Coronavirus live news: cases of some variants falling in UK; German third wave could be imminent due to variants

UK health secretary says cases of South African and Brazilian variant appear to be falling; German experts say variants behind stalling decline in infections

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The Czech Republic on Saturday recorded 6755 confirmed cases of coronavirus, about 1,600 more than a week ago.

Surge testing is being rolled out in an area of Essex, England after a case of the South African coronavirus variant was found.

A spokesman for the Department of Health said:

Working in partnership with the local authority, additional testing and genomic sequencing is being deployed to the CM13 postcode in Brentwood, Essex, where a single case of the Covid-19 variant first identified in South Africa has been found.

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