Coronavirus news LIVE updates – UK sends aid to pandemic hit India as Brits over-30 to be ‘offered Covid vaccine by May’

THE UK is sending ventilators and vital aid to Covid-ravaged India after harrowing images showed people dying in the street.

The current outbreak in India as been described as “hell on earth” as it set a new global record for daily Covid infections on Sunday with 349,691 cases

The new data brings the nation’s total to 16.96 million – now deemed “the world’s worst Covid surge”.

Dominic Raab tweeted: “Today we have sent the first of several urgent deliveries of surplus medical equipment to our friends in India to help provide life-saving care for vulnerable Covid patients. No-one is safe until we are all safe.”

And in their 30s are set to be offered Covid jabs by early May — as the rollout’s next phase starts today.

People aged 44 will be formally invited this morning to get vaccinated — with a new TV ad campaign also encouraging uptake among young people.

Insiders say it is likely all over-40s will get an invite by the end of this week.

It was also possible that those in their 30s will get one as soon as next week — depending on supplies.

Meanwhile, Wembley Stadium last night hosted 8,000 football fans in the biggest Covid test event yet, as UK cases dropped to their lowest in 13 months.

The Spurs against Manchester City match kicked off at 4.30pm for the Carabao Cup final.

All in attendance had to take a lateral flow coronavirus test at a designated site – not at home – 24 hours beforehand.

They were also required to send off for a PCR Covid-19 test to take again within five days.

Supporters under 18 are banned, and the clinically extremely vulnerable and pregnant women are also not welcome.

The game forms part of the government’s Covid pilot event research testing how to safely get life back to ‘normal’.

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