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5.47pm BST

The Associated Press has this dispatch from Turkey, where they report men are playing cards and backgammon at their local coffeehouses again, movie theatres are being cleaned before their first evening screening and bars are serving beer and chips in Istanbul’s famous pedestrian avenue.

Turkey has eased nearly all pandemic restrictions on businesses and events starting today, and lifted nighttime and Sunday curfews as new infections remain steadily below recent record high levels.

“We no longer have the patience to stay at home in both the financial and the spiritual way,” 42-year-old gig worker Fatih Aydin said.

5.27pm BST

Dominican health authorities are to begin distributing a third dose of Covid-19 vaccines in an attempt to protect against more contagious new variants of the virus.

The additional dose will be voluntary and will first be made available to medical professions, health officials said. The campaign will then move to older adults and those with health conditions that make them vulnerable to severe Covid-19, Reuters reports.

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