Thousands of protesters marched through central London on Saturday demanding a ban on vaccine passports and an end to lockdown.
Carrying banners displaying messages such as “vaccine passports = a two-tiered society” and “give flu a chance”, protesters rallied down Oxford Street, Victoria Embankment, Parliament and back to Hyde Park.
London mayoral candidates Piers Corbyn and Lawrence Fox – two of the four anti-lockdown candidates running for election in May – were among those on the march.
The Metropolitan police tweeted: “We have a policing operation in central London today as a result of a number of demonstrations. “Anyone coming into London for a protest must make sure their gathering is lawful, with a risk assessment carried out by the organiser.”
The protest comes as the UK passes the milestone of vaccinating half its population, with more than 33m first vaccinations and 11m second doses administered.
Summary of key developments
I’ll be handing over the blog soon to my colleague, so here’s a round-up of all the key coronavirus headlines today:
- India’s coronavirus infections rose by 346,786 overnight, setting a new world record for the third consecutive day.
- Germany reports 23,392 confirmed coronavirus cases and a further 286 deaths, bringing the death toll to 81,444.
- Parts of western Australia begin a three-day lockdown after a coronavirus outbreak in a hotel quarantine facility led to community transmission.
- Cambodia closed all markets in the capital, Phnom Penh, to contain a rise in coronavirus infections as thousands of families plead for food during a two-week lockdown.
- Russia recorded 8,828 new coronavirus cases, including 2,541 in Moscow, taking the national tally to 4,753,789 since the pandemic began.
- Iran has said that it will bar travellers from India over a Covid-19 variant to avert its spread.
- Germany and Kuwait also shut out travellers arriving from India.
- A man who infected 22 people with Covid-19 in Mallorca has been arrested on suspicion of assault for going to work and the gym despite signs he had the virus.
- A daily high of more than 893,000 Covid-19 cases globally has been recorded, led mainly by India’s devastating second wave.
- Switzerland has detected its first case of a coronavirus variant initially discovered in India, the public health authority said on Saturday.
- Thousands descended on London for an anti-lockdown, and vaccine passports protest march.
- According to government figures, more than half of the population in the UK has now had the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
- Cambodia recorded a daily record of 10 new coronavirus deaths, its health ministry said, as infections have risen following an outbreak first detected in late February.