Factbox: Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus

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South Korea starts first vaccinations for senior citizens

(Reuters) - New Zealand will allow quarantine-free visits by Australians from April 19, creating a "travel bubble" for the neighbouring nations, while global deaths from coronavirus infections neared the 3-million mark.

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EUROPE

* Britain's health regulator is considering a proposal to restrict the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in younger people over concerns about very rare blood clots, Channel 4 News reported.

* Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has been moved to a sick ward with symptoms of a respiratory illness and has been tested for the coronavirus, the Izvestia newspaper reported.

* Hungary will begin gradual easing of restrictions within days, as it expects to have 25% of its population of 10 million inoculated by Tuesday or early Wednesday.

AMERICAS

* Colombia will allow private imports of COVID-19 vaccines, the health ministry said on Monday, but the shots must be free for those being inoculated.

ASIA-PACIFIC

* Australia on Tuesday said it had not yet received more than 3 million doses of previously promised AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine amid export curbs by the European Union, leaving a major hole in its early nationwide inoculation drive.

* India reported 96,982 new coronavirus infections overnight, taking the overall tally of cases to 12.7 million, data from the health ministry showed on Tuesday.

* Many Indian state leaders have asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to open up vaccinations to most of the country's hundreds of millions of adults, following a second surge in infections that has eclipsed the first wave.

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

* The World Bank estimates that Africa would need about $12 billion for COVID-19 vaccines and their distribution to attain sufficient levels of vaccination coverage to interrupt virus transmission, according to a new paper by the bank and the IMF.

MEDICAL DEVELOPMENTS

* New data from Israel, where health officials moved quickly to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech, suggests that the vaccination of adults also protects unvaccinated people living around them.

* Novavax Inc said participants in its ongoing COVID-19 vaccine trials in South Africa and the UK can now receive additional shots, ensuring those who received a placebo can also get the active vaccine.

ECONOMIC IMPACT

* Japan's household spending dropped for a third straight month in February, data showed on Tuesday, as emergency curbs to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus hurt consumption and raised the risk of a more prolonged and bumpier economic recovery.

* Asia's stock markets rose on Tuesday as another batch of strong U.S. economic data bolstered the global outlook, while currency and bond markets paused for breath after a month of rapid gains in the dollar and in U.S. Treasury yields. [MKTS/GLOB]

(Compiled by Ramakrishnan M. and Amy Caren Daniel; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)