut until September; EU adds Japan to safe travel list

Canadian province will keep students learning from home to avoid risk of rising cases; EU ambassadors agree to add Japan to safe list

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7.13pm BST

In France, the number of new Covid cases held below 10,000 for the second day in a row on Wednesday, as pressure on hospitals eased further and the daily death toll dropped sharply from last week.

Reuters reports:

The number of new infections is usually well below 10,000 on Mondays or the day after a public holiday, due to data reporting lags.

But on Wednesday, the health ministry reported 8,743 new cases, down from 9,848 on Tuesday and the first time since September that new cases were below 10,000 two days running.

6.56pm BST

The Canadian province of Ontario will keep schools closed for in-person learning until the new school year starts in September, premier Doug Ford has announced.

Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, took schools back to online learning in April as the third Covid wave threatened to overwhelm hospital and healthcare systems.

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