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Coronavirus live news: Anthony Fauci gets Covid vaccine in US; UK reports another 691 deaths

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The US government does not intend to impose screenings for passengers traveling from Britain after the emergence of a highly infectious new coronavirus variant there, Reuters reports citing people briefed on the decision.

A White House coronavirus task force discussed requiring negative pre-flight tests after a meeting on Monday, but the government has decided not to take any action for the time being, the people said.

Lorry drivers stranded at Manston airport in Kent have been sounding their horns in apparent protest at the delays and conditions.

Sound on! Hundreds of drivers stuck in giant lorry park that was once Manston Airport hoot their horns in frustration #LorryDrivers #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/46ZHP6Y62L

They are clearly unhappy. #LetThemOut #Manston pic.twitter.com/jK3USESq01

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