Coronavirus live news: German health minister backs limits on EU vaccine exports; Biden warns of 600,000 US deaths

By Damien Gayle (now) and Helen Sullivan (earlier)

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German health minister backs limits on EU vaccine exports

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Richard Partington, the Guardian’s economics correspondent, has now written on the UK unemployment figures published by the Office for National Statistics this morning.

Unemployment in the UK has reached the highest level for more than four years as the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic and tougher lockdown measures place more pressure on businesses and workers.

The Office for National Statistics said the unemployment rate rose to 5% in the three months to the end of November – representing more than 1.7 million people – from 4.9% in the three months to the end of October, reaching the highest level since April 2016. Unemployment was 4% in February before the pandemic struck.

In a snapshot of the jobs market during the second English lockdown and as tough restrictions were imposed in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to limit the spread of Covid-19, the ONS said redundancies hit a record high during the quarter.

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Dutch policemen arrest a man during protests by a large group of young people on Beijerlandselaan in Rotterdam, on Monday night, against the introduction of a coronavirus curfew.
Dutch policemen arrest a man during protests by a large group of young people on Beijerlandselaan in Rotterdam, on Monday night, against the introduction of a coronavirus curfew. Photograph: Marco de Swart/ANP/AFP/Getty Images

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Sixty million more women and girls in the world’s poorest countries are now using modern contraceptives, after an eight-year global effort to expand family planning services.

But the FP2020 global partnership, launched in London in 2012, warned that the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting financial crisis imperils further progress.

According to the FP2020’s final progress report, published on Tuesday, 320 million women and girls are using some form of modern contraception in the 69 focus countries, up from 260 million in 2012:

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A 23-year-old student from China and his parents arrived in the UK last January. Here’s a short timeline of what happened next in a timeline of the UK’s coronavirus cases: