Coronavirus live news: remdesivir approved as Covid treatment by US FDA; France sees record new cases


Antiviral treatment is first to treat Covid approved by FDA; France extends curfew; study finds up to 210,000 US deaths could have been avoided

10.45am BST

Czech prime minister Andrej Babiš (of the ANO party) has asked Health Minister Roman Prymula to resign just weeks after he took up the post, after he was caught breaking restrictions that he ahd advocated for.

Radio Prague reports:

Prymula, an epidemiologist, pushed for stricter measures such as closing schools and restaurants. But he met MP Jaroslav Faltýnek, head of the ruling ANO party’s parliamentary group, in a restaurant on Wednesday evening.

The tabloid newspaper Blesk published corresponding photos, which showed the health minister outside the establishment, not wearing a facemask.

10.19am BST

WHO Europe has released new guidance ahead of the winter flu season.

Mix of #COVID19 & impending flu season requires health system considerations:
✅Health system preparedness esp. essential services
✅Effective risk communication/community engagement
✅Immunization esp. for high risk groups & #healthworkers
New guidance

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