Covid live: UK could extend vaccine passports to sports; India reports 39k new cases

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India has reported 39,742 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, a government statement said on Sunday.The Covid-19 death toll rose by 535 deaths in the last 24 hours, with the total reaching 420,551, health ministry data showed, Reuters reports.

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Welcome to the coronavirus live blog. I’m Caroline Davies and here are some key developments to kick off today.

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Sunday, July 25, 2021 - 3:21am
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‘A cartel shouldn’t get away with this.’ Anger at opioid settlements that exclude admission of wrongdoing

Multibillion-dollar settlements specifically exclude admission of wrongdoing over a crisis that has claimed 600,000 lives

There is growing anger among families bereaved by the US opioid epidemic at pharmaceutical companies “buying their way out of accountability” with multibillion-dollar settlements that specifically exclude any admission of wrongdoing.

Related: Enough fentanyl to kill San Francisco: the new wave of the opioid crisis sweeping California

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Sunday, July 25, 2021 - 2:00am
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Snow leopard at San Diego zoo catches coronavirus

Exhibit closed after nine-year-old unvaccinated male named Ramil developed a cough and runny nose

An unvaccinated snow leopard at the San Diego zoo has contracted Covid-19.

Caretakers noticed that Ramil, a nine-year-old male snow leopard, had a cough and runny nose on Thursday. Later, two separate tests of his stool confirmed the presence of the coronavirus, the zoo said in a statement on Friday.

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Saturday, July 24, 2021 - 10:09pm
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Fox News backs Covid vaccination – a pity no one told Tucker Carlson

The rightwing channel has urged viewers to get the vaccine but some opinion hosts see stoking scepticism as a ratings winner

When Fox News launched a public service announcement urging people to get the Covid-19 vaccine this week, it was hailed in some quarters as a virtuous move. What the network might not have expected was for the message to be almost immediately undermined by the network’s biggest star, Tucker Carlson.

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Saturday, July 24, 2021 - 2:00am
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Even a pandemic can’t keep Ryanair from flying higher

Although profits may be down this week, the airline’s shares – and its chief executive’s optimism – are defying gravity

Who’s afraid of the Delta variant? Not Michael O’Leary. Over the last 16 months of sickness, death and lockdown, the billionaire Ryanair boss has rediscovered his controversy button and has lately been loudly telling governments to stick their “scariants” and let everyone fly again.

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Saturday, July 24, 2021 - 7:05pm
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Sydney police fine hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters for ‘filthy, risky behaviour’

Police denounce violence during illegal marches against coronavirus measures and set up taskforce to trace everyone who broke rules

Hundreds of fines have been issued and dozens charged in Sydney after anti-lockdown protesters marched and clashed with police in what one deputy commissioner called “violent, filthy, risky behaviour”.

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Sunday, July 25, 2021 - 12:05am
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