Coronavirus live news: UK records 397 new deaths and a further 15,539 cases; Keir Starmer forced to self-isolate

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WHO says virus spreading fast despite vaccine progress; French infections rise to 2.29m; Brazil reports 627 new deaths. Follow latest updates

Italy reported 21,052 new infections on Saturday, as well as 662 new coronavirus deaths.

On Friday, the country recorded 814 deaths from the virus.

Portugal will ease coronavirus rules over the Christmas period to allow people to visit friends and family but measures will be reinforced again a few days later to crack down on New Year’s Eve parties, the government said on Saturday.

The prime minister, Antonio Costa, told reporters that a domestic travel ban would not be imposed between 23 and 26 December but said movement between Portuguese regions would be prohibited again on New Year’s Eve, Reuters reports.

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