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Daily updates on the coronavirus and its impact on health, business and travel worldwide

Daily updates on the coronavirus and its impact on health, business and travel worldwide


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Daily updates on the coronavirus and its impact on health, business and travel worldwide




British PM under attack in parliament for lockdown violations

Britain's Prime Minister has come under sustained attack in parliament today over allegations that parties at his residence broke Covid lockdown rules, France’s education minister is facing calls to resign after announcing Covid protocol for schools while holidaying in Ibiza, and museums and theatres in the Netherlands are opening up as temporary hair dressers and gyms to evade Covid lockdown measures.


Research in Israel shows fourth doses do not stop Omicron infections

The government says it will continue the programme for people over 60. Also: Quebec is banning alcohol sales to unvaccinated people to encourage them to get jabbed; and thousands of hamsters are being culled in Hong Kong over concerns of animal to human transmission of the virus.


China tells population to stop ordering from overseas

Beijing fears items delivered from overseas could spread the Omicron variant. Also: tsunami-hit Tonga fears foreign aid could bring coronavirus to the country; and Greece begins to fine people over 60 who haven’t been vaccinated.


Djokovic deported from Australia

Novak Djokovic is on a flight from Australia after a court ruled the tennis star should not be allowed stay in the country. Federal judges upheld the government's decision to cancel his visa on the basis that his presence risked encouraging anti-vaccine feeling. Also: why Omicron is spreading concern for the Beijing Winter Olympics, and the cargo train from North Korea to China that might signal an easing of Covid restrictions.


The Chinese city of Tianjin begins its third round of mass testing

Authorities want to eradicate Covid in the city of 14 million residents ahead of the Lunar New Year and Beijing Winter Olympic Games after cases were found in previous testing rounds. Also: an update on why Novak Djokovic's visa was cancelled, and why pink face masks haven't gone down well with police in Italy.


Novak Djokovic: Australia cancels tennis star's visa

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the decision followed "careful consideration." Also, the US Supreme Court blocks a plan for workers at large companies to be vaccinated or tested weekly and the British Prime Minister's office has apologised to the Queen for parties held in breach of Covid rules the night before her husband's funeral.


Two hospitals in Chinese city of Xi'an closed over lockdown failures

China responds to public anger about patients being refused medical treatment. Also: teachers in France go on strike over the government's handling of the pandemic, and Hungary says it will offer a fourth Covid jab.


British PM admits attending lockdown gathering

Boris Johnson apologises for attending a garden event at his official residence in May 2020 but rejects opposition calls for him to resign for breaking lockdown rules. Also: Quebec plans world's first tax for all unvaccinated residents; Djokovic admits Australia travel declaration error; and US scientists say hemp could help prevent Covid infections.


WHO warns of spread of Omicron across Europe

Dr Hans Kluge says half the population will be infected in the next six to eight weeks. Also, people working in private offices in Delhi are told to work from home and, Mexico's president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, tests positive for coronavirus for the second time in a year


Djokovic wins Australian Open vaccine battle

A judge rules the unvaccinated player was unfairly treated and shouldn't be deported - but officials say his visa could still be revoked. Also: Uganda's schools reopen after nearly two years; and why the common cold could lead to better covid vaccines.


Mass testing takes place in the Chinese city of Tianjin

14 million people have to stay at home after 20 cases were reported. Also: the UK becomes the first country in western Europe to surpass 150,000 coronavirus deaths and protests have been held in France against President Macron's controversial vaccine pass.


A weekend lockdown comes into force in India's capital, Delhi.

Residents of India's capital, Delhi, are allowed to leave their homes only for essential trips. Also: Novak Djokovic's lawyers say he had Covid last month, and a warning for the Africa Cup of Nations.


Another tennis player joins Novak Djokovic in detention in Australia

Renata Voracova was also granted an exemption to compete in the Open in Melbourne. Also: hospitals in London call in the troops and the man in India who got at least eight jabs.


Australia denies Djokovic entry

The health minister defends the decision not to admit the tennis player. Also: hospital staff in the Chinese city of Xi'an have been suspended after staff refused to treat a pregnant woman due to her Covid test, and election rallies in India are called off due to a surge in cases.


Hong Kong announces strict new Covid rules

The measures include a ban on flights from eight countries, such as the US and Britain. Also: Australian anger over a vaccine exemption for the tennis star Novak Djokovic, and Rio will see another subdued carnival.


WHO angered by lack of vaccine sharing

A leading World Health Organisation scientist says she's enraged by the global failure to give poorer countries vaccines. Also: a Chinese city of more than a million people has been put into lockdown after three Covid cases were detected. And the world tennis number one Novak Djokovic will defend his Australian Open title after being granted a vaccine exemption.


Cases in India surge - almost tripling in a week

There are fears that the sheer scale of Covid infections could once again severely strain India's health system. Also: Israel begins fourth vaccine dose to over sixties and health workers, and scientists say Omicron attacks the throat more than the lungs.


Vietnam urges China to ease tough Covid border restrictions

China has increased controls along its border with Vietnam, to stop the spread of the pandemic. Also: Israel says Omicron could lead to herd immunity, and Lionel Messi is among a number of PSG footballers who have tested positive for coronavirus.


Omicron has become the dominant variant in France

The variant accounts for nearly two thirds of new infections. Also: concerns about the unequal distribution of vaccines, and a subdued start to the New Year.


WHO boss 'optimistic' Covid-19 can be defeated in new year

The WHO Director-General says he's optimtistic Covid-19 can be defeated in 2022; Israel approves a second booster dose for vulnerable citizens; and South Africa believes it's passed the peak of its fourth coronavirus wave.