Coronavirus live news: France warns homemade masks may not halt spread of new variants; China finds two cases resemble UK strain

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French health officials warn against wearing home-made fabric masks; Two cases in China considered to be highly similar to UK variant; Dutch curfew set to be introduced between 8.30pm and 4.30am

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2.23pm GMT

The Dutch parliament will be asked to agree to a night time curfew running from 8.30pm to 4.30am from this weekend, the country’s prime minister Mark Rutte has said, as he laid out the latest measures to stop the spread of the new Covid variants.

The curfew will run until at least 9 February with flights from Britain, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela also banned from Saturday.

We do not want to take such a big and drastic decision without parliamentary support... We will get through all this, but first we have to brace ourselves one more time as the British corona variant and other more contagious corona variants are coming our way.”All experts inside and outside the Outbreak Management Team warn of a third wave and we have to take this seriously. We must now do our utmost to stay as far ahead of that third wave as possible, to contain it as much as possible, and to sooner gain a positive pathway forward.

2.13pm GMT

Efforts by Chinese authorities to change the narrative around Covid-19’s origins have reignited on social media this week after a government spokesperson revived a conspiracy theory that it came from a US army lab, Helen Davidson reports from Taipei.

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