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South Africa’s Covid alert level has been downgraded from three to one; Jordanian ministers sacked breaking Covid laws; First dose of vaccine in UK passes 20m

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South Africa’s Covid alert level has been downgraded from three to one; Jordanian ministers sacked breaking Covid laws; First dose of vaccine in UK passes 20m

UK universities are taking extreme measures to ensure a supply of recruits for the coming academic year, with some accused of operating secret waiting lists to encourage school leavers to accept their offers amid uncertainty over A-level results.

With many admissions offices braced for a second year of turmoil over results and grade inflation, experts are predicting record-breaking numbers of applications for university places.

Related: Top UK universities ‘use secret waiting lists’ due to Covid uncertainty

Israel has authorised plans to offer vaccines to Palestinians with Israeli work permits.

The country has come under fire for not extending its campaign to the 5.2 million Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, who have so far received around 32,000 vaccines doses.

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