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Edited by Owen Amos

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  1. Thanks for reading

    That's the end of today's Covid-19 live page - we'll be back again on Sunday morning with more rolling coverage.

    Our writers today were Victoria Lindrea, Jo Couzens, and George Wright, and the editor was Owen Amos.

  2. What’s been happening around the world today?

    We’ll be ending our live coverage for today shortly but, before we go, here’s a reminder of today’s main coronavirus headlines from the UK and around the world:

  3. In pictures: Argentina in lockdown

    A man walks down a street in Argentina
    Image caption: A person walks down a street during the first day of strict lockdown in Buenos Aires

    Argentina has begun a new nine-day lockdown amid a resurgence of coronavirus cases and a slow vaccine rollout.

    President Alberto Fernández said the country was experiencing its worst moment of the pandemic.

    It has recorded more than 35,000 new cases a day during the past week.

    On Friday, Latin America and the Caribbean passed one million coronavirus deaths, almost 30% of the global total.

    People juggle in Argentina
    Image caption: Two people juggle on an empty street in Buenos Aires
    A policeman in Argentina
    Image caption: Police control the movement of people in the capital
    Person walks down street in Argentina
    Image caption: A person walks next to a deserted railway station
  4. The situation in the UK

    This new graphic shows the latest virus situation in the UK, using Saturday's 4pm data. For all the latest data and graphics, click here.

    UK summary graphic
  5. PM Boris Johnson hails 'fantastic team effort' on vaccines

    As we reported earlier, more than 50m vaccine doses have now been delivered in England - something Boris Johnson has called "a fantstic team effort" on Twitter...

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  6. Covid deaths drop in Italy

    General view of a box in the Anffas Salerno vaccination centre on May 20, 2021 in Salerno, Italy

    Italy has reported 125 coronavirus-related deaths, down from 218 on Friday, the health ministry said.

    The daily tally of new infections fell to 4,717 from 5,218. As recently as March, daily cases were topping 25,000.

    Italy lifted quarantine restrictions for travellers arriving from European and Schengen zone countries, Britain and Israel from 15 May.

    But it is still on the UK's amber list - meaning people from the UK are being told not to take holidays there.

  7. Trends show cases up slightly, deaths down in UK

    Today's figures mean there have been 41 deaths announced in the UK in the past seven days - that's down by 31, or 43%, from the previous seven-day period.

    There have also been 17,410 cases in the past seven days. That's up 1,648, or 10.5%, on the previous seven-day period.

    Data from Thursday showed there had been just over six million tests carried out in the previous seven days - that was down slightly on the previous week.

  8. More than 620,000 UK vaccinations on Friday

    Some 620,024 adults in the UK received either the first or second dose of a Covid vaccine on Friday.

    The latest government data shows 208,310 first doses were given, taking the total number of people to have received their initial jab to 37,726,924.

    A total of 411,714 people were given a second vaccination, meaning 22,071,497 have now had both jabs.

    The latest deaths brings the total number of people to have died within 28 days of a first positive Covid-19 test to 127,716.

  9. BreakingUK reports 2,694 more cases

    There have been a further 2,694 cases of Covid in the UK, the latest government figures show.

    Another six deaths within 28 days of a positive test have also been announced.

  10. India tells social media firms to remove 'India variant'

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: How Covid-19 crushed India's healthcare systems

    India's government has instructed social media companies to remove any content that refers to the "Indian variant" of Covid-19.

    The IT ministry said the World Health Organization (WHO) listed the variant as B.1.617 and any reference to "Indian" was false.

    Geographical terms have been used to describe a number of other variants, including the UK and Brazil.

    India's government has faced criticism over its handling of Covid-19.

    It also drew anger last month after it ordered Twitter to remove posts critical of some of its actions during the pandemic.

    The country has been hit hard by the new variant since late March and is now second only to the US in terms of overall infections, at more than 26 million, according to Johns Hopkins University research.

    Covid-related deaths are close to 300,000, behind only the US and Brazil - although some experts believe India's fatalities could be considerably higher.

  11. Philippines investigating illegal sale of Covid shots and slots

    A health worker inoculates a woman inside a Catholic church turned into a vaccination centre in Manila, Philippines
    Image caption: A health worker vaccinates a woman inside a Catholic church turned into a vaccination centre in Manila, Philippines

    The Philippines is investigating reports that people have been illegally selling coronavirus jabs or their vaccine slots for financial gain.

