Coronavirus live news: South Africa eases restrictions; Philippines facing ‘learning crisis’, says Unicef

South Africa relaxes curfew, limits on gathering and alcohol restrictions; 80% of parents in Philippines worried their children ‘learning less’

6.29am BST

Classrooms in the Philippines were silent on Monday as millions of schoolchildren hunkered down at home for a second year of remote lessons that experts fear will worsen an educational “crisis”.

While nearly every country in the world has partially or fully reopened schools to in-person classes, the Philippines has kept them closed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the UN says.

Related: Crisis in Philippines as millions of children face second year of remote schooling

6.13am BST

, Coronavirus live news: South Africa eases restrictions; Philippines facing ‘learning crisis’, says Unicef, The Nzuchi Times Guardian

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday announced plans to introduce Covid-19 “vaccine passports” amid widespread scepticism of the jab, ahead of an easing of movement restrictions this week, AFP reports.

After sluggish vaccine procurement and a delayed roll out, Africa’s worst-hit country for Covid is now struggling with low take-up, particularly among men.

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