Greece introduced tighter restrictions in three cities in western Attica following a leap in coronavirus instances although the nation is within the sixth week of a nationwide lockdown. The night-time curfew will start at 6pm on Friday in Eleusis, Mandra and Aspropyrgos, three hours sooner than earlier than.

Hospitalisations associated to coronavirus have climbed to document ranges in Arizona. The state’s hospitals have been treating 3,884 sufferers with optimistic or suspected instances of Covid-19, up from 3,809 the day earlier than, information from the state well being division confirmed on Thursday.

Pfizer mentioned it has hundreds of thousands of doses of its Covid-19 vaccine sitting in warehouses awaiting supply directions, denying reviews that the corporate is having manufacturing issues. The US drugmaker mentioned on Thursday that no shipments have been held or delayed. Pfizer mentioned it despatched 2.9m doses throughout the nation final week.

Poland will go into lockdown from December 28 to January 17 in a bid to regain management of the pandemic, the nation’s well being minister mentioned on Thursday. Below the brand new restrictions, motels, buying centres — except for meals shops and pharmacies — and ski slopes will shut.

One other 885,000 Individuals filed for first-time unemployment advantages final week, as contemporary restrictions to battle the resurgence in coronavirus instances proceed to pressure the roles market. Weekly jobless claims elevated by 23,000, from 862,000 final week. Economists had anticipated claims to reasonable to 800,000.

The Financial institution of England saved financial coverage unchanged on Thursday because it cited an “unusually unsure” outlook for the UK economic system. The BoE’s Financial Coverage Committee determined to depart rates of interest at 0.1 per cent and the goal for its asset buying programme at £895bn by the top of 2021.

The UK authorities has positioned elements of East and South East of England beneath the hardest coronavirus restrictions from Saturday whereas it has eased the foundations for Bristol. An infection numbers within the South East area have elevated 46 per cent, well being secretary Matt Hancock mentioned, whereas instances within the east have risen two-thirds from final week.

Authorities incentives for employers in England to tackle apprentices have didn’t offset a close to 46 per cent decline in on-the-job coaching because the first lockdown. The chancellor’s Plan for Jobs scheme led to 11,520 new apprenticeships because it launched in August, Division for Schooling figures confirmed.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is planning to increase the UK’s £68bn coronavirus emergency mortgage schemes to assist assist companies battling the mix of additional pandemic restrictions and a disruptive finish to the Brexit transition, in accordance with Whitehall sources.