Coronavirus live news: Russia exceeds 2m cases; Danish mink Covid mutation 'most likely extinct'

Russia passes landmark number as 23,610 new cases reported; Denmark says no further cases of mutation since mid-September US passes grim landmark of 250,000 deaths Hospital doctor gives birth to twins in coronavirus coma Oxford vaccine could build immunity in older people, says study Covid-19 vaccine: who are countries prioritising for first doses? UK coronavirus updates - live 11.51am GMT The year 2020 has been transformative for how society sees fatherhood, and could produce the most profound shift in caring responsibilities since the second world war, according to researchers, business leaders and campaigners. Research has shown that while women bore the brunt of extra childcare during the initial coronavirus lockdown and are being disproportionately impacted by the economic fallout, there has been also a huge surge in the number of hours men are spending with their children. Related: Pandemic could lead to most profound shift in parenting roles since WWII, say experts 11.42am GMT Reuters has more on the progress on eradicating the mink mutation in Denmark after a cull of the animals. A new, mutated strain of the novel coronavirus stemming from mink farms in Denmark is “most likely” extinct, the health ministry said, amid fears the new strain could compromise Covid-19 vaccines. “No further cases of mink variant with cluster 5 have been detected since 15 September which is why the State Serum Institute assesses that this variant has most likely become extinct,” the ministry said in a statement. The government said most of the strict restrictions it had imposed on 5 November on seven municipalities in the North Jutland region, home to 280,000 people, would be lifted on Friday. They had originally been due to stay in place until 3 December. Continue reading...

Russia passes landmark number as 23,610 new cases reported; Denmark says no further cases of mutation since mid-September US passes grim landmark of 250,000 deaths Hospital doctor gives birth to twins in coronavirus coma Oxford vaccine could build immunity in older people, says study Covid-19 vaccine: who are countries prioritising for first doses? UK coronavirus updates - live 11.51am GMT The year 2020 has been transformative for how society sees fatherhood, and could produce the most profound shift in caring responsibilities since the second world war, according to researchers, business leaders and campaigners. Research has shown that while women bore the brunt of extra childcare during the initial coronavirus lockdown and are being disproportionately impacted by the economic fallout, there has been also a huge surge in the number of hours men are spending with their children. Related: Pandemic could lead to most profound shift in parenting roles since WWII, say experts 11.42am GMT Reuters has more on the progress on eradicating the mink mutation in Denmark after a cull of the animals. A new, mutated strain of the novel coronavirus stemming from mink farms in Denmark is “most likely” extinct, the health ministry said, amid fears the new strain could compromise Covid-19 vaccines. “No further cases of mink variant with cluster 5 have been detected since 15 September which is why the State Serum Institute assesses that this variant has most likely become extinct,” the ministry said in a statement. The government said most of the strict restrictions it had imposed on 5 November on seven municipalities in the North Jutland region, home to 280,000 people, would be lifted on Friday. They had originally been due to stay in place until 3 December. Continue reading...