Coronavirus live news: Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trial put on hold; England bans gatherings of more than six

China’s leaders stage triumphant celebration of beating coronavirus; UK government to announce additional restrictions; AstraZeneca Plc and Oxford pause major vaccine trial for second time. Follow the latest updates

12.59am BST

Peter Walker and Simon Murphy report:

The UK government has announced emergency action to try and stem a feared autumn resurgence of coronavirus, tightening laws to ban virtually all gatherings of more than six people in England.

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12.41am BST

The Seattle Times reports that drive-through testing centres in a Seattle health district have been closed due to poor air quality caused by the wildfires:

Due to the poor air quality caused by wildfires in the region, the Snohomish Health District has closed its drive-thru testing operations at two sites until Thursday.

The sites are located at the Lynnwood Food Bank and 3900 Broadway.

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