    The government has reminded the public that the vaccines are free.

    Police learned of the illegal activity on social media where people were offering vaccine slots for as much as 15,000 pesos (£221), Philippine police chief Guillermo Eleazar said in a statement.

    "The sale of Covid-19 vaccines that have been granted emergency use authorisation is illegal," Eleazar said.

    He has ordered police to investigate who is behind the scams.

    "Those who are engaged in the unauthorised sale of anti-Covid vaccines, we ask you to stop what you are doing," the government's coronavirus task force said in a statement.

    "The long arm of the law will soon catch up on you."

  12. Mauritania extends night-time curfew

    A sign reading "The Chinese Vaccine is here!" is pictured in Nouakchott, Mauritania
    Image caption: A sign reading "The Chinese Vaccine is here!" is pictured in Nouakchott, Mauritania

    Mauritania has extended its night-time curfew to start at midnight every night and last until 6 am local time, media outlets have reported.

    The curfew in the north-west African country was extended by two hours and will take effect today, state TVM said.

    The decision was taken at a meeting of Mauritania's coronavirus pandemic committee, which was chaired by Prime Minister Mohamed Ould Bilal and other government officials.

    The committee meeting concluded "that the epidemiological situation in the country is still stable, despite slight rises in the infection curve that appear intermittently here and there", the channel added.

    A total of 458 people have lost their lives to Covid-19 in Mauritania.

  13. Fans back for non-league finals day

    Warrington Rylands' Sam Sheen and fans celebrate winning the 2021 FA Vase
    Image caption: Warrington Rylands' Sam Sheen and fans celebrate winning the 2021 FA Vase

    Football fans are back at Wembley today for the finals of the FA Vase and the FA Trophy - also known as non-league finals day.

    The Vase finalists, Binfield and Warrington Rylands, were allowed 1,500 fans each. The Trophy finalists, Hereford and Hornchurch, are allowed 3,000 each.

    The 2020 non-league finals day - which took place on 3 May this year because of the pandemic - was closed to spectators.

    Warrington won today's Vase final 3-2, while the Trophy final kicks off later.

    Football fans across England are now being allowed into games, including in the Premier League - but only in limited numbers.

    Fans at Wembley
    Image caption: Last season's finals - held three weeks ago - were behind closed doors, but today limited numbers were allowed in
    Binfield fans
    Image caption: Binfield fans made the relatively short trip to Wembley from Berkshire
  14. Malaysia boosts Covid spending as cases surge

    A medical worker prepares to administer the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre on May 21, 2021 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Malaysia will increase its coronavirus healthcare spending by another 200 million ringgit (£34 million) as it battles a surge in cases, the state news agency reports.

    The money brings the country's total healthcare funding to fight Covid-19 to 1 billion ringgit, along with a further 5 billion ringgit put aside in April for the roll out of vaccines, the Bernama agency reported.

    The funds will increase the capacity of intensive care units and provide more beds.

    "Provisions will also be increased to upgrade equipment, medicines and related consumables and the appointment of medical officers on contract basis, including retirees," Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz said.

    Health authorities have reported 6,320 new coronavirus cases, bringing the nation's total to 505,115. Another 50 deaths were recorded.

    A total of 2,149 people have died of Covid-19 in Malaysia.

  15. More than 50m vaccine doses given in England

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced that more than 50m vaccines have now been administered in England.

    Mr Hancock hailed the vaccine rollout as "one of the biggest & most important national efforts in our history".

    According to NHS England data, 31,546,846 were first doses, and a further 18,699,556 were second doses.

    The total of 50,242,402 is a rise of 563,468 on the previous day.

    Latest figures in Scotland show 3,096,341 people have received the first dose, and 1,799,956 have received their second dose.

    As of Friday, a total of 2,069,689 people in Wales have had a first dose - and 969,682 people have had a second.

    And in Northern Ireland the figures are 1,011,836 and 592,965 respectively.

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  16. Latest developments in the UK and around the world

    If you’re just joining us, here are the latest headlines:

  17. Argentina starts new lockdown as cases soar

    A woman stands behind the counter in Argentina
    Image caption: Essential food businesses are allowed to open during the nine-day shutdown

    Argentina has begun a new nine-day lockdown amid a resurgence of coronavirus cases and a slow vaccine rollout.

