Free rapid Covid tests available for all businesses in England; Tibetan leader Dalai Lama gets vaccine shot

Hello and welcome to today’s live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.

Businesses in England will now be able to sign up to receive free rapid coronavirus tests under the UK government’s workplace testing programme. More on that to come.

The Associated Press reports that the Dalai Lama, the 85-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader, has been administered the first shot of a vaccine at a hospital in the north Indian hill town of Dharmsala. After receiving the injection, he urged people to come forward, be brave and get vaccinated.

And, in Russia, health authorities have reported 11,022 new cases, including 1,820 in Moscow, taking the official national tally to 4,312,181. The government’s coronavirus taskforce said 441 people have died in the last 24 hours, bringing the Russian death toll to 88,726.

But that contradicted data from Russia’s Rosstat statistics agency, which said on Friday that more than 200,000 have died since the pandemic began.

The Guardian

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