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Coronavirus Global Update


Daily updates on the coronavirus and its impact on health, business and travel around the world.

Daily updates on the coronavirus and its impact on health, business and travel around the world.


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Daily updates on the coronavirus and its impact on health, business and travel around the world.




WHO says focus should be on Delta

A top World Health Organisation official says the focus should be on Delta, which will help deal with any future surge of the Omicron variant. Also, a study has found that inequality has increased in all parts of the world because of the pandemic. And Tottenham Hotspur have a Covid outbreak.


Creator of vaccine warns about next pandemic

Vaccine creator says next pandemic could be worse. Also: The UK adds Nigeria to the travel red list and protests in Belgium turn violent.


Omicron around since September

Health officials say it could already have spread widely before travel bans were imposed. Also: 40,000 anti-lockdown protesters have marched through the Austrian capital, Vienna, and an Indian state is celebrating after fully vaccinating its entire adult population.


Omicron spreading twice as fast as Delta

Scientists say the number of cases recorded in South Africa has shot up over the past week. Also: Brazilian president to be investigated for linking Covid vaccines to AIDS, the Cook Islands record their first case of coronavirus and an Italian man tries to dodge vaccination using a fake arm.


Omicron variant takes hold in South Africa

Health officials say coronavirus cases in South Africa are surging at an unprecedented rate. Also: A UK study finds the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines give the best overall booster response, and should we give into fears about the new variant -- and cancel Christmas parties?


Scientists breakthrough on AstraZenica vaccine

Discovery of link to rare blood clots. Also: Pfizer to roll out vaccine which can be stored in a fridge and South Africa sees a surge in Omicron cases.


Governments tighten travel rules

Governments brings in restrictions despite WHO warnings. Also: Fiji opens up to tourists after 600 days and the UK PM is accused of having party during last year’s lockdown.


Confusion over Omicron variant

Concern varies over vaccine effectiveness for Omicron. Also: the UK introduces new restrictions and Greece will fine unvaccinated pensioners


WHO warns new variant poses a very high global risk

As the Omicron variant spreads, borders close and health leaders call for action. Also: a couple are arrested in the Netherlands for fleeing a quarantine hotel, and a three day vaccine blitz begins in the Philippines.


Israel imposes travel ban

Israel bans foreigners coming in as it tries to limit the impact of the Omicron coronavirus variant. Also, England brings back mandatory face coverings in shops and public transport. And Moderna says it needs a fortnight to know if its vaccine will work against Omicron.


European countries check Omicron cases

The mutated virus has been listed as a variant of concern by the World Health Organisation. Also, South Africa says it is being punished for detecting the new variant, and airlines want the EU to extend Covid passport validity to 12 months.


WHO meets to consider new variant found in southern Africa

Experts in Geneva will decide if it should be designated a variant of concern. Also, South Africa has expressed disappointment after several countries imposed travel bans, and stock markets have fallen in reaction to news of the discovery.


Scientists discover new coronavirus variant

A new strain with a high number of mutations is being investigated. Also, countries in Central Europe struggle to respond to a surge in Covid cases, and Pfizer accuses an employee of stealing confidential documents on its vaccine.


New Zealand to reopen to vaccinated citizens

The move eases strict curbs that have locked out many citizens and tourists since borders were shut at the start of the Covid pandemic. Also, South Korea considers the introduction of new emergency measures around Seoul, and more teenagers in Kenya and Rwanda receive vaccines.


US travel warning for European countries

The US State Department warning comes amid increasing Covid infection rates. Also, France appeals for calm in Guadeloupe following unrest over Covid restrictions, and AstraZeneca is to unveil a 1.3 billion dollar research facility in the UK.


WHO condemns the world's failure to act together to end the pandemic

The WHO is warning that progress the world is making is too slow. Also: Austria re-enters Covid lockdown as Europe battles a surge, and Australia to ease its border ban on some foreign citizens.


A second night of rioting in the Netherlands

Nearly 30 are arrested over further rioting in the Netherlands. Also: a review into potential racial bias in the design of medical devices, and Britain puts its faith in booster jabs.


The Dutch justice minister condemns rioting in Rotterdam

Ferd Grapperhaus said the police faced extreme violence. Also: the WHO calls for a debate on compulsory vaccination, and Vietnam welcomes its first foreign tourists in nearly two years.


Austria announces general lockdown

New restrictions imposed by Vienna include a vaccine mandate. Also, Japan approves a multi-billion dollar Covid relief stimulus package. And a British doctor calls for health workers to receive better care.


Germany's parliament approves stricter Covid restrictions

The move comes as more than 65,000 infections are registered. Also; studies find that mask-wearing is the most effective non-pharmaceutical way to tackle the spread of Covid-19, and the election in Tonga sees many citizens unable to vote because of travel restrictions.