    President Alberto Fernández said the country was experiencing its worst moment of the pandemic.

    It has recorded more than 35,000 new cases a day during the past week.

    On Friday, Latin America and the Caribbean passed one million coronavirus deaths, almost 30% of the global total.

    Nearly 90% of those fatalities have been recorded in five countries: Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina and Peru.

    Argentina's new lockdown allows supermarkets and essential businesses to remain open, but in-person school lessons will be suspended. Restaurants can only operate home delivery and pick-up services, and people may only go out until 18:00, staying in the vicinity of their home.

    The government encouraged people to alert the authorities if they noticed their neighbours gathering or having parties.

    The restrictions are operating for a relatively short period amid concerns about the impact on the informal workforce and poorer households with limited internet access.

    Argentina's economy contracted by almost 10% last year, partly due to the lockdown.

    "I am aware that these restrictions create difficulties," said President Fernández. But he added: "Faced with this reality, there is no choice but to choose the preservation of life."

    Read more here.

  18. Scotland and Wales send urgent supplies to India

    Man lies on hospital bed in India
    Image caption: India's hospitals have been swamped by the country's second wave of coronavirus

    Now more on those supplies being sent from the UK to India...

    Life-saving medical equipment has been flown to India from Scotland and Wales to help the country deal with its Covid-19 crisis.

    The Scottish government provided 100 oxygen concentrators and 40 Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) ventilators.

    The Welsh government sent 638 oxygen concentrators and 351 ventilators which arrived earlier this week.

    The operation is being funded by the Foreign Office.

    The devices can be used in hospitals, intensive care wards or other locations and are ideally suited to treat Covid-19 patients when there are constraints on the medical gas infrastructure supply.

    They will be distributed by the Indian Red Cross.

    The Scottish government's Health Secretary, Humza Yousaf, said: "The coronavirus situation in India is a human tragedy. We are working with the other UK nations to help tackle the crisis by providing equipment that can be used immediately to save lives.

    "We will continue to make contributions within the international community, while tackling Covid-19 here in Scotland."

    Read more here.

  19. Bars and restaurants reopen in Germany

    In Germany, people are enjoying outdoor drinking and dining once more as the authorities ease coronavirus restrictions.

    While the country may have announced a ban on Brits travelling there, the locals are making the most of the chance to meet up with friends and family at outdoor venues.

    Reopening after Covid lockdown in North Rhine-Westphalia
    Image caption: Bars, cafes and restaurants in Dusseldorf opened for outside dining and drinking
    People stroll along the banks of the Rhine in Duesseldorf as bars reopen
    Image caption: Many enjoyed a stroll along the banks of the Rhine

    Germany had already eased restrictions on people who were fully vaccinated or had recovered from the virus, lifting curfews and quarantine rules as well as the obligation to provide a negative test result to visit a hairdresser, or zoo or to go shopping.

    Berlin has agreed to lift a nightly curfew and ease restrictions on shopping if the seven-day incidence remains below 100 for three consecutive days.

    Artists perform outside the Revolte bar in Berlin
    Image caption: Artists provided outdoor entertainment at the Revolte bar in Berlin
    A waitress serves customers at Revolte bar in Berlin
    People enjoy the evening at a terrace of a bar at Simon Dach Street in Berlin
    Image caption: People enjoyed an al fresco evening at a bar terrace on Berlin's Simon Dach Street
  20. How is the UK's vaccination programme doing?

    Chart of UK vaccination programme

    As people in England aged 32 and 33 are invited to book their first Covid jabs, let's take a look at where the UK is at with its vaccination programme.

    • More than 37.5 million people in the UK have received their first dose of the jab
    • Some 21.6 million have had a second dose
    • In Scotland, people aged 30 and over are already eligible - in some parts of Glasgow people aged 18 and over can get a first jab
    • In Wales, the government is offering vaccines to everyone aged 18 and over
    • Over-25s in Northern Ireland are being offered a first jab

    Who is being offered the vaccine now?

    Chart showing first doses in UK

    While the UK roll-out has largely been according to age, other people have also been prioritised, including:

    • Frontline health and social care staff
    • Clinically extremely vulnerable people
    • Over-16s with health conditions which increase their risk from Covid
    Chart of UK priority vaccine groups