Coronavirus live news: Biden warns ‘darkest days’ ahead for US; UK reports another 691 deaths

Latest updates: Anthony Fauci ‘extremely confident’ in vaccine; BioNTech’s CEO says tests being run on mutant strain; Ireland to tighten restrictions from Christmas Eve

Late on Monday night, Congress approved a $900bn stimulus package which will deliver financial aid to millions of families and businesses facing economic distress from coronavirus pandemic.

Though far smaller than a bill lawmakers passed at the outset of the pandemic, earlier this year, the measure is one the largest pieces of legislation in US history.

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US president-elect Joe Biden said his administration will put forward another Covid-19 relief package next year, including a new round of stimulus payments.

At a news conference on Tuesday, Biden said a $900bn relief package passed by Congress this week was a “first step” but the government will have to do more.

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