Coronavirus live news: US passes 90m vaccinations; UK daily deaths drop to 82

By Elle Hunt

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Norway may introduce stronger Covid measures

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Mexico nears 200,000 Covid deaths

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UK records lowest deaths since October as England schools return on Monday

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US approaches 100m vaccinations

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New Zealand air crew member tests positive

Just as Auckland’s lockdown lifts and New Zealand celebrates two weeks free of community transmission, a new case of Covid-19 has been identified in an airline crew member.

The Ministry of Health said on Sunday evening the individual had returned to New Zealand from Japan on 28 February and initially returned a negative test result before testing positive during routine surveillance testing.

The crew member was moved into a quarantine facility in Auckland. The ministry believes the risk was low due to Auckland observing Level 3 restrictions in the past week but the 14 other air crew on the same flight are being isolated and re-tested while a supermarket the individual visited is being deep-cleaned.

Epidemiologist Michael Baker has suggested that the processes for air crew may need to be revisited as an “area of vulnerability”.

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