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Coronavirus latest news: Police injured in London anti-lockdown protest

Eight police officers were injured and five people arrested in London on Saturday evening during a protest over the country’s remaining coronavirus restrictions, mandatory mask use, and vaccine passports.

Large crowds turned out to protest the pandemic measures, despite rules that limit the number of people in outdoor gatherings. Many were not wearing masks and ignored social distancing.

Demonstrators gathered early in the afternoon and marched along several major arteries, with videos and photos showing thousands of people in attendance.

Hundreds then rallied in Hyde Park, where “small pockets of disorder” broke out, according to police.

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Blood clot victims must show they’re ’60pc disabled’

Blood clot victims of the coronavirus vaccine are being told they will have to prove they are at least 60 per cent disabled to receive damages from the Government of up to £120,000.

The threshold has caused concern among some families affected, and MPs said ministers had a “moral duty” to review a requirement which could “bar a lot of deserving people from any compensation”.

People can apply for damages under the Government-run vaccine damage payments scheme.

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6:09AM

Intensive care units back from the brink in England

England’s intensive care units are coming back from the brink, with more than one third of NHS hospital trusts now without a single Covid patient in a critical care bed.

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Only 6.6 per cent of critical care beds were occupied by Covid patients on April 20, the latest NHS England data shows – a tenfold fall from the worst days of the second wave in January, when more than 60 per cent of beds were occupied by people with the virus.

Respite from an overwhelming public health crisis comes as the NHS faces an unprecedented treatment backlog after resources were diverted to support virus patients during the pandemic.

READ MORE: More than one third of England’s NHS trusts now have no Covid patients in intensive care

4:54AM

Many killed in Covid ICU hospital fire in Iraq

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The aftermath of the hospital fire in which people were killed

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At least 23 people died when a fire broke out Sunday in a coronavirus intensive care unit in the capital of Iraq, a country with long-dilapidated health infrastructure facing mounting Covid-19 cases.

The fire started with an explosion caused by “a fault in the storage of oxygen cylinders”, medical sources told AFP.

In the middle of the night, as dozens of relatives were at the bedsides of the 30 patients in the intensive care unit at Ibn al-Khatib hospital – reserved for the most severe Covid-19 cases in Baghdad – flames spread across multiple floors, a source said.

READ MORE: At least 23 killed in fire after ‘oxygen tanks explode’ at Covid hospital in Iraq

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