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Oman will only allow the entry of nationals and residents from April 8 as the Gulf state seeks to curb a new wave of Covid-19 infections. The sultanate’s coronavirus committee said it would lift a curfew imposed at the end of March, which bars the movement of people and vehicles between 8pm and 5am. But the curfew will be reinstated during the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in mid-April.

Boris Johnson on Monday said that further lockdown measures will be lifted in England from April 12, but warned the public against “complacency”. The prime minister said that the country will enter into the second step of the roadmap on April 12, with non-essential retail outlets permitted to open alongside personal care businesses such as hair salons and barber shops.

Young people are predominantly driving rising numbers of Covid-19 infections in parts of the US, public health officials have warned, with the country now reporting about 64,000 new cases a day. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said youth sports and extra-curricular activities were in part to blame for a recent rise in the number of people infected with the disease.

A bar re-opening in rural Illinois in February was linked to at least 46 cases of Covid-19, leading indirectly to an outbreak in a care home, the closure of a local school and the hospitalisation of one person, according to a new study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

French health minister Olivier Véran said the number of people hospitalised with Covid-19 infections is set to keep rising for at least two to three more weeks, and he did not rule out the possibility that intensive care numbers could approach the peak of 7,000 reached in the first wave a year ago. 

Germany aims to speed up its vaccination programme to provide jabs to 20 per cent of the population by the end of April, after taking three months to reach 10 per cent, its health minister said on Monday. Jens Spahn said the country’s vaccination campaign would “gain more and more speed in the second quarter”.

People queue to be vaccinated in Aachen, Germany, on Monday © Getty Images

Easter weekend helped fuel the highest US airport passenger numbers of the coronavirus pandemic on Friday. The Transportation Security Administration said it screened 1.58m passengers at US airports on Good Friday — the most since March 12 just before coronavirus lockdowns began.

The Indian state of Maharashtra, home to financial capital Mumbai and more than 100m people, introduced sweeping restrictions on the public and businesses as the country’s daily Covid-19 caseload hit a record high. India reported 103,000 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, registering the highest number of daily infections globally. It surpassed its previous peak of nearly 100,000 daily cases in September.

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