Coronavirus: Latest global developments

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The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine fails to prevent mild and moderate cases of the South African coronavirus strain, researchers said.

Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- AstraZeneca jab less effective against S.African strain: study -

The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine fails to prevent mild and moderate cases of the South African coronavirus strain, researchers said.

"We may not be reducing the total number of cases but there is still protection against deaths, hospitalisations and severe disease," Sarah Gilbert, who led the development of the vaccine with the Oxford Vaccine Group, told BBC television.

- Hungary OKs Russia's Sputnik V -

Hungarian health authorities have approved Russia's coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V, with 40,000 doses of the jab already to be given.

Hungary is also the first EU member state to have reached an accord with the Chinese laboratory Sinopharm, announcing an order of five million doses of its jab.

- China delivers 600,000 doses to Cambodia -

China delivers 600,000 doses of its Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine to ally Cambodia, making the kingdom the latest country to use Chinese jabs despite concerns about their efficacy compared with Western alternatives.

- Israel emerging from third virus lockdown -

Israeli barbershops and some other businesses reopen as the country begins easing its third coronavirus lockdown alongside an aggressive vaccination campaign.

Since December, more than 3.4 million of Israel's nine million people have received a coronavirus vaccine jab in what is seen as the world's fastest per capita campaign.

- Czech minister says pandemic worse than WWII -

A Czech government minister says the effects of the pandemic are worse than those of World War II as she argues in favour of reopening schools.

Labour Minister Jana Malacova later backpedals, saying she did not mean to dishonour the more than 70 million victims of World War II.

"I'm just trying to show we have to find a way out of these blanket closures," she says.

- ECB's Lagarde says cancelling Covid debts 'unthinkable' -

European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde rejects calls to cancel debts run up by eurozone members to buttress their economies during the Covid-19 crisis.

The remark is a reaction to a call Friday by more than 100 economists for the ECB to further boost the economic recovery of eurozone members by forgiving their debts.

- More than 2.3 million deaths -

The virus has killed at least 2,310,234 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Sunday.

The United States is the worst-affected country with 462,181 deaths from 26,918,271 cases.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 231,012 deaths from 9,497,795 cases, Mexico with 165,786 deaths from 1,926,080 cases, India with 154,996 deaths from 10,826,363 cases, and the United Kingdom with 112,092 deaths from 3,929,835 cases.