What you need to know about the coronavirus right now

a close up of a hand: The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Maintal © Reuters/KAI PFAFFENBACH The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Maintal

(Reuters) - Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus right now:

Germany limits use of AstraZeneca shots

Germany will from Wednesday limit the use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine to people aged 60 and above as well as high-priority groups following further reports of a rare brain blood disorder.

"We have to be able trust the vaccines," Chancellor Angela Merkel told journalists at a news conference on Tuesday. "And transparency is the best way to deal with such a situation," she added.

Acting on advice from Germany's vaccine committee, federal and state health ministries agreed that under 60-year-olds should only receive the AstraZeneca vaccine if they belong to high-priority groups, which include high-risk patients and medical workers, in consultation with a doctor.

FILE PHOTO: WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks during the opening of the 148th session of the Executive Board in Geneva © Reuters/Christopher Black/WHO FILE PHOTO: WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks during the opening of the 148th session of the Executive Board in Geneva

France's Macron to address country

French President Emmanuel Macron will deliver a televised address to the nation on Wednesday evening, his office said, as a fast-spreading third wave of infections threatens to overrun hospitals.

The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care increased by 98 on Tuesday to breach the 5,000 threshold, the highest number this year.

Public health experts say the burden on intensive care is evidence that the current set of restrictions do not go far enough.


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What you need to know about the coronavirus right now