Germany extends lockdown; Zimbabwe reports record cases and deaths; GCSE and A-level exams cancelled in England

12.57am GMT

For all of its virulence, for all the breathtaking speed with which it spread seemingly everywhere around the globe, there are places still where Covid-19 has not reached, and might never.

Places without face masks or elbow-bumps, without QR codes or capacity limits, without lockdowns or social distancing. There are a handful of countries across the globe – many of them islands, most of them remote – that have managed to escape the pandemic. But while the virus hasn’t hit, the global shockwaves it has sent rippling around the world certainly have.

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12.32am GMT

Mainland China reported 32 new Covid-19 cases on 5 January, down from 33 cases a day earlier, the country’s national health authority said on Wednesday.

The National Health Commission said in a statement nine of the new cases were imported infections originating from overseas. A total of 23 new local infections were reported: 20 in Hebei province, one in the capital city of Beijing, one in Liaoning province and one in Heilongjiang province.

The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed cases, rose to 64 from 37 cases a day earlier.

The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in mainland China now stands at 87,215, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,634.

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