Coronavirus live news: Adelaide emerges from lockdown; UK records 341 more deaths; G20 vaccine pledge

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Victorian premier Daniel Andrews will provide an update on the rules to be relaxed at 10.30am.

More on one of the vaccine candidates from Reuters:

Moderna will charge governments between $25 and $37 per dose of its Covid-19 vaccine candidate, depending on the amount ordered, chief executive Stephane Bancel told German weekly Welt am Sonntag (WamS).

“Our vaccine therefore costs about the same as a flu shot, which is between $10 and $50,” he was quoted as saying.

On Monday, an EU official involved in the talks said the European Commission wanted to reach a deal with Moderna for the supply of millions of doses of its vaccine candidate for a price below $25 per dose.

“Nothing is signed yet, but we’re close to a deal with the EU Commission. We want to deliver to Europe and are in constructive talks,” Bancel told WamS, adding it was just a “matter of days” until a contract would be ready.

Moderna has said its experimental vaccine is 94.5% effective in preventing COVID-19, based on interim data from a late-stage clinical trial, becoming the second developer to report results that far exceeded expectations after Pfizer and its partner BioNTech.

Police have issued 60 fines and 103 cautions to South Australians caught breaching Covid-19 rules despite the state emerging from lockdown without recording any new fresh local virus cases, AAP reports.

They say both business and individuals caught out on Thursday and Friday “blatantly disregarded” safety directions but most people have been “amazing” in doing the right thing over the past few days.

Commissioner Grant Stevens says his investigators are speaking to a pizza shop worker who lied to contact tracers about his whereabouts, sparking the lockdown.

He is believed to be a 36-year-old Spaniard living in Australia on a temporary graduate visa.

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews is due to announce the further easing of restrictions this morning. The Sunday newspapers suggest restrictions to be eased will include only having to wear masks when indoors and unable to distance, an increase in visitors to the home of 10 people, outdoor gatherings increasing to 50, pubs and restaurants allowed to have up to 100 patrons indoors and 200 outdoors, and gyms allowed to have up to 100 people.

We will know more in a little while.

New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian is also due to give a Covid-19 update at 11am.

Focus will also be on South Australia, as the state comes out of its lockdown early after health authorities determined the risk of an outbreak was greatly reduced.

Good morning

Good morning, and welcome to the Guardian’s global coronavirus live blog for Sunday.

I’m Josh Taylor, and I will be bringing you the latest news for the next little while.

Here’s the latest:

Portugal is to ban domestic travel and close schools around two upcoming holidays in an attempt to halt the spread of coronavirus ahead of Christmas. In the UK, 341 more people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, bringing the death toll to 54,626. The number of new coronavirus infections in France rose by 17,881 on Saturday, and also reported 276 new deaths from the virus in hospitals over 24 hours. Rapid Covid-19 tests were offered to hundreds in Merthyr Tydfil in Wales, as part of a pilot scheme of mass coronavirus testing. On Saturday evening, 560 people had attended the testing centre on its first day, with 554 negative tests and six positive ones recorded. Russia reported a daily record of 24,822 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, bringing the national tally to 2,064,748. The official death toll is now 35,778. Victoria in Australia has recorded zero new cases and deaths for the 23rd day in a row, with expectations this morning that restrictions will be further eased, including relaxing of mask use. South Australia on Sunday has come out of its six-day lockdown a few days early after it was determined the risk of an outbreak was greatly reduced.
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