Coronavirus live news: New York pleads for more Covid vaccine as global daily deaths pass 17,000 for first time

New York Mayor warns city will fall short of its inoculation goals unless it gets more vaccine; Portugal announces lockdown; UK passes 100,000 deaths

2.50am GMT

Colombia will extend a so-called selective quarantine until the end of February, President Ivan Duque said in a nightly address on Wednesday.

Reuters: The Andean country began more than five months of lockdown in March to control the spread of coronavirus. It moved to a much-looser “selective” quarantine at the start of September, allowing dining at restaurants and international flights.

The selective quarantine was due to lift on Jan. 16, but will now run until 28 February, Duque said. A health state of emergency declared by the government is due to lift on the same day.

2.32am GMT

Rail services in Britain will be reduced to 72% of pre-pandemic levels over the next few weeks, and passengers are being asked to check before they travel that their service is running.

The cuts, which will be announced from Thursday, are less than the 50% reduction in services that had been expected. Train operators have focused on retaining services at morning and evening peak travel times so that key workers such as NHS staff can get to their workplace.

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Source: The Guardian