Coronavirus live: Singapore opens up travel amid record cases; Israel reports first case of AY.4.2 variant of Delta

By Martin Belam (now) and Samantha Lock (earlier)

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Poland records over 5,000 new cases for the first time since May

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Russia sets another new record for daily Covid deaths

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Israel reports first sighting of AY.4.2 variant of Delta coronavirus strain

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Singapore opens up international travel amid record new cases

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21 Chicago police officers put on 'no pay status' over Covid vaccines

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Czech Republic reports over 3,000 new cases for first time since April

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NHS exec: 'hard decisions' may have to be made about prioritising patients

Saffron Cordery, the deputy chief executive of NHS Providers, which represents NHS hospitals, ambulance, community and mental health services, has told the Guardian “hard decisions” may have to be made about which patients to prioritise if Covid cases continue to rise.

She said: “Trust leaders are looking on anxiously as the number of Covid cases, hospital admission rates and patients on ventilators steadily increases.

“It is vital that the government and national NHS leaders keep a close watch on these figures and act quickly and decisively to prevent any surge that could place overwhelming pressure on the NHS, particularly as we head into winter. This should include activating ‘plan B’ in the Covid winter plan, if needed.”

She added: “It is important to recognise that as Covid-related pressures intensify, this could impact on the NHS’s ability to bear down on the care backlog. Trust leaders understand only too well the importance of minimising any delays for planned treatment. But if other pressures continue to escalate they will have to take hard decisions about priorities.”

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