Covid live: UK government reports a further 72,727 cases and 296 deaths; Russian daily infections above 100,000 for first time | World news

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Below is a roundup of all the latest Covid news from around the world:

  • Scotland has recorded 18 coronavirus-linked deaths and 6,679 new cases in the past 24 hours, according to recent figures. It means the death toll under this measurement, of people who tested positive for the virus in the previous 28 days, has risen to 10,309.
  • Hungary’s daily tally of new Covid-19 cases could reach 30,000 in the next one or two weeks, up from about 20,000 this week, a government minister said on Saturday. Miklos Kasler, the minister for human resources, blamed the Omicron variant for the rise, Reuters reports.
  • Japan logged 84,936 daily coronavirus infections on Saturday, a new record for a fifth consecutive day, as Omicron continues to spread across the country. The number has more than tripled from two weeks ago, according to the Kyodo News agency.
  • Austria will begin easing Covid-19 related restrictions next week, the chancellor, Karl Nehammer, told a news conference on Saturday, allowing shops and restaurants to remain open longer and easing restriction on unvaccinated people.
  • Russia reported more than 100,000 daily coronavirus cases for the first time on Saturday as the country weathers a surge of infections driven by Omicron. A government Covid-19 portal registered 113,122 new cases over 24 hours, nearly double the number of daily infections just a week ago.
  • New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has gone into self-isolation until Tuesday after being deemed a close contact of a person who tested positive for Covid-19, the government said.

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