Jürgen Klopp has launched an attack on people who refuse coronavirus vaccinations by comparing them

Jürgen Klopp has launched an attack on people who refuse coronavirus vaccinations by comparing them to drink-drivers and saying they are to blame if others catch Covid from them.

The Liverpool football manager accused the anti-vaccination movement of ignoring the experts, endangering others and making disingenuous claims about a loss of freedom to justify their stance.

Intensive care units at hospitals in New England, in north-east US, are filling up again and staff shortages are affecting care, according to Associated Press.

Public officials have been pleading with unvaccinated people to get vaccinated, and health care workers are also now having to cope with demand for other types of care that has been delayed by the pandemic.

“I think it’s clearly frustrating for all of us,” said Michael Pieciak, the commissioner of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation, who monitors coronavirus statistics for the state.

“We want kids to be safe in school, we want parents not to have to worry about their child’s education and health.”

The increase is thought to be down to the Delta variant, despite the five states in the US are in the region, with Vermont leading, followed by Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

One of the big events taking place for the first time today since the start of the pandemic is the London Marathon.

More than 40,000 people are running the 26.2-mile (42.16km) course around London, from Greenwich to the Mall.

Last year’s event was cancelled due to pandemic restrictions, and this year’s runners are bolstered by a further 40,000 taking part “virtually”, running the same distance across their own route.

The event, one of the world’s best known marathons, is known for people tackling it in fancy dress, with costumes this year including a one-man-band, a phonebox and the Empire State Building.

Three men are even doing it as a “four-legged” race. Millions is raised for charity by the event, which was first run in March 1981.

In the professional athletes’ race, which began before the amateur competitors, Sisay Lemma won the men’s elite race and Joyciline Jepkosgei came first in the women’s elite race.

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