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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 scientists urge to do more to help poorer countries manufacture their own vaccines

Scientists in the UK urge the government to do more to help poorer countries manufacture their own vaccines, Doubts have emerged over the timing of the positive Covid test Novak Djokovic used to enter Australia and Pakistan records its highest daily number of coronavirus cases


A new record for cases in the Americas.

More than eight million people have tested positive in the past week. Also: Kanya plans to vaccinate 19 million adults and in England, Covid restrictions in care homes are to be relaxed.


Study: majority infected with Omicron likely to be reinfections

100,000 volunteers took part in one of the largest Covid infection studies in England. Also, the IMF downgrades global economic growth forecasts, and Tonga battles to contain the virus.


Covid outbreak on Australian relief ship heading to Tonga

The government of Tonga fears foreign aid workers could bring coronavirus. Also, British police investigate whether parties at Downing Street broke lockdown rules; and Japan extends restrictions to more of the country.


WHO chief warns of danger of assuming pandemic is ending

The head of the World Health Organisation says it's dangerous to assume the pandemic is coming to an end; Also tens of thousands of Germans are due to protest against Covid restrictions. And the airline, Cathay Pacific, is operating at just two percent of its pre-pandemic capacity.


World's first Covid lockdown anniversary

Eleven million people were quarantined in the Chinese city of Wuhan on this day in 2020. Also: Red list restrictions come into force in New Zealand and a new sub variant of Omicron is detected in 40 countries.


BBC investigation reveals true number of deaths in Iran

The figure is double that of the official tally. Also: Scientists fear Covid could spread to wild animals, and tourists bring the disease to an island that had escaped it


Anti-coronavirus measures are re-imposed in Japan

It comes as the country registers record daily infections driven by the Omicron variant. Also: Australia reports its deadliest day of the pandemic, President Biden's chief medical advisor warns it's too soon for life to go back to normal and could new clip-on devices detect covid in the air?


South African frustration over Omicron research

Researchers say people outside the country did not believe their research; Spain wants to treat coronavirus like seasonal flu. And: a court in Australia explains why it allowed Novak Djokovic to be kicked out.


